Divorced women get age relaxation in govt jobs
PESHAWAR: The NWFP government on Monday approved relaxation of 10 years in the upper age limit for divorced women seeking jobs in government departments and semi-autonomous bodies.
The decision was taken by the government in accordance with an order of the Peshawar High Court issued in Jan last. According to official handout, NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti gave approval to the relevant summary.
The provincial government has already granted such relaxation to disabled and widows for initial appointment to civil services. According to the government decision, this will now also be implemented in case of divorced women.
A two-member bench of the high court comprising Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Pir Liaqat Ali had ordered on Jan 4 the federal and provincial governments and autonomous institutions to amend relevant rules for granting relaxation in upper age limit to professional and qualified divorced women seeking jobs.
The court had directed that a copy of the said order should be sent to the NWFP chief secretary; secretary establishment division, government of Pakistan; and to heads of all the institutions, autonomous, semi autonomous and statutory bodies, controlled, managed and funded by the government, whether provincial or federal, so that the needful was done within a period of two months at the most.
The court had taken suo motu notice of the issue after receiving an application of a woman, Ms Sameena Naheed, who drew the attention of the court towards the problem of educated divorced women, who could not join any service as they were not extended upper age limit relaxation.