On Wednesday, the Punjab government has taken a significant decision, it has approved a 33 percent reservation for women for direct recruitment in Punjab Civil Services.
During a meeting, the state cabinet approved the Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, to provide reservations to the women for direct recruitment in posts available in government jobs as well as in boards and corporations in Group A, B, C and D posts, informed by an official in a statement.
Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister, Aruna Chaudhary termed the Punjab government’s decision as a historic decision. She expressed gratitude towards the honorable Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the entire Council of Ministers and said the decision will create more employment opportunities for women in the state and will empower them.
Chaudhary, in a press statement, said her government is committed to fulfilling all its promises made in the election manifesto and more such decisions will be taken to empower the women in the due course of time.
Reservation for women in elections
She reminded that earlier 50 percent of reservation was awarded to the women in the elections of Panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) and municipal bodies by legislating the Punjab Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act and the Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Act.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also permitted a bill to replace the Punjab State Vigilance Commission Ordinance, 2020. The following bill will be introduced in the next assembly session.
Commission made to check corruption among public servants
According to an official spokesperson, an organization of the multi-member Commission was approved by the Cabinet last month through the ordinance. The Commission made, aimed at bringing in the more transparency and to review corruption among public servants. It is in the line with the vision of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had governed the constitution of a similar committee back in the year 2006.