71,397 vacancies in paramilitary forces
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)
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
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.