In the earlier issue of BWU dated 12th February 2022 it was reported about the initiative taken by S. Venkatesan, Honourable Member of Parliament, Madurai Constituency at the behest of Bank Employees Federation of India in the matter of separate toilet for women at the bank branches / offices.
The issue was raised by S Venkatesan in the Lok Sabha under Rule 377 which was promptly replied by the Government vide its letter D O F No.15/02/20022-COORD dated 09 03 2022 advising all the public sector banks and the scheduled commercial banks to provide separate toilet for women.
It is all the more imperative on the part of the bank employees and officers to ensure that these guidelines from the government are implemented in true spirits. We thank Com S Venkatesan, Honourable Member of Parliament, CPI (M) for having taken up this issue with the appropriate authorities and secured positive response.
MATTER UNDER RULE 377
I have been informed by the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) that many branches and offices of Public sector banks and other banks do not have separate toilets for women. This has been confirmed by the information collected through RTI Act and other sources. It is a shocking issue affecting the dignity of the women.
The necessity for providing the separate toilets for women need not be explained. Our sisters deserve honourable, decent and comfortable working atmosphere in work places and it is their right also. Apart from Women employees, Women customers and other
Women connected with office also require such facility.
I request you to instruct all the Banks- Public Sector, Private Sector, Foreign sector, Cooperative sector, DFls, Payment and Small
Finance Banks – to provide separate toilets for women in all the branches and offices in Madurai and also throughout the country.
S VENKATESAN, CPI (M)