Rajasthan women panel proposes 50 per cent quota

The Rajasthan State Commission for women has proposed 50 per cent reservation to women in all the sectors of the state. The chairman of the Commission Laad Kumari Jain has demanded the quota in the Rajasthan State Women Policy 2014.

However, the policy and clause for the reservation is likely to be ignored by the state government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are of the view that Laad Kumari Jain was appointed by the previous Congress government and she has never met Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the last one year.

Jain even went to court against the BJP government after it decided to withdraw all facilities given to the Commission chairperson. The court later stayed the government’s decision.

The proposed policy may hold some relevance only if the BJP government appoints
a new chairperson for the commission.

Sources said through the policy, commission has proposed 50 per cent reservation for women in every sector with an objective to mark participation of women in all the sectors. The policy also stressed on skill development and training programmes for women in almost all departments. The policy proposes to fix responsibility on around 16 departments to ensure its proper implementation. 

The sources in the commission said rehabilitation of women is also an important agenda in the new policy.

Jain has travelled across the state especially in rural pockets to explore the real needs of women. The earlier policy was framed around 14 years ago in 2000 when Ashok Gehlot was the chief minister.

“The policy has been submitted to the state government. Now it’s their duty to implement it in the  right spirit,” said a member of the commission.

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