NEW DELHI :The Union government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it has decided that women, too, can join the Pune-based National Defence Academy (NDA). The Centre’s submission in the top court came as a 2-judge bench took up a plea seeking directions for necessary steps to be taken to allow eligible female candidates to appear in the upcoming NDA examination, which is scheduled to be held on November 14.
“There’s some good news. A decision has been taken at the highest level of forces and government that girls will be inducted for permanent commission through the National Defence Academy. The decision was taken late evening yesterday,” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the central government, informed the bench, according to Live Law. Bhati described it as a “path breaking” and “generational reform.”
The Centre, however, also sought an exemption from allowing women candidates for this year’s paper.
On this, the bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul directed the government to put on record a detailed affidavit by September 20, mentioning details such as steps being mulled, timeline etc. The next hearing in the matter will take place on September 22, it announced.
SupremeCourt asks Centre to put on record a detailed affidavit on steps being mulled, timelines etc by Sep 20 & the case will be heard next on Sep 22. @appauled_ is the AoR for the petitioner in the case, in which SC had last time directed women will be allowed to sit for exam