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No pay to women army officers

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:51 IST
Bhadra Sinha

Women army officers awaiting permanent commission have not received their salaries since February this year.

In an application before the Supreme Court, the officers claimed that non-payment of salary was violation of the SC order in March this year, which restrained the army from releasing women Short-Service Commissioned (SSC) officers.

The army had started relieving them although there was no stay order against the HC verdict on March 12, 2010, which directed the army to grant permanent commission to women officers, who joined between 1992 and 2006.

A Bench headed by Justice JM Panchal took the application filed by the ninth batch officers, and directed the army not to release any SSC women officer entitled for permanent commission.

Advocate Meenakshi Lekhi, appearing for the women officers, on Thursday apprised the Bench of justice Panchal and justice HL Gokhale of the Army's "defiance". She said the officers were working as per the SC order, but have not received their salaries.

Additional solicitor general (ASG) Parag Tripathi promised that salaries will be released within a week.

The Bench also asked the ASG to file the government's response on another application moved by 11 of the 22 women officers, who were petitioners before the Delhi HC, but had retired while the case was pending.

The 11 former officers have requested the SC to direct the army to reinstate them as per the HC order. According to them, the army should have reinstated them immediately.

Then the government had agreed to absorb 12 SSC women officers in its legal and education branches.
It had later told the SC that it was considering giving permanent commission to women officers in at least seven branches of the army.

The government has, however, failed to present a detailed proposal on this issue.