• Indian Railways Bats for Women: Allots 1/3rd of Catering Units

    The Indian Railways is aiming to increase representation of women, with an announcement that it will set aside a sub-quota of 33% of catering units for women within reserved categories. Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has said many more new reformative steps like these will be introduced to bring in gender equality.

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    Here are details of the policy:

    POLICY PROVIDING SUB QUOTA OF 33 % TO WOMEN WITHIN RESERVED CATEGORIES FOR THE ALLOTMENT IN CATERING UNITS

    • In compliance of Budget Announcement 2016-17, a Sub Quota of 33% for women in allotment of each of the reserved catering units is being introduced on Indian Railways in order to extend economic empowerment for women
    • Current Status of Reservation at Minor Catering Units (Stalls / Trolleys / Khomchas): 33% sub quota reservation for women shall ensure allotment of minimum 8% stalls to women at A1, A, B & C category station and minimum 17% at D, E and F category station
      • A1, A, B, and C Category stations – 25% of the Units are reserved for various categories like SC (6%), ST (4%), BPL (3%), OBC (3%), Minorities (3%), Freedom Fighters (4%) and Physically Challenged persons (2%)D, E and F Category stations – 49.5% of the Units are reserved for various categories like SC (12%), ST (8%), OBC (20%) and Minorities (9.5%)
    • There are approximately 8000 Minor Catering Units over Indian Railways
    • Under this provision, Railways shall ensure that women participation does not fall below a specific level

    Apart from this, effective from October 1st, 2016, “Train at a Glance” feature and new Time Tables will also be a new addition.

    There is no doubt that such moves can have a huge impact — The Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest employers, with more than 1.4 million people on its roster, according to this Business Standard Report.

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