Key Facts

9.65% women in Police

0.00% of personnel vacancy in all women police stations

33.00% of reservation for women introduced in 2016




6 All Women Police Stations

Police Data

Data on police strength and administrative units has been taken from the Data on Police Organization as on 1.1.2019 published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.  

List of tables

Rank-wise Sanctioned and Actual Strength of Police, Number of Police Units, Police-Population Ratio (Police personnel per lakh of population), Rank-wise Number and Percentage of Women in Police, Number of Police Stations and Districts headed by Women.  

a. Rank-wise sanctioned and actual strength of total police (armed + civil + district armed reserve)

No Rank Sanctioned Actual Vacancy
1 DGP/Spl DGP 1 1 0
2 Addl. DGP 6 10 -4
3 IGP 18 9 9
4 DIG 17 10 7
5 AIGP/SSP/SP/Comn 101 67 34
6 Addl. SP/Dy. Comn 180 147 33
7 ASP/DySP 697 387 310
8 Inspector 1456 1158 298
9 Sub-Inspector 4500 2761 1739
10 Assistant Sub-Inspector 5187 3999 1188
11 Head Constable 7203 6376 827
12 Constable 47782 44462 3320
13 Others 0 0 0
  Total 67,148 59,387 7,761

b. Total number of police units

Police Unit Total Number
Police Zones 0
Police Ranges 8
Police Districts 36
Police sub-Divisions 114
Police Circles 0
Police Stations 620
Police Outposts 477

c.Police-population ratio (Police personnel per lakh of population)

  Sanctioned Actual
Civil Police 71.97 62.03
Total Police 155.00 137.08

d.Rank-wise number and percentage of women in police

No Rank Total Police (Actual) Women Police (Actual) Women Police as % of total police
1 DGP/Spl DGP 1 0 0.00%
2 Addl. DGP 10 0 0.00%
3 IGP 9 0 0.00%
4 DIG 10 2 20.00%
5 AIGP/SSP/SP/Comn 67 3 4.48%
6 Addl. SP/Dy. Comn 147 3 2.04%
7 ASP/DySP 387 17 4.39%
8 Inspector 1158 252 21.76%
9 Sub-Inspector 2761 418 15.14%
10 Assistant Sub-Inspector 3999 163 4.08%
11 Head Constable 6376 55 0.86%
12 Constable 44462 4817 10.83%
13 Others 0 0 0.00%
  Total 59,387 5,730 9.65%

e. Total number of Districts and Police Stations headed by Women

Police Units Strength
Total Police Districts 36
Districts headed by women (specialized police stations)* 2
Total Police Stations 612
Police Stations headed by Women as on 31.07.2016 No information received

*Information received through Right to Information Act.

All Women Police Stations

a. Total number of All-Women Police Stations

There are 6 All-Women Police Stations at Odisha located at Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Joypur, Rourkel and Sambalpur.

b. Rank-wise sanctioned and actual strength in each All-Women Police Station

The sanctioned strength of the 6 All-Women Police Stations are as follows:

SI.No Name of All Women Police Station Rank Wise Sanctioned Strength
    Inspector Sub-Inspector Assistant Sub-Inspector Constable Assistant Driver Follower Orderly
1 All Women Police Station, Cuttack 100.00% 2 2 5 1 1
2 Women Police Station, Bhubaneshwar 100.00% 3 5 4 1 1
3 Women Police Station, Behrampur 1 2 2 5 1 1
4 Women Police Station, Sambalpur 1 2 2 5 1 1
5 Women Police Station, Rourkela 1 2 1 6 1 1
6 Women Police Station, Jeypore 0 2 3 6 1 0

Information regarding actual strength was not provided, nor was mandate of the all All-Women Police Stations provided.

c. Mandate, functions and powers

No information received.

d. Evaluation of All-Women Police Stations

No information received.


a.Overall percentage of reservation for women in police and the ranks to which the sanctioned reservation applies

The office of the Personnel 1 Section of the State Police Headquarters has enclosed a copy of the General order Resolution No. 43328/Gen dated 23 December, 1992 providing for reservation of women at base level posts.  As per the resolution, 1/3 of vacancies arising in a year is reserved for women to be filled by direct recruitment in the base level posts.

The information provided mentions that the reservation is applicable for the civil posts in the police force only.

b. Policy for achieving the reservation percentage

No information received.


a. Existence of separate cadre for men and women.

The office of the Pers -1 Section of the State Police Headquarters in their reply states there is no separate cadre for women in Odisha Police with the note that while there is no separate cadre for women, however as per Government of Odisha, GA Department Resolution dated 23rd December, 1992 (Hyperlink the resolution)(which got published in the Odisha gazette 31 December 1992), 1/3rd of the total vacancies arising in a year of base level posts of Civil Police in the rank of SI and Constable is being filled by women candidates by way of direct recruitment.  By this resolution, the state government provided reservation to the extent of 1/3 vacancies arising in  a year in each of the Class II and Class III including specially declared gazette and Class IV services/posts filled up by direct recruitment.

The reply from the office of the Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF), Jamujhari, Khurda, mentions that 15% of women Constables were recruited as per Government of Odisha vide letter No. HOME-Dai-CRTN2-0198-2015/D&A dated 16 May, 2015 (Hyperlink the Notification).  Through the notification 15% of the total vacancies of the posts of Constable were reserved for women.  This meant that 206 posts were given to women out of a total of 1370 vacancies.

b. Induction of women in posts where direct recruitment takes place.

Information provided by the Section officer Perso-1 Section of the State Police Headquarters states that women are being inducted from the posts of Constable in civil police and Sub-Inspector of police by way of direct recruitment keeping in mind reservation of the 1/3 of total vacancies arising in a year for women candidates.  The office of OSD/I/c Op Section of the Odisha Police Headquarters mentions that there is a common cadre for both men and women in the ranks of DSP and women are recruited directly.  

c. Special outreach steps or programmes taken by the department to recruit women

No special outreach steps or programmes have been taken by the Police Department in the state to recruit women in the rank of Dy SP.

However, as per the General Administration Department resolution (No. 43328-2M-54/92-Gen) dated 23rd December 1992, “the women candidates are entitled to relaxation of upper age limit up to 5 years for purpose of appointment to the posts/services, reserved for them.”  One of the clauses of the resolution cited above states “if in any year, the vacancies reserved for these categories remain unfilled due to non-availability of the eligible women candidates belonging to the relevant category, the unfilled vacancies shall be filled up by male candidates of the same category.

CHRI believes that this is regressive because unless the state undertakes special measures and outreach steps to recruit women, mere reservation of seats is not enough and unfilled seats would go to men eventually.

Transfer and Posting

a. Special norms on postings and transfer exclusively for women in police at all ranks from Deputy Superintendent of Police to Constable

There are no special norms on posting and transfers of police.

b. Special norms for promotion exclusively for women in police at all ranks from Deputy Superintendent of Police to Constable

There are no special norms for promotion of women police.

Women & Child Helpdesk

a. Constitution of Women and Child Help Desks

The Section Officer of the Policy Section of the Police Headquarters states that as per police order No. 301/2005 (attached-Hyperlink), “Mahila and Sishu Desks” are now functioning in 537 police stations.

FROM POLICE WEBSITE:  The Government of Odisha, Home Department in a letter No.36990 dated  3rd October, 2013, the Home Department directed the Accountant General (A & E) and Accountant General (Audit) to sanction 537 posts of SI of Police for all 537 police stations.

b. Mandate, functions and powers of Women and Child Help Desks

The duties of the desk officer have also been laid down in the police order, they are as follows (Hyperlink the order)

The Desk officer of the Mahila and Sishu Desk shall be responsible for receiving all complaints either lodged at the Police Stations by woman and child victims or relating to them.  The Desk officer must register cognizable cases, advise the victim on suitable recourse, should be informed on the laws, respect the privacy of the traumatized victim, take care of child victims and juveniles, cousell women and children, facilitate medical attention, handle trafficked victims with honour and dignity, refer victims to appropriate rehabilitation centres and NGOs and perform related duties.

c. Rank and gender-wise strength of Women and Child Help Desks

No information received.


a. Training Policy for different ranks

The office of Junior Assistant, Biju Patnaik State Police Academy in their reply has said that the state has laid down a separate training policy.  The reply also states that PTC Management Rule and Home Department Resolution are issued from time to time for imparting training to Cadet Dy SP, Cadet Sub-Inspector, Cadet Excise Sub Inspectors, and for promotional courses like training for Departmental Cadet Excise Sub Inspectors and Departmental Cadet Sub Inspectors.  It also states that after completion of their training both Indoor and Outdoor, examinations are conducted and after passing examination they are posted in different places of the Police Organization.

b. Joint or separate training for men and women

The Training is common for both men and women at the rank of cadet Dy SP, Cadet Sub Inspector, Cadet Excise Sub-Inspectors.  The training is also common for promotional courses  like training for Departmental Cadet Excise Sub-Inspectors and Departmental Cadet Sub-Inspectors.

THUMBS DOWN:  However, there is a disclaimer that there are no female cadets in the rank of Sergeants and Cadet Dy Subedars have not been appointed as of yet.

c. Special facilities for women in training institutions

As per the response to the RTI application, separate facilities are available for women cadets in the hostels, however no information regarding the same has been provided.

d. Gender-wise break up of faculty at training institutions

There are about 15 women faculty members teaching various courses along with their male counterparts.

Maternity & Child Care Leave

a. Maternity Leave

180 days for all personnel of state cadre from the rank of deputy superintendent of police to constable.  The amendments were made from 90 days to 180 days through an office memorandum issued by the Finance Department dated 7 December 2011. (HYPERLINK)

b. Child Care Leave

There is no provision for Child Care Leave for Women State Government Employees.

Budget for Women Police

a. Total Police Budget

Financial Year Amount (in lakhs Rs) %increase from previous year
2013-2014 2,09,51,513 -
2014-2015 2,50,30,572 1946.00%
2015-2016 2,73,77,132 8.57

b. Allocation for women from the state police budget

Financial Year Amount (in lakhs Rs) %increase from previous year
2013-2014 13,50,00,000  
2014-2015 9,69,38,000 -2819.00%
2015-2016 13,23,29,000 26.74

c. Allocation for women under the Modernization of Police Force Scheme

This section provides information specifically on allocation for women police personnel under the Modernization of Police Force Scheme, a central scheme administered by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and aimed at assisting states in strengthening police infrastructure.  Under MPF, allocations are made under Non-Plan head, which covers mobility, weapons, equipment, training equipment, and forensic equipment, and under Plan head, which covers construction of police stations/outposts/lines, police housing, forensic science laboratories and training infrastructure.  To receive funds under the scheme, states have to submit a State Action Plan including proposals under Non-Plan and Plan heads, and a Supplementary Action Plan constituting 20% of both Non-Plan and Plan heads of the main plan.  The supplementary plans are to be operationalized for additional fund allocation at the Revised Estimate (RE) stage and are subject to furnishing of utilization certificates and availability of funds.

In 2014, the MHA issued an advisory requesting the states to include proposals specifically on improving facilities for women police while submitting their annual state action plan under the MPF scheme.  The proposals were to prioritize amenities such as separate toilet facilities, rest rooms, and lockable shelf storage in all new police stations, outposts and barracks proposed under the MPF scheme.

The following table provides details of Odisha Annual Action Plan for the past three financial years:

Financial Year Plan (Rs in Crore) Total  Allocation for Women Police Allocation in %
    Plan Non-Plan      
2014-2015 State Action Plan  396400.00% 2410 6374 350 5.49%
  Supplementary Plan           
2015-2016 State Action Plan    2411.81      
  Supplementary Plan           
2016-2017 State Action Plan   2412      
  Supplementary Plan          
  Additional Plan          

In 2014-15, Odisha allocated Rs 350 crore towards the construction of 30 women barracks at Deogarh, Anugul, Keonjhar, Berhampur, Sundargarh, Nawarangpur and Nayagarh.

New Developments

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