In a pioneering move, Gujarat’s first Women Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced on Tuesday 33 per cent reservation for women in the police force. “It is necessary to empower women for their uplift in the society. My government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in new recruitment in the police force. It will be implemented in all cadres,” Patel, the state’s first woman chief minister, told reporters.
Patel made the announcement during an interaction with the media after attending a passing out parade at Gujarat Police Academy.
“Women have served in every position in the police force. When a mother has prepared herself to serve the society, state and the country, we have to provide them special training and Special space,” she said.
“Gujarat will be the first state in India to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in the police force,” state’s Director General of Police P C Thakur said.
“In Maharashtra, which doesn’t have reservation for women, they account for 10 per cent of the total strength of the police which is highest in country,” Thakur said, adding women constitute hardly 4 to 5 per cent of Gujarat’s Police force now.
The sanctioned posts in Gujarat Police are around 60,000, around 10,000 more than its present strength. There are around 2500 policewomen in the state at present. If the government manages to fill all 33 per cent posts for women against the sanctioned strength, the state would have around 19,800 women in the force.
Thakur said recruitment rules would have to be suitably changed following today’s announcement.
During her speech as the chief guest, Patel claimed that Gujarat is having the lowest crime rate in the country. “Peace and communal harmony is essential to bring development. Gujarat never saw any major communal clash in last 10 years, which helped us to bring development here. Gujarat is the safest state in India having lowest crime rate” said Patel, who thanked Gujarat police for such environment.
“Gujarat police force is the most educated force in India having more than 26,000 educated policemen serving people. I thank the police force for having maintained law and order for these many years and contributing to the development process of the state,” said Patel.