Maneka Gandhi bats for 33% reservation for women in state police forces

New Delhi: Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today advocated for implementing 33% reservation for women in the police force of the states. Addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Women and Child Development here today, she urged the members from different states to persuade their respective state governments for the same.

She also briefed the members abouManeka Gandhi - 001t schemes and new initiatives taken by the Government for women’s welfare like appointing Special Police Officers (SPOs) in villages to curtail crime against women, the Health phone initiative, One Stop Centre for women affected by violence and various initiatives under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.

Appreciating the initiative of SPOs, the Committee members suggested that the candidates should be given good training to make the scheme fully beneficial. Responding to their suggestions, the Minister quoted the example of Chhatisgarh where the scheme of Shaurya Vahini has resulted in reducing crimes against women by up to 70% in areas where the Shaurya Vahinis have been popularized.

The meeting held today was aimed to generate ideas on schemes, programmes, projects etc for women empowerment and was attended by various MPs including Smt Pratima Mondal, Smt. Viplove Thakur, Smt R Vanaroja, Smt Kanak Lata Singh, Smt Priyanka Singh Rawat and Smt Bimla Kashyap Sood.

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