Though the fate of women’s reservation Bill in the Parliament is still unknown, the NDA government has decided to have 33 per cent reservation for women in police forces in all seven union territories including Delhi, a proposal that was initiated by the previous UPA regime.
The ministry, which is preparing a Cabinet note to the effect has already sent advisories to all the states to ensure 33 per cent reservation for women in their police forces. The ministry has also included the proposal in the 100-day agenda for the new government, sources said.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh who reviewed the status of women representation in police forces Tuesday asked officials to expedite the filling up of these posts.
The minister was informed that Chandigarh with 16.18 per cent women police force lead the race among all seven Union Territories while Puducherry with 5.89 per cent women force was at the bottom. Delhi has 7.61 per cent women among its police force while Lakshwadeep has 10.52 per cent. The all India average representation of women in the police forces is only 5.33 per cent — 84,479 police women — against the actual strength of 15.85 lakh police force in the country.
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“We will be moving the Cabinet soon to ensure this reservation for women in police forces, which function under the MHA. We can only advise the states to comply with it and many states have started showing initiative too. The MHA can only advise the states but its implementation in Delhi and UT’s is MHA’s responsibility,” a senior official said.
Gujarat CM Tuesday also announced 33 per cent reservation for women in the state police. The other states, which have already initiated the recruitment process for enhanced representation by women among its police forces are Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
The official said after the December 2012 Delhi gangrape incident, the UPA government had decided to increase the presence of women in all the police forces in the country.