Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood said that the police department has taken this decision to help bring the transgender community into the mainstream by eliminating the prejudices of the society.
Karnataka Police (signal photo)
The Karnataka government has announced one percent reservation for the transgender community in the police department of the state. Under this, for the first time, Karnataka Police has invited applications from transgenders for the post of ‘Special Reserve Sub-Inspector’. According to the notification of Recruitment-2021 issued by the Karnataka State Police, the educational qualification for 70 posts has been kept graduate and online applications can be filled from 20 December while the last date to apply is 18 January 2022.
State Director General of Police Praveen Sood told news agency ANI on Tuesday, “We have decided to give one percent reservation to transgenders in all police department recruitments. Till now men and women have been recruiting in the police department. 3-4 decades ago there was talk of reservation for women in the police department. Our target is to take the number of women in the police department to 25 per cent.”
Sood said that the police department has taken this decision to help bring the transgender community into the mainstream by eliminating the prejudices of the society. He said, “We thought that we should become an equal chance organisation. That’s why we have reserved one percent post for transgender in all ranks. I think this will help in bringing them into the mainstream and will also strengthen the department in the long run.”
Yes. You read it right! Karnataka State Police is an equal opportunity organisation. We are recruiting men, women and even transgenders. pic.twitter.com/HhM3RtxpQv
— DGP KARNATAKA (@DgpKarnataka) December 21, 2021
He said that we should remove prejudices, which are not only in the society but in all of us. He said, “That is why we have taken this step. Notification regarding recruitment has been issued. We will wait for the applications and recruit them. There will be one percent reservation for transgenders in all recruitments.
Nisha Gullar of NGO ‘Sangam’ has welcomed this decision of Karnataka Police. He told news agency PTI that he had approached the Karnataka High Court to offer transgender government jobs as well. He told, “We had moved the court in June 2020 and this year the verdict came in our favour. We welcome the decision of Karnataka Police to appoint us.”
According to Nisha, there are about one lakh transgenders in Karnataka, out of which about 13 thousand are associated with her organization. He also said that the next challenge would be to create a better environment for transgenders in the offices where he would work.