The Tamil Nadu government has raised the women quota in government jobs from 30 per cent to 40 per cent on Monday.

Finance and human resource management minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said gender equality would play a major role in ushering in change and the government would introduce necessary amendments to implement the increase in job quota for women.

According to the 2017-18 data of department of employment and training, 2.92lakh were women among the 8.8lakh employees of the state government, state government undertakings and local bodies. 33 per cent of the government employees are women.

“The present trend is that women are doing much better in terms of numbers in government service. The quota system does not mean that it will directly translate into numbers,” said a senior government employee.

The officer showcased the number of women competing in the general category as well to get into service on merit. Women have different positions in government offices ranging from the anganwadi staff to meal workers, teachers, participants, section officials, chief engineers and additional secretaries. Regarding the debate on demand for grants for the human resource management department, the minister said preference would be given to orphans, who have lost their parents to Covid-19, first-generation graduates and Tamil medium students in government schools while filling up vacancies in government posts.

“Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the age limit for recruitment exams will be relaxed by two years as the exams were delayed,” said Palanivel Thiaga Rajan.

The human resource department would avail experts and software for the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) at a cost of ₹ 1.1crore to analyse online banking transactions. At a cost of ₹ 2.9crore, the state government would establish DVAC units in newly established districts.

The state government plans to give training to all government school teachers at Anna Institute of Management. The child protection officials, anganwadi workers, noon food workers and wellness guardians would be offered special training at ₹ 2Core. The government would carry out the refresher training for government employees, who have crossed 53 years in time management, leadership qualities and maintenance of good public relations.