MANDI BAHAUDDIN -Punjab Minister for Women’s Development Hamida Waheeduddin said that the provincial government was striving hard to provide equal opportunities for employment and promotion of women.

She was addressing a seminar on “women empowerment package” at Girls College Margzar Gujrat and Government Post Graduate College Mandi Bahauddin.

She said through proper legislation curse of dowry would be discouraged and 15% job quota would be allocated for women in government and private sectors. Special age relaxation up to three years would be given, she added.  She asked females to apply for jobs after completing their education. She further said the government had planned to build hostels at each district for working women and in this respect construction of hostel at Gujrat would start during coming financial year. In addition, she added, daycare centres for children of working women would be constructed.

The Muhtasib Office has been set up and would deal with women harassment cases, she noted. She said women constitute 52% of the population and without their participation targets of progress and development in the country could not be achieved. She said present government formed separate women department in 2012 first time to promote and empower women and to achieve the objective. The government was putting in its sincere efforts to provide an environment conducive to women to take part in national development activities, she said.

She further said a committee had been formed that would help women to get employment and promotion in private departments. The seminars were attended by a large number of teachers and students.

Earlier, Women Development Department Punjab Director Moeen Akhtar said in his address that 18 working women hostels had already been built while 200 buses for “pick and drop” service for girl students had been purchased. Work was in progress to build more hostels for girls, he said. To control acid attacks on women, special legislation was being made to try these cases in special courts, he said and added that 90-day maternity leave would be granted to every working woman and condition of obtaining medical fitness certificate prior to resumption of duty had been removed.

TEACHERS PROTEST: In-service teachers held a rally at Malikwal for departmental promotion. They said that the Education Secretary in 2011 issued a comprehensive policy on promotion for in-service teachers. According to this policy, serving teachers with required qualifications for senior secondary teacher would be promoted against the vacancies of senior secondary teachers irrespective of their seniority.

But teachers in service with required qualification are not promoted and fresh senior teachers were recruited instead, they said. This unfair practice was carried out twice since 2011. They said they submitted application to DCO and EDO Education who did not take any action. They further complained that now the Education Department was planning to recruit new teachers without considering their demand.