Need accelerated gender parity says ONGC HR Director

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) HR Director Alka Mittal giving the award to a woman manager at an event in Chennai recently.

Chennai: ‘Gender equality is the prominent issue in a patriarchal society like ours. India is a fastest growing financial power but when it comes to gender parity, we need an accelerated pace to increase substantially the number of women joining the working force,’ said Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) HR Director Alka Mittal.

She said this while giving away awards to the outstanding woman managers during Women Managers Convention 2019 hosted by Madras Management Association (MMA) in Chennai recently. Mittal emphasised that the objective should not be to raise the number of women in jobs but to have them with us in the long run. Taking a cue from ONGC, she said, progressive measures have been implemented for a woman-friendly industry and, in last four years, 511 women joined ONGC and out of these, 80 per cent work in technical fields.

‘A total of 140 women work in fields and, among them, nine work in the most critical offshores platforms,’ she said. Mittal informed the gathering that ONGC women employees get full pay leaves for 180 days during maternity, 60 days for adoption care and 730 days for child care. Later, she was felicitated by MMA officials. Earlier, the welcome address was given by MMA secretary Suresh Raman. Convention chairperson Nalini Padmanabhan proposed the vote of thanks.

NT Bureau