New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday pitched for greater enrolment of women in the Navy as sailors, while addressing to the top naval brass at the three-day Naval Commanders Conference which ended today. Also Read - Operation Samudera Setu to Repatriate Indians From Maldives | All You Need to Know
“The defence minister urged the Navy to give an impetus to the enrolment of women in the Navy. To this, the Navy chief (Sunil Lanba) confirmed that enrolment of women in the sailor rank was one of the agendas in the conference. Inclusion of women as sea going cadres is also being looked at in the near future,” the sources said. Also Read - Indian Armed Forces to Conduct Fly Pasts to Thank COVID-19 Warriors; PM Modi Welcomes Decision
Top commanders also deliberated on the enrolment of women in the navy during the conference and even looked at them being deployed as “sea going cadres” in the near future, official sources said. Also Read - Major Milestone in Defence: First Made-in-India Tejas Jet Lands on Aircraft Carrier
At present, women are deployed in different branches of the Navy but are not sent to sea. They, however, work as observers in Navy’s IL-38 and P-8i reconnaissance aircraft.
There are over 639 women personnel in Navy, including 148 medical officers and two dental officers.