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Controversial circular on pregnant woman candidates withdraws by SBI

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The State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, repealed a contentious circular on Saturday that prevented women candidates from applying for employment at the bank if they were pregnant for more than three months.

The SBI has revised numerous Fitness Standards for Bank Recruitment, including Pregnant Women Candidate standards. In an official statement, Bank stated that the revised recommendations were meant to give clarification on health factors when instructions were unclear or outdated.

Pregnant women employees were excused from attending work during the COVID time, according to government regulations, and permitted to Work from Home, according to the statement.

However, in light of public emotion, the State Bank of India has decided to put the amended instructions on recruitment of pregnant women applicants on hold and continue with the present instructions, according to the statement.

The bank said in its most recent medical fitness requirements for new recruits or promotes that a candidate would be judged fit if she was pregnant for less than three months.

According to the medical fitness and ophthalmological requirements for new recruits and promotes dated December 31, 2021, “if pregnancy lasts more than three months, she will be regarded temporarily unfit and may be permitted to re-join within four months following birth of kid.”

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