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No women officers for BSF, ITBP and SSB

The government has ruled out any women officers post for select paramilitary forces even as a significant number of women were recently recruited in lower ranks of some of the border guarding forces.



New Delhi: The government has ruled out any
women officers post for select paramilitary forces even as a
significant number of women were recently recruited in lower
ranks of some of the border guarding forces.

The new notification issued by the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC), which recruits entry-level officers for
Central police forces will make it impossible for any women
officer to head the almost 2,000 young women personnel in the
combat ranks of three of the border guarding forces.

The UPSC has notified that women applicants for these
entry-level officer posts are ineligible for border guarding
forces of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border
Police (ITBP) and Border Security Force (BSF).

"Both males and females are eligible for CISF and CRPF.
For SSB, BSF and ITBP only male candidates are eligible," the
notification for recruitment of Assistant Commandants for the
five para-military forces said on May 29.

Incidentally, the above mentioned forces started
recruiting women constables for their active duties along
borders for the first time since the last year but the
all women battalions and companies are still commanded by
male officers.

The forces had recruited women constables in their
ranks with huge fanfare and Home Minister P Chidamabaram had
commissioned the maiden women batches for ITBP and BSF.

The government has recently notified the Recruitment
Rules for Central Police Forces Assistant Commandants (ACs)
Examination 2010, scheduled to be held on October 24 this
year. This is the entry-level exam for officers in these
forces.

Initially recruited as ACs, the officers rise to become
Deputy Commandants and Commandants of an operational company
(100 personnel) or a full battalion (1,000 personnel)
subsequently.

However, not many are happy with the new rule. "Although
male commanders in the ranks of Assistant Commandants, Deputy
Commandants and Commandants are commanding these women units
well, a women commander will surely boost their morale. The
government notification for recruiting 753 ACs however denies
them this chance for this year," a senior Home Ministry
officer said.

The notification for this year`s exam should have
addressed the issue, the officer said.

"It would be good to have a women officer commanding
our units. She may understand us better. During our training
we were told we will have women commanders. Although male
commanders are equally good," a women ITBP constable said.

PTI

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