6,749 women officers in armed forces

A K Antony said that the highest number of officers were with the Army followed by the Army Medical Corps and the Indian Air Force.

New Delhi: A total of 6,749 women
officers were working in the armed forces, with over one-third
of them inducted during the last 3 years, Lok Sabah was
informed on Monday.

"2,591 women officers have been inducted into the
armed forces in the last three years and a total of 6,749 of
them are working in the Services," Defence Minister A K Antony
said in written reply to a Lok Sabha query.

He said the highest number of officers were with the
Army followed by the Army Medical Corps and the Indian Air
Force.

The Minister said a "zero tolerance" policy was
adopted by the government on harassment of women.

Antony added that though some cases of sexual
harassment have taken place, but no incident has been reported
where a woman candidate has been declined a job due to
discrimination or harassment.

He added that the government was considering a
proposal to grant Permanent Commission to women officers in
branches such as Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army
Education Corps (AEC) and their corresponding branches in the
other two services.

To a question whether the government has taken
cognisance of the infrastructure development by China in Tibet
and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Antony said the
government keeps track of infrastructure development and
military activities in both the regions.

PTI

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