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Govt. okeys 33% reservation for women in paramilitary forces


06 Jan, 2016 7:41p.m.

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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