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Minorities constitute a meagre 81,056 in Indian paramilitary forces

Wednesday December 12, 2012 04:20:54 PM, & Agencies

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Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh said this included 3,447 vacancies among officers, 25,204 among Junior Commissioned Officers and the rest among other ranks. The forces include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)  

New Delhi: A meagre 81,056 people from the minority communities that constitute about 20% of the total population of the country serve in India's paramilitary forces and the Intelligence Bureau, official figures show.


Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsees are notified as minorities, according to the National Minority Commission.


According to Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh, the maximum of 27,984 were with the Border Security Force, 23,167 in the Central Reserve Police Force and 10,436 in the Central Industrial Security Force.

Assam Rifles accounts for 8,953 personnel, Seema Surakhsha Bal 4,446 and Indo-Tibetan Border Police 3,951. Another 2,119 serve in the Intelligence Bureau, the minister told the Lok Sabha Tuesday.

He said recruitment to these forces was conducted on an all-India basis "through an open and transparent selection process".


Though the minister did not mention the combined strength of the Indian paramilitary forces and the Intelligence Bureau, it is estimated to be more than 1.3 million and considered as world's second largest paramilitary force.


The data provided by the minister is also silent on the actual distribution of different minorities. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsees are notified as minorities. According to the National Minority Commission, Muslims are 12.4, Christians constitute 2.3 and Sikhs are 1.9, as per 2001 census.


A recent reply to Right to Information (RTI) application Muslims constitute less than 11% in police and paramilitary forces.


It also reveals that Muslim representation in police departments is very low in the states like Rajasthan and Jharkhand. There are only 930 Muslims in 773 police stations in Rajasthan while 616 are posted in 417 police stations in Jharkhand.

Gujarat, given to its all anti-Muslim activities, tops the list with 5021 Muslims in its 501 police stations.


The figures in Kerala shows that it has 2210 Muslims in 451 police stations.


Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims constitute more than 10 per cent of the population in each state, did not provide their details.



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