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Permanent Commission for Women Officers - SC

2020-02-17

The Supreme Court ruled that all women officers shall be considered for permanent commission and will also be eligible for command posting on par with male officers.

In its verdict on Centre's appeal against the Delhi High Court direction, the SC said the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Army in service, irrespective of their years of service. The Court also directed the Centre to grant permanent commission within three months to all women officers in Army who opt for it. All terms of appointments of women officers shall be same as their male counterparts.

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.

Last year, women officers were granted permanent commission (PC) in all 10 branches of the Indian Army. The Centre decided to grant permanent commission to women 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 women officers who joined the forces after 2014.

The Court has granted 3 months’ time the Centre to implement its order.

 

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