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North India

IT body recommends safety tips
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 25, 2013
First Published: 00:49 IST(25/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:51 IST(25/1/2013)

Identifying unsafe stretches, enhancing patrolling, verification of drivers through a detailed database and improving lighting around IT company’s and BPO office complexes are some of the steps that a top IT body has suggested for the safety of women who work late at night.

These recommendations have been sent to the state governments in the National Capital Region by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).

“Among other things, we have asked the government to help us with the verification of drivers, transport authority link to check the validity of driving licences and access to database of criminal offences,” said NASSCOM President Som Mittal.

Other recommendations include quick nationwide implementation of the women helpline number 181.The association, which includes a number of BPOs, on Thursday claimed that the IT sector is doing its best to ensure the security of over 800,000 women employed by the industry across the country.

“For long, we have been ensuring that the best practices are followed as far as security of employees, especially women, is concerned, as they are the raw material for our industry. No expense is spared when it comes to safety of our employees. However, we cannot take over the role of the government and enforcement officials,” said Vikram Talwar, Nasscom Chairman (BPO Forum).

Reiterating that the right to work at any time of the day is the fundamental right of women, Mittal said, “Despite the heightened security concerns, we did not see any decline in attendance, productivity or job applications in the industry.” According to NASSCOM, women comprise 30 per cent of the IT-BPO industry workforce.


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