The Centre on Tuesday obtained one month to implement the Supreme Court’s path-breaking resolution to grant a everlasting fee to ladies Army officers serving beneath the Short Service Commission (SSC).

An order by the highest courtroom handed on February 17 had ended the gender disparity that stood in the best way of girls SSC officers being denied a everlasting fee their male counterparts have been entitled to. The Centre agreed to grant a everlasting fee to ladies in 10 non-combat streams and was directed by the apex courtroom to finish the method in three months.

The deadline expired in May. The extension ordered by the courtroom shall be legitimate for a month beginning on Tuesday.

Citing the Covid-19 pandemic and the following lockdown, the Centre moved an utility earlier than the Supreme Court to increase the deadline expiring in May by six months. Senior advocate R Balasubramanian, showing for the ministry of defence, advised a bench comprising justices DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra that the federal government was is in a sophisticated stage of implementing the courtroom’s order. The course of couldn’t be accomplished due to the lockdown that brought on all authorities places of work to be shut abruptly, the lawyer mentioned.

“On account of lack of staff, closure of hospitals, including Army hospital and non-availability of other requirements necessary to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court, it was very difficult to continue with the process of consideration of women officers for grant of permanent commission…..In view of the corona pandemic and the ensuing lockdown coupled with exigencies of service, the applicant has not been able to complete the same and requires more time to complete the entire process,” the Centre mentioned in its petition.

The ladies SSC officers have been represented within the digital courtroom continuing by their legal professionals Meenakshi Lekhi and Meenakshi Arora. Opposing the appliance, the counsel argued that an try is being made by Centre to dilute the Supreme Court judgment to delay its implementation.

The bench took word of the truth that the Centre had commenced efforts to implement the courtroom order and couldn’t foresee the lockdown as a result of Covid-19 outbreak. Recording this submission in its order, the bench mentioned, “We extend the time for compliance by one more month.”

The courtroom stored the matter pending with the intention to pursue implementation of its path.

Under the Supreme Court’s February order, ladies SSC officers who’re serving and who had approached the courtroom however retired throughout the pendency of proceedings have been eligible for a everlasting fee. It was in 2006 that the Army prolonged SSC to ladies recruits permitting them a brief stint of 10 years, extendable as much as 14 years, to work with the military’s non-combat streams.

In 2010, the Delhi excessive courtroom, ruling on a batch of petitions filed by ladies SSC officers, directed Centre to grant them a everlasting fee. Challenging this order, the Centre approached the apex courtroom.

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