Replying to the circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) asking views of Indian paramilitary forces about the recruitment of transgender in the force. CRPF, BSF, ITBP, and SSB said they are ready to recruit transgender people for the post of Assistant Commandants. They further added that they are ready to make the necessary changes in the force. After the positive response from these paramilitary forces, MHA is working on a plan to implement this decision properly in the force.
The Director-General of CRPF AP Maheshwari said, “The work of CRPF is already gender-neutral and we will follow the guidelines of MHA and if needed we will make the situation more compatible.”
Whereas, the Director-General of Border security force (BSF) and chief of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) SS Deswal said that they have no objection regarding this decision.
The home ministry has asked the five paramilitary forces to include a third gender category in the exams of Assistant Commandant that will be held in December. Four of the Five paramilitary forces have responded in positive and the response of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) is awaited. It is speculated that the response of CISF will also be positive.
MHA in its letter over a month ago had asked the Department of Personnel of CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) for their views on the matter. In another fresh letter signed by Under Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, S Muthu Kumar was sent on Wednesday. In this letter, the MHA said that they haven’t yet received the responses of CAPF on incorporating transgender as the third gender beside Male and Female in the 2020 Assistant commandant exams. Assistant commandant exams are held every year for the recruitment of entry-level officers in paramilitary forces.
Currently, there is no provision to hire transgender in the Paramilitary forces. After this decision, the people from the transgender community can hold positions in the Central Paramilitary forces and will also be assigned combat roles and get promotions like a general male or female candidate. Vidya Rajput, A member of Chhattisgarh Transgender Welfare Board said that it is a welcome move. She further added that” a socially supportive structure is very important.”