The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking buses are all set to have women conductors.
As many as 72 women conductors, among a total of 246, will join CTU next month. After a short training spanned across 15 to 30 days, they will start working.
CTU is the third government transport undertaking in the country, after Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, to recruit women conductors.
On Friday, CTU declared the results of the examination it had conducted on November 23, 2013, for the recruitment of conductors. The results were declared following directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court where the matter was caught up in litigation.
Around 3,000 candidates, including 1,000 women, had appeared in the exam where, for the first time, 33 per cent seats were reserved for women.
Reservation was done to improve the safety and security of women passengers travelling in CTU buses, said Director of Transport T P S Phoolka.
He said, “The male candidates fared better than the females in the written test, as the highest score among the male candidates was 82.5 per cent while among the female candidates it was 75 per cent. There was no interview to ensure complete transparency.”
It is after 10 years that CTU has recruited conductors. CTU has also completed the process of recruitment of 114 bus drivers, of whom 51 drivers have already joined duties and the rest are likely to join within a few days after the completion of verification of their documents. The drivers were recruited through a selection process based on a driving test and a written test.