The State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday decided “to induct women drivers in all government departments and public sector undertakings to “ensure gender equality in all walks of society.”
In Kerala, women drive private buses, taxis, autorickshaws and ambulances. The State-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has a lone woman driver among the 11,000 odd drivers. Sheela, the driver who hails from Perumbavoor, is at present attached to the KSRTC capital city unit.
“We have found that there is no need to reserve the post of drivers in government departments and public sector enterprises to men. The department has carried out a study and has found that the jobs need not be reserved for men and that women can handle this job with ease,” Minister for Social Justice Women and Child Development K. K. Shylaja said.
“The decision would result in more employment opportunities for women and further help change the perception of society towards women and their empowerment,” she added.
“The decision marks the fall of another male bastion,” finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said
“Kerala government decides to recruit women to driver posts in different departments. Rules will be appropriately amended. Another male bastion falls,” Dr Isaac tweeted.