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Centre Government Allows Women To Join National Defence Academy

The Apex Court said that it is surprising that the union government was continuing to restrict women candidates from joining the NDA despite the SC verdict of expanding permanent commission to women in the Army and the Navy, in 2020.

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Amid sharp response from the top court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Government has decided to permit the induction of women in the National Defence Academy (NDA).

The Centre, on Wednesday, informed the Supreme Court (SC) of India that the government has taken the decision to let women join the NDA with the three Service Chiefs consultation, on Tuesday.

Also, the Apex Court, on Wednesday, said that Indian armed forces are extremely respectable across the country and they have to ensure more equality in the forces.

The SC also added that the top court does hope that the defence forces value the important role women are playing.

The central government decision came weeks after the SC in the last month allowed female candidates to appear for the NDA entrance examination.  

The August 18 order, it stated that it is gender discrimination if women are not allowed to sit the examination. The bench of SC led by Justice SK Kaul directed an interim notice which stated that the results of the NDA examinations would be subject to the last and final verdict on the case.

The Apex Court said that it is surprising that the union government was continuing to restrict women candidates from joining the NDA despite the SC verdict of expanding permanent commission to women in the Army and the Navy, in 2020. 

The Bench asked the centre when you are taking females in the army then why you are restraining them from appearing in the NDA exam. 

Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Solicitor General informed SC that women can join the Army via other modes as well, like the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). In response, the court asked, then why is it not through the NDA? Is there any problem with co-education?

During the August 18 hearing, the bench also said that you had continued to go against it till the orders were passed by this court. You didn't do anything on your own. The Navy and Air Force were really impending while the Army appears to have some sort of bias.


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