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Rajasthan Government Implements 50% Reservation for Women in All Government Jobs

Rajasthan government has announced a new policy reserving 50% of all government job positions for women. This decision extends the reservation policy, which was previously applied only to teachers, to all administrative posts across various groups, including Group A, B, C, and D positions.

Sachin Gehlot

6/19/20242 min read

Rajasthan Government Implements 50% Reservation for Women in All Government Jobs

In a landmark decision, the Rajasthan government has announced a new policy reserving 50% of all government job positions for women. This decision extends the reservation policy, which was previously applied only to teachers, to all administrative posts across various groups, including Group A, B, C, and D positions. This means that jobs such as professors, lecturers, stenographers, peons, and clerks will also fall under the new reservation quota.

Extension of Reservation Policy

Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, who had initially implemented the 50% reservation for women in the recruitment of government teachers, has now extended this policy to all government job posts. This move is part of the government's broader agenda to empower women and create more employment opportunities for them in the state.

"We have fulfilled another promise from our manifesto. This decision will help in realizing the concept of 'Strong Women, Developed Rajasthan' and open new possibilities for the women power of the state," said CM Bhajan Lal Sharma in his post on X (formerly Twitter).

Details of the Policy

The new policy covers every administrative position across all levels of government jobs in Rajasthan:

Group A: Includes high-ranking officials and executives.

Group B: Comprises mid-level administrative positions.

Group C: Involves clerical and administrative support roles.

Group D: Includes lower-level support positions such as peons and clerks.

The reservation policy aims to ensure gender parity and provide equal opportunities for women in all sectors of government employment.

Widespread Criticism

Despite the intentions behind the new policy, it has attracted significant criticism from various quarters. Critics argue that this blanket reservation could lead to several challenges, including:

Meritocracy Concerns: Opponents fear that the reservation may compromise meritocracy, with some suggesting that the most qualified candidates may be overlooked in favor of fulfilling the reservation quota.

Operational Challenges: There are concerns about the practical implementation of such a widespread reservation policy, particularly in ensuring that it does not disrupt the functioning and efficiency of government departments.

Potential for Legal Challenges: Legal experts suggest that the policy could face challenges in courts, as it represents a substantial change to the existing reservation framework.

Impact on Male Candidates: There is apprehension that the policy might adversely affect male candidates, reducing their opportunities in government jobs significantly.

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The Rajasthan government's decision to implement a 50% reservation for women across all government job posts marks a significant step towards gender equality and women empowerment. However, the widespread criticism indicates that the policy's implementation and long-term effects will need careful monitoring and possibly further adjustments to balance the interests of all stakeholders involved. The coming months will be crucial in observing how this policy unfolds and its impact on the state's administrative landscape.