March 30, 2023

sbi: SBI suspends circular on hiring pregnant women candidates | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: State Bank of India has decided to keep its revised instructions regarding joining letters for pregnant women candidates in abeyance. This follows protests from politicians, women’s rights bodies and a general outcry on social media over the bank’s circular restricting granting of joining letters to women candidates who are over three months pregnant.
Swati Maliwal, chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women, taking suo moto cognizance of reports on the new guidelines, issued a notice to the chairman of State Bank of India against its December 31 circular which said that women who were over three months pregnant would be considered temporarily unfit and would not be given immediate joining before delivery.
On Saturday, Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Nirmala Sitharaman and SBI chairman asking for the guidelines to be withdrawn. She pointed out that the extant guidelines that were brought forward in 2009 allowed the appointment of candidates up to six months of pregnancy but have now been revised. She highlighted the broader issue of the drop in female participation in the workforce. “Such regressive and sexist guidelines will exacerbate the exclusion of women and inequality faced by them,” she said.
Amid the row, the country’s largest lender said: “SBI has recently reviewed the various fitness standards for recruitment in the bank, including norms for pregnant women candidates. The revised guidelines were intended to provide clarity on various health parameters where instructions were not clear or were very old.” It added that in some sections of the media, the revision in norms in this regard has been interpreted as discriminatory against women.
“SBI has always been proactive towards the care and empowerment of its women employees who now constitute around 25% of our workforce,” the public sector player said.

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