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APSRTC biased against women

APSRTC  biased against women
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Twenty first century is an era where women empowerment has been echoing all the while. We have been hearing success stories of women from all walks of lives. There are many proved examples that they are no less than men in their capabilities. Many a time they were given chances which they proved with flying colours. There are many organisations where women are leading from the front.

Tirupati: Twenty first century is an era where women empowerment has been echoing all the while. We have been hearing success stories of women from all walks of lives. There are many proved examples that they are no less than men in their capabilities. Many a time they were given chances which they proved with flying colours. There are many organisations where women are leading from the front.

Highlights:

  • No jobs for women under compassionate grounds
  • A total of 45 women in Chittoor district are waiting for jobs since 2004

They are being given chances in many sectors to lead their lives independently. But, it is unfortunate that the APSRTC has been acting the other way. There is a law that states, the spouse or heirs (irrespective of their genders) of the deceased government employee should be considered for jobs under compassionate grounds.

The RTC management has been recruiting men for such vacant post keeping women aside. There are as many as 330 women in the state who have been waiting for jobs for a decade now. A total of 45 women of Chittoor district had to get jobs. There are a few who have been waiting since 2004.

The RTC management says that the women are not eligible to be recruited in those vacant posts. They say women can’t fit as drivers and workers while there are no vacancies for ticket conductor posts. The pension that an RTC employee gets is very less. There are a few who get less than Rs 2,000 per month.

Widows get only Rs 1,500. The widows see no benefit. They say they are leading a miserable life with the mere amount they are getting from the RTC. They say there is no difference in their lives when compared to the lives of those widows who draw the same Rs 1,500 from the government as widow pension.

They are clueless as to how they could lead their lives. Ganga Bhavani, Vishalakshi and Padmavati, who are eligible for jobs in RTC under compassionate grounds, question the RTC as to why it is showing discrimination. They are confident about performing any work if they are given a chance and training.

They say that they are ready to take up even the sweeping job. They express agony saying that they are not being cared in spite of making several rounds from the Ministers to the Regional Manager. Most of them went bankrupt for want of livelihood. They appeal to the RTC management to hire them.

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