Hoping to improve the gender ratio in the force, the Chandigarh police have written to the ministry of home affairs seeking sanction for recruiting 25 woman assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs). The approval, sought in January, is part of the action plan of the Chandigarh police to ensure 33% reservation for women. It has now assumed more significance with the Centre mandating 33% reservation for women in the police forces of union territories (UTs).
As of now, the Chandigarh police have 5,975 cops of which just 1,015 are women employed on different ranks, making them just 17% of the force. Among these, there are 16 inspectors, 17 sub-inspectors, seven ASIs, 45 head constable and 640 constables. Chandigarh with 17% women cops tops the chart among all seven UTs. Last year, of the 129 constables recruited, 33 were women. In 2011, out of the 171 chosen cops, 110 were women.
Still, to reach the 33% mark, the Chandigarh police in its recruitment drives have been filling 50% posts with woman cops. Out of the total 94 constables recruited recently, 47 are women. Similarly, out of 35 wireless operators, 17 women have been appointed.
UT IGP RP Upadhyaya said, “We have introduced 50% reservation to bridge the gap and achieve the target of 33% reservation.”