Citing the Covid induced lockdown, the Centre has asked the Supreme Court docket to grant it six months more to comply with its verdict granting long term commission to eligible females officers in the army and also earning provisions for them in command posts.
In an application, the Ministry of Defence mentioned: “The applicants have commenced the method of sizeable compliance of the directions issued by this court, in earnest and in letter and spirit. However, in view of the corona pandemic and the ensuing lockdown coupled with exigencies of company, the applicant has not been capable to total the identical and necessitates some much more time to comprehensive the overall method.”
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The major court had sent the verdict on February 17, exactly where it produced obvious that women officers experienced to be taken care of at par with their male counterparts.
The apex court docket experienced noticed that the blanket non-consideration of ladies for conditions or command appointments, absent an individuated justification, by the Army can not be sustained in legislation. Also, the complete bar on girls searching for requirements or command appointments would not comport with the assure of equality beneath Post 14.
This verdict experienced appear 14 decades just after 11 females officers initiated the litigation in the Delhi High Court.
The Centre, in its software, reported: “On account of the total lockdown, all offices of the government have been shut and the personnel have been not performing. Thereafter, in mid April, the lockdown was partly lifted and only necessary government (functionaries) were being permitted to attend their formal obligations. Consequently on account of absence of workers, closure of hospitals, including the military hospitals and non-availability of other prerequisites essential to comply.
“It was really tough to continue with the process of consideration of ladies officers for grant of long term fee.” The apex court experienced questioned Centre to comply with its get inside a few months, which expired on May 17.
Seeking an extension the Centre prayed right before the apex courtroom, “This courtroom may well kindly be pleased to extend the period of time of 3 months granted to the applicant, to comply with the judgement and order on February 17, by a even further interval of 6 months.”