The SSC officers that joined the Army prior to the year 2006 will be provided with a relief to 617 female retired and servicing offices along with 978 male on the withdrawal of the appeal of the Defense Ministry in the Supreme Court for opposing the remunerations and promotions for such officers.
Out of the 1,595 officers who have already retired, the 1,367 officers shall get the benefits of financial improvement with this move. Amongst the officers who are still in service with 211 female and 17 male officers will get the promotion benefit, on the completion of 13 years to be promoted to the Lt-Colonel rank along with all the profits of the position.
The appeal against the AFT (Armed Forces Tribunal) was withdrawn on Monday by the Ministry of Defense as per the decision in the year 2012 that was in the favor of the Short Service Commission and for the commissioning of the women officers prior 2006.
In 2004, the government accepted the recommendations of promotions with an accelerated process for the rank in Navy (Commander), the rank of Lt-Colonel and Wing Commander (IAF) by the Ajai Vikram Committee. In the recommendation by the committee, after the completion of 13 years of a Lieutenant would become Lt-Col and major in six years while a caption after 4 years.
Even after the recommendation and approval, the benefits were not given to the women officers and the SCC officer while the other officers could enjoy the benefits on the ground that the eligibility is for the permanent commission officers only. But in 2006, when the SCC scheme was changed to 10 plus 4 years’ system instead of five plus five plus four years’ system, the officers were eligible for availing the benefits under the new scheme.
In 2012, the AFT has stopped the discriminatory practice on the petition of the SCC officers and women officer who were highly affected. The Army and the Ministry of Defense both of them appealed opposing the resolution in the Supreme Court.