New Delhi: Women will now be inducted in the National Defence Academy (NDA) for permanent commission into India’s armed forces, the Centre told Supreme Court on Wednesday. However, it has requested exemption of women from the current year NDA admissions citing the need to make infrastructural changes.
On behalf of the Central government, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati made the submission in the apex court onWednesday. A bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was hearing a case seeking to allow women to appear for NDA exams.
“A decision has been taken at highest level of forces and government that girls will be inducted for Permanent Commission through National Defence Academy. Decision was taken late evening yesterday,” the ASG said in the submission, as reported by Live Law.
Further, requesting for a year’s time, the ASG said, “Consider granting status quo for this examination and let it continue, as it will need policy, procedure, training and infrastruture changes.”
The NDA exams for this year, earlier scheduled for September 5, were postponed to November 24 by the UPSC before the order of the court, she added.
Last month on August 18, the Supreme Court had passed an interim order allowing women to take the admission exam to the NDA, which was previously only open to men.
A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy had observed, “This is a policy decision based on gender discrimination…respondents (Centre), must take a constructive view.”
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