Paramilitary forces to have 33 per cent women: Rajnath

Wagah: Thirty-three per cent posts in central paramilitary forces will be reserved for women, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
“We are planning to increase the strength of women in paramilitary forces to 33 per cent,” Singh said at a function organised by Border Security Forces (BSF) here.

At present, the total strength of women personnel in the paramilitary forces is less than five per cent.

There are seven paramilitary forces, also called central armed police forces, in the country.

These are CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, National Security Guard and Assam Rifles.

CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB and NSG have women armed contingents while Assam Rifles does not have women in combat duties.

The total strength of all paramilitary forces is around 8 lakh.

All these forces report to the Home Ministry.

Last week, the government had decided that the strength of women in police forces in Union Territories, including Delhi, will be increased to 33 per cent. Police forces in UTs also report to the Home Ministry.