One-third of Delhi Police force to be women: Rajnath Singh

Women will constitute one-third of the Delhi Police force, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

“We have decided to increase the number of women personnel in Delhi Police to one-third. Our effort is also to increase women personnel in state police and central police forces to one-third,” he said during Question Hour.

Police-population ratio in Delhi (as in January 2013) was 391.33 per one lakh persons as against the sanctioned strength of 420.49.

The Home Minister said there is shortage of manpower in state and central police and also in other police organisations.

“There is shortage of manpower in state/central police and Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre,” he said.

He informed that as in January 2013, the sanctioned and actual strength of police personnel at all India level per one lakh population (police-population ratio) is 181.47 and 136.42 respectively.

Singh said state governments have been advised from time to time by the Home Ministry to fill up the vacancies in the state police forces.

He said that to fill up the vacancies of IPS officers, the batch size of IPS (direct recruitment) has been increased from 88 to 103 from Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2005 and further to 150 from CSE, 2009.

Government had also introduced third mode of recruitment to IPS through ‘limited competitive examination’ to recruit 80 candidates annually. However, due to court cases, recruitment is yet to be done through this mode of examination.

Singh also said the process of appointments to the IPS by promotion from State Police Service has been accelerated.

To another question, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju that the President has given his assent to ‘The Industrial Employment (Standing Order) (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2005’ in February 2014 which was conveyed to the state government the same month.


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