SC to grant permanent commission to 39 women army officers

The Supreme court on October 22 told the central government to grant permanent commission to 39 of 72 women officers before November 1 after a nudge by the court on October 1 led the Army to reconsider its earlier decision.

The women Short Service Commission officers were denied Permanent Commission and they had gone to the Supreme Court seeking PC.

In March 25 judgment, the PC was denied to the women officers petition of which 514 WSSCOs fulfilled the 60% benchmark. Of those, 72 officers were denied PC citing serious disciplinary and vigilance grounds.

As per the Army law, there is a permanent and a short service commission in the army. A Permanent Commission is a career in the army till retirement, while Short Service Commission is for 10 years, with the option of either leaving or opting for a Permanent Commission at the end of 10 years. If an officer doesn’t get a Permanent Commission then, the officer can choose a four-year extension.

The hearing was occured on October 22 ASG Sanjay Jain and senior advocate R Balasubramanian, appearing for the Centre, told the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice BV Nagarathna that out of 72, only one woman officer had appealed for release from service and the government considered the other 71 cases. 

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The Centre has said that out of the 71, seven are medically unfit while there are issues of serious indiscipline against 25 of the officers. However, the top court has given three months to complete this process to the government. The court has also asked the government to submit the details regarding the reason for the denial.