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State push to bridge gender gap in govt jobs in MP

bhopal Updated: May 10, 2015 16:25 IST
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Madhya Pradesh will reserve fifty percent of jobs in the education department for women, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Saturday at the national executive meeting of the BJP’s mahila morcha.

Chouhan added that the government would also recruit 33% women in police department, sources told HT.

Media was not allowed to attend the session.

Last year in August, the chief minister had announced 30% reservation for women for recruitment as police constables.

But according to the new announcement, the quantum of reservation has been upped by 3% and it would be applicable to all posts from constables to officers, said a senior functionary of the BJP’s women’s wing who attended the inaugural session.

The CM also announced that a convention will be organised at his official residence house on May 18 to discuss issues related to women, the third such meeting.

The CM said the government wants to improve social condition of women and through the panchayat, suggestions would be taken to formulate policy of women safety and security.

BJP Mahila Morcha state presidents and general secretaries from all the state are attending the two-day meeting.

Later in the day, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also addressed the national executive members.

"In the two-day meeting, we will discuss our future plans. Now, the BJP is the ruling party (at the Centre) so our responsibility has increased substantially," said Vijaya Rahatkar, the women's wing's national president.

She said at present, the wing was focusing mainly on two issues – women’s reservation bill and women’s safety.

"The earlier Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led central government had proposed the reservation bill 18 years ago and we are hoping that it would be passed by this BJP government.

"We are also holding discussions on necessary amendments in existing policy to make the country safer for women," she added.