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Mindset has changed, we are second to none: Woman officers of Indian Army after receiving Permanent Commission

By Times Now

Two Lieutenant rank woman officers of the Indian Army, who have received Permanent Commission in the Army, said that they received the acceptance after facing many challenges.

Speaking to ANI, one of the woman Army officer, Lt Col Rohina Varghese said that constant efforts of many years of all the people including our seniors bore fruit. “We are equal. We put in equal efforts and work with the same dedication. I’m second to none,” Lt Col Rohina said.

“I am happy that we have been granted Permanent Commission and it’s a matter to be proud of. I’m thankful to everyone. The mindset has changed and it continues. I’m hopeful that it will change further as it is an ongoing process,” Lt Col Arthi Tiwari said.

The Indian Army started the process to grant Permanent Commission to eligible women officers in August after getting approval from the defence ministry in July.

The Army had issued a notice inviting applications by August 31 for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) to women officers recruited under Women Special Entry Scheme (WSES) and Short Service Commission (SSC).

“Consequent to the receipt of formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of PC to women officers in Indian Army, the Army headquarters is in the process of convening a special number selection board for screening women officers for grant of PC,” an Army statement had said.

In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court in February 2020 directed that all serving women officers recruited under the short service schemes will have to be considered for Permanent Commission.

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