BSF opens gates for women officers

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The BSF, for the first time in its 50-year-old history is opening its gates for women officers at the level of Assistant Commandant through ‘Direct Entry’.

The first batch of these officers will start getting trained from the month of February next year at BSF Academy Tekanpur, Gwalior (MP).

The BSF, which is completing 50 years of its existence on December 1, has inducted women employees  in combat role besides the traditional  medical and clerical jobs.           “The largest border police of the world had initially recruited women constables in combat role, then sub-inspector and now first batch of women officers will be joining the force in the month of February 2016,” said an official.

In BSF the women work force have been playing an active role, who represented  in health services and ministerial cadres since 1972 and 1993 respectively which has substantially increased with passage of time and growth of the force.

The women work force in BSF is also playing vital role in fighting the proxy war waged by Pakistan through Punjab and J&K militancy and spurt of illegal migration from Bangladesh, as women are engaged in large number in farming activities, who feel comfortable while dealing with them.

Owing to the involvement of women in several cases of smuggling of FICN, Narcotics, contraband items, the requirement of frisking and checking of women folk by female constables is also increasing.

With the recruitment of 745 women constable cadre, the BSF had introduced the combat role for them in 2008. They were deployed at the frontline for Naka, OP Duties, Kissan Guard and fence gate management Duties on International Borders.

“The tasks entrusted and performed by them are at par with the men praharis and as such they are performing all operational, security and intelligence related tasks,” the official said.

To maintain physical, mental and emotional robustness of these women combatants, BSF is taking all required measures, including adequate infrastructural support, gender sensitization of all rank and separate transfer policy.         With induction of approx 1000 women personnel annually, BSF is moving in the direction to achieve the target of 5 per  cent strength of women force in CAPFs as directed by the Government.

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