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Govt aims for synchronised position among 3 services on induction of women

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government was working with the Army, Navy and Air Force to have a "synchronised position" on the recruitment of women into the three services as there was no common ground on the matter at present.  In an address at an event, she also said that the government was open to women recruited under short service commissioning being offered permanent commissioning.

Sitharaman said there was no parity at present between the armed forces in recruitment rules related to women.

She said, while women were already engaged as fighter pilots in the Air Force, considered an absolutely top notch position, in the Army, women were still missing from important positions.

In the gender neutral Navy as well, women cannot go to the sea, she said, highlighting the lack of parity in the three services.

"Each of these services has taken their own approach towards getting women a limited option of getting into their force and as a result there is no parity within the three services either. "There are different approaches which are prevailing. I am spending quite sometime with all the three forces to make sure that we take a synchronised position and also approach the court to handle all these cases which are already there about short service (commission) women being offered permanent commission," she said at a FICCI event.

The minister asserted that, "we are very open-minded about having women come in to the services" as more and more women are seeking to join the forces.

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