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Activists urge Muslim youth to join police force

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2011 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent
Maharashtra State Police

With the online application process for the recruitment of police constables in the Maharashtra State Police force commencing from September 26, the Federation of Minorities, a non-profit organisation, has urged the Muslim youth to fill in the forms.

This is the first time that the application process has gone online.

“It is very important to have members from the minority groups in the police force. There needs to be equal representation in the police force,” said MA Khalid, an activist, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

The Federation will hold a free eight-day training programme in October to prepare applicants for the fitness and written tests. “Till last year, the personal interview and written test was conducted in high-level Marathi, which our community youth found difficult to deal with. Only four out of the 300 applicants eventually cleared the tests,” said Salim Alware, convenor of the Federation. “This year, the interview has been cancelled and the language used in the written test has been simplified,” he added.

As part of the training programme, the Federation will get professionals to train applicants in physical fitness including running and exercises, and the written test, which includes general knowledge and theory. Candidates will be provided reading material including the model question papers. “Based on the number of applications, we will setup training centres in different locations in the city. We are mainly targeting the slums including Cheetah Camp, Garib Nagar and Kurla,” said Khalid.

The Federation will meet heads of various mosques on Wednesday to request them to address the youth during the religious sermons on Friday to apply for the police jobs.