Women Reservation Current Affairs

Bihar Government approves 35 per cent job reservation for women

Bihar Government has formally approved 35 per cent reservation for women in government jobs in the state.

Decision in this regard was taken by state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.

This 35 per cent reservation for women will be applicable to in all government jobs including reserved and unreserved category.

Presently state is already providing 35 percent reservation for women in recruitment as police constables and sub-inspectors. There is also 50 percent reservation for women as primary school teachers and in the Panchayati Raj system.

Background

During 2015 state assembly election campaigning, Nitish Kumar who was chief ministerial candidate of the Grand Alliance comprising of Janata Dal-United (JDU), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Indian National Congress (INC) had promised 35 percent reservation for women in all government jobs if he formed a government again.

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Union Government reserves 33% posts of women constables in CAPFs

The Union Government has reserved 33 per cent posts of Constables for women in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to enhance their representation.

The proposal in this regard was approved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and shall come into effect with immediate effect.

Key facts

  • To begin with, 33 per cent of posts of Constables will be reserved for women in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
  • While, 14-15 per cent posts in the Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) will be reserved for women.

Background

This horizontal reservation for women comes in lines with the recommendation of Committee on Empowerment of Women. The committee had recommended urgent need to provide proper representation to women in paramilitary forces.

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