The state minorities department is planning a Rs 3.5-crore scheme to prepare Muslim youths to join the police force as sub-inspectors.
We are sending a proposal to the cabinet to start the scheme under which we will prepare candidates to appear for Maharashtra Public Service Examination for sub-inspectors, minority welfare minister Arif Naseem Khan said.
Maharashtra has an unenviable record of minority police representation. As per National Crime Records Bureau,only 1,945 of the 1.8 lakh cops in the state are Muslim. Muslims constitute 10.6 per cent of the state population but their police representation is only 1 per cent of the force strength.
Khan said the initiative was to increase representation of the community in the force,a major recommendation of Sachar Committee. He said nearly 250 candidates would be trained for the purpose.