GILGIT: The Gilgit – Baltistan chapter of International Human Rights Organization [IHRO] has urged chief secretary to take notice of 'discrimination against women in Education Department’s Women Development Unit', terming it gross human rights violations against the marginalized community.
“The introduction of recruitment rules by male who are dominant in the women development unit has ruined future prospects of lady supervisors in the basic pay scale-11 [BPS-11],” read a press release issued by the human rights watchdog.
The document signed by regional coordinator Muhammad Farooq has urged chief secretary to take personal interest and order an inquiry into the matter to save the career of the women employees.
The new recruitment rules, approved by FPSC during April 2014, were trashed by the G-B administration, putting at stake future of women considered to be pioneers of women development unit in the region. An appeal submitted by the affected women employees during the time wasn’t paid heed to. In July, they again submitted an application to the chief secretary seeking justice and protection for their service-rights vis-à-vis promotion.
“The education department not only overlooked their request but also refrained them from approaching higher authorities,” said Farooq.
The lady supervisors knocked the doors of chief minister Mehdi Shah, chief secretary, education secretary and others but failed to get the justice, he added.
“What a pitty! Even the lower grade officials like clerks got promoted to 16 grade but not the lady supervisors.”
It further said that an assistant director [BPS-17] has also been recruited on contract basis in the women development unit which is violation of the new recruitment rules.