Amid controversy over discrimination against pregnant women when entering employment, Indian Bank said on Monday that it has made no changes to existing guidelines and that no female candidate has been denied employment.
“It has been interpreted in some parts of the media that the bank has issued new guidelines that discriminate against women. In this regard, we would like to inform that the bank has not made any changes to the existing guidelines,” Indian Bank said in a statement. a statement.
However, with a view to public opinion, we state that if the pregnancy is shorter than 12 weeks, the candidates are considered suitable to join the bank. After 12 weeks of pregnancy, candidates are allowed to apply with a certificate of aptitude from a registered physician proving their suitability to join the bank.
Further, in the event that a candidate wishes a postponement due to pregnancy, the bank considers the request favorably, Indian Bank said.
Some of the media had claimed that a recent circular from the Indian Bank prevents women who are more than three months pregnant from enlisting despite being selected through a fair trial.
Earlier in the day, Swati Maliwal, chairman of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), notified the Indian bank of alleged ‘anti-women’ guidelines that prevent pregnant women from enlisting, declaring them ‘temporarily unfit’ , and requested the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to intervene in the matter.
“The Commission has been informed that the Bank has issued rules stating that if a female candidate is three months pregnant, she will be considered ‘temporarily unfit’ and will not be immediately admitted to her selection.
This will delay her joining and then she will lose her seniority,” Maliwal said in a letter to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
This is a very serious matter. This alleged action by the bank appears discriminatory and illegal as it conflicts with maternity benefits provided under “The Code of Social Security, 2020”.
Furthermore, it discriminates on the basis of gender, which violates the fundamental rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of India, the DCW chairman noted in the letter.
Suo-moto took note of media reports of India Bank’s drafting of new guidelines for the recruitment of staff and has sent a notice to the Delhi Commission for Women to the Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Indian Bank requesting that a notification be issued by June 23, 2022. to get an answer to the issue.
However, Indian Bank denied that it has guidelines against women.
“Indian Bank has always been a forward-thinking bank with a proactive approach to caring and empowering female employees who are an integral part of its workforce.
This is also reflected in the fact that about 29 percent of the workforce is made up of female employees, which is one of the best in the banking industry,” said Indian Bank.
We further state that no female candidate has been refused employment by Indian Bank on the grounds of pregnancy. The bank does not engage in gender-discriminatory practices, the statement said.