Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

While answering to a question in Parliament yesterday, Minister Vishnu Deo said that a proposal for amendment in the Factories Act, 1948 is under active consideration of the government.

In a written reply he said, amendment of Section 66 of the Act relating to permission for employment of women for night work for a factory or group or class or description of factories with adequate safeguards for safety and provision of transportation till the doorstep of their residence.

Amendment of Sections 64 and 65 of the Act to enhance the limit of overtime hours from the present limit of 50 hours per quarter to 100 hours per quarter. The amendment also proposes this limit to be increased to a maximum of 125 hours per quarter in public interest with the approval of State Government.

Presently only the State Governments are empowered to make rules under the Factories Act. It is now proposed to empower the Central Government also to make rules under the Act on some of the important provisions.

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