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MHA seeks views of paramilitary forces on recruiting transgenders as officers

As of now, there is no provision of hiring transgender people in the central paramilitary forces or the Indian Army.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2020 10:12:46 pm
indian paramilitary forces, transgenders paramilitary forces, bsf transgenders, crpf transgenders, transgenders in india, transgender rights, indian express In this file photo, members of CRPF are seen taking part during the Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi/2018)

In what is being seen as a watershed moment for paramilitary forces, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) for their views on recruiting transgender people into the forces.

In a letter dated July 1, the MHA said, “the comments for incorporating the issues on transgender as Third gender along with Male/Female in the rules of CAPF (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2020 is yet to be received from CRPF, ITBP, SSB and CISF. They are once again requested to examine the issue and furnish comments to this Ministry by July 2 positively for taking a final view on the matter.”

As of now, there is no provision of hiring transgender people in the central paramilitary forces or the Indian Army.

The Assistant Commandant is the entry-level officer rank in the five CAPFS of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Personnel had asked all ministries and departments to modify relevant examination rules to include ‘transgender’ as a separate category of gender for central government jobs.

According to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, which was notified by the central government in December last year, no establishment shall discriminate against transgender persons in matters relating to employment, recruitment, promotion and other related issues.

With PTI inputs

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