Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), May 29: In a bid to provide a safe environment for women in the workplace, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday announced that no female worker can be bound to do the night shift in factories across the state.
"No female worker shall be bound to work without her written consent before 6 am and after 7 pm. The authorities will also have to provide free transportation, food and sufficient supervision if working during the aforementioned hours", the government circular stated.
According to the order, before 6 am and after 7 pm if the woman worker refuses to work, she would not be terminated from employment.
Late Friday night, the UP labour department issued a state order to notify the decision. It states unequivocally that female employees will not be forced to stay late for work after 7 p.m. and will not be called to work before 6 a.m. without their written approval.
The administration has announced exemptions for women's labour in all of the state's mills and factories.
"The onus of providing a secure working atmosphere to the women workers will lie with the employer to prevent an incident of sexual harassment in the workplace. Moreover, the GO makes it mandatory for the employer to inculcate a robust complaint mechanism in the factory in compliance with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 or in any other related enactments", the order added.