06 Jan, 2016 7:41p.m.

Govt. okeys 33% reservation for women in paramilitary forces

The Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved 33 per cent reservation in constable level posts in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and 14-15 per cent posts in border guarding forces of Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for women. The reservation will start immediately.

"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," a Home Ministry statement said.

The CRPF, considered to be world's largest paramilitary force mostly deployed in law and order duties and the anti- naxal operations, has just around 6,300 women in its rank.

The parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has recently found that women personnel constitute only a little over nine per cent of the Delhi Police force and asked the Home Ministry to ensure that their numbers are enhanced up to 33 per cent.

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