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33% reservation in govt jobs in all departments except forest: MP CM Shivraj Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday pitched for reserving 33% of jobs in all state government departments, barring forest, for the women

india Updated: Dec 17, 2017 21:18 IST
Ranjan Srivastava
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses press conference in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses press conference in Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday pitched for reserving 33% of jobs in all state government departments, barring forest, for the women.

The BJP leader has made similar announcements in the past, most recently in September.

His latest came at an event for the members of the self-help groups (SHGs) held at Jamboree ground, where he once again kept the forest department out of the reservation purview, arguing that such roles take officers on the field and hence cannot be made available for women.

The programme was attended by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu among others.

Official sources said the state’s police force, too, had requested the CM to keep the department out of the reservation ambit as here too personnel have to be out on the field. But the CM insisted that women could be accommodated in official roles, sources added. “Women will be appointed on 33% posts in police department. When they hold guns, they won’t hesitate in showering bullets on criminals.” He added that 50% posts of teachers will also be reserved for the women.

Naidu, too, advocated reservation for women in government jobs, saying India had granted equality to women immediately after Independence and long before other countries did so.

Chouhan said women were doing better than men in various fields and were running the government better than men. He said markets will be established in all big cities to sell products made by SHGs. “The products made by the self-help groups were better than those manufactured by multinational companies and advertised by film stars,” the chief minister added. He announced creation of federation of SHGs and loans to such federations up to ~5 crore to produce ‘take home’ ration.

‘People understood importance of bank accounts on Nov 8’

Naidu said people who made fun of Jan Dhan Yojna accounts understood its importance on November 8 (2016, when demonetisation was announced).

People asked their drivers, cooks and domestic helps if they could deposit their money in their accounts for some time, he said, and took to explain the rationale behind the move.

“Mai samjhta hun sarkar ka uddeshya yahi tha ki poora paisa bank me pahunch jana chahiye, jo paisa bedroom me tha, bathroom me tha, pillow ke neeche tha, bed ke andar tha, wo paisa bahar aa ke bank me pahunch gaya. Bank me pahunchte pahunchate pata, pita aur pati (owners’ name and addresses) ke saath pahunch gaya,” he said.