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.
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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 here.
The Goa government had sent 87 of PSIs for training in Gujarat looking at the training models we follow”.