Navy Gives Per­ma­nent Com­mis­sion to Women

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In what is hailed as a verypro­gres­sivestep,sev­en­women of­fi­cers have been granted per­ma­nent com­mis­sion sta­tus in the navy, em­pow­er­ing women of­fi­cers in the ser­vice. “Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to women, seven of­fi­cers from Short Ser­vice Com­mis­sion have been granted Per­ma­nent Com­mis­sion,” read an of­fi­cial state­ment by the Navy.

The women be­long to the ed­u­ca­tion branch a n d N av a l Con­struc­tor Cadre, and joined the forces in 2008-09. Along with this, the Navy has also paved the way for ad­di­tional av­enues for em­ploy­ment of women of­fi­cers.

From 2017, women of­fi­cers will have the op­tion to join as Pi­lots of Mar­itimeRe­con­nais­san­ce­planes like the Boe­ing P8I, Dornier, etc. and also in the Naval Ar­ma­ment In­spec­torate cadre. A to­tal of eight branches/ cadres will be opened for women of­fi­cers in the Navy. The bat­tle for per­ma­nent sta­tus was a long and hard one for three women fromtheNavy­who­had­movedthe Apex Court seek­ing per­ma­nent com­mis­sion. They will now un­dergo med­i­cal tests for com­plet­ing the pro­ce­dure for Per­ma­nent Com­mis­sion.

Among­th­ethree­ser­vices,it­was the Navy which had for the long­est re­sisted the move to give Per­ma­nent Com­mis­sion to its womenof­fi­cers. “Womenof­fi­cers are al­lowed to serve up to only 14 years. It is time to re­view this pol­icy and pro­vide Per­ma­nent Com­mis­sion­i­natleas­ta­ma­jor­ity of branches. They have proved them­selves enough over the years”, a se­nior de­fence of­fi­cial told ET.

This move comes soon af­ter the air force ad­mit­ted into train­ing its first batch of women fighter pi­lots. “The Navy is also fi­nal­is­ing the pol­icy for women of­fi­cers to serve on se­lect war­ships that have ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­i­ties for women, added the state­ment.

The women be­long to the ed­u­ca­tion branch and joined the forces in 2008-09

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