THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has decided to appoint women drivers in government offices and public sector establishments in Kerala.
The Kerala government has decided to break the decades-long monopoly of appointment of men in these sectors.
A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took the decision on Wednesday.
"The cabinet has decided to induct women as drivers in government services and public-sector units. For this, the existing recruitment rules will be amended," an official release said.
Women would be appointed as drivers as part of the government's decision to ensure gender equality in all walks of society.
“Directions have given to all government departments and PSUs to make the driver post-gender-neutral. This has been done in accordance with the state government’s policy on gender equality. This will benefit many women,” the statement added.
Earlier, the government had formed the first women battalion with over 550 members as part of efforts to enhance the representation of women in the police force.