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Army to consider giving permanent commission to women officers

Army will consider giving permanent commission to serving Women Short Service Commission Officers in its Judge Advocate General and educational branches, Government today told the Supreme Court.

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2010 12:59 IST

Army will consider giving permanent commission to serving Women Short Service Commission Officers in its Judge Advocate General (JAG) and educational branches, Government today told the Supreme Court.

An undertaking in this regard which stated that the exercise will be completed within two months was submitted by Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium before a bench comprising Justices J M Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra.

The bench recorded the undertaking which said, "The Solicitor General on instruction states that women short service commission officers in service shall be considered for permanent commission in JAG and educational branch of Army."

The court also recorded the undertaking that the case of Major Lina Gurung, a short service commission officer, who is retiring in August will be considered on priority subject to the requirements.

After the SG gave an undertaking, the bench stayed the contempt proceedings till further orders for not complying with the Delhi High Court directions to grant permanent commission to women serving in the armed forces.

"In view of the statements made at bar by the Solicitor General, the contempt proceeding is stayed till further order," the bench said.