New Delhi, August 22: In a welcome move, the Kerala government on Wednesday decided to appoint women drivers in government departments and public sector undertakings.Previously, this post was only reserved for men.“Directions have given to all government departments and PSUs to make the driver post gender neutral. This has been done in accordance with the state government’s policy on gender equality. This will benefit many women,” a statement issued by CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s office stated.Apart from the State Road Corporation, women in Kerala are not allowed to apply for driver posts in any other department and many women’s organisations have asked the government to lift this ban.
On the contrary, women in the state drive private buses, cars registered with taxi aggregators and autorickshaws.
Organisations like All India Democratic Women’s Association and Mahila Congress have hailed this move.
Of 400 autorickshaw drivers here, only 24 are women.
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