New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a major announcement this Independence Day. He announced a permanent commission for women officers in Armed Forces. PM Modi said that short service commissioned women in the Armed Forces will be given a permanent position along with their male counterparts.

Currently, women are inducted into the services through the Short Service Commission (SSC) and given permanent commission only in a few branches. PM Modi said that this was his gift to the womankind this Independence Day.

He also spoke about the achievements of women and spoke about six women officers of the Indian Navy who circumnavigated the globe recently on INSV Tarini. 

He further said that the commissioning of women would be done in a transparent manner and women officers will get the same opportunities as male officers. Modi added that he is proud to head a cabinet that has the most number of women members since independence.

He said that it is also a proud moment for the country that at present there are three women judges in the Supreme Court-the highest ever in its history.

It must be noted that presently women in the Indian Army are eligible for Permanent Commission only in select branches such as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and in Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army. While in the Indian Navy, women officers are presently inducted through SSC in branches such as- Logistics, Law, Observers, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Stream), Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre (NAIC), Naval Architecture and Education Branch.