After BSF, CRPF gives a heads-up to recruit transgenders

New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said that it is ready to make its force “compatible” to transgender recruitment. This comes two days after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the paramilitary forces for their views on recruitment of transgender people as officers in their ranks.

The CRPF has stated, “We fully value the spirit of the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court. CRPF already has a gender-neutral work environment. In view of impending policy guidelines of MHA, we shall make it further compatible as per the need.”

The CRPF communication refers to the April 15, 2014 judgment of the Supreme Court.

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In a letter sent over a month ago, the MHA had asked personnel departments of CRPF, BSF, SSB, CISF and ITBP for their views on the matter. Two weeks ago, sources said, the BSF sent its reply saying that it welcomes such a move.

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The letter signed by Under Secretary, MHA, S Muthu Kumar deals with recruitment of Assistant Commandant – the entry level for officers. Sources said these recruitment would be made in the general cadre, meaning they would get to operate in combat roles and will eventually rise to command formations at the border and in law and order duties.

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