Tata Steel allows mining women to work night shifts

RANCHI/JAMSHEDPUR: Tata Steel He said Monday that he has become the first company in the country to deploy its female workforce in the mines at night.

“Tata Steel is the first company in India to deploy women in all shifts in mines. OMQs (ore, mines and quarries) became the first division to deploy women in all shifts with effect from September 1, ”the company said in a statement. In the first phase, mining engineers and plant engineers have been deployed in a few key sections of Noamundi mine.

On January 29, the Center in a gazette notification had allowed women to work in mines between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., modifying the Mines Act of 1952. The law had prevented women from working in any open pit or underground mine between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The company also started two shifts at the plant of its Jamshedpur plant for women employed as of September 1. Around 52 women employed were deployed at their coke plant and electric repair plant in two shifts (between 6 am and 10 pm) during the week.

Tata Steel aims to make up 20% of its total workforce with women by 2025, company sources said. As on March 31 this year, women made up 6.5% of the company’s 33,000 employees. “Employing women in mines leads to generation of innovative ideas,” said Arun Mishra, vice-president (raw materials), Tata Steel.

The company added that all standards are followed to ensure the effective deployment of women in the mines. Vending machines for sanitary napkins, dining rooms for women, restrooms, female security guards, transportation facilities, among others, are being installed to help the process.