In a path breaking move, Tripura government has decided to induct women in the state’s own paramilitary force – the Tripura State Rifles.
According to Tripura Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath, on July 7, the state cabinet approved 1,488 posts for the paramilitary force. Reportedly, 35,642 candidates have applied of which, 4,752 are women. He has said, “We will recruit 75 percent from the domicile of our state and 25 percent from outside the state for these posts. We got 4,310 women candidates from our state and another 442 from outside the state.”
The news comes two years after the government announced 10 per cent reservation for women in their police force at all levels.
For general category candidates, the minimum educational qualification required is Class 10 and they have to be within the 18-23 age bracket. For Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste candidates, the age limit is 28 years and they should have passed at least Class Eight to be eligible.
Candidates will have to appear for a 30-mark physical test. Those who qualify will have to appear for a written examination of 60 marks followed by an interview of 10 marks.
Nath said, “For the first time, we are introducing Kokborok, the language of the Tripuri community, as a medium in the examination, besides Bengali, Hindi and English. The CBSE will conduct the written examination. We will sign a memorandum of understanding with the CBSE soon for that.”
A few years ago, the Committee on Empowerment of Women had declared that there was “an urgent need to provide due representation to women in paramilitary forces in both junior and senior ranks.”
India offers reservation for women in constabulary in paramilitary forces. Among the various Central paramilitary forces, it is the Railway Protection Force (RPF) that has the maximum number of female personnel, at 10 percent.
(Edited by Athira Nair)