New Delhi: The government is planning to
recruit 20,000 more armed women personnel in paramilitary
forces in the next three years.
According to the new plan formulated by the Home Ministry,
all paramilitary forces -- CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB and NSG
-- will essentially have 5 per cent of their total force
strength as women personnel in three to five years and 10 per
cent in the subsequent five years.
These women will be hired and deployed for general guard
duties, patrolling, frisking suspects and other normal
policing activities undertaken by their male counterparts.
Subsequently, the government plans to enhance the
facilities being offered to women security personnel.
"We have to construct more barracks for women, toilets,
creche, day-care centres besides being more considerate in
granting leave. We hope that in ten years, there will be
generational shift in the paramilitary forces," an official
The CRPF is the first central force to have inducted women
personnel in its combat ranks. The force presently has two
operational battalions (2,000 women) while the third (around
1,000 personnel) is being raised currently. The total strength
of CRPF is about 3 lakh personnel, making it the country`s
largest paramilitary force.
The government has also begun to induct the first batch of
650 women personnel in the BSF for border guarding duties. The
BSF has more than two lakh personnel on its rolls.
Other forces which have women in combat roles are the
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), with about 700 women personnel, and
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force with about 800 women
combatants. The total strength of SSB and ITBP is about 50,000
The CISF has about 1,500 women personnel on its rolls out
of the total strength of about 2 lakh personnel.