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Jaipur’s Gandhinagar railway station becomes 1st fully women operated non-suburban station

The Gandhi Nagar railway station in Jaipur, Rajasthan became the country’s first major non-suburban railway station to be fully-managed by women. It is the second in the country to be managed solely by women – the first being Matunga in Mumbai. It is step towards empowering women and set example for women across the country that they can independently handle a major railway station.

Key Facts

Gandhi Nagar is important railway station in Jaipur situated on Jaipur-Delhi rail route. More than 50 trains pass through the station daily out of which 25 halting at station. The station has footfall of more than 7,000 passengers every day. There are 40 women staff deployed at station besides women personnel of railway protection force (RPF) at station. These women employees have been trained to manage all operations at the station. At this station, 10 women each have been posted in transport and commercial sections, while 4 have been posted for ticket checking, along with total of RPF personnel.

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Crèche facility to come up at Parliament House

The Parliament House is setting up crèche facility on its premises for establishing inclusive and supportive work environment for its women employees. This is in line with provisions of Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017.

It will be 1500 sq-foot centre and guarded by professionals, ensuring all-round development of children and will also have separate feeding room to aid mothers. This will help to bring in visible impact by pushing other private establishments, central and state owned organizations to set up crèche facility, to aid mothers

Background

The Ministry of Women and Child Development had requested Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to set up of a crèche at Parliament premises. It had pointed out that since over one-third of total number of the officials working in the Parliament were women, the provision of a crèche facility was crucial. Moreover, the issue was also raised by MPs in both the Houses of Parliament too during debate on Maternity Benefit amendments.

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 makes it mandatory for workplaces with more than 50 employees to provide mandatory crèche facility. The provisions Act mandate healthy workplace diversity and direct establishments of crèche facility. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed while accepting employees’ request for Crèche registrations.

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