Hyderabad March 08, 2022: The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry FTCCI has celebrated International Women’s Day,2022 at Taj Vivanta. The event was graced by Chief Guest ,Sri Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments ,Govt. of Telangana; Ms. Haritha Vasireddi, Managing Director, Vimta Labs ; Mrs. Vanitha Datla, Executive Director & CFO at Elico Ltd; Mrs Bhagwati Devi Baldwa , Chair, Women Empowerment Committee, FTCCI; K. Bhasker Reddy, President, FTCCI; Khyati Naravane, CEO,FTCCI. In the presence of Anil Agarwal, Sr Vice President, Meela Jayadev, Vice President and several eminent dignitaries from government ,academia and industry.
At the event, FTCCI has identified and felicitated some of the member companies implementing best practices to bring gender parity. The companies felicitated were L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd; Metrochem API Pvt Ltd; Valmiki Group; Anuha Food Products Pvt. Ltd; Kamala Farms; Kapiti Overseas pvt. Ltd. & Bahu-Belly. FTCCI in alliance with Mahesh Bagawathi Baldwa Foundation and Akhil Baratiya Maheshwari Mahila Sanghatan has also empowered skilled and needy women’s by distributing 10 sewing machines. This action of FTCCI has once again showcased its commitment to be a part of the sustainable growth and development.
Sri Jayesh Ranjan has highlighted the role of women in family and pressed upon the importance of creating conducive environment for women to take the lead. Family support is the key to get more women on board. He highlighted that the patriarchal values in the society is dominating the perception of the people in all spheres like running the family, business or company. Unless these deep-rooted believes during the upbringing of children changes , gender gap cannot be filled.
Sri K. Bhakser Reddy has shown his concern for India sliding down from 112th position to 140th position in Gender Gap Report. He had taken the initiative and shown several ways out to tackle with gender inequality in various positions. He suggested Implementing gender neutral recruitment processes; Review salaries and standardize pay; Have a clear policy on discrimination; Provide flexible working time and others .He said that we must ensure active encouragement of women to progress.
Sri Bhagawathi Devi Baldwa has cited quotes and incidents from Hindu scriptures to reiterate the importance of women participation and openness in the traditional societies and how it has been restricted in the current scenario. She has given importance to financial independence for women empowerment and said that there is nothing impossible for women , if they realize their potential.
Smt Vanita Datla has pressed upon “walk the talk”. She has asked the forum to be more responsible and participative in breaking the glass ceiling.
Smt Harita Vasireddi has rightly identified that Gender Equality is indeed an important parameter which should be considered when macro issues like GDP is taken into consideration. She cited that a small increase in the participation of Women as a workforce can give a big boost to the economy. She also reiterated that access to education; health care; technology is very important to women whereas women’s economic participation is also vital for sustainable development.