Govt reports decline in recruitment of minorities to central forces

The representation of minority communities in recruitment to paramilitary forces registered a decline over a four-year period till 2011, the government told Parliament on Tuesday.

PTI| Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 20:31 PM IST

New Delhi: The representation of minority communities in recruitment to paramilitary forces registered a decline over a four-year period till 2011, the government told Parliament on Tuesday.

According to statistics cited by Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibai Chaudhary in a written reply in Lok Sabha, the overall representation of minorities in 2008 was 62.63 percent in these forces but came down to 57.62 percent in 2009.

Their proportion further went down to 52.55 percent in 2010 and 29.18 percent in 2011.

The recruitment pertain to paramilitary forces like Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal and Assam Rifles.

The maximum representation of minority communities in recruitment to these forces was in 2006, when it touched 66.11 percent.

The percentage declined in 2007 to 48.83 percent but rose again to 62.63 percent in 2008.

Chaudhary said there was no proposal regarding steps to be taken to increase the representation of minorities in recruitment to these forces, which function under the Union Home Ministry.