SC rules in favour of permanent commission for women officers in Navy

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News:The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled in favour of permanent commission to female officers in the Indian Navy.

Facts:

SC Judgement:

  • Ruled that women naval officers cannot be denied the right to equal opportunity and dignity entitled to under the Constitution on specious grounds such as physiology, motherhood and physical attributes.
  • Directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to SSC women officers within three months.

Implications:

  • All serving women short service commission (SSC) officers in at least seven wings, including the executive, engineering, electrical, education, law and logistics, will be eligible to apply. 
  • The grant of PCs will be subject to: (i) availability of vacancies in the stabilised cadre; (ii) Suitability of the candidate; and (iii) recommendation by the chief of Naval Staff.
  • Grants pension benefits to retired women officers who were not granted permanent commission

Additional Information:

  • Permanent Commission: It means an officer can serve the Navy till he/she retires.
  • Short service commission: One can serve for 10 years and can be extended by four more years, or a total of 14 years.