“We are extremely glad to know that the armed forces themselves took the decision to induct women into the NDA,” the Supreme Court said. Today the centre approved the entry of girls candidates into NDA. The arrangements will take some time and possibly girls are going to be able to take the next NDA Exam.
In a path-breaking development, the Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it’s taken a decision to permit the induction of girls into the National Defence Academy (NDA). Additional solicitor general Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that there’s a piece of excellent news as a decision has been taken at the highest-level that girls are going to be inducted for NDA, and also the chiefs of three armed forces have also agreed.
Bhati said the decision had been taken late evening Tuesday (September 7). Justice Kaul said that the court has been periodically nudging the authorities to do it themselves, and sometimes things only move when the court steps in.
“Armed forces are respected forces of this country. But on gender equality they need to do more”, said Justice Kaul of the Supreme Court.
The Additional solicitor general said it’ll be a ”historic, path-breaking and generational reform.” The bench responded that the court is extremely glad to find out that the armed forces themselves took decisions to induct females within the NDA.
However, the top court emphasized that it’s important for it to require a stand on these issues. the top court also asked the Centre to inform: “What it’s doing now? what’s it planning to do in the future?’’
The Centre said it’ll file an affidavit regarding its submissions allowing girls into NDA. the top court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Kush Kalra, seeking NDA to open its doors for ladies aiming to join the armed forces. The plea was argued by senior advocate Chinmoy Pradip Sharma.
The plea also sought a direction from the court to permit women to urge trained within the Indian naval academy as well.
On August 18, the Supreme Court had said the mindset isn’t changing and emphasized why judicial orders are required to permit women candidates to take the entrance exam for National Defence Academy (NDA), even after the top court`s judgment expanding the horizons and increasing the permanent commission within the Army to women.
The top court passed an interim order allowing women to give the exam slated on September 5. However, Wednesday the top court was informed that the exam has been rescheduled to November 14. The matter has been adjourned to September 22.