More women power for CISF

The decision to reserve 33 per cent for women in all paramilitary forces, including the Central Industrial Security Force, is a small step towards creating a more and fairer inclusive society. “In all para-military forces, women will be recruited by providing 33 per cent reservations,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Tuesday at the passing-out parade at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), Hyderabad.

Since women’s share in CISF is just about 5 per cent, there is a need to increase the number of women personnel up to one-third of the overall strength of the force, Rajnath Singh noted. He also wanted the CISF to devote time for development work in areas hit by Naxalites and Maoists and acquire new skills to tackle hi-tech crimes. The current strength of CISF is 1.36 lakhs and with planned new initiatives, it is likely to go up to 2 lakhs.

CISF personnel can be seen guarding sensitive installations like airports, nuclear installations, space research centres and Metros, among others. Of late, female commandos of the force are being deployed for women’s security in Delhi. With more women in security forces, it is possible to deal with crime against women better.

Hopefully, the reservation in CISF will help move the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill, known as the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill. It entails 33 per cent of the total number of seats in Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies for women. Years of wrangling by male legislators has stalled the bill passage in its tracks in the Lok Sabha.

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