On Monday, the government said in Rajya Sabha, 557 women officers have been granted Permanent Commission (PC) in the Indian Army after judgment by the Supreme Court in February last year.
Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said, there was no delay in admitting Permanent Commission to any woman officer.
He added, “557 women officers have been granted Permanent Commission in Indian Army after the Supreme Court judgment dated February 17.” He replied in response to a question on the number of women army officers who were granted Permanent Commission after the Supreme Court verdict.
To a specific question on the timeframe by which all 72 women officers will be accorded the PC, Bhatt added that “63 eligible women officers have been granted Permanent Commission as on November 25 in compliance of the judgment of the Supreme Court.”The Supreme Court in February last year had ordered the government to make sure that women officers are given a permanent commission (PC) in the Army.
Asked about the 72 women officers who had approached the court for being denied PC, Bhatt replied 63 eligible ones have been granted PC on November 25 this year “in compliance” with the judgment.
The defence ministry in July last year had issued the formal order to grant PC to women officers in eight more branches of the Army, in addition to the existing ones of the legal and education wings which include Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), and Intelligence Corps.
Source: Business Standard, The Times of India