Four years ago, Tata Motors started with a batch of just five women with an aim of “creating a brigade of ‘Women in Blue’ by enrolling, educating and skilling girls, especially from economically deprived areas”.
Today, the company boasts of 1,812 women employees working on its shop floors, which is about 4 per cent of the total shop floor workforce (as on July 31, 2018), across its different plants.
Not too far behind, rival M&M’s automotive division began with 23 in 2016 and today it has over 380 women across all its manufacturing plants, while the company’s farm division and subsidiary Swaraj employs over 250 women on the shop floor.
Likewise, Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors, runs an entire engine assembly line with women workforce of approximately 140.
Two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp too had embarked on Project Tejaswani with an aim of introducing women in shop floor and today the company has 160 women working in various roles in assembly operations at its different factories.
Rival Bajaj Auto has ‘Women Only’ assembly lines at its Chakan and Pantnagar plants.”
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