In a first, In­dian Navy set to give per­ma­nent com­mis­sion to women

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NEW DELHI: The In­dian Navy said on Wed­nes­day it has be­gun grant­ing per­ma­nent com­mis­sion to women of­fi­cers while also con­sid­er­ing a pol­icy to al­low them on war­ships, the lat­est gen­der bar­ri­ers to come down in the coun­try’s male-dom­i­nated mil­i­tary.

The first set of seven women of­fi­cers to be given per­ma­nent com­mis­sion is from the 2008-09 batch of the navy’s ed­u­ca­tion and naval con­struc­tion wings.

“The navy is also fi­nal­is­ing (a) pol­icy for women of­fi­cers to serve on se­lect war­ships that have ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties for women,” an of­fi­cial state­ment said.

The navy al­lows women of­fi­cers in short ser­vice com­mis­sion with a max­i­mum ten­ure of 14 years, ren­der­ing them in­el­i­gi­ble for pen­sion that comes with at least 20 years of ser­vice. The army and air force al­ready have per­ma­nent com­mis­sions for women.

De­fence sources said women of­fi­cers will have to meet at least four con­di­tions for per­ma­nent com­mis­sion, in­clud­ing med­i­cal fit­ness and a good an­nual con­fi­den­tial re­port. Women of­fi­cers will also have to opt for per­ma­nent com­mis­sion at the start of their ser­vice. The an­nounce­ment came on the eve of a three-day naval com­man­ders’ con­fer­ence in New Delhi, which will be ad­dressed by de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar.

Long a male bas­tion, the In­dian mil­i­tary has, of late, been re­mov­ing some glar­ing gen­der bar­ri­ers, both in terms of ser­vice rules and the na­ture of their jobs. CON­TIN­UED ON P11

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