The Central government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to allow women to be inducted for permanent commission (PC) in the defence forces through the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Naval Academy. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, informed the bench led by Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.M. Sundresh that three service chiefs and government have decided to allow women for PC in the armed forces. The ASG sought some time to place developments on the affidavit. She said the decision will be path-breaking for generational reform.
Reforms need time, but some progress has to be there: Supreme Court The Court expressed happiness on the decision. Reforms need time, but there has to be some progress, the Bench opined. “We are extremely glad to know that Armed Forces themselves took a decision for induction of females and other issues,” the Court Noted. The Armed forces are a very respectable force, but they need to do more towards gender equality, the apex court opined. Supreme Court last month permitted women to appear for NDA entrance exam On August 18, the Supreme Court had issued interim directions, permitting women candidates to take part in the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance exam for gaining commission as officers in defence services.
“Be that as it may, we put to ASG whether in the 10 streams, is there recruitment of male officers from the NDA route. In this behalf, the Counsel submits that she would have to obtain requisite instructions and file a better affidavit,” directed the Court. Further the Court said, “We would have expected a more considered affidavit on policy decision based on gender equality, more specifically keeping in mind the observations of this Court in Babita Puniya’s case (Supra).” The Court had also directed the UPSC to take out the necessary corrigendum in view of the interim orders passed by it and to give it wide publicity, so that the intent of the order translated into benefit at the ground level.
The Court was also informed by the petitioner that the Examination, which was scheduled to take place on September 5, 2021, now has been postponed and going to be held on November 14, 2021, and further prayed the Court to make necessary changes in its order dated August 18, 2021, wherein it had issued interim directions, permitting the women candidates to take part in the said examination subject to further orders of the Court.
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