On Wednesday, the Punjab government approved a 33 per cent reservation for women under direct recruitment in the Punjab Civil Services in a major decision.
The Punjab Civil Services (Reservation of Posts for Women) Rules, 2020, to make reservations for women for direct recruitment to positions in government jobs as well as boards and companies in Category A, B , C and D positions, was approved by the state cabinet at a meeting, an official statement said.
Terminating the cabinet decision as historic, Aruna Chaudhary, Punjab Minister of Social Security, Women and Child Development, expressed gratitude to Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, and the entire Council of Ministers, and said it would create more jobs opportunities for women in the state.
Chaudhary said in a press release that her government is committed to fulfilling its promises made in the election manifesto, and more such decisions will be taken in due time to empower women.
She said earlier, by enacting the Punjab Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act and the Punjab Municipal (Amendment) Act, 50 percent reservation was also provided to women in elections to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) and municipal bodies.
Meanwhile, the cabinet also gave its nod to a bill repealing the ‘2020 Punjab State Vigilance Commission Ordinance.’ In the next session of the Legislature, it will be adopted.
‘The establishment of a multi-member Commission, which aims to improve accountability and monitor corruption among public servants, was approved by the Cabinet through the Ordinance last month.’ It is in line with the vision of Captain Amarinder Singh, who back in 2006 had led the constitution of a similar commission, an official spokesman said.