SC offers Centre a month’s time for giving everlasting fee to girls officers in Army

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 7 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave yet one more month to the Centre to implement its February 17, 2020 verdict for everlasting fee to girls officers within the Army.

A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud requested the federal government to make sure full compliance with its order even because the Ministry of Defence stated the choice making was on the closing stage and solely the formal order remained to be issued.

The high courtroom’s orders might be complied with in letter and spirit, the federal government instructed the courtroom, which agreed to present one extra month in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centre had sought six extra months to implement the highest courtroom’s order for grant of everlasting Commission to girls officers and make provision for command posts for eligible girls officers within the Army.

Noting that “the right to equality is a right to rationality,” the Supreme Court had on February 17 paved the way in which for ladies in command positions within the Army because it ordered the Government to contemplate granting everlasting fee to all girls officers in three months.

“An absolute bar on women seeking criteria or command appointments would not comport with the guarantee of equality under Article 14. Implicit in the guarantee of equality is that where the action of the state does differentiate between two classes of persons, it does not differentiate them in an unreasonable or irrational manner. In this sense, even at its bare minimum, the right to equality is a right to rationality,” a Justice Chandrachud-led Bench had stated.

The Bench, nevertheless, had stated, “Whether a particular candidate should or should not be granted a criteria or command assignment is a matter for the competent authority to consider having regard to all the exigencies of service, performance and organisational requirements.”

Noting that courts have been aware of the restrictions, which problems with nationwide safety and coverage imposed on the judicial evolution of doctrine in issues regarding the Armed forces, the Bench had made it clear that deployment of girls officers in fight roles was a matter of coverage as held by the Delhi High Court.

The high courtroom stated everlasting fee could be given to girls officers within the Army regardless of their tenure of service. It additionally directed the Centre to grant everlasting fee inside three months to all girls officers within the Army who go for it.

It had termed as “disturbing” the federal government’s argument of physiological limitations and social norms for denying command posts to girls officers and known as for a change of mindset on the a part of the federal government to place an finish to gender bias within the armed forces.


Highlighting the laurels achieved by girls officers, the Bench had stated, “Their track record of service to the nation is beyond reproach. To cast aspersion on their abilities on the ground of gender is an affront not only to their dignity as women but to the dignity of the members of the Indian Army – men and women – who serve as equal citizens in a common mission.”

It had expressed sturdy displeasure over the Centre not implementing the 2010 Delhi High Court’s order permitting grant of everlasting fee to girls officers regardless of there being no keep on it, saying the federal government confirmed scant regard in implementing the instructions for a decade.

Describing the engagement of girls officers within the Army as an “evolutionary process” it had stated the Centre ought to have carried out the excessive courtroom verdict as there was no keep on it.

The high courtroom’s order was based mostly on the Centre’s coverage determination conveyed to it on February 25, 2019 to grant of Permanent Commission to Short Service Commission girls officers in all of the 10 streams the place girls had been granted SSC within the Army.

“The decision of the Union Government to extend the grant of PC to other corps in the support arms and services recognizes that the physiological features of a woman have no significance to her equal entitlements under the Constitution,” it had stated.

“Seventy years after the beginning of a post-colonial unbiased state, there may be nonetheless a necessity for change in attitudes and mindsets to recognise the dedication to the values of the Constitution,” it had stated.

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