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Centre Gets a Month to Grant Permanent Commission to Women Officers

The top court's direction came on an application filed by the Centre seeking an extension for six months to implement the verdict given the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave one more month to the Centre to implement its verdict on giving permanent commission to all the Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers in the Army.

A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said that the Centre will have to comply with all its directions given in its verdict. The top court’s direction came on an application filed by the Centre seeking an extension for six months to implement the verdict given the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In a landmark verdict on February 17, the top court had directed that women officers in the Army must be granted permanent commission and command postings. The Supreme Court rejected the Centre’s stand of physiological limitations of women since it was based on “sex stereotypes” and “gender discrimination against women”.

The Supreme Court had directed the Centre that within three months, all serving (SSC) women officers have to be considered for Permanent Commissions (PCs) irrespective of the completion of 14 years or, as the case may be, 20 years of service.