BPO and IT firms to implement guidelines for safety of women employeesNews — By The Desk on November 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM
Indian Express: Business process outsourcing and Information Technology companies in the city are gearing up to implement the Crime Branch directives to ensure the safety of their women employees. The directives, coming against the backdrop of the rape and murder of IT employee Naina Pujari, had highlighted the issue of safety of working women.
AD Shinde, Additional Commisioner of Police (Crime Branch), said, “A global positioning system must be fitted to all cabs that ferry employees. This helps the companies to keep track of the cabs. A breath analyser test of drivers is a must to check whether they are under the influence of alcohol. The companies should provide a security guard to all such cabs. Also, speed governors should be installed in all cabs.”
NASSCOM chairman and Zensar Technologies chief executive Ganesh Natrajan said, “The guidelines are good and should be implemented. Nothing is more important than the safety of young women who are employed with the industry. At Zensar, we have already formed a women core group to look into these issues.”
Deepak Shikarpur, chairman, IT sub committee, MCCIA, said, “The initiative should be appreciated as now companies would implement the guidelines. In the past, some companies did not bother about the security aspect.”
Shinde said drivers should carry identity cards and wear uniforms. The companies should provide these two items and form a squad to conduct surprise checks on cabs. “There are several social groups who work for the welfare of women. Companies should form a women’s grievance solution cell.”
He said women employees should take the basic precautions like sending an SMS to relatives or friends with details of the cab. “If the driver is not a resident of the city, the company should have details about the town he hails from, of his family, character and criminal record, if any. The company should have extra drivers in its workforce so that it does not have to hire temporary ones in case of emergency.”