Women comprise a miniscule 7.53 per cent of the working force in the Central Government,Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister TKA Nair said on Sunday expressing concern over the low representation of women in bureaucracy.
“The percentage of women working in the Central Government is 7.53 per cent of which 24 per cent are in All India Civil Services,18.5 per cent in Indian Police Service and 18 per cent in Indian Foreign Services. We are a functioning democracy and the role of bureaucracy is to change and the present scenario of women in public administration is improving and the numbers are increasing”,”Role of women in bureaucracy,particularly at higher levels,is just a small part of the story. We have several other women working actively outside the bureaucratic circles who directly or indirectly are involved in supporting the system but we need more encouragement to motivate the upcoming generation to come and join government services,” he added.
Those present at the event included R Venkatanarayanan,former chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh; Prem K Bhudwar,former High Commissioner to Canada; U C Aggarwal,retired IAS officer and Veena S Rao,Secretary,Ministry of Development for Northeastern States.