Highlights of the Bill
The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2005 seeks to amend the Factories Act, 1948.
The Principal Act restricts the employment of women in factories in night shifts. The Bill authorises state governments to remove the restrictions, subject to certain safeguards.
Key Issues and Analysis
While the Bill allows women to work night shifts in factories, there may not be adequate safeguards to prevent exploitation of women workers.
Other than the Factories Act, 1948, various state Shops and Commercial Establishment Acts also prohibit women from working at night.