New Delhi: After giving Permanent
Commission (PC) to 18 women officers in its education branch,
Indian Army is planning to open more avenues for the fair sex
in other branches also.
"Permanent Commission to women officers is under
review at various levels. Presently, the cadre structuring is
done by the Adjutant General (AG) branch. So far 18 officer in
the Army Education Corps (AEC) have got PC," Military
Secretary Lieutenant General M G Nair said here today.
Women are taken as officers in Judge Advocate General
branch (JAG), Air Defence (AD), Army Services Corps (ASC),
Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Army Aviation Corps, Electrical and
Mechanical Engineering (EME) Corps, Corps of Engineers and
"PC (for women officers) would be be extended in JAG
also. Other branches are under consideration and decision
would be taken in the best interest of the organization and
the individual," Nair said.
Asked about the steps taken by Defence Ministry to
overcome shortage of officers in the three forces, Nair said:
"One more squadron would be added in the National Defence
Academy (NDA) by 2013. Presently NDA has 13 squadrons."
He added that army was facing a shortage of around
12,000 officers and plans to overcome it by 2020 with
implementation of the steps taken to fill the vacancies which
are mostly in the middle and lower rank cadre.