SC order on commissioning of women will give clarity in moving forward — Naravane
New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI): Army Chief General M M Naravane on Thursday said a roadmap has been prepared to implement the Supreme Court’s judgement to grant permanent commission to women officers, asserting that the force does not discriminate against any soldier.
The Supreme Court on Monday had directed that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission and command postings.
“We have made a roadmap. We will send letters to all women officers asking whether they will prefer permanent commissioning,” Gen Naravane told a select group of reporters here.
“Indian Army does not discriminate (against) any soldier based on religion, caste, creed, or even gender. The outlook of the Indian Army has been throughout like this and that is why we started inducting women officers as early as in 1993,” he said.
Indian Army has taken the initiative to induct women in rank and file, and the first batch of 100 women soldiers is undergoing training at Corps of Military Police Centre and School, he said.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a welcome one as it brings out a sense of clarity and purpose to gainfully employ officers for better efficiency of the organisation. I must assure that everybody in the Indian Army including women officers will be given equal opportunity to contribute to the nation as also progress in their careers,” he said hailing the verdict as enabling.
Speaking on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Gen Naravane said terror incidents have seen a downturn and the Army is maintaining pressure on terror groups.
There is an external dimension to the decrease in cross-border terrorism, he said, in oblique reference to the ongoing Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary.
Pakistan may have to rethink strategy as even China realised they cannot back their all-weather friend all the time, the Army chief said on the FATF plenary.
A sub-group of the global terror financing watchdog FATF on Tuesday recommended continuation of Pakistan in the ‘Grey List’ for its failure to check terror funding.
When asked on the health condition of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the army chief only said security forces are geared up to take care of any situation.
He also said the proposed Thal Sena Bhawan will bring all Army headquarter offices under one roof thereby improving the working efficiency, while reducing the carbon footprint and logistics requirements.