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Shopfloor by 2025, TATA steel to have 10% of women

Tata Steel said it is focusing to twofold the extent of ladies working on its shopfloor to 10 percent of the absolute workforce by 2025.

The Tata group organization has 5 percent of its overall 35,000 employees or around 1,750 ladies working on the shopfloor at present, an organization official said.

In a statement, the company further said it will make more avenues for ladies to develop in the technical /producing space.

In a fillip for the 2025 goal, the company has begun to include women working on the shopfloor in two additional shifts at the flagship Jamshedpur plant, which has helped the fairer sex be present in the factory between 6 am and 10 pm. A company official explained that women have been on the shopfloor for many years, but used to work only in the general 9 am-5 pm shift.

Tata Steel had to make a slew of changes in the workplace in adherence of local rules in Jharkhand Jharkhand to help make it feasible for women to work in shifts, he added.

These include conducting sensitisation sessions for the employees, set-up security systems, creating women role models as representatives and meeting families of women, the statement said.

After the efforts, 52 women are working on the shopfloor across different shifts at the coke plant and electrical repair shopfloor at it’s over a century old plant, it added. "Going forward, we hope to expand this further to include more departments that will open-up for women," its vice president human resource management Suresh Dutt Tripathi was quoted as saying.

The Jharkhand plant has 20,000 workers, of which 1,300 are women. The womens workers include 500 officers who are not on the shopfloor and 800 non-officers, including the 52, who man the shopfloor, the official explained.

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