A special women battalion of police would be formed in Jharkhand’s Santhal Pargana with its headquarters in Dumka, chief minister Raghubar Das said on Tuesday while addressing a programme organised by the state police on International Women’s Day in Ranchi.
Das also assured a reward of Rs 1 lakh for the Jharkhand Armed Force’s Mahila Vahini team which will perform well in the upcoming police meet in Jaipur.
“There is no dearth of talent among women in our state, they only need exposure and opportunities,” Das said.
The women battalion to come up in Santhal Pargana would be the first of its kind in Jharkhand, police officials said.
However, the police department did not have concrete details of the proposed women battalion since it was at an infancy stage.
The CM on Tuesday launched Jharkhand’s first women safety android application Shakti App at JAP 1 ground in the state capital and also flagged off 20 scooters on which 40 trained women constables would patrol the city to ensure safety for women.
Through the android app, women who sense trouble and need protection can register complaints to the nearest police patrolling vehicle and the 40 odd constables on scooters.
The CM also flagged off 18 Police Control Room (PCR) vans especially for safety of women in the state capital.
In the recently tabled annual state budget, the Jharkhand government had, for the first time, allotted a separate budget for women empowerment.
“We have allocated 43% (Rs 5811 crore) of our total budget for women empowerment this year. Our focus is to make women self-reliant and independent since they play a crucial role in the development of the society,” Das said.
The government plans to provide three wheelers or four wheelers to 2,000 more women belonging to the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. Under this scheme, the state proposes to train selected women in driving the vehicles which would be provided to them through bank loans at low rate of interest.
The state also made it mandatory to give 33% of reservation to women in the state police department which, according to internal sources, faces staff crunch.
“We do not have enough women in the department. However, the new advertisements for recruitments specify 33% of reservation for women,” said Inspector General (Organised Crime), Sampat Meena.