Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the Bihar government will soon increase the representation of women in the state police force to 35 percent.
“The representation of women in state police is almost 28 percent in Bihar. The increased presence of women in the state’s police force has not only empowered women but also made the constabulary more efficient and effective. Now, the state government will increase their (women) representation to 35 percent,” Mr. Kumar said during an event organized by the state Home department to distribute appointment letters to 10,459 new recruits of Bihar Police.
The chief minister said the overall appointment process in the police force needs to be accelerated. He said against the target of 1.5 lakh recruitments, only 1.08 lakh appointments have been made in Bihar Police. The chief minister asked the Home department officials to work fast in the direction of deploying 160 to 170 police personnel for every one lakh population in the state.
“Earlier, we had decided to deploy 115 police personnel for every one lakh population in the state, now there is a need to increase this ratio. It should be 160 to 170 police personnel for every one lakh population”, the chief minister said.
He said in Bihar, the work of police has been divided into two parts – investigation and maintenance of law and order – in a bid to maintain rule of law in the state.
Mr. Kumar asked the officials to ensure that investigation is completed in 60 days so that criminals could be awarded sentences speedily after a proper trial in court. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, said, “The recruitment drive will continue in different departments of the state government under the leadership of our Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. More recruitment will be made in a state police department in the coming future.”
Now, youths are applying more for jobs in Bihar Police rather than applying for contractual appointments in defense services, he added.
Mr. Yadav further said, “Policing has remarkably improved in the state. Those who try to create a divide in the society on the name of caste, creed, and religion, will be strictly dealt with”.