Lucknow: To increase women’s participation in armed forces, the Indian Army on Monday organised a five-day recruitment drive for women at AMC Stadium in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow Cantonment.
Major General NS Rajpurohit, Additional Director General (ADG)-Holding recruitments in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand said, “From March to October 2020, these drives were not conducted due to Covid-19 pandemic. We resumed our operations in November 2020. Since then, this is the first time we are conducting such a drive for women. Also, we have made negative Covid-19 test reports mandatory for participation.”
The recruitment drive for women came following Supreme Court’s order on February 17, 2020, where the top court had ordered that the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Indian Army in service, irrespective of their years of service and that after the judgement of Delhi High Court, Centre should grant permanent commission to women officers.
Additional Director General also encouraged people to take part in physical exercise to boost the immunity of the body.
“We are happy to see that a lot of women have participated with enthusiasm in this drive. For being recruited, the woman must pass the physical test successfully,” Rajpurohit added.
“This drive will be conducted for four more days. Today is the first day. We will be covering 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh and 15 in Uttarakhand,” he further added.
“For registering in this drive, participants can access the details on our online portal,” he informed.
Meanwhile, this idea was supported by PM Narendra Modi, while, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh termed it as a historic decision.