The Supreme Court has extended the deadline till December 31 to implement its order for giving permanent commission to women SSC (Short Service Commission) officers in the Indian Navy. The apex court had on 17 March said that women and male officers should be treated equally, paving the way for the permanent commission of women in the Navy.
The court then asked the Center to complete the modalities in this regard in three months. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice Indira Banerjee said on Thursday that they are extending the time for grant of permanent commission to Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers in the Navy till 31 December. It is said that the Central Government had filed an application in June citing the corona epidemic and requested to extend the deadline to six months.
The bench also asked the central government to pay compensation of Rs 25 lakh in four weeks to the five women naval officers who were not considered for permanent commission as well as pension benefits. However, pension benefits have now been given to them. Acting on a court order in February, the central government has begun the process of giving permanent commission to all SSC women officers in the Indian Army. The apex court, in a major judgment on March 17, cleared the way for the permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Navy.