Singh stressed there should be no difference between what is said and done in this regard and hence his government has announced that women will soon account for 33 percent of constable-rank personnel in Central paramilitary forces like CRPF and CISF and 15 percent in the border guarding forces of BSF, SSB and ITBP.

He made these comments while inaugurating the 7th national conference on women in police at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Academy here. "I agree women do not get representation as much as they should...I want to assure that there will be sufficient representation for women in police forces in this government. I will not call it reservation but definitely we will strive for adequate representation (for women)," he cited.

The minister said the Union Home Ministry has recently issued directions in this regard for Central police organisations and forces even as various states and Union Territories have been sent advisories in this regard in the past.

The Minister said the Indian history and culture is replete with examples where women have not only been given equal but a higher position than the males.

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