The Center has said that it will issue permanent commission to 11 more officers who had approached the court within 10 days. The Supreme Court in a judgment today directed the Center to grant permanent commission within 3 weeks to all officers who are yet to approach the court but fulfill the eligibility criteria.
The Center has relented after the Supreme Court warned the Army to be guilty of contempt of court.
On October 22, the SC had directed the Center to issue permanent commission to 39 women officers.
“We will hold the Army guilty of contempt. I am alerting you,” Justice DY Chandrachud had warned. “The army may be supreme in its own right but the constitutional court of the country is supreme in its jurisdiction,” he said.
More than 70 women officers had moved the Supreme Court in August this year, seeking contempt proceedings against the Defense Ministry for not complying with the court’s March 2021 decision, which allowed the Indian Army to All women Short Service Commission officers were directed to be granted permanent commission. WSSCO) who fulfilled the prescribed criteria. The court had given the government three months to complete the exercise.
All women officers who have secured 60 per cent marks in their assessment are eligible for permanent commission, subject to fulfilling the medical criteria laid down by the Army’s order dated August 1, 2020, and obtaining disciplinary and vigilance clearance.