Nina Singh’s appointment: Milestone for women’s empowerment

Singh’s appointment is also a milestone for the representation and participation of women in the security sector, which has traditionally been a male-dominated and patriarchal domain.

| Updated: 29 December, 2023 1:11 pm IST

The appointment of Nina Singh as the Director-General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is a historic and commendable decision by the government, as it makes her the first woman chief in CISF’s history, and the second woman to head a central armed police force in India, after K Durga Prasad, who led the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2016-17.

Cabinet has approved Nina Singh’s appointment as the DG, CISF till July 31, 2024, i.e. the date of her superannuation. Singh’s appointment is not only a recognition of her merit and experience but also a reflection of the government’s commitment to women’s empowerment and security sector reform. Singh, who is from Bihar and has studied at Patna Women’s College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Harvard University, has had a distinguished and diverse career in the police service, spanning over three decades. She has served in various capacities and domains, such as anti-corruption, crime investigation, human rights, intelligence, and security. She has also been associated with CISF since 2021 and has been instrumental in enhancing its operational efficiency and professionalism.

Singh’s appointment is also a milestone for the representation and participation of women in the security sector, which has traditionally been a male-dominated and patriarchal domain. Women constitute only about 7% of the police force in India and face various challenges and barriers, such as discrimination, harassment, stereotypes, and lack of opportunities and facilities. Singh’s appointment will not only inspire and motivate other women to join and excel in the security sector, but also create a conducive and supportive environment for them, by addressing their issues and concerns, and by ensuring their safety and welfare.

Singh’s appointment is also a boon for the CISF, which is a vital and versatile force, responsible for providing security to various critical and strategic installations, such as airports, nuclear plants, metro rail, and government buildings, as well as for disaster management and VIP protection. Singh, who has a rich and relevant experience in the security domain, will bring a fresh and innovative perspective and approach to the CISF and will help in strengthening its capabilities and capacities, in terms of technology, training, and coordination. Singh will also help in enhancing the public image and perception of the CISF, by making it more responsive and accountable to the citizens and the stakeholders.

Singh’s appointment is a step towards a more inclusive and progressive security sector, where women are not only equal and respected but also empowered and influential. Her appointment is also a step towards a more secure and stable nation, where the security forces are not only efficient and effective but also professional and ethical. This is a step towards a new India, where women are not only the beneficiaries but also the agents of change and development.

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