Amendment to Factories Act approved by Goa Government

Published on July 01, 2019
The state government of Goa recently approved an amendment to Factories Act 1948 which will allow the deployment of women in night shifts (from 7pm to 6 am) in industries.
Amendment to Factories Act approved by Goa Government
  • It is a welcome step taken by the Goa government towards women empowerment.

Details:

  • The Amendment Bill was approved by the state cabinet and is set to be tabled during the upcoming Legislative Assembly session.
  • The specific provision restricting the employment of women at night have had a deterred effect on employment of women in the state.

Significance of the Amendment:

  • The amendment will allow the deployment of women in night shifts in industries and might end the discrimination against female workers as far as job opportunities are concerned.
  • It will give trouble-free space to women to excel in their careers and will also help women get more jobs.
  • It is a revolutionary step which is expected to bring about equality at the workplace.

What is the Factories Act 1948?

  • It is administered by Union Ministry of Labour and Employment via Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), which advises Central and State Governments on the administration of Factories Act and coordinates factory inspection services in States.
  • In states, the act is administered by State Governments through their factory inspectorates.
  • It deals with different problems concerning health, safety, efficiency and well-being of persons at workplaces.
  • It is applicable to establishments with 10 or more workers if the premise is using power and to establishments with 20 or more workers, without electricity connection.

Question:

Q. Which state government recently approved an amendment to Factories Act 1948 which will allow the deployment of women in night shifts (from 7pm to 6 am) in industries?
a. Goa
b. Rajasthan
c. Assam
d. Tamil Nadu

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