An 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, to supreme court had refused to entertain a plea for granting permanent Commission for 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 granting permanent Commission for women 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 permanently 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).