Related Topics: Gender Equality, Defence Sector
Why in News?
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for the admission of girls in Sainik schools across the country for academic session 2021-22, in a phased manner.
News in Detail
- The decision was taken following the success of a pilot project initiated by the Defence Ministry for admission of girl children in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram two years ago.
- The Minister has directed the authorities to ensure availability of necessary infrastructure and sufficient women staff in Sainik schools for smooth implementation of the directive.
- The decision is in line with the objective of the government towards greater inclusiveness, gender equality, enabling greater participation of women in Armed Forces and strengthening the motto of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, propagated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- As per government data, the Army has 3.80% of its workforce as women; the Air Force has 13.09% and the Navy only 6%.