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Government approves women recruitment as 'combat officers' in Sashastra Seema Bal

Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Apr 13, 2014, 03:09 PM IST

However, women will still not be inducted as officers in the third border guarding force of the country- the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force- deployed along the China border.
  • Government approves women recruitment as 'combat officers' in Sashastra Seema Bal
    Government approves women recruitment as 'combat officers' in Sashastra Seema Bal

    New Delhi: The government of India has approved the recruitment of young women in the Sashastra Seema Bal.
    Thus, women officers of SSB will now get a chance to serve at the important Indian frontiers with Bhutan and Nepal.
    The women up to the age of 25 years will be directly recruited as assistant commandants. SSB is the second largest guardian force at the Indian border.
    The SSB will have trained women in the ground by the end of 2015, said a source of Union home ministry.
    Till now, women could only don the combat uniform in the officer cadre in three other central security forces, the Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force and the Border Security Force.
    However, women will still not be inducted as officers in the third border guarding force of the country- the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force- deployed along the China border.
    The SSB, in 2007, was the first to recruit women in junior ranks of constables but since then, the contingents were being commanded by male officers and hence a desire was felt to have women officers in the paramilitary which has close to 1,400 women personnel in 'khaki' at present.
    [With inputs from PTI]
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