Permanent commission for women officers in armed forces: UPA’s gift, not PM Modi’s

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On the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort, “I want to give good news to my brave daughters. Today I announce that women officers who have been selected through the Short Service Commission in our defence forces will now have the option to take up permanent commission just like male officers.”

“From the ramparts of the Red Fort today, I announce this for the lakhs of daughters who wear the uniform and want to work for the country. This is my gift for them today,” he added.

Well, either he forgot that this system was already in place under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government since 2008, or he chose to conveniently forget about it.

Let’s bring to the notice of our readers that the women officers selected through Short Service Commission have the option to take up permanent commission since 2008.

The Press Information Bureau (PIB), in a release dated July 31, had stated, “Women Short Service Commission Officers (SSCOs) are eligible for consideration for grant of permanent commission in specified branches in terms of government policy letters dated 26 September 2008 and 11 November 2011.”

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The same was apparently informed by former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Along with, this Congress also accused Prime Minister Modi of lying six times while delivering his Independence Day speech.

They are:

  • PM Modi promised to double farmers’ income by 2022. To achieve this, agricultural growth must be 12%, whereas currently, it is at 2.1%
  • The PM said he is driving agricultural export as a policy—this is far from the truth since annual export of agricultural products has fallen from ₹2.5 lakh crore to ₹64,000 crore since 2013.
  • The success of Ujwala Yojana as claimed by PM Modi is a complete farce. 75% of connections provided are currently inactive and the consumption rate has increased only by a meagre 0.8%.
  • Clearly, PM Modi can’t read a simple WHO report which states that 3 lakh children CAN be saved if Swachh Bharat is implemented properly, not HAVE been saved, which the PM is claiming
  • PM Modi cited an international report that claims 5 crore people were lifted out of poverty in the last two years. However, what he fails to mention is that the same report credits this success to progressive UPA policies
  • PM Modi states that complete electrification would’ve taken decades with UPA’s pace. His math seems to be weak as, during UPA, 12,030 villages were electrified per year whereas Modi govt could only electrify 4,842 villages per year. Actually, between 2005-06 and 2013-14, 1,08,280 villages were connected to the grid—or an average 12,000 villages every year. BJP-led NDA electrified remaining 18,374 villages in 4 years. So, the remaining villages could have been electrified in far less than a decade

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