Women empowerment in Indian air force;

Induction of Women Pilots in IAF to be Made a Permanent Scheme ;the government has decided to convert the experimental scheme for introduction of women fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force into a permanent one; Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Tuesday. The defense minister said that ;the decision is a testimony to the capability of India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) and;the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards women empowerment.

The decision came months after the Supreme Court; paved the way for the entry of women into the prestigious National Defence Academy ;which has been a male bastion, for recruitment into the three services.
Flying Officers Avni Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh; had become the first women to become fighter pilots at; the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy Dundigal in June 2016.

“The defense ministry has; given clearance to make it a permanent scheme,” an IAF spokesperson said.
The National Defence Academy; is set to induct its first batch of women cadets in June 2022.

The Supreme Court opened the; doors of the academy to women in a landmark order in October 2021.

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