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Historic move: Women to be admitted in NDA, given Permanent Commission; Centre informs SC

The Centre told the Supreme Court that Army, IAF and Navy chiefs have agreed over the proposal to allow the entry of women into the NDA, Naval academies.

Historic move: Women to be admitted in NDA, given Permanent Commission; Centre informs SC-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 8, 2021, 2:52 PM IST
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In a historic move, the Central Government informed the Supreme Court that all the three Forces have agreed to induct women into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and give Permanent Commission to them.

However, the government said it needs some time to frame guidelines to pave the way for women to take NDA courses.

The Centre told the Supreme Court that Army, IAF and Navy chiefs have agreed over the proposal to allow the entry of women into the NDA, Naval academies.

"It is a delight to share this...The girls will be admitted in the NDA," Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati told the Supreme Court.

"We do hope that defence forces value the important role women are performing. We want them to take proactive approach in gender based roles rather than courts to intervene," the Supreme Court said.

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A bench of Justice SK Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh heard the case after the Supreme Court, in a landmark interim order, allowed women to attend the NDA admission exam, which has been rescheduled for November 14.

The ASG sought the apex court’s permission to place on record through affidavit the details and sought status quo in this year’s exams as this needs procedure and infrastructural changes.

“I am happy that the heads of armed forces have taken a positive decision. Put on record, we will take up the matter. We are happy with the stand. Let us hear the matter next week. Reforms cannot happen in a day. We are also conscious of that,” it said.

The top court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Kush Kalra, seeking NDA to open its doors for women aspiring to join the Armed Forces.

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