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WIPS An Overview


PSU represents the single largest organized sector spread over the entire length and breadth of the country touching and influencing the lives of the entire population in the country and of all categories. Though the Public Sector as a whole is undergoing structural changes in as much as the rest of the economy in India for the past one decade, it still occupies the center stage impacting the economy. Women in PSU constituted 4.5% of the total Work Force as on February, 2011 as compared to 4% as on March 1991. The sectors where there has been pronounced changes for the better in the profiles of women employees in the Managerial& Supervisory categories during the same period are Power, Petroleum, Fertilizers , Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Textiles, Trading & Marketing Services, Contract and Construction Services, Financial Services, Coal & Lignite. Remarkable and outstanding improvements in women moving into Managerial & Supervisory positions have been seen in Transport Services & Tourist Services during the same period.


The Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), organized a national convention of women in public sector-during October 1989 in New Delhi. The convention was attended by 500 women delegates from all over India who put in their suggestions for the growth of women in public sector. They also felt the need to create a National Network, a support system that would enable them to transform these suggestions into reality with the help of the Public Enterprises and concerned agencies. Thus a Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) was created under the aegis of SCOPE on 12th February, 1990 having a Central Apex Forum in Delhi and four regional Forums in Bombay (Western Region), Chennai(Southern Region), Kolkata (Eastern Region) and Delhi (Northern Region) respectively. The formation of WIPS represents the first ever initiative made by the single largest organized sector in focusing the issues related to advancement of women. While on the one hand women have to take initiatives themselves to meet the job challenges and sustain career growth, managements of the enterprises also need to recognize the changing profile of the work force in enterprises and provide appropriate environment for their advancement and growth.


    The Government of India Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Department of Public Enterprises has emphasised to all Central PSU’s to take        steps for skill up-gradation and career Progression of women workforce as well creation of WIPs cell in respective CPSI’s. For this purpose following office      Memorandum have been issued;

     1) O.M.No. 6(1)/2014-DPE (GM) dated 19.08.2014 issued by Shri j N Prasad, Director.

     2) O.M.No. DPE-GM-11/0001/2015/FTS-3664 dated 14.05.2015 issued by Shri J N Prasad, Director.

    3) Communication No. DPE/GM/0001/2015-FTS-3664 dated 26.12.2016 issued by Shri J N Prasad, Director.

    4) Communication No. SCOPE/WIPS/2016 dated 21.12.2016 issued by Dr.U. D. Choubey, Director General.

  5) Background (A Glance of WIPS)