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Mumbai, 12th Feb (IANS): Global software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said it has been ranked among the top three employers in the US by the Netherlands-based Top Employers Institute.

"The Institute has also recognised TCS as one of the world's best places to work for the fourth consecutive year," said the city-based tech firm in a statement here.

The Amsterdam-headquartered independent organisation certifies employers the world over for excellence in creating a total work environment for their employees.

The criteria in assessing TCS employee offerings included talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits and company culture.

"As employees are our strong asset, we are committed to enabling their growth and development through programmes to build digital skills, enable career advancement and retain the best talent," said TCS President, North America and Europe, Surya Kant in the statement.

TCS has also been among the top two recruiters of the US and Canadian IT services talent over the past five years.

"Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop personally and professionally on their own. Our research concluded thata-TCS provides an outstanding employment environment and offers creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes," said the Institute Global Business Director Dennis Utter.

As a flagship company of India's Tata group, the $17.6 billion TCS has 390,000 techies across 36 countries worldwide.

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New Delhi, 10th Feb (IANS): The government-run Sexual Harassment Electronic box (SHe-Box) has received 34 complaints from various ministries, 19 from various states, and 25 from private organisations since the online portal was launched seven months ago. The maximum number of grievances have come from the Ministry of Communications.

In reply to an RTI application by IANS, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) said it was taking action in response to the 77 complaints of sexual harassment by women at their work places.

The portal, launched in July last year to provide single-window access to working women to register complaints related to sexual harassment at work places, was initially limited to only government sector employees. It was however expanded to the private sector from November last year.

Within three months, 25 women working in different private organisations registered sexual harassment complaints.

The WCD Ministry, mandated to run the portal and act on complaints, has received grievances from three of its own employees, according to the RTI reply.

It said eight complaints were received from the Communications Ministry followed by four from the Commerce and Industry Ministry. Three cases each have been received from the ministries of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Defence, Finance and Railways.

Two complaints each have been registered by women working with the ministries of Health, Human Resources Development and Rural Development. One woman in the External Affairs Ministry has also registered a sexual harassment case on the SHe box.

According to the WCD Ministry, women working with different government departments in 13 states have also complained of sexual harassment.

The maximum number of four cases have been received from Kerala, three from Bihar while two are from Telangana. One case each has been registered from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Maharashtra, Punjab, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The online portal was launched as part of the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act to create a safe and secure workplace for women free from sexual harassment.

The registration of online complaints requires the complainant to fill in information like her name, designation, cellphone number, email, Aadhaar number and contact details of the organisation and head of the organisation, as well as the name of the offender.

Complaints filed with the internal committee of these organisations can also be re-routed through this portal.

Once a complaint is submitted, it goes to the Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) concerned or Local Complaint Committee (LCC) constituted under the act. Through this portal, the WCD Ministry as well as complainant can also monitor the status of complaints.

However, a large number of sexual harassment cases at workplaces in India are not reported.

According to a 2017 survey by the Indian National Bar Association, of the 6,047 participants 38 per cent said they had faced harassment at their workplaces but 69 per cent of the respondents did not complain about it.

The main reasons for not reporting the sexual harassment cases include fear of losing jobs, stigma and long-winding procedures in the legal battle for redressal of the complaints.

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New Delhi, 9th Feb (IANS): Hundreds of homeless people staying in government-run night shelters across the capital may soon get jobs if a novel proposal to train and make them employable goes through.

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), an agency looking after homeless people in the city, is considering a proposal by an industry lobby to impart skill-based training to the homeless and then refer them for jobs with private organisations, DUSIB CEO Shurbir Singh told IANS.

According to the proposal from the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), the industry lobby has agreed to conduct a scope study to understand job requirements in the market.

This will be followed by a list of skills which could be imparted to the homeless so that the chances of them landing a job are high.

The PHDCCI would then undertake a study among the homeless to understand their backgrounds and what levels of training they would be able to grasp, according to the proposal.

After this, groups of 25-30 people would be given training in different batches. There are some 12,000 homeless people living in nearly 200 permanent night shelters in Delhi.

The CEO said that, after conducting the training, PHDCCI would recommend the homeless for jobs in various companies under the industry lobby that works on the promotion of industry, trade and entrepreneurship, and has 2,000 direct members and 48,000 indirect members through its affiliate associations.

Singh said this was not the first attempt by the DUSIB to bring homeless people to the mainstream.

In January 2017, the DUSIB had started a programme to give skill development training to homeless people in the night shelters.

Under the programme, more than 200 homeless across the city were given training in electrical works, plumbing and cooking, among others.

"From the last training we found out that it was futile to give training without providing placement," the DUSIB official said.

But the DUSIB and PHDCCI are still looking for funding the job scheme and the answer may lie in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

"We have told them (PHDCCI) to find some funding from industries under CSR. They are yet to respond," a DUSIB official said. "But we are seriously considering the scheme."

A PHDCCI official confirmed the proposal, but said its finer details were still being worked out.

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New Delhi, 8th Feb (IANS): Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh on Thursday said the sector has been saved from "inspector raj" through changes in classification of enterprises from "investment in plant and machinery/equipment" to annual turnover.

"We have rescued the MSME sector from 'inspector raj'. This change in classification will improve the ease of doing business and bring erstwhile MSMEs in the formal sector," Singh told reporters here.

The Minister said the change in MSME classification will also help in skill development and promote start-ups.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the change in the definition of MSMEs according to which the enterprises with an annual turnover not exceeding Rs five crore will fall under "micro" enterprises.

Accordingly, "small" enterprise will be defined as a unit where the annual turnover is more than five crore rupees but does not exceed Rs 75 crore, while "medium" enterprise will be defined as a unit where the annual turnover is more than seventy five crore rupees but does not exceed Rs 250 crore.

"This will encourage ease of doing business, make the norms of classification growth oriented and align them to the new tax regime revolving around GST (Goods and Services Tax)," the government said.

On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India allowed an extension to the MSMEs of up to 180 days to clear their loans to banks to provide relief to the sector affected severely by the GST implementation.

In addition, the RBI also removed credit caps on MSMEs offering services in the priority sector.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget presentation on February 1, had also announced relief for boosting the MSME sector -- the largest employer in the country -- by reducing the corporate taxation rate to 25 per cent for companies with turnovers of up to Rs 250 crore.

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New Delhi, 7th Feb (IANS): Sabyasachi Mukherjee just wanted to earn money to get on an airplane and travel the world when he entered the fashion industry, and went on to make a special place for himself by weaving traditional stories with threads of Indian culture through his creations. India's ace couturier says he wants to make sure that he "comes up with something that the copy market can copy" that in turn creates jobs in the market.


In an interview with IANS, the designer -- who has lent his creative touch to design a line of luxury wall coverings through an exclusive collaboration with Nilaya by Asian Paints with "Padmaavat" star Deepika Padukone as his muse -- looked back to the time when he entered the industry and how a sense of responsibility towards the country and people who work for him has seeped in.

"When I first started out, I wanted to make enough money so that I could get on an airplane and travel to any part of the world that I wanted to. That was a selfish motivation because I was young and I could not think of anybody but myself; today I have 1,900 people working under me, I have to pay salaries every month, their children are going to school, it's a big responsibility," Sabyasachi told IANS in an e-mail interview.

He continued: "And I also look at the social responsibility of what we are doing in the country. We are one of the largest brands in the country; so I have to make sure that every year I come up with something that the copy market can copy, because every time that the copy market copies something, you're creating jobs -- and for me the responsibility of being able to do something that drives an economy, whether the economy panders to us or whether it panders to somebody else's wallet, it doesn't matter, but we have to be influential enough to be able to create jobs in this country.

"For me that's very important."

So is that his biggest challenge as a designer?

"My biggest challenge is to make sure that I'm proud of the work that I do and I also create enough business for art and craft to survive."

After graduating from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sabyasachi started an eponymous label in 1999 and went on to make waves in the international fashion scene by using Indian textiles with a contemporary twist. He is one of the few names in Indian fashion to participate at fashion weeks in Milan, New York and London.

The designer, whose creations have been flaunted by the likes of actresses Shabana Azmi, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor Khan, hails from Kolkata. He has lent his creativity in fashion to films such as "Black", "Guzaarish" and "Paa".

Sabyasachi works closely with artisans to tell stories with his sartorial creations.

"What's good about the artisans right now is they are not being treated as artisans any more; they are treated as artists and there is a lot of respect, there is a lot of social and cultural respect that's coming.

"They are buying homes, their children are going to school, they have technology aiding them, they have business managers and accountants, they have CAs looking into their books. I think what they are doing is they are shaping themselves from fragile, small companies into strong robust businesses."

Sabyasachi has put in his creativity to use by creating ensembles for women, men and children. He says the chance to design wall coverings came at the right time.

"I wanted to do something in interiors, but I also wanted to do it with one of the largest companies in the country and Asian Paints was also looking for a designer who would do wall papers for them; I think while I spread the wish to the universe, they hunted me down and I just came in the first meeting and said yes. It was very simple."

What is he working on at the moment?

"On a speech that I'm going to give at Harvard (University). I don't know what I'm going to say; so that's my big fear as I'm going to represent my country."

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