Indian Army Latest News 2020: Permanent Commission to Women Officers will be granted in Indian Army Now

Indian Army Latest News 2020: Ministry of Defence has officially declared that Permanent Commission (PC) to Women Officers will be granted in the Indian Army. Let’s look at the story in detail.

Created On: Jul 27, 2020 10:16 IST
Modified On: Jul 27, 2020 10:16 IST
Indian Army Latest News 2020: Permanent Commission to Women Officers will be granted in Indian Army Now
Indian Army Latest News 2020: Permanent Commission to Women Officers will be granted in Indian Army Now

Indian Army Latest News 2020: On 23rd July 2020, the Ministry of Defence issued the formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) to Women Officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for empowering Women Officers to shoulder larger roles in the organization. The decision has been applauded by the Ministers and Citizens across the country. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal Tweeted that this decision is towards stronger, confident & empowered women!

Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted that "Due to a superlative performance by women in the armed forces, GoI has implemented the sanctioning of #PermanentCommission to them in all ten streams of #IndianArmy. As a woman, my heart is bursting with pride”

Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani tweeted that “Walking the talk on emancipating women in every sphere, Government has sanctioned Permanent Commission to women officers in all 10 streams of the Indian Army.”

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Permanent Commission for Women Officers Granted in Indian Army

The order specifies grant of Permanent Commission to Short Service Commissioned (SSC) Women Officers in all ten streams of the Indian Army, i.e, Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), and Intelligence Corps in addition to the existing streams of Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC).

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In anticipation, the Army Headquarters had set in motion a series of preparatory actions for the conduct of the Permanent Commission Selection Board for affected Women Officers. The Selection Board will be scheduled as soon as all affected SSC Women Officers exercise their option and complete requisite documentation. The Indian Army is committed to providing equal opportunities to all personnel including Women Officers to serve the Nation.

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In February 2020, Supreme Court gave directions to the Government of India that Woman Army Officers should be granted Permanent Commission and Command postings in all services. The Apex Court also noted the below findings on Women Officers Recruitment in Indian Army:

Indian Army Officers

Numbers

Sanctioned Officers Post in Indian Army

50,266 Officers

Occupied Officers Post in Indian Army

40,825 Officers

Occupied Post by Women in Indian Army

1,653 Officers (4% of the total strength)

Shortage of Officers in Indian Army

9,441 Officers

Women Officers constitute only 4% of the total strength of Officers in the Indian Army. Amongst the 1,653 Women Officers in the Indian Army, 77 Officers have above 20 years of service and 255 have service tenure between 14 and 20 years. Earlier 322 Women Officers approached the Supreme Court on the issue of granting the Permanent Commission and the issue of command postings.

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Previously, Women Candidates were not allowed to join main combat arms like infantry, mechanized infantry, artillery, and armored corps in the Indian Army. In the Indian Navy also, female candidates cannot serve onboard warships and submarines. However, the Indian Air force has already commissioned women pilots and recruited women transport aircraft and helicopter pilots in the last few years.