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Oct 13, 2010
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49% women officers to serve, Indian Army releases permanent commission Board results
Sources told India Today that around 49 per cent of women officers will continue to serve in the Indian Army after the results of the first-ever Board held for granting permanent commission (PC) to women officers.

Indian Army on Thursday declared the results of the first-ever Board held for granting permanent commission (PC) to women officers. The Number 5 Selection Board was constituted following the Supreme Court of India's landmark judgement in February 2020, directing the Army to induct all eligible women officers as permanent commission officers.

Around 49 per cent women officers would continue to serve in the force while close to 320 women officers will retire after 20 years of pensionable service, sources within the Indian Army told India Today.
In September of this year, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a plea for granting benefits of permanent commission to women SSC (Short Service Commission) officers. The apex court, in its February order, had said that the benefit of continuing in service until the attainment of 20 years pensionable service shall also apply to all the existing SSC officers with more than fourteen years of service.
This was announced as a one-time measure.

The Ministry of Defence had in July sanctioned permanent commission to women officers in all 10 streams of the Indian Army pursuant to the Supreme Court's directions. A former Government Sanction Letter was issued to grant permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Army.

Short Service Commissioned (SSC) women officers were granted permanent commission in all 10 streams of the Indian Army- 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).
Sadly, the army does not have even a little bit of consideration for the women who actually fought for PC for lady officers, they did not give PC to women who are already at senior ranks in the army, my aunt being one of them.

If they have to do women empowerment, why not go all the way and at least give some respect and due consideration to women who have fought in the court for this. Why reject PC for senior women officers?

I wouldn't rant so much but seeing how my own aunt is affected by this, just gives me more reason to have a negative impression on the Indian army's administration.

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