Policewomen in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday became a part of a contingent to offer the guard of honour to a chief minister for the first time in history as Mehbooba Mufti assumed office in Srinagar after the state capital shifted from Jammu following a six-month break.
Kashmir inspector general of police SJM Gillani said policewomen from the Indian Reserve Police (IRP) were also a part of the team.
The police contingent that offered the guard of honour to the first woman chief minister of the state had 30 women and 60 men, and the guard of honour was led by a policewoman - Sandeep Kour, a deputy superintendent of police.
“It was done for the representation of women in the police force and I am proud that we have here, for the first time, a woman chief minister,” Kour told Hindustan Times.
Dressed in green and sporting dark sunglasses, Mehbooba received the guard of honour in the presence of other ministers and top civil servants in a ceremony organised in front of the civil secretariat building in Srinagar. She was escorted by director general of police K Rajendra.
The state government ceased to function from Jammu on April 29 and reopened on Monday in Srinagar, as a part of the biannual shift popularly known as the “Durbar Move”. In November, the capital will again shift to Jammu.
Although the shift provides government officials with a respite from the harsh climatic conditions, critics say the move puts a massive financial burden on the state.