The Indian government is planning to induct members of ‘Third Gender’ in the country’s elite Paramilitary Forces ending discrimination against the marginalised section.
Working upon the modalities in that direction, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought suggestions and comments from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) on the matter. The ministry is working on the proposal to commission “third gender” as officers in the Paramilitary Forces.
Home Ministry in a letter to CAPF on 1 July sought suggestions from the Paramilitary Forces over this issue.
It stated: “…the comments for incorporating the issues on transgender as Third gender along with Male/Female in the rules of CAPF (AC) Examination, 202 is yet to be received from CRPF, ITBP, SSB and CISF.”
The ministry says that the forces are “once again requested to examine” the issue and furnish comments on July 2, 2020 positively for taking a final view on the matter.
India have more than 10 Lakh Paramilitary personal which are currently serving to the nation in seven paramilitary wing named as, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Assam Rifles (AR), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guards (NSG) and Border Security Forces (BSF).
As of now there is no provision to induct Third gender people in the paramilitary forces of Indian army.
The step to induct Third gender in paramilitary definitely help in bringing third gender to the main stream and will end discrimination transgender community.
“As per clause 9 of the Act, no establishment shall discriminate against any transgender person in any matter relating to employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, promotion and other related issues,” the minister had pointed.