The Congress-led Punjab government took a historic step toward gender equality today. Announced by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government approved a 33% reservation for women in all governmental and civil service jobs. “I am sure this will go a long way in further empowering our daughters and help in creating a more equitable society,” he said.
Today is a historic day for the women of Punjab as our Council of Ministers has approved 33% reservation for women in Government jobs. I am sure this will go a long way in further empowering our daughters and help in creating a more equitable society.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 14, 2020
Essentially, the Punjab state cabinet approved the Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, reserving 33% of the posts in government jobs, and boards and corporations in Group A, B, C, and D posts.
Punjab Cabinet approves Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020 to provide 33% reservation to women for direct recruitment to posts in government, as well as recruitment to boards & corporations in Group A, B, C & D posts: State govt
— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2020
It’s a significant shift in attitude for not just Punjab, but other states as well. A reservation for women in governmental jobs is something many states in India could strive for. If the Punjab government’s move catches on in other parts of the country, it would mean greater representation for women. As things stand, the Punjab state government is currently basking in the praise of those who agree that it is an overdue move to promote gender equity.
Punjab Congress Govt has approved 33% reservation for women in Government jobs.
Historic decision for #GenderEquality.
— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) October 14, 2020
Some others have pointed out that while a quota for women in civil services is praiseworthy, what would be even greater would be if such a reservation was made even in Punjab’s state assembly and also the houses of parliament.
At a time when Indian women’s safety – or the lack of it – has once again been exposed for a sham after the Hathras rape incident in Uttar Pradesh, the need for women to participate and be made to feel welcome in public life is paramount. No other state has ensured such a reservation for women, making Punjab a potential trendsetter.
This is encouraging news indeed specially in these depressing times. Thank you @capt_amarinder singhji for walking the talk. Next step may be 33% in state assembly. @
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— Dr.Ranjana Kumari (@ranjanakumari) October 14, 2020
The slogan “The Future is Female” has been repeated so many times it’s nearly lost its meaning, but the Punjab government has managed to walk the talk.