Permanent Commission For Women in Indian Army
The Supreme Court on Monday said that the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Army in service, irrespective of their years of service. The apex court was hearing Centre’s appeal challenging the Delhi High Court’s ruling in 2010 for granting permanent commission to womens officer in Army.
Centre’s appeal challenging the Delhi High Court’s ruling in 2010, for granting permanent commission to women officers in Army: Supreme Court says that the PC will apply to all officers in the Army in service, irrespective of their service.
The Supreme Court said Centre’s opposition to permanent commission and command appointments to women officers citing physiological features is disturbing and can’t be accepted. “Centre, by not giving permanent commission to officers, had prejudiced the case,” the SC noted.
Last year, women officers were granted permanent commissions in all 10 branches of the Indian Army. The Centre decided to grant permanent commission to officers inducted in branches such as signals, engineers, army aviation, army air defence, electronics and mechanical engineers, army service corps, army ordinance corps and intelligence.
The Centre had argued that permanent commission will be given to only those officers who joined the forces after 2014. The decision of the Defence Ministry had opened opportunities to women officers in the Indian Army to serve for a longer duration and to pursue permanent careers in all branches like their male counterparts.
In April, the Army had also had kicked off the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the corps of military police.