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Program to attract women workers to textile sector
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Sep '10
Under a specially driven program, launched by the textile industry of Punjab, to encourage women to work in textile mills to reduce labour crunch, the corporate bodies are set to approach employable women, dwelling in surrounding areas to inform them about the job opportunities and working conditions in textile mills.

With the involvement of around 700,000 people, the textile industry of Punjab is the biggest industry in the organized sector in the state. The industry is expecting to avail benefits from state government's changed rule, which allows women to work for three shifts.

The state government changed this rule, inspired by the ruling of Chennai High Court that allows textile units to employ women in all the three shifts. This decision is expected to ease the labour crunch in textile industry of Punjab, which has touched heights of 30 percent.

The major textile units of the state intend to increase the percentage of women workers from the present 30 percent to 70 percent, in next few years. Punjabi men dislike working on industrial shop floors, while the migratory workers now have, job opportunities in their own state, from the social welfare schemes of the government.

This is also seen as a way, to empower more women and also reduce poverty levels in the state.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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