Gujarati women line up to become bus conductors

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    Gujarati women line up to become bus conductors

    Mahesh Trivedi / 20 April 2013

    AHMEDABAD - As many as 1,335 women applied for the post of conductors for the Gujarat government-run buses after the Narendra Modi administration decided to reserve 30 per cent of jobs in all sectors for the fairer sex.

    The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, which has 12,000 conductors, has just selected 181 of these applicants and they will be handed over their appointment letters next week. A corporation official told Khaleej Times that vacancies for 119 more posts of female ST bus conductors would be advertised soon, adding that the women would be given duty on buses on routes near their residential areas but their working hours would be same as those for males.

    Once the 300 women join duty, the corporation will launch a helpline next month. Two years ago, the corporation had appointed seven Class XII-pass tribal women as bus conductors in south
Gujarat.

    Gujarati women line up to become bus conductors - Khaleej Times

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    Giving doles to a Kalavati here or there will not empower them. Give them job opportunities like in Gujarat.
     
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    Truth vs hype in Modi's boast about Gujarat's women
    Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times New Delhi, April 08, 2013

    In 2004, when Narendra Modi saw his state's female foeticide numbers based on the 2001 census, he got goose bumps, the Gujarat chief minister on Monday told the FICCI women's wing.


    But Modi, who peppered his nationally televised address with references to "small initiatives" he had taken to help empower women, skipped the fact that Gujarat's sex ratio dropped further under him, from 918 in 2001 to 915 in 2011.

    The four-time chief minister who is being seen as the face of the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections may have succeeded in making his state friendlier than most others for investment, and for private enterprise.

    But by most parameters, women in the state have not had it easier than counterparts in the rest of India, suggesting that Modi's anecdotes of Jasuben the pizzeria owner who apparently gave Pizza Hut a run for its money and the women behind the Amul milk cooperative revolution, may be more exceptions than pointers to a deeper trend.

    From their birth, through schooling and university, and even in the workforce and in leadership positions, women in Gujarat have not seen much -- if any -- improvement under Modi, even slipping on certain indicators during his tenure.

    Women's safety is an exception. Gujarat is traditionally a safer state for women than most, and the rate of crimes against women has remained consistent at about 1.4% under Modi.

    Nationally, India's sex ratio rose just barely, from 933 to 940, between 2001 and 2011. But only Bihar and Jammu Kashmir, and the union territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli that abut Gujarat saw an actual decline in their sex ratio, apart from Gujarat.

    In school, girls in Gujarat have a poorer gender parity index in enrolment than the national average. Nationally, 94 girls are enrolled in elementary and in secondary school, for every 100 boys. In Gujarat, the numbers drop to 88 girls in elementary classes, and 84 in secondary school.

    The University Grants Commission offers a post-graduate scholarship for the single girl child, open to all girls who meet a basic set of criteria.

    Only 18 eligible girls applied - and won the scholarship - from Gujarat in 2012 out of a national total of 2419, much less than other major states like Andhra Pradesh (161), Karnataka (143), Kerala (577), Tamil Nadu (456), Maharashtra (60) and West Bengal (706).

    Women in Gujarat do not have it easier at the workplace either.

    Nationally, women constituted 19.9% of the organised workforce according to labour ministry data.

    In Gujarat, this fraction has persistently hovered between 13% and 15% over the past decade.

    In his speech to FICCI women on Monday, Modi also spoke about the absence of women in leadership roles, with the power to make decisions and affect policies.

    But the Gujarat chief minister's own council of ministers has 2 women out of 19 members.

    That's a worse ratio than the already poor 9 women in 74 member council headed by a Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who Modi loves to mock as weak and ineffective.

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    Ministership is not same as giving opportunities at every level. Now a good step has been taken, let others too follow it if they are serious about including women. Jassu Bens do not come from ministers, they rise from ordinary citizenry. Like Modi, who has arisen from being a road side chaiwallah [as some Congressis derisively say] to be CM.

    A 30% reservation across the board is better than 9 ministers in 74.
     
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    Narendra Modi doesn't respect his own wife or others'
    Press Trust of India | Updated: February 08, 2013 20:02 IST

    Against the backdrop of EU Ambassadors engaging with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Congress on Friday dubbed him as "anti-poor and anti-women" and one "who does not know how to spell agriculture".

    The party also sought to project BJP as a divided house saying as to why it should waste time to know who is BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate when there were seven contenders in the opposition party.

    At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary sidestepped questions on the "clean chit" given to Mr Modi by the European Union and instead asked whether the controversial Chief Minister has got a visa from the US.

    "He has no respect for his own wife or someone else's wife.... He is anti-poor, anti-rural development, anti-women.

    He lives in urban fantasies... and he does not know how to spell agriculture," Ms Chowdhary said.

    Asked about the reported statements of JD-U chief Sharad Yadav implying that the corporates were backing Mr Modi, Ms Chowdhary said that the JD-U leader was intelligent and was not given to making accusation without substantive evidence.

    The Congress attack came at a time when there has been growing chorus in sections of the BJP and the Sangh Parivar to make Mr Modi the PM candidate of the party and reports of envoys of EU countries having a lunch with Mr Modi as part of efforts to engage with him.

    On Thursday, the AICC had sought to project Mr Modi as a state leader and dismissed suggestion that he had hijacked Rahul Gandhi's agenda of connecting with youth.

    Two days back, the Gujarat Chief Minister used a college platform in New Delhi to project himself nationally saying his focus was on development politics and not that of vote-bank, which he said has "ruined" the nation.
     
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    Yes we know about all these reports regarding gujrat riots,malnutrition from toilet,ibn,ndtv.

    Go and read the reports regarding gujrat is the number one state regarding malnutrition eradication.
    Modi's efforts is more commemdable after the amount of critcism he faced from media and central govt who are more interested in showing gujrat not a part of India and a central govt that creates expos in london showing gujrat riots and receives mental masturbation when US cancels his visa.
     
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    who is his wife ??
     
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    Bangalore has had women conductors for years now.
     
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    Sure. Delhi HAS them a few. Maha HAD them, no longer so. A few more isolated cases, a dozen or so here and there. But nowhere with 30% reservation cover across the whole spectrum of govt jobs as a matter of policy.

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    Shobha De has opined that woman conductors would be counter productive. They themselves would be at danger from some of the passengers. Seems that it is so in some places, where even woman cops, in uniform, are not safe.

    Gujarat case has to be seen how successful it is. But 30% reservation in jobs is a welcome step, worth emulating.
     
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    The point is everything is effin politicized. Anything done by Modi is politicized. Anything good done is politicized. I mean why is women bus conductors in the news? Its been there for a long time in other states.

    For the first time, we have development as an agenda for national debate for this elections. Be it Modi or be it Nitish. Hooda has jumped in as well. Instead of promoting the debate, people are trying to bring down a person who started the debate of development. The reason is some Pappus have no answers and want to divert attention
     
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    I think, Yusuf, it is a news because it pertains to Modi. After all you may hate or love him, but you cannot ignore.

    What has noticed attention is the policy of 30% reservation of ALL govt jobs for women. Sure enough there will have to be women selectees in every location, cops to clearks. A policy excludes pick and choose discretion, or a one time or even periodic concession. Woman conductors is just one case. Moreover, this policy seems to be recent.
     
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    Quite an old rant from the crusader of Pub Bharo Andolan. Lols. And you take her seriously. Double lols.

    She did not, but you might add.

    1. What does this roadside chaiwala know about develpment and computers?

    2. He is practically illiterate because his PG is from a Gujarat University. Can't compare with Harvard and Oxford degrees, even if fake, of RaGa.

    3. A product of a small, sleepy, backward town, how dare he have "urban" fantasies. Fantasies are for RaGa, none other.

    4. He went to a chhota mota college to address students. Lols. Her "a college" happens to be SRCC.

    This anti woman man has made a policy of women resrvations in all Govt jobs.

    PS: You did not give a link. Your message might have got deleted by a Mod who insistes on a link to even a religious book. But don't trouble yourself, nobody will click it.
     
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    Women do not have it easy anywhere, not even in USA. That is so in every walk of life, from street to politics. Curious, so far USA has not had any woman prez and just one woman VP. No woman judge in their federal SC. In fact the presence of a glass ceiling is an accepted fact of life.

    Why is number of woman IAS so little? Is Modi stopping it? Why do woman officers find it so hard in military? Modi's doing?

    If Renuka side stepped clean chit to Modi, so would she do about her call to Pub Bharo. Her idea of woman empowerment is when women fill the pubs. Modi's idea is to give give action, not an Act.
     

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