Women can now work in underground mines

The Central Government  decided to break norms about women working in underground mines and also do night shifts in open cast or over ground mines, with an objective  to bring about greater gender equality and provoke more employment opportunities for women.

The government claimed, it had decided to exempt the women employed in any mine above and mine below ground from the provisions of section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952, which restricts women from working in mines.