Kerala government has decided to appoint women drivers in govt sectors .a new opening for women to get jobs and sow there skills.
A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took the decision on Wednesday.
Women would be appointed as drivers as part of the government’s decision to ensure gender equality in all walks of society.
“The cabinet has decided to induct women as drivers in government services and public-sector units. For this, the existing recruitment rules will be amended,” an official release said.
The government had recently formed the first women battalion with over 550 members as part of efforts to enhance representation of women in the police force.
The move is expected to take another two to three months for the implementation. After amending the rules, Public service Commission will be informed and then recruitment will take place.
The decision is part of state government’s plan to ensure gender equality in all sectors of the society.
Biju Prabhakar, Special Secretary of Women and Child Development said, “It’s a measure to remove the disparities in the society and to demonstrate that women can undertake any work traditionally meant to be in the domain of men. This is a major step for moving towards a gender neutral society. Women have to have equal or more status in any developed society. If women can fly aircrafts, why can’t they drive KSRTC buses?” He added that the state government has started training women as drivers, plumbers, electricians, etc so that there are enough opportunities for unemployed women.
Women Rights Activists are also delighted with the move and hopes that the government move will help women not just in this sector but many other areas considered as male bastions.
there were projects like she-taxi, women auto drivers but the numbers were less. Now with the government move to employ women in all government departments and public sector undertakings, the number will be huge.