Permanent commission honor stamp for women officers

Army Chief released a commemorative postage stamp to General MM Naravane.

New Delhi: Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday released a postage stamp commemorating the Permanent Commission to women officers in the Army.

In a landmark judgment in February 2020, the Supreme Court had directed the Center to ensure that women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers are granted permanent commission in the Army, including in command postings.

“On the occasion of Army Day, Army Chief General MM Naravane released a commemorative postage stamp, ‘Permanent Commission for Women Officers in the Indian Army’,” the Army tweeted on Saturday.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the Army had constituted a special selection board in September 2020 to screen women officers. The results were declared in November, 2020.

Women officers who were not given permanent commission moved the apex court. In March 2021, the court found that “assessment criteria set by the Army constitute systemic discrimination” against these women officers.

The apex court in its March 2021 order laid down the revised criteria on the basis of which assessment of women officers for permanent commission in the Army was done.

Subsequently, in July 2021, a total of 147 additional women SSC officers of the Army were granted permanent commission as per the revised parameters set by the Supreme Court.

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