The Gujarat government is trying hard to take in as many women into the police force to meet the 33 per cent reservation announced by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel soon after she took charge. Apart from relaxing the age limit and the physical qualifications, Patel recently appeared in a radio campaign urging girls to join the police force. She was heard saying on FM channels, “Now women can appear for exams and directly get into the police force as officers. Women from every village and town should take this opportunity to become self-reliant.”
The Gujarat government has now reserved 33 per cent seats for women and not only has the process become easy, but the women have been given first priority in Gujarat. The State Government also went ahead and relaxed the norms for women candidates applying for police constables and sub-inspector jobs in the state.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) GR Aloria said, “The State Government has changed the parameters of height and other requirements for the women candidates and now we have more relaxed norms. The changes are being applied by the two recruitment boards for police sub-inspectors and constables.”
Majority of women were shying from joining the force because they were unable to meet the height and age bar fixed for women candidates. Out of the few who appeared, on an average, not even half cleared the selection process, said the officials from the home department.
Additional DGP, Ashish Bhatia who heads the recruitment board said, “The reduction in the requirement of height and increasing the upper limit of age requirement will bring visible changes in more girls appearing for the exams. Moreover, the government has now added 30 seconds more to 1600 metres sprint to be completed in 9 minutes to push for more women”.
As per the recent changes made by the State Government in yardsticks for police recruitment, the government has now increased the upper age limit for women sub-inspectors to 30 years as against 28 years earlier. The upper age limit for women police constables is 28 years now as against 22 years earlier, which is notable benefit for police candidates.
The government has reduced the height requirement for women SI candidates to 158 cm for general category and 156cm for ST candidates as against 160 cm for general and 158 cm for ST candidates earlier. The height requirement for police constables is now 155 cm for general and 150 cm for ST candidates.
To qualify for sub-inspectors, a graduation in any discipline is enough and 12th pass certificate for police constables for both men and women.
When compared with the neighbouring police forces of Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the norms are stricter for recruitment.