Panaji, Aug 11: The Congress in Goa on Sunday objected to the bill that allows women to work in night shift in private sector in the state and demanded that the same be withheld and referred to the President.
In a letter written to Governor Mridula Sinha, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chdankar said whatever precautions were taken, the working environment for women in night shifts would always be a threat to their safety and security. Even as sought to be assured that consent of the woman would have to be taken before giving her night shift duty, such consent would always be under threat of making them redundant or transferring them and finally getting rid of the woman who did not agree to the night-shift duty, he said.
''Women, all over the world, are the backbone of the family and needed in the houses. Our Indian society is reputed for the family bond because of the women who are the binding and bonding force of a family. Exclusion of the women from the household environment would spell doom for the family institution and could have catastrophic consequences on the children. Absence of women from home would also cause many rifts between spouses and other family members. The Government of India, recognising the importance of the girl child (who turns out to be the woman at the end of the day), even has program like Beti Bachao and if the State Government cannot ensure that our women are respected as they deserve to be respected, it will ensure only doom of the families,'' he said.
''We apprehend that this could be a back-door means to bring in people from other places and deprive the Goans of jobs in the factories in Goa. Goa has a very low crime rate against women compared to rest of the country. Granting assent to such legislation would also increase the index of crime rate against women, and Goa will be further dragged into infamy with such crimes,'' he said and suggested that to meet the demand for employment of women, the establishments could be directed to employ a certain percentage of women during the normal working hours.
State Assembly on August 1, 2019, passed the bill which allows women to work in night shift in industrial sector in the state. Moving the bill, Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar, who also holds Factories and Boilers portfolio, however, had said that women employees would not be forced to work in night shift. (UNI)