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Up to date: November 25, 2020 9:06:42 pm
A number of girls Military officers who’ve haven’t been chosen for everlasting fee within the not too long ago held particular choice board for brief service fee, girls officers have alleged that there was an absence of transparency concerning the standards of choice and that the outcomes have left them “shocked”.
4 girls officers of the rank of Lt Colonel approached The Indian Express, on situation of anonymity, and expressed their disappointment over the results of the screening board. These officers belong to completely different branches of the Military.
“We have now a superb profession observe report, have performed outstandingly effectively for twenty years now and had been wanting ahead to the Military implementing the Supreme Court docket judgment awarding everlasting fee to girls officers. Nevertheless, when the outcomes got here out on November 19, we had been left shocked to see that many deserving officers haven’t been granted everlasting fee,” mentioned one lady officer.
All officers alleged that their letters to the Army Secretary’s department relating to the style during which the choice was to be made for everlasting fee went unanswered.
“We wrote to the MS department in August 2020 asking for the main points of the method to be adopted however we acquired no reply. We don’t perceive how these officers have been unnoticed who’re bodily match, have glorious grading in Annual Confidential Stories (ACRs) and haven’t any self-discipline or vigilance case pending in opposition to them,” mentioned a Lt Colonel.
These officers additionally alleged that the proper figures of proportion of girls officers chosen for everlasting fee has not been put out in public area. “The chances are a lot decrease and an try is being made to indicate that fifty per cent or 70 per cent of girls officers have been granted permanet fee,” an officer mentioned.
The officers additionally alleged that quickly after the SC verdict, vindictiveness was proven by the ‘system’ by placing out coverage letters revising the bodily health pointers and making them more durable for ladies officers. Additionally, very senior in service officers had been requested to report for Junior Command (JC) course. “Each these instructions had been later withdrawn however this exhibits the unfavourable perspective in direction of us. We had been additionally made to bear medical examinations for the choice board below Covid situations whereas no such requirement has been made for male officers who’re being thought-about for promotion boards,” one officer mentioned.
It is usually alleged that a few of these chosen for everlasting fee haven’t even handed primary skilled programs like half B and half D examinations. The officers alleged a bias and mentioned that regardless of having performed some superior programs, they had been by no means utilised correctly in service and at the moment are being made to go away after having labored onerous within the organisation at the price of their household.
“We’re not even being given time to organize for retirement. We have now to get so many issues performed like Ex-Servicemen Contributory Well being Scheme (ECHS) membership, CSD canteen card, ex-servicemen identification card, and lots of different administrative necessities. But the letter of the choice board says that those that haven’t been chosen for everlasting fee ought to put together for his or her launch from service instantly and never look forward to any formal orders.
Is that this how we’re to be handled after 20 years and extra within the Military?” requested an officer.
Out of 615 lady officers thought-about within the choice board, 422 had been chosen for everlasting fee. The ladies officers who’ve been chosen for everlasting fee belong to branches like Engineers, Alerts, Intelligence Corps, Military Air Defence, Military Aviation Corps, Military Ordnance Corps, Military Service Corps and Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers.
Military dismisses allegations
Responding to the allegations, a senior Military officer in Military Headquarters mentioned the No 5 Choice Board to display brief service commissioned girls officers for everlasting fee was carried out as per the provisions of Military Order 18 of 1988 and the identical was communicated to all affected girls officers.
“A Brigadier rank lady officer of the Military Medical Corps was additionally one of many members of the Choice Board so as to add transparency. As well as, girls officers who had been being thought-about within the board had been permitted to witness the proceedings.”
The board went by way of a deliberate and time-tested course of of choosing appropriate officers for everlasting fee. Consequent to the board, 422 out of 615 have been discovered match.
On November 23 this yr, the Supreme Court docket additionally expressed happiness that the Centre has applied its verdict to contemplate granting everlasting fee to girls officers within the Military. “It’s the victory of our nation that girls aspire to realize the very best pedestal. It’s a nice feeling even for us as judges,” the officer mentioned in response.
He added that passing half B and half D exams was not standards for choice as alleged by the girl officers.
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