Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Gujarat to enforce 33 per cent reservation of women in police force

. (Source: PTI) My government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in new recruitment in the police force, said Anandi Patel. (Source: PTI)
Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Posted: June 24, 2014 6:10 pm | Updated: June 24, 2014 8:25 pm

Chief  minister Anandiben Patel announced that her government would enforce 33  per  cent reservation in the police force, while addressing the passing out  parade  of  the  134  Sub-Inspectors  at  the  Gujarat Police Training Academy, in Karai, Gandhinagar  Tuesday.

She  underlined  the  state’s commitment to reserve 33 per cent of posts in police  force  across all the cadres for women “as part of the government’s policy of women’s empowerment”, a release said.

96  intelligence  officers  and  38 armed Sub-Inspectors including 25 women personnel  passed  out of the GPA after finishing their nine month training programme.

Patel  said,  “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 the women police  should  also increase in the State to bring more women power to the police force”.

Additional  Chief  Secretary  SK Nanda however explained later that the 33% reservation  for  the  women  in  the  police force was already existing in Gujarat  since  years. “However the State could never fill the vacancies to meet  up  the  said reservation. The CM has analyzed the core issues of the women  candidates  who  appear  for these exams who are not selected due to their height, weight and performance issues”, said Nanda.

Nanda  added,  “The core issues are being rethinked 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  and  bring  changes  in  physical  tests  also  if  required. The CM therefore  wants  to ensure that after resolving these issues, the required reservation should be met in recruitments”.

She  added “These young women and men in the police force will add strength to  the  existing  strong  force  of  Gujarat  Police and we expect the new recruits  to  work and perform in a way that brings respect to the force in the society and the force”.

The CM appreciated the decreasing ‘crime rate’ of the State and stated, “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 Gujarat  Police  who  have  worked tremendously hard in several challenging situations  and  negative  atmosphere”  while  remembering  Prime  Minister Narendra Modi for showing the path.

Anandiben said, “Our prime minister Narendra Modi stressed on strengthening the  Raksha Shakti (defence power) of the State and therefore we have three dedicated  universities  working  to  fulfill  his dreams-the Raksha Shakti University,  Forensic  Science  University  and  Law  University.  The  RSU provides training from policemen to IPS officers and till now 952 policemen have  taken  training  continued…

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