A major overhaul of India’s economy and the implementation of a slew of social reforms have ushered in a new era of gender equality.
According to new figures from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), nearly 5,100 women were promoted in the sector of after sales and manufacturing in the past two years.
The DIPP data, compiled by the India Institute of Development Studies (IIDS), a think tank, also shows that a record number of women are in the labour force.
The numbers in manufacturing are particularly interesting given that women account for just 6 per cent of the labour forces in the country.
The IIDS said in the last three months, India has added more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs.
The data shows that there has been a dramatic change in the employment structure of women in India.
The number of manufacturing jobs has increased from 3.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 to 6.5 million in June 2021.
The DIPP figures show that the labour market is changing as more women join the workforce.
The labour force participation rate among women in the age group 15-24 has been improving.
It has been at 63.4 per cent in June 2020, a drop of 4 percentage points from April 2021, according to the latest data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).