The Indian Navy has the maximum percentage of women in its workforce among the three services at 6.5 per cent, according to details provided by the government in Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The percentage of women in the Army and the Indian Air Force is 0.56 and 1.08 respectively. In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said 6,807 women are employed in the Army while the number of men serving the force is 12,18,036.
“There has been an increase in the number of women personnel in the armed forces (excluding medical, dental and nursing cadres) during the year 2020 compared to the figures in the year 2019,” he said.
The minister said the Indian Air Force has 1.08 per cent women officers excluding those serving in the medical and dental wings. The number of women and men in the IAF is 1,607 and 1,46,727 respectively.
In case of the Indian Navy, the percentage of women officers is 6.5. The number of women serving the Navy is 704 while the strength of men in the force is 10,108, according to the details furnished by the minister.
The figure is in respect of women officers only as women are inducted at officer level at present, the reply mentioned, referring to the Navy.