India to introduce women reservation bill for government jobs

Other News Materials 29 June 2009 12:54 (UTC +04:00)

A senior Indian official has indicated that in a bid to spruce up women power, the Congress government is mulling to introduce a legislation to provide 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs in the monsoon session of the Parliament to be opened next month, said Indian Home Ministry sources on Monday, reported Xinhua.

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told a meeting in Sivaganga in the southern state of Tamil Nadu that at present, there is no reservation for women in government jobs, so the government will bring forward a bill providing reservation for women in government jobs.

The home minister said that he expects the Parliament to pass the bill which has been on the cards for a number of years.

The Indian Parliament is dominated by the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance which won with a landslide the general elections in May.

While India now has a woman head of state, a woman leader for the ruling Congress party and a woman parliament speaker, the representation rate for women in government is still considered too low compared with many other Asian countries.  Enditem