Monday, August 10, 2015

Make 15% of bank branches all-women offices: Panel to PSU banks

A PANEL has recommended to ensure at least 15 percent public sector bank branches all-women offices so that a safe and convenient work environment can be ensured to women in the growing banking sector.
The Parliamentary panel has also recommended flexible working hours for women employees to help them balance their professional and family responsibilities.
The panel, in its...
'Working Conditions of Women in Public Sector Banks' report, said that PSU banks should be asked by the Finance Ministry to open at least 15 per cent of their branches as all-women units. These branches must be opened in those regions of the country where discrimination against women has traditionally been on the higher side than the rest of the country.
"It will make womenfolk feel comfortable to access a banking system that is devoid of gender-biases as well as is non-discriminatory towards them," said the report by the Committee on Empowerment of Women.
It also said the government should also work out the modalities for introducing flexible working hours for women employees in PSU banks.
"As flexi working hours will allow women employees to strike a balance between her professional and family responsibility, maintain healthy lifestyles and contribute to parenting well, it is recommended for the same and urge upon the government to work out the modalities in this direction," it said.
The committee asked the banks to take a lenient view regarding transfer of women employees.
"There arises the need for the banks to take the most lenient view while taking decisions regarding posting of women employees, keeping in view her spouse's place of posting, her obligation towards offsprings and also the dwelling place of parents in case she is as yet not married," it said.
The PSU banks have a total staff strength of about 8,57,868.
Of this, women employees account for 1,96,374, constituting 24 per cent of the total workforce as of September, 2014.
Among them, 72,625 are officers, 1,02,354 clerks, and 20,475 women work at the sub-staff level.

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