Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Govt OKs 33% quota for women in CRPF, CISF

Reservation Only For Constables; 15% In BSF, SSB & ITBP
The government on Tuesday took an important step to improve gender equality in the paramilitary by approving reservation of 33% women at the constable rank in two major central paramilitary forces CRPF and CISF and also setting a 15% quota in BSF , SSB and ITBP .These forces together comprise of around nine lakh personnel of whom only around 20,000 are women as of now.The reservation will come into effect immediately . The decision was taken by home minister Rajnath Singh after a meeting on Tuesday , said sources.
“With a view to enhance representation of women in central armed police forces, home minister Rajnath Singh has approved 33% posts at constable level for being filled up by women,“ a MHA statement said. This reservation would be horizontal, it said.
The move came following the recommendation of the committee on empowerment of women in its sixth report that said there is an urgent need to provide due representation to women in paramilitary forces. The CRPF , mostly deployed in law and order du ties and anti-Naxal operations, has just about 6,300 women in its ranks.
The parliamentary standing committee on home affairs recently found that women personnel constitute only a little over 9% of the Delhi police force and asked the home ministry to ensure their numbers are enhanced up to 33 per cent.

Source::: Jan 06 2016 : The Times of India (Mumbai), page 14,

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