Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the posting of women officers of the Territorial Army (TA) along with its Engineer Regiment along the Line of Control (LoC).
They have also approved the appointment of women officers as staff officers at TA Group Headquarters and Directorate General of TA at New Delhi, as per organizational requirements, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The Territorial Army began commissioning women officers from 2019 in Ecological Task Force units, TA Oil Field units and the TA Railway Engineer Regiment.
“Based on the experience gained during this period, it has been decided to expand the scope of more employment for women officers in TA,” the defense ministry said.
TA operates on the concept of a civilian-soldier army and officers receive annual training in basic military skills while gainfully employed in civilian life.
“Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the posting of women officers of Territorial Army along the Line of Control as well as Engineer Regiment of TA as Staff Officers in TA Group Headquarters/Directorate General of Territorial Army in New Delhi, as per organizational requirement” The ministry said.
It said that the progressive policy measure is aimed at enhancing the scope of employment of women officers as well as fulfilling their professional aspirations. “They will now serve and train under the same conditions as their male counterparts in a wide range of units and postings,” the ministry said.
The Department of Military Affairs has approved amendments to the existing cadre management provisions for women officers of TA.
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