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SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for Guidelines and policy on WfH: Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, MoLE

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) & International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva released a comprehensive study on ‘Impact of Working from Home’ (WfH) on Women Executives and Managers in Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in India with Guidelines for a Gender Sensitive WfH Policy in PSEs.  The report was released virtually in the presence of Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Ms. Dagmar Walter, Country Director, ILO; Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL and Chairperson, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE; Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra, Chairperson, Director (HR), IOCL & Chairperson, SCOPE HR Committee and Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg, Senior Advisor, ILO, Geneva. Dr. Malika Basu, Consultant, ILO gave a presentation of the report. The launch was attended by about 366 participants.

On the occasion, Ms. Anuradha Prasad complimented SCOPE-ILO on undertaking the study on a very topical subject. She further shared that while the Govt. has notified Draft Model Standing Order 2020 under the Industrial Relations Code for Service Sector in which specific provisions have been made for Work from Home(WfH) subject to specified conditions and as detailed guidelines need to be evolved, SCOPE –ILO study provides a very useful starting point for such guidelines and policy.

Ms. Dagmar Walter stated that the study is a landmark moment in SCOPE- ILO association and has reiterated the need for creation of an inclusive workplace to upsurge women participation in workforce.

Calling it a proud moment for SCOPE, Ms. Soma Mondal said that PSEs have time and again instantaneously responded to the transformations at workplace and the pandemic was no exception. She added that the report gives an optimised insight into how women workforce are managing this new normal.

Mr. Atul Sobti stated that this is a path breaking study where highest number of public sector women employees participated. He added that the report is an important step towards developing Gender inclusive work policy in PSEs that facilitates equal opportunities to women workforce. He called for creation of better opportunities to encourage more women at work and also advised senior management to gain insight from the Study and Guidelines launched.

Ms. Sanchir Tugschimeg commended the active and consistent effort of SCOPE and ILO encouraging deeper insights into this new reality at work.

Mr. Ranjan Mohapatra said that PSEs may circulate and look at active adoption of the guidelines customised to their organisational needs s WfH is a perennial reality today.

As the pandemic has been catalyst in adopting WfH arrangement, the SCOPE ILO study offers detailed insights about advantages and challenges of WfH after administering surveys including key informant interviews (KIIs) and one-on-one interviews with Senior Management including CMDs, Heads of HR and other executives. A record number of 1969 women executives in PSEs were interviewed to reckon the ground reality of the situation. The report also proposes a set of recommendations streamlined into guidelines for gender sensitive work from home policy in PSEs.

SCOPE
17th February, 2021
Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized its 31st National Meet 2021 virtually on the theme ‘New Normal: Opportunities and Risks’ for Public Sector women employees. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL & Chairman, SCOPE; Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and Ms. Atishi Marlena addressed the participants during the inaugural session. Ms. Soma Mondal, Chairperson, SAIL and Ms. H.K. Joshi, CMD, SCI addressed the subsequent sessions in the presence of Ms. Kirti Tiwari and Ms. Sanchita Banerjee, President Apex, WIPS and other WIPS members. The program was attended by around 1000 participants located across the country.

Mr. Rakesh Kumar inaugurating the e-National Meet said that as the country is treading towards ‘Make for the World’, women employees have an indispensable role in achieving self-sufficiency in all industries. He highlighted the need for creating a motivated and secure workspace for women to help achieve gender equality.

Mr. Atul Sobti in his address saluting the spirit of women employees in these times of crisis stated that displaying grit and determination, they meticulously transformed crisis into opportunity. He emphasized that women employees must focus on being more assertive, confident, aiming for higher goals and reiterated the role of WIPS in empowering women.

Ms. Atishi Marlena said that while COVID 19 created a unique prospect of ‘Work from Home’ for women employees it also renewed challenges in creating work life balance.

Ms. Soma Mondal in her address commended that amidst the blurring of boundaries between work and home, women employees have risen to the challenge and shown true resilience by adapting efficiently to the ‘New Normal.’

11th February, 2020
SCOPE
Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) organized the 30th National Meet in Hyderabad on the theme ‘Power to Transform- Decision to Action’ for Public Sector women employees. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telegana in the presence of Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, who also delivered the keynote address.

The program was attended by more than 600 women employees from PSEs located across the country. In her address, Dr. Soundararajan commending the role of WIPS said women born with the inherent power to transform into different roles all through their life must also prioritize their health and well being to attain ideal work-life balance.

Mr. Sobti in his address stated that empowerment of women has gained top priority across the globe and though women constitute a significant part of the labour force in India, efforts need to be made to escalate their representation, especially at senior level positions.