Aizwal, July 12: Mizoram had the highest 70.9% ratio of female-to-male workers who were working as legislators, senior officials, and managers and also the highest proportion of women occupying managerial jobs.
Nearly all the northeastern states, barring Nagaland, have strong double-digit representation in senior-level jobs, according to the latest additional data in the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for July 2020-June 2021.
Sikkim with 48.2% and Manipur at 45.1% made up the top three states. Among the top five states in the category, Andhra Pradesh recorded 43%. The other northeastern state among the top five was Meghalaya with 44.8%.
Assam had 16.1% while Nagaland had a ratio of 9.1%. The all-India ratio for females to male workers, working as legislators, senior officials, and managers, was at 22.8%.
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There were several states and Union Territories which had a sharply lower proportion. Among the larger states and Union Territories with a low ratio were Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Punjab, and Andaman, and Nicobar. Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman, and Diu had the lowest ratio of 1.8%.
In terms of senior managerial jobs, Mizoram again topped the charts with 40.8%, followed by Sikkim with 32.5 and Meghalaya at 31%. Here again, Andhra Pradesh was among the top five with a ratio of 30.4%.
Traditionally northeastern states have had a larger proportion of women in senior managerial jobs. But what is surprising is that Punjab, which had figured among the top states in this category in 2021, recorded a ratio of only 7.5%.