RAJYA SABHA Q&A Women in Government service
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
QUESTION NO 3897
ANSWERED ON 14.08.2014
Women in Government service
3897 Shri T.K. Rangarajan
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) the percentage of women in Government service and the increase in percentage in the last ten years;
(b) whether Government has taken/ contemplating to take any policy decision to encourage the number of women in Government service;
(c) whether it is a fact that in several competitive examinations the maximum age limit for General candidates is 27 years; and
(d) whether the Ministry appreciates the nature of responsibilities of a woman vis-a-vis man and need for increasing the maximum age limit for women for entry in Government service?
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a): Details of percentage of women in Government service over the years, as per the Census of Central Government Employees, 2012, released by Directorate General Employment & Training are at Table-1 in the Annexure.
(b): In order to encourage the women to join Government service, they are provided some special facilities as under:
- Maternity leave
- Child care leave
- Child adoption leave
- Special allowance to women with disability
- Provision of crèche facility
- Posting of husband and wife at the same station
- Special priority in allotment of residential accommodation
- Provision for protection of women from acts of sexual harassment
- Age relaxation for appointment to widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried
- Special dispensation for woman officers of All India Services of North East cadre
- Change of Cadre in case of marriage of All India Service Officer and
- Exemption from payment of fee for examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission.
Also, as per the recommendations of the 62nd Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee, publicity to encourage women to prefer/ join Government Service is being given.
(c): The upper age limit for general candidates for entry in the Government Service is as at Table-2 of the Annexure.
(d): There is a provision for age relaxation for appointment in Government service for Widows, divorced Women and Women judicially separated from husbands and not re-married, upto 35 years for posts of Group C filled through Staff Selection Commission/ Employment Exchange (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes).