The Corporate Affairs Minister, Mr Salman Khurshid, has called for higher representation of women in the chartered accountancy profession, similar to the 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament. “If there can be 33 per cent representation for women in Parliament, then why not something like that in the chartered accountancy profession too?,” Mr Khurshid said at the Chartered Accountants’ Day celebrations organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) held here.

Noting that there were not many women in the audience at Vigyan Bhavan, the Minister told a packed house that, “when in comes to the household budget, there is no one better than the lady of the house who holds the key to all finances. They are very good at budgeting. So, why not more women in the CA profession too? I would like the ICAI to ensure more representation of women in the CA profession.”

Of the 1.61 lakh CAs in the country, women account for only 15-20 per cent, ICAI sources said.

Mr Khurshid went to the extent of saying that he would like to see a woman at the helm of the Corporate Affairs Ministry.

Meanwhile, Mr K Rehman Khan, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, who himself is a CA, said on the occasion that CAs should help in bringing greater transparency to the Government’s accounts.

He said the Government must soon switch from single-entry accounting system to double-entry accounting, adding that even the Comptroller and Auditor General of India is keen on the same.

He said this was important because the Government was spending over Rs 1.6 lakh crore in its flagship programmes, but it is not clear how much of it is reaching the intended beneficiaries. Mr Khan also expressed concern over the cost over-runs in several Railway projects, including the Konkan Railway, as well as the lack of transparency in Government programmes like the MGNREGA.

Mr R Bandyopadhyay, Secretary, Corporate Affairs Ministry, said one of the biggest challenges facing the CA profession today is to help in building an Indian multinational CA firm.

The ICAI President, Mr Amarjit Chopra, said Indian CAs will soon be able to offer their professional services in Ireland as both the countries will soon sign an agreement in this regard. Also on the cards are similar arrangements with countries such as New Zealand, Canada and UAE.

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31 responses to “Salman Khurshid for 33% reservation for women in CA profession”

  1. Amit says:

    salman , first save your women from TT and halala and forced burkha.. then talk about reservation..

  2. Manmohan Chandola says:

    This profession is of VERY HARD WORK please do not politicise it.
    I think Salman was trying to accumulate some vote bank for congress out there in the name of women reservation.
    Mr. Salman – please remember there is a high difference between household budgets, budgets of political parties and a COUNTRY and/or client.

  3. SDA says:

    let the politicians write atleast ONE attempt of CA exam and know what is the amount of effort,hard work,knowledge will be put on it.

    CA profession is having highly repuation and respect in India, please dont spoil it…

  4. SDA says:

    let the politicians attempt atleast ONE exam and see what is the amount of effort, hardwork etc.,….

    CA profession is having a high quality standards and reputation, please dont spoint it…

  5. Karishma says:

    I don’t think women need reservation anywhere least in CA course. Reservations have just ruined merit-based education in all fields. Probably, there were very few women / female CAs in the audience or there are very few women / female CAs in the Council. But that in no way indicates that there should be any kind of reservations in the CA course. The CA course is based purely on merits and should be so. As a woman, I feel women don’t need reservations, they need encouragement and support. Women can, on their own will, reach great heights not with any reservations.

  6. G.V.RAVIKUMAR says:

    The speech of the Minister has been totally mis-interpreted by the critics. Our minister is an erudite personality with lot of vision. He has been a Senior advocate in the Supreme Court dealing in Constitutional, commercial and other affairs. He is a man who maintains high standards in expressing his views before public. In his speech he has merely recommended reservation for lady chartered accountants in councils, postings , employments and in empanelments. He is right and I quite endorse his view of reservation for Women Chartered Accountants, in all professional representations.

  7. drparasjain says:

    All what the minister has done is to point out the males outnumber females in CA profession and this disparity is undeniably true and needs to be abated – reservation – being a politician – naturally can be one such mode in his opinion.One may or may not agree with his viewpoint but should we gag a healthy debate into a n electronic bout or ring free for all . I am sorry at the state of our tolerance level mine included.

  8. manoj says:

    WHAT IS THE NEED TO GIVE RESERVATION TO THEM. I MEAN WHY THEY SHOULD PREPARE & APPLY FOR THE REPUTED COURSE.

    THEY SHOULD GIVE THE MEMBERSHIP WITHOUT ANY HARD WORK, IF THEY ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE AND THEY KNOW ALL THE THINGS FOR WHICH WE ARE PREPARING & PURSUING OVER THE LIFE.

    IT SHOWS THE POVERTY OF THINKING & IMAGINATION OF OUR POLITICIAN.THIS REPUTED COURSE IS OPEN FOR ALL. TO COMPETE & GET THE RESPECT DESERVED BY THE MEMBER.

  9. SANJIV ARORA says:

    In my opinion the Institute should not invite the Politicians who don’t have CA or Other Professional background because they are used to speak political language only.

  10. CWA Merit Ranker says:

    These politicians will convert India into Reserved Republic of India..Now even CA/CS/CWA courses will churn out low-grade professionals if quotas have their way..Khurshid talks about reservation for women, other politicians will talk about quotas for OBC/SC/ST..god save India

  11. CA.Suraj Gupta says:

    Reservation is required where the participants are not equal and competent, but in my opinion women are competent and intelligent. Reservation shows traditional and narrow thinking.
    On the one hand we talks that, today men and women are equal and on the second hand we recommend reservation for women, Why?
    In my opinion icai should not follow this bullshit politics methods.

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