A small contingent of Mahila personnel who have given their willingness, are undergoing a Basic Foundation Course of 30 days. Thereafter, they will undergo 12 weeks of Pre-induction COBRA training, informs the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityananda Rai.
In a written reply to a member in Lok Sabha today, the Union Minister said there are over 6 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Mahila battalions are there in the country and the deployment of Central Forces including Mahila battalions is a dynamic process and is dependent upon Law & Order situation in different parts of the country, he said adding that the final induction of these Mahila personnel in COBRA Battalion will be made after successful completion of Pre-induction training.
Mahila Battalions of CRPF are successfully performing internal security duties in various parts of the country and abroad. 05 Mahila personnel of CRPF have also been decorated with gallantry medals for their bravery.
Creche facilities have been established at 49 locations for the benefit of Mahila personnel of CRPF and an amount of Rs.50 lakhs have been allotted for their maintenance during the current financial year 2020-21. In addition, Welfare grants are also provided to Mahila Battalions for undertaking welfare activities.
Recruitment of personnel including Mahila personnel in the Force is a continuous process as per functional requirements of the Force as well as the availability of vacancies. In order to encourage female candidates, they are exempted from application fees. There are relaxed standards in a physical standard test (PST) and physical efficiency test (PET) for the selection of more women, the Minister said.