The state police department has decided to recruit women who have passed Class 12 as munshis and readers, posts so far held only by men.
Munshis and readers posted in police stations and offices are constables who write station diaries and keep records.
Director general of police (DGP) DK Paney has directed the additional director general of police (headquarters) to start recruiting women as munshis and readers after panchayat polls are over on December 19.
The DGP’s move follows increasing complaints against male munshis posted in police stations. The women recruits will replace male munshis who will be deployed for law and order jobs.
SN Pradhan, ADGP and Jharkhand police spokesperson, said, “The move to recruit women is on after the DGP’s direction and it will be visible in police stations and offices after panchayat polls. As a pilot project, we have started the move in Ranchi. It will be replicated across the state.”
The DGP has directed Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar to designate a sub-inspector as a trainer who will train the women recruits in writing station diaries and keeping records.
The DGP has called a meeting of district superintendents of police next week where the Ranchi SSP will give a power-point presentation on the new move.
Prabhat Kumar said, “We have started posting women constables as munshis in police stations across the district (Ranchi).” There has been no recruitment for readers in the state for the last eight years.