New Delhi: With an aim to augment the number of women constables in the Railway Protection Force (RPF), the Central government has decided to fill up 50 per cent of the 9,000 vacant posts notified with lady constables
The Centre would fill up 50 per cent of the 9,000 vacant constables posts, informed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
"At present, the percentage of lady constables in RPF is 2.25 per cent. Keeping this in mind, the Prime Minister gave a direction for recruitment. We are going to recruit 4,500 lady constables, 50 per cent of the total vacant posts notified," informed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
RPF looks into protection of railways infrastructure, while the Government Railway Police (GRP) takes care of law and order and it is under the State government, he said.
Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said the recruitment process is going on.
To another supplementary question on providing walkie talkie to women constables, both Goyal and Angadi said the matter will be examined.
In a written reply, Goyal said the recruitment process started in 2018. Out of 8619 and 1120 vacancies notified for constables and sub-inspectors, respectively, 4216 and 201 vacancies, respectively, were reserved for women.
"This process is likely to be completed soon and this will further increase the number of lady constables and officers in RPF," he added.
(With agency inputs)