Bengaluru: The latest news from Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will make the women staff of the BMTC happy. According to a new direction, pregnant women working as conductors will be asked to work in the office, not in buses.

Following the increasing number of complaints against harassment to pregnant women conductors in BMTC, the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) has directed the BMTC to take necessary action immediately.

KSLSA Secretary H Sanjeev Kumar has written to BMTC managing director and has directed him to make sure that pregnant women on conductor duty are not burdened, harassed and the foetus is not harmed.

The letter states that according to Karnataka Civil Services Rules notification, it has directed the BMTC to permit them to work in office for six months, where there is not much physical work. Even if they are working as conductors, there should be a seat reserved for them.

As per rule 135(1) of the Karnataka Civil Service Rules, the period of maternity leave to be sanctioned to the female Government servants has been increased from 135 days to 180 days with effect from 01.04.2012, subject to the conditions stipulated thereunder.

The KSLSA has received numerous complaints regarding not giving permission for women to take seven months leave during pregnancy and three months after the birth of the child.