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Hi, Is there an act with regard to night shift allowance in India for non production/non IT Companies. I searched for it, but cant find any particluar law regarding the same. Thanks. Shoba
From India, Bangalore
New Delhi, March 29 — Meeting a longstanding demand for gender parity in the workforce, the Centre today approved an amendment in the Factories Act to allow women employees to work late-night shifts with employers providing adequate safeguards at workplace and while commuting. The amendment, allowing women to work between 10 pm and 6 am, will benefit those working in special economic zones, textiles and IT sector (specially call centres) as it includes a rider that these timings shall be allowed only if the employer ensures safety.

The flexible timings shall be allowed ‘‘provided adequate safeguards in the factory as regards occupational safety and health, equal opportunity for women workers, adequate protection of their dignity, honour and safety and their transportation from the factory premises to the nearest point of their residence’’ are made, said Information & Broadcasting Minister Jaipal Reddy.

So far, the IT sector and SEZs were employing women for late-night work hours but had no legal obligation to provide these safety measures.

Reddy said the act was being amended to uphold the provisions by courts at various levels. It would empower the states to provide exemptions in special cases, such as SEZs and IT institutes. They would be authorised to allow employment between 7 pm and 6 am in factory or group of factories subject to the conditions.

The Cabinet also approved the inclusion of Manipur University as a central university to provide central funding and minimise the imbalance in educational facilities available in the North East.

It would entail a non-recurring expenditure of Rs 49 crore towards providing necessary infrastructure spread over three years and an annual expense of Rs 11 crore per annum.

The Manipur University Bill would be introduced in the current session of parliament to bring the university as well as the College of Technology at Imphal within the ambit of central government funding.

The Cabinet also decided to extend VAT in the union territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli through an ordinance.

It also gave ex-post facto approval to an agreement reached between India and Serbia and Montenegro on cooperation in the fields of science and technology that envisages work on joint scientific research projects and exchange of researchers, university professors and experts.

Win-win for India Inc

* India Inc sees the move as a step forward on labour reforms
* Textiles, manufacturing, IT and electronics expected to gain
* Garment units already employ 60% of women workforce; this will go up
* BPO, services sector unaffected as does not come under Factories Act.
* Women preferred to men as workers, considered more patient, attentive, loyal.
* Most Asian countries, including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan, have huge women labour force.

From India, Bangalore
Hi, Thanks for the reply. However, I was looking for the rates applicable to karnataka, if any for night shift allowance. Is there a law regarding the same? If yes, which one? Regards, Shoba
From India, Bangalore
Required night shift allowance rules in tamil nadu / India for non - IT categories / establishment category... please share the details
From India, Chennai
Required night shift allowance rules in Maharashtra / India for IT categories / establishment category... please share the details
From India, Mumbai
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