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Rahul promises 33% reservation for women in govt jobs at national level

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai/New Delhi 

on Wednesday announced that if his party comes to power it will reserve 33 per cent of all government jobs at the national level for women.

In the first such poll promise for women, Gandhi said there were not many women in leadership position.

"I don't see them leading enough companies. I don't see them leading enough states. I don't see enough of them in the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabhas," he said while interacting with students of for Women in Chennai.

"One of the things that we have decided that in 2019 we are going to pass the women's reservation bill in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabhas and we are also going to reserve 33 per cent of all government jobs at the national level for women," the said.

He asserted that women cannot be empowered in unless the attitude towards them changes.

"I am a believer that women should be pushed into places of leadership. Generally women are smarter than men," he said to a huge applause from the students.

Later, speaking at a press conference in Chennai, Gandhi repeated his party's pitch saying: "We have taken a decision in our manifesto that we are going to pass women's reservation (bill)...We have also taken the decision at the level, to reserve 33 per cent of all jobs for women."

Congress' manifesto committee P Chidambaram later tweeted that has announced the party will reserve 33 per cent of all "posts/vacancies for women in Central government, central govt organisations and CPSUs".

Later, responding to a question on the announcement

made by Gandhi, Congress' spokesperson said there is provision for both horizontal and vertical reservation.

"The 50 per cent cap is on reservation for SC/ST and OBCs. When we speak about granting rights of reservation to women and girls then it cuts across and it does not deny general category women from competing there. So, I don't think so it reduces the general category jobs at all," he said.

"What the Party envisages is very well within the confine of the constitutional protections granted under Article 15-16. Wherever needed, we will bring special legislations, we will ensure...that India's girls and women have a 33 per cent right as far as reservation goes," he said.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:50 IST