SBI withdraws revised guidelines for pregnant employees

New Delhi: The State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, has withdrawn recently implemented guidelines under which a female applicant more than three months pregnant was considered “temporarily unfit” and could join the bank within four months after delivery.

Some people criticized the action, including the All India State Bank Of India Employees Association. In its latest medical fitness requirements for new hires or promoters, the bank said a candidate would be considered fit if she was less than three months pregnant.

In response to the criticism, the SBI said: “In some sections of the media, the revision of standards in this regard has been interpreted as discriminatory against women. SBI has always been proactive in caring for and empowering its female employees who today constitute approximately 25% of our workforce. »

In a published statement, the bank further said that according to government guidelines, during the covid period, pregnant employees were excused from reporting to the office and allowed to work from home.

However, in view of public sentiment, the SBI has decided to hold the revised instructions regarding the recruitment of pregnant candidates in abeyance and continue with the existing instructions on the matter,” the SBI said in a statement issued, the report reported. ANI.

SBI Guidelines for Pregnant Employees

He said the policy will be implemented for recruitment from December 21, 2021, the date of approval.

The amended promotion rules will go into effect April 1, 2022, according to the release.

Previously, female applicants up to 6 months pregnant were allowed to join the bank under certain conditions.

Requirements include providing a certificate from a specialist gynecologist stating that it is not likely to interfere with her pregnancy or the proper development of the fetus or cause her miscarriage or harm her health.

(With ANI inputs)

Mara R. Wilmoth