Transgenders Barred From Maharashtra Police Recruitment Physical Tests

New Delhi, 6 March 2023 – Maharashtra Police Recruitment – The Maharashtra government has barred transgender persons from appearing in physical tests for the post of Police Constable Driver in the state’s police force in the past two months. 

The government has cited the absence of a test criterion as the reason for the move. 

Seventy two transgender persons applied for the positions following the Bombay High Court’s directive to the state government in December 2022 to designate a separate category for them.

However, the applicants were informed that the state government had not created a criterion for transgender candidates’ physical tests.

Maharashtra Police Recruitment – General Overview

State Maharashtra
Recruiting Agency Maharashtra Police
Total Vacancies  18,831
Positions Police Constable, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) Police Constable, Police Constable Driver
Police Constable Vacancies 14,956
SRPF Police Constable 1,204
Police Constable Driver 2,174
Official Website policerecruitment2022.mahait.org

Maharashtra Police Recruitment – Trasngender Community Debarment – Details

  • Chand Tadvi (28), a transgender applicant from Jalgaon, was pushed aside from the Dhule ground, where other applicants were waiting for a physical examination.
  • Chand was not permitted to take the test after her documents were verified. Following the high court’s decision, Chand cancelled the application filed under the female category. Chand now regrets changing the category because, as a female candidate, she would have been permitted to take the test.
  • In the meantime, the state has proceeded with the recruitment process and proposed written exams for candidates from the other categories who have passed the physical tests.
  • The transgender community, according to Chand, would not allow the written test for male and female candidates if the criterion was not finalised by then.
  • This could result in contempt of court, as the high court had directed that the criterion for transgenders be finalised by February 28, Chand added.

Maharashtra Police Recruitment – Trasngender Community Debarment – Government’s Response

  • Sanjay Kumar, director general (training and special squads) said the government would finalise the criterion for transgender persons in the next few days. 
  • The government could postpone the written exam if the criterion was not finalised by 19 March 2023, Kumar added.
  • This development comes after the state government informed the high court on 9 December 2022 that it would allow transgender persons to apply for police constable positions in the ongoing state-wide recruitment process and that it would frame rules establishing standards for their physical tests by 20 February 2023.
  • The high court had warned the government that it would halt the entire selection process, pointing out that the state was lagging behind in creating rules for their recruitment process.

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Maharashtra Police Recruitment – FAQs

Q1) How many Police Constable, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) Police Constable, and Police Constable Driver positions are available in Maharashtra’s police force in 2023?

As many as 18,831 Police Constable, State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) Police Constable, and Police Constable Driver posts will be available in Maharashtra’s police force in 2023.

Q2) How many Police Constable Driver positions are available in Maharashtra’s police force in 2023?

As many as 2,174 Police Constable Driver positions will be available in Maharashtra’s police force in 2023.

Q3) What is the official website for police recruitment in Maharashtra?

Candidates can find information about police recruitment in Maharashtra at policerecruitment2022.mahait.org.

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