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Tamil Nadu Hikes Quota For Women In Govt Jobs To 40%

The Tamil Nadu government said it will introduce necessary amendments to implement the increase in women’s quota.

Women Health workers in a hospital. (Image used for representational purposes only/PTI /File)

Tamil Nadu has increased quota for women in government jobs from 30 per cent to 40 per cent, the state finance and human resource minister told the assembly on Monday. The move is aimed at ensuring gender equality, which is important to usher in change, the Times Of India quoted Palanivel Thiaga Rajan as saying. The Tamil Nadu government will introduce necessary amendments to implement the increase in women’s quota.

Currently, the percentage of women employees in government jobs is 33 per cent, as per 2017-18 data provided by the department of employment and training. Out of the 8.8 lakh employees of the state government, state government undertaking and local bodies, 2.92 lakh were women, the data has shown.

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Among other announcements, the state government said it will include training and guidance for government school teachers from primary to higher secondary schools at Anna Institute of Management.

When it comes to filling vacancies in government positions, the minister stated orphans who had lost their parents to Covid-19, first-generation graduates, and Tamil medium students in government schools would be given preference.

“Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the age limit for recruitment exams will be relaxed by two years as the exams were delayed,” Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said.

Further, to ensure that 100 per cent Tamil Nadu candidates are appointed to vacancies, the Tamil language paper will be made mandatory in exams conducted by recruitment agencies for all state government departments and undertakings.

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