Raksha Mantri welcomes SC verdict on Permanent Commission for women in Army: Women officers thank Meenakshi Lekhi for appearing for them in the court without charging a single penny
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgement on Permanent Commission for women in Army. “I wholeheartedly welcome Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgement on giving the Women officers permanent commission in the Armed Forces. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has supported the idea of permanent commission for women and announced the change in policy in his Independence Day speech in 2018,” he tweeted.
“A historic decision to allow women in field operations came earlier when the then defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that women will be inducted into the Military Police. The recruitment process has started in 2019. The plan was to recruit women in roles ranging from probing crime cases to assisting the army in field operations wherever required,” said Raksha Mantri.
“There have been instances where certain women officers have been in the job for nearly twenty years, while SSC term terminates in fourteen years. In 2019, the Defence Ministry granted a permanent commission to women in all 10 branches of the Indian Army, including Signal Corps, intelligence, aviation, engineering, service corps and ordinance corps,” added Shri Rajnath Singh.
Before 2016, women made up just 2.5 percent of India's armed forces, working in mainly non-combat roles.
As of January 2019, 3.89 percent of the army personnel comprised women, while 6.7 percent of the navy and 13.28 percent of the air force personnel respectively were women as of June 2019.
As of June 2019, women were inducted in all branches of the Indian Air Force, with terms and conditions for women officers being issued from time to time.
Shri Rajnath Singh said, “The Government of India is working to strengthen the ‘Stree Shakti’ in our Armed Forces and we stand committed to move forward in this direction.”
'Meenakshi Lekhi didn't take a penny from us': Women Army officers thank lawyer after SC's ruling
BJP leader and lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi MP had appeared for the women officers in the Supreme Court. She didn't charge a single penny from them. The women officers said, "Meenakshi Lekhi ma’am didn’t take a single penny from us for this case. We went to her and said we don’t know about our jobs, we can’t afford her fees. She said - just don’t worry about that. Till date, she’s not taken even 1 rupee from us.”
Hailing the verdict, Meenakshi Lekhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political will helped the women officers fight for their cause in the apex court.
"Grateful to all who supported our cause. Picture says it all. PM Sh Narendra Modi exhibited political will to grant permanent commission to the lady officers but administrators translated it to future appointments.J.Chandrachud & Rastogi have implemented it to serving officers," the BJP MP tweeted.