New Delhi: 39 women officers of the Indian Army have got permanent commission after winning the legal battle in the Supreme Court. The apex court has ordered the central government to ensure that these women officers are given new service status within seven working days. State that permanent commission means a career in the army till retirement, while short service commission is for 10 years. In which the officer has the option to leave or choose a permanent commission at the end of 10 years.
If an officer does not get a permanent commission, the officer can choose a four-year service extension. The Supreme Court has asked the Central government to issue an order in this regard at the earliest. The apex court has also directed 25 other women officers to provide detailed information on the reasons for not paying permanent commission. The central government told the court that 39 out of 71 can be given a permanent commission. Sanjay Jain, ASG in the Supreme Court, said that one in 72 women officers have applied for release from service, so the government reconsidered 71 cases.
Out of these names, 39 women soldiers have been found eligible for permanent commission. The central government said 7 out of 71 are medically inappropriate, while 25 have serious cases of indiscipline registered against them and their grading is poor. A total of 71 women Short Service Commission officers, who were denied permanent commission, had gone to the apex court. The court had on October 1 asked the central government not to discharge any officer from service.