Bhubaneswar: In a landmark decision for the LGBTQ community, the Odisha Police on Saturday opened its door to transgender people, seeking their applications for the posts of constables and sub-inspectors. The Odisha Police Recruitment Board has sought online applications from men, women and transgender people for the appointment of 477 sub-inspectors and 244 constables (communication). The application portal will remain open from June 22 to July 15.Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Launches 14 Industrial Projects Worth Rs 1,537 Crore in Odisha. All You Need to Know
“I invite qualified women and men to join the Odisha Police as constables (communication) and SIs to serve the people of the state. Also, for the first time, people belonging to the transgender category can apply for both the posts,” Director General of Police Abhay told reporters in Cuttack. However, differently-abled people will not be eligible to apply. “Transgender candidates are eligible to apply, PWD (Persons with Disabilities) are not eligible to apply,” the notification seeking the applications stated. Also Read - Pet Cat Prevents Cobra From Entering House, Stands Guard For 30 mins to Protect Family
Abhay said the recruitment to the SI post will be done to the main police cadre, while the constable (communications) is a technical cadre. The minimum qualification for the SI post is graduation, while that of the constable (communication) post is Plus II with diploma in computer application. Candidates are required to undergo a computer-based recruitment examination, besides physical and efficiency tests. The Odisha government had earlier decided to recruit transgender people as jail warders but a notification is yet to be issued. Also Read - Bride & Groom Flee Wedding Midway as Cops Raid Venue Over Violation of Covid Norms
Transgenders’ body welcomes the move
The Odisha Kinner and Third Gender Mahasangh, a transgender body, welcomed the decision of the Odisha Police and thanked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. “For the first time, a public advertisement has been issued seeking application from transgender people in government jobs in the state. Including the transgender people in the force will not only boost the confidence of the community, but also change the society’s perception towards transgender people,” Mahasangh founder president Pratap Kumar Sahu said.
The Mahasangh, however, requested the chief minister to give some relaxation to transgender applicants in physical tests as many of the candidates may not be able to compete with men and women in running and other physical activities. Sahu pointed out that states like Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have already set examples by recruiting transgender people in their police forces.
In 2014, the Supreme Court had recognised the transgender community as the third gender and ruled that they have equal privileges over the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. The Parliament has also enacted the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 to provide the community equal rights akin to other human beings.
(With inputs from PTI)