The Centre has determined to convert its “experimental scheme” of inducting women fighter pilots within the Indian Air Force into a permanent programme, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh same on Tuesday.
“It could be a testimony to the potential of India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ and our PM [prime minister] Narendra Modi’s commitment towards women empowerment,” the defense minister wrote during a tweet.
In 2015, the govt had declared that the Indian Air Force can induct women fighter pilots for 5 years on an “experimental basis”. In 2016, the primary batch of girls fighter pilots was formally inducted into the air force throughout a graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.
Therefore far, a minimum of sixteen women fighter pilots are commissioned within the air force, The Indian categorical reported.
“Women are flying top-end fighter planes together with the Rafales and Su-30s,” the geographical area Times quoted retired marshal Anil Chopra as saying. “The decision to convert the experimental theme into a permanent one is an acknowledgment of their capabilities.” the choice by the govt comes months when the Supreme Court paved the manner for admission of girls into the National Defence Academy.
In October, Chief of Army workers General Manoj Mukund Naravane had same that as women were being inducted into the National Defence Academy, he was positive that they might perform higher than their male counterparts.
“At least forty years down the line, they’re going to be standing wherever i’m standing,” Naravane had said in response to a matter on the progression of the role of girls within the soldiers in the future.
Last week, Shivangi Singh, India’s initial girl pilot of the Rafale fighter jet was a part of the Indian Air Force’s tableau at the Republic Day parade. She was the second girl fighter jet pilot to be part of the Indian Air Force’s tableaux when Bhawna Kanth, who had participated in last year’s Republic Day parade.