Indian Army to induct women in military police

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/8 20:45:36

The Indian Army has chalked out a plan to induct women in the military police, a high-ranking Army officer said on Friday.

"The plan is to induct approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year," Indian Army's Adjuntant General, Lt. General Ashwani Kumar, told the media.

The Indian Army allows women to serve only in select wings like medical, legal and engineering, but not in combat roles.

The decision was taken a day after India's first full-time woman Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman formally assumed charge of the ministry.

"I will be the Defense Minister round-the-clock," 58-year-old Sitharaman told the media Thursday, after taking over from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who held the defense portfolio.

Spelling out her priorities, the new defense minister said she would ensure armed forces preparedness and assured to look after the welfare of the forces.

The 1.13 million-strong Indian Army is one of the world's largest armed forces.


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