Supreme Court To Hear The Plea Of The Women Army Officers Over The Permanent Commission

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Supreme Court To Hear The Plea Of The Women Army Officers Over The Permanent Commission

Hearing at the SC over the issue of PC for Women Army Officer: Get More Updates

Thursday, 4th March 2021

Supreme Court of India on this Thursday is likely to hear a series of petitions related to a plea by the women officers of the Indian Army who had reached out to the highest court of the country over the issue of the non-implementation of the court’s order for granting them a commission that'spermanent’.

The petitions ask for a direction that the contempt proceedings get started against all those who, allegedly had turned away from their duty to follow the earlier judgment of the country’s highest court.

The highest court had previously ordered that the above-mentioned permanent commission is likely to be applicable in the case of all of the women officers employed in service with the Army, irrespective of the years of service they have been in. It further decreed that post the judgment of the High Court of Delhi, the Centre must grant the permanent commission to the women officers.

The Supreme Court of India last year had commanded the Centre to grant the Permanent Commission (PC) to all those women employed in the non-combat units of support in the Army at par with the male employees.

A Supreme Court bench presided by the famed Justice Dr. D Y Chandrahud, and furthermore consisting of Justice M R Shah, previously fixed the issue for its final hearing to the 24th of February.

One such petition was registered by one of the woman officers, through her advocate; Chitrangda Rastravara and Archana Pathak Dave, an Advocate on Record (AOR) prior to the SC looking for its prompt direction for the implementation of its previous order.

However, it was claimed by the Army that among the 615 women Army officers, 422 are eligible for the PC. But the real picture is that only 277 officers out of the 422 have been accorded the PC while the rest i.e. 145 officers belong to the category of officers who are either those whose result isn’t out because of administrative and medical reasons or are the non-optees. 193 officers were not granted the PC, said Ms. Chitrangda.

As per her petition, this particular figure of ‘422’ is actually a figure to be used solely for good optics and it doesn’t truly reflect the real number. Thus, reaching out to all those officers who are the non-optees best fit for the PC and not granting the same to the optees indicates gross arbitrariness.


The News Talkie Bureau



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