On Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs sought the views of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to add transgender as the third gender category in relevant application forms ahead of the annual examination for recruiting assistant commandants to be held in December. To which BSF,CRPF,SSB on Friday told the Union home ministry that they will recruit transgender persons to the officer cadre post of assistant commandants.

Director General A P Maheshwari said ““The CRPF already has a gender-neutral work environment. In view of impending policy guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), we shall make it further compatible as per the need.”

The CRPF has stated, “We fully value the spirit of the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court. CRPF already has a gender-neutral work environment. In view of impending policy guidelines of MHA, we shall make it further compatible as per the need.”

Home ministry has directed all central government departments to include transgender as a separate category for recruitment for all posts, including civil services.

In December 2019 the central government notified the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, which was meant to provide a level playing field in all avenues and services including combat policing.

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