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Salman Khurshid for 33% reservation for women in CA profession

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.

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.

Categories: CA, CS, CMA

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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

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

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