Even as women are pushing ahead their long-drawn demand of 33 per cent reservation in the Parliament and state assemblies, now they have raised voice for same percentage of reservation for themselves in government jobs and promotions as well.
Prabha Thakur, MP and president, AIMC, said, “We, Congress-led UPA government, have introduced a Bill in the Parliament, seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in the Parliament and state assemblies. Now, we want 33 per cent reservation for us in government jobs.”
She asserted that for women empowerment, reservation was needed and alleged that women were often ignored at the time of promotions and should be given 33 per cent reservation in the matters of promotions too.
Detailing about the steps taken by her organisation, she said, “We will try to see that all the state Congress committees include the proposal in their election manifestoes.”
While referring to the growing atrocities against women all over the country, Thakur said that it was shameful for state governments and demanded firm action against those involved in crimes against women.
Though the demand for 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs and promotions is a distant dream, it has to be weighed at different levels and also needs to grow until something concrete is favoured in this regard.
Here it may be mentioned that the condition of women in India has been miserable for years and in the present time, with the development in all spheres of life, crimes against women and their exploitation have increased tremendously exacerbated. In the meantime, the demand for 33 percent reservation to them in government jobs and promotions, as well, can be of great help.