Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Women and Child Welfare Committee of the State Legislature has noticed gross discrepancies in the functioning of readymade garment factories in Bangalore and has come out with six recommendations for improving the working conditions for women in the units.

The committee headed by Seema Ashok Masuti on Friday tabled its report in the Legislative Assembly and recommended to the managements of factories to increase minimum monthly wages of employees from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4,000.

The panel members of both Houses of the legislature and officials visited Leela Scotish Lase Private Limited Unit -2, Global Garments, Gokuldas Images Private Limited in the city and noted that there was no salary difference between an employee of one year experience and 10 years of experience in the units. The panel told the managements to give salaries to women employees based on their experience.

It said that managements of all garment factories should provide free transport to women employees. Since a large number of women travel from a distant place to the factory, the managements should provide free transport facility to employees, the panel said.

The panel told managements to provide bonus to all employees of the factory without fail. The factories had been denying bonus and other incentives to employees. It also recommended to all garment factories to take steps to conduct union activities, sports and cultural programmes and library facility for employees.