The companies want 10 p.m. deadline

Information Technology (IT) companies in the State have urged the Government to extend the deadline for working hours for women employees from the existing 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This was revealed by Secretary to Department of Labour G.S. Narayanaswamy while he was addressing a round-table on “Labour Laws – Issues and Challenges” organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) in association with Employers' Federation of Southern India (EFSI) here on Wednesday.

A resolution adopted by the IT companies in the State seeking an extension in the working-hour deadline has been sent to the Labour Department. “We will take a decision only after consulting women's groups, trade unions and industry representatives,” he said.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said that the department was also working towards simplifying the registration processes. “Next year, the applications for registration and submission of yearly returns can be made online. All procedures will be web-based to make them more user-friendly. People need not visit the department for either applications or submitting returns,” he said.

He added that the Union Government had launched the Rashtriya Swast Bima Yojana for the Below Poverty Line families of the unorganised sector. Over the next six months, an estimated 40 lakh people are likely to be covered under the scheme. The scheme will cover labourers who have worked for a minimum of 15 days under the MGNREGA scheme, railway porters, beedi workers and domestic workers.

“Smart cards will be issued issued shortly,” he said.

  • Resolution on extension sent to Labour Department
  • ‘Decision only after consultation with women groups'