GoI allows 33 % reservations for women in Delhi police and other Union territories

March 21, 2015 04:20 AM
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The SC/ST/OBC and others will also benefit from the new reservation policy for women. 

NEW DELHI: Taking a huge step towards gender-sensitive policing, Delhi and six other Union territories will now have 33% reservation for women in the police force at the constable to sub-inspector levels. 

A press release issued after the Cabinet meeting says the quota would apply horizontally in non-gazetted posts and in each category (SC/ST/OBC and others). 

The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi on Friday gave its nod to the proposal for women's quota in direct recruitment at the non-gazetted level in these forces and also approved "suitable enabling provisions in the recruitment rules" relating to all Union territories. 

In Delhi Police, the move immediately opens up avenues for recruitment of nearly 8,000-9,000 women, given that there is an existing backlog of 26,000-27,000 vacancies in the force. Once this backlog is filled up, more than 800 women will be added to the force each year as a 33% component of the 2,500-2600 yearly vacancies. 

The Government of India  (GoI) said the decision aims to help augment "the representation of women in police forces...so as to make the police more gender sensitive...It will also instill confidence among women to enable them to approach the police without hesitation for seeking protection and assistance as and when required." 

The reservation would apply to all existing vacancies in police forces of the UTs and any vacancy arising later, the government said. The move follows months after the Anandiben Patel government in Gujarat introduced a 33% quota for women in the state police. 

A release issued after the Cabinet meeting said the quota would apply horizontally in non-gazetted posts and in each category (SC/ST/OBC and others). 



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