After the Supreme Court threatened to launch contempt proceedings, the central government decided on Friday to issue permanent commission (PC) to 11 women Army officers who fit the qualifying conditions.
The Centre, which had been hesitant at first, agreed to a bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud granting the officers PC within 10 days.
The administration notified the court that women officials from the Short Service Commission (SSC) who had not addressed the court but fulfilled the numerous qualifying conditions would be given PC in three weeks.
Similarly, the court intervened with the government in October in favour of giving PC to 39 additional SSC women officials.
“We applaud the Army authorities’ fair stance in resolving all remaining concerns relating to women SSC officers,” the court said.
The Bench, which also included Justice A.S. Bopanna, was hearing a contempt plea brought by 11 officers who claimed they were refused PC despite having met the qualifying requirements.
“By way of abundant caution, it is stressed that those officers who have disciplinary and vigilance clearance will be eligible for the issuance of PC, subject to their fulfilling other requirements,“ the court said.
In August, a group of around 72 female officers petitioned the court to overturn the Army’s determination that they were ineligible for PC. They said they were disqualified despite meeting the court’s 60% evaluation criterion for PC, which was set in a March ruling.
The directive instructed the government to issue PC to “Women Short Service Commissions Officers who received 60 percent in their evaluation, subject to satisfying the medical standards established by the Army’s August 1, 2020 order and achieving disciplinary and vigilance clearance.”
Source: The Hindu