The Ministry of Defence sanctioned the letter for grant of permanent commission to women officers serving the Indian Army. The move intends to empower women officers within the force to take up the bigger roles, the Indian Army spokesperson said on Thursday.

Short Service Commissioned (SSC) women officers serving various streams of the Indian Army such as Army Air Defence (AAD), Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Intelligence Corps, Judge and Advocate General (JAG) and Army Educational Corps (AEC), will be granted the permanent commission.

All the SSC women officers can only exercise their option of the permanent commission after completing the requisite documentation. Their Selection Board will then be scheduled for the official grant.

The Supreme Court had said in its verdict that all serving SSC women officers in the Army must be granted permanent commission. The Centre had asked for six months for implementation of the verdict due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the Apex Court decided on a deadline until August for the Centre to implement the verdict.

On February 17, the Supreme Court had said in its order that women officers have been denied the bigger responsibilities on the basis of “sex stereotypes” and “gender discrimination against women”.