Ministry of Defence has 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 organisation, said Ministry of Defence in a press release.
The order specifies grant of PC 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).
In anticipation, the Army Headquarters had set in motion a series of preparatory actions for 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.
In a landmark verdict on February 17, The Supreme Court had pronounced its verdict on the petition of women officers who were deprived of permanent commission in the army. The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court’s decision of granting permanent commission to Women officers in army. At the same time, the Supreme Court gave three months’ time to implement the decision. The Supreme Court’s decision will apply to all the wing except Combat Wing.