Centre wants more women in paramilitary

Centre wants more women in paramilitary

Okays 33% reservation at constable level

Centre wants more women in paramilitary

Aiming to increase representation of women in paramilitary forces, the Centre on Tuesday approved reserving up to 33 per cent of jobs at the constable level for them.

There will be 33 per cent reservation for constables in CRPF and CISF while the quota in border guarding forces BSF, SSB and ITBP will be 14 to 15 per cent.

An official statement said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the proposal in this regard.

“With a view to enhance representation of women in Central Armed Police Forces, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved 33 per cent posts at constable level for being filled up by women,” it said.

The Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women in its report had recommended the urgent need to provide due representation to women in paramilitary forces.

At present, there are only 18,394 women in the 9.27 lakh-strong paramilitary forces, according to figures placed by the Home Ministry in Parliament last month.

While the CRPF has 5,857 women personnel in a force of 2.85 lakh, the CISF has 5,896 women among 1.23 lakh personnel as on January 1, 2014, the ministry said.

The BSF has 2,640 women in its 2.39 lakh-strong force. The Assam Rifles has 470 women (out of 65,327), ITBP 1,128 (out of 75,066), NSG 52 (out of 9,143) and SSB 1,174 (out of 72,908). The Railway Protection Force has 1,174 women out of a total strength of 72,908.

In the state police forces, only 6.11 per cent are women.

The ministry had in May 2011 written to all paramilitary forces to raise the percentage of women in their forces to five per cent within three years. However, in 2014, the percentage of women was 1.98 only.

The parliamentary committee had stressed that presence of women police personnel should be made more visible vis-a-vis their mail counterparts so that gender issues are addressed more effectively at the local level.

It had also said that the working conditions should be improved to attract more women to the forces.

The ministry had in May 2014 issued an advisory to evolve a uniform policy for establishing facilities at the work place so as to mitigate the problems faced by women during long working hours.

A survey conducted during the National Conference of Women in Police in 2014 showed that “most of the senior women police officers” felt that they have been denied important posting just because of their gender. A majority of women police personnel also felt that “work made them sacrifice family life”.