Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Tuesday announced a 33 per cent reservation for women in the state police force, while addressing the passing out parade of the 134 sub-inspectors at the Gujarat Police Training Academy in Karai of Gandhinagar. She underlined the state’s commitment to reserve the posts for women “as part of the government’s policy of women empowerment,” a release said.
As many as 96 intelligence officers and 38 armed sub-inspectors, including 25 women personnel, passed out from the academy after finishing their nine-month training programme. These 96 intelligence officers are a part of 500 SIs who were planned to be recruited ahead of LS elections.
“There are 25 women officers in this batch who joined a challenging profession of a police force. The women police officers are displaying immense strength and skills in this profession, which is commendable and a matter of pride for the state. The strength of women police should also increase to bring more women power to police force,” she said.
However, Additional Chief Secretary S K Nanda explained later that the 33% reservation for the women in the police force was already existing in Gujarat for years. “However, the state could never fill the vacancies to meet up the reservation. The CM has analysed the core issues of the women candidates who appear for these exams and are not selected due to their height, weight and performance issues,” said Nanda.
“The core issues are being reconsidered and the government will bring changes in the physical requirement of the women candidates especially the height and may bring changes in the minimum requirements for tests, if required. The CM wants to ensure that after resolving these issues, the required reservation should be met in recruitments,” Nanda said.
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The CM appreciated the decreasing “crime rate” of the state saying, “In last one decade, the state has not witnessed any communal or heinous incident and remained curfew-free and safe for the citizens. The state has the least crime rate in the country and the credit for this work goes to the Gujarat Police, who have worked tremendously hard in several challenging situations and negative atmosphere.”
“Our PM Narendra Modi stressed on strengthening the ‘Raksha Shakti’ (defence power) of the state and therefore we have three dedicated universities working to fulfil his dreams – the Raksha Shakti University and Forensic Science University and Law University. The RSU provides training from policemen to IPS officers and till now 952 policemen have taken training here. The Goa government had also sent 87 of PSIs for training in Gujarat,” Patel said.
The 87 PSIs of Goa will pass out after three months from the Gujarat Police Training Academy. The 136 PSIs of this batch will be posted in the CID Intelligence and SRPF in the coming few months.