The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has recommended internally that women personnel should switch entirely to wearing shirts and trousers while on duty. The committee has said due thought should be given for a change in uniform for women personnel keeping in mind operational requirement.
The 5,000 women who make up 4.6 per cent of the CISFs strength are currently provided with two sets of uniforms,a sari and a shirt and pair of trousers. They are supposed to wear the sari while on duty at PSUs and at functions attended by top political and constitutional functionaries.
At places like the Delhi Metro or the airports,they have the choice to wear either kind of uniform,but are usually seen in a shirt and trousers for convenience. At a two-day National Workshop on Gender Sensitization organised by the CISF which representatives of all central armed police forces attended,some women personnel expressed a preference for saris,while others said they found it to be an impediment on the job.
A senior official who pitched for doing away with saris also complained of discrimination against women personnel in the force.