Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday released a postage stamp commemorating permanent commission to women officers in the Army.
The Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling in February 2020, had directed the Centre to ensure that women short service commission (SSC) officers are given permanent commission in the Army, including command postings.
The Army said on Saturday tweeted, “On the occasion of Army Day, General MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff, released a commemorative postage stamp, ‘Permanent Commission to Women Officers in the Indian Army’.”
On the occasion of #ArmyDay, General MM Naravane #COAS released a Commemorative Postage Stamp, “Permanent Commission to Women Officers in the #IndianArmy.”#InStrideWithTheFuture#AmritMahotsavpic.twitter.com/jpRkD8rXKe
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 15, 2022
After the Supreme Court ruling, the Army had constituted a special selection board in September, 2020 to screen women officers. The results were declared in November, 2020.
The women officers who were not granted permanent commission moved the top court. In March, 2021, the court found that the “evaluation criteria set by the Army constituted systemic discrimination” against these women officers.
The top court, in its March 2021 order, laid down revised parameters on the basis of which the women officers were evaluated for permanent commission in the Army.
Thereafter, in July, 2021, a total of 147 additional women SSC officers of the Army were granted permanent commission according to the revised parameters set by the Supreme Court.
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