Lalitpur, June 20 :

Ministers and administrators today stressed the need for a change in the civil service system to ensure women’s reservation in all government services.

Speaking at a programme organised by Mainstreaming Gender Equity and Programme (MGEP), State Minister for General Administration (MoGA), Dharma Nath Prasad Shah, said: “Though the House of Representatives has made a number of announcements concerning women, there is still a long way to go before they are actually implemented.”

He added that these announcements should be included as unchangeable articles in the interim constitution that is being drafted.

The Minister of State for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Urmila Aryal, said: “The MoGA and the Ministry for Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) need to coordinate to make the civil service sector inclusive and women friendly.”

She added that the feudal and patriarchal mentality of politicians and bureaucrats are hindering the adoption of inclusive policies in the state mechanism.

This has been reflected in the formation of the government and the Maoist

talks teams, the monitoring team and the interim constitution drafting committee where women’s participation is nil.

“The movement of the women, Dalits and Indigenous Nationalities for inclusive democracy will continue until they are included in the affairs of the state. Though I am in the government, I am ready to join the women in the streets who are demanding representation in the state affairs.”

Presenting a paper on ‘Proportional representation of women in Civil service,’ Arjun Mani Dixit said that women’s representation in civil service has declined over a period of eight

years.

He said that the existing provisions related to the promotion of women civil employees need to be revised.