On 8th September 2017, in New Delhi, the Government announced that it has approved cadre review policy for Junior Commissioned Officers & other rank-holders in the Army, and Indian Army is to induct women in military police.
Cadre review policy:
- Government approved the third cadre review on 1st September, 2017.
- The policy is now in the hands of Ministry of Defence for implementation.
- This policy will improve promotion chances, financial benefits and career progression for the army personnel.
- This upgradation process will take a period of 5 years.
- This will have a positive impact on 1.45 lakh army officers.
- The last cadre review for army personnel was done in 1984.
Induction of women in military police:
- With Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman having taken charge as the new defence minister of India, a step towards increasing women’s participation in the army has been taken.
- Currently women are allowed to join the Army as officers in the medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings only.
- The new proposal will allow women to serve in the non-officer cadre for the first time in India.
- But still they will be placed in non-combat roles.
- The induction will start in 2018.
- 800 women are planned to be inducted with a yearly intake of 52 women.
- The women will be inducted as junior commissioned officers and jawans.
- At first, the women personnel will be placed in peace stations and then in conflict-prone areas.
- In Kashmir, the women personnel will be handed the task of performing security check on women.
About the Ministry of Defence:
- Headquarters – New Delhi
- Minister – Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman
- Deputy Minister (Minister of State) – Mr.Subhash Ramrao Bhamre
About the Indian Army:
- Motto – Service Before Self
- Chief of the Army Staff – General Bipin Rawat
- Vice Chief of the Army Staff – Lieutenant General Sarath Chand