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Gujarat CM announces 33% reservation for women in police force

June 24, 2014 14:15 IST

Gujarat’s first woman Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Tuesday announced a 33 per cent reservation for women in the state police force.

“It is necessary to empower women for their upliftment in society. Thus, my government has decided to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in the police recruitments,” announced Patel without elaborating.

She was interacting with media after attending the passing out parade of 97 armed police sub inspectors and 39 intelligence officers having PSI cadre, at Gujarat Police Academy in Karai, Gandhinagar on Tuesday. These officers will now be inducted in the police force after completing their nine-month training at the Karai based Academy.

Among these 136 officers, 25 were women, including 10 PSIs and 15 IOs. During her speech as the chief guest, Patel claimed that Gujarat has the lowest crime rate in the country. “Peace and communal harmony is essential to bring development. Gujarat has not seen any major communal clash in last 10 years, which helped us to bring development here. Gujarat is the safest state in India having lowest crime rate,” said Patel, who thanked Gujarat police for such environment.

“Gujarat police force is the most educated force in India having more than 26,000 educated policemen serving people. I thank the police force for having maintained law and order for these many years and contributing to the development process of the state,” said Patel, who also remembered Narendra Modi for showing the path.

“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on strengthening Raksha Shakti (Defence Power) of the state. Thus, we are now having three dedicated universities working in that direction, including RakshaShaktiUniversity, ForensicScienceUniversity and LawUniversity,” said Patel.

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