Centre seeks 6 months extra to provide everlasting fee to ladies in Army


New Delhi, July 7

Citing the Covid induced lockdown, the Centre has requested the Supreme Court to grant it six months additional to adjust to its verdict granting everlasting fee to eligible ladies officers within the military and in addition making provisions for them in command posts.

In an utility, the Ministry of Defence mentioned: “The applicants have commenced the process of substantial compliance of the directions issued by this court, in earnest and in letter and spirit. However, in view of the corona pandemic and the ensuing lockdown coupled with exigencies of service, the applicant has not been able to complete the same and requires some more time to complete the entire process.” 

A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud will take up the matter for listening to on Tuesday.

The prime courtroom had delivered the decision on February 17, the place it made clear that ladies officers needed to be handled at par with their male counterparts.

The apex courtroom had noticed that the blanket non consideration of girls for standards or command appointments, absent an individuated justification, by the Army can’t be sustained in legislation. Also, absolutely the bar on ladies looking for standards or command appointments wouldn’t comport with the assure of equality below Article 14.

This verdict had come 14 years after 11 ladies officers initiated the litigation within the Delhi High Court.

The Centre, in its utility, mentioned: “On account of the whole lockdown, all places of work of the federal government have been closed and the personnel weren’t functioning. Thereafter, in mid April, the lockdown was partially lifted and solely important authorities (functionaries) have been permitted to attend their official duties. Thus on account of lack of employees, closure of hospitals, together with the military hospitals and non-availability of different necessities essential to comply.

“It was very difficult to continue with the process of consideration of women officers for grant of permanent commission.”

The apex courtroom had requested Centre to adjust to its order inside three months, which expired on May 17.

Seeking an extension the Centre prayed earlier than the apex courtroom, “This court may kindly be pleased to extend the period of three months granted to the applicant, to comply with the judgement and order on February 17, by a further period of 6 months.” IANS



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