SC order on women officers enabling, will give clarity moving forward: Army chief

Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Naravane today said that the force has been championing gender equality. General Naravane said, the Supreme Court order granting permanent commission to women officers will give it a lot of clarity moving forward.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, he said, Indian Army does not discriminate any soldier based on religion, caste, creed, or even gender.

He added that the outlook of the Indian Army has been throughout like this and that is why, it started inducting women officers as early as in 1993. The Army Chief said, Indian Army has taken the initiative to induct women in rank and file and the first batch of 100 women soldiers is undergoing training at Corps of Military Police Centre and School.

On the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, General Naravane said, terror incidents have seen a downturn and the Army is maintaining pressure on terror groups. He added that there is an external dimension to the decrease in cross-border terrorism. Referring to the ongoing Financial Action Task Force plenary, he said, Pakistan may have to rethink strategy as even China realized they cannot back their all-weather friend all the time.

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