Court asks government for permanent commission to women officersFebruary 23rd, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday asked the central government to consider granting permanent commission in the armed forces to serving women officers.
A division bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave the government six weeks to state what it can do in this matter.
The court’s suggestion came after the government submitted that a policy decision was taken in September 2008 to grant permanent commission to women officers who would be recruited in future, but not to those already serving in the armed forces.
Following the court’s earlier direction to treat women officers at par with their male counterparts in the armed forces, the central government had taken a policy decision to grant women officers permanent commission when they are recruited in future in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) and education departments only.
It was decided that the benefits would not be extended to those women officers already in the forces.