During the hearing, ASG Aishwarya Bhati told the court, ‘I have good news that the Chiefs of Defence Forces and the government have decided in a mutual meeting that now women after training in NDA and Naval Academy as permanent commission officers.
New Delhi :
This is a big victory for women. Taking a historic step, the Central Government has allowed women to enter the National Defense Academy for Permanent Commission in the Armed Forces of India. The Center gave this information to the Supreme Court. The Central Government told the Supreme Court that women will get admission in NDA and Naval Academy and for this policy and procedure is being decided by it. It has been told in the Supreme Court that the government has decided that women cadets will get admission in both these institutions, but under which process, it is being finalised, during the hearing of the case, ASG Aishwarya Bhati told the court I have a good news that the Chiefs of Defense Forces and the Government have decided in a mutual meeting that now women will be appointed as Permanent Commission Officers after training in NDA and Naval Academy. The bus process will also be given a conclusive form very soon.
On this, the bench of Justice SK Kaul said that we are very happy to know that the armed forces themselves have decided to include women in the NDA. The Supreme Court told the Center, we want the defense forces to take a more proactive approach towards gender equality. Instead of directing them to do so, the court has given the Center ten days to file an affidavit. The Supreme Court will hear the matter on September 22, in fact, on August 17, the Supreme Court had now allowed women to appear in the NDA ie National Defense Academy examination as well.
sThis order came into effect from the NDA examination to be held on September 5 this year. During the hearing of the case, the army had said that it is a policy decision not to include women in the NDA examination. On this, the top court reprimanded and said that if this policy is a decision, then it is full of discrimination. However, the order to appear in the examination on September 5 will be subject to the final decision of the Supreme Court.
Earlier, during the hearing of the case, the central government had said that not giving women a chance in the NDA exam is not a case of violation of their fundamental rights. Not only this, the central government had said that male employees coming through NDA do not get any special advantage in their career compared to them. Short service commission has been the only way for women to enter the army. The apex court had asked the army to take women for permanent commission as well. Not only this, the court had termed the rules of the army as wrong and said that they are absurd and arbitrary. In fact, an application was filed on behalf of lawyer Kush Kalra demanding inclusion of women in NDA and Indian Naval Academy. At present, women are not recruited in both these academies. The Supreme Court had sought a response from the Central Government on this application.