Govt frames policy on permanent commission to women

Clearing the way for granting permanent commission to women officers in the armed forces, government has introduced a policy on their selection and employment in some select branches of the three services, defence minister A.K. Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Replying to a question in the House, Antony said that a policy has been laid down for granting permanent commission to women officers in several technical and non-technical cadres.

"The ministry has issued a government letter on November 11, 2011 inter-alia laying down policy on induction and employment of women in armed forces including grant of permanent commission to women Short Service Commission Officers (SSCO)," he said.

They will be eligible for permanent commission in specific branches of the three services such as Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps (AEC) and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force such as Naval Constructor and Accounts branch in Air Force, the minister said.

"In addition to the above, in IAF, women SSCO will be eligible for consideration of permanent commission in technical, administration, logistics and meteorology branches," he said.

The grant of permanent commission will be subject to willingness of candidate and specific requirements by the services, availability of vacancies, suitability and merit of the candidates, Antony said in his reply.

Excluding the Army Medical Corps, Dental Corps and Military Nursing Services where women are allowed to join on permanent commission, a total of 2,279 women officers are presently serving in the three forces.

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