New Delhi: Two years after the Armed Forces decided to grant permanent commission to women officers in some of its branches, Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said more streams will be opened up for the lady officers in the armed forces.

Speaking to reporters after meeting a team of women mountaineers of Indian Air Force, Antony said, “At a meeting with service chiefs, I told them to open up more. Now, they are searching out the possibility of opening up more streams in the three services for the lady officers... the process is on and it will speed up in coming years.”

In 2009, women were allowed permanent commission in some streams including medical, legal, education and accounts. But the option of serving in combat divisions like infantry, artillery or armoured corps is still closed for lady officers.

The induction of women into the armed forces started in early 90s as Short Service Commission (SSC) Officers. However, these officers sought the help of court demanding permanent commission.

In March 2010, Delhi High Court ordered permanent commission to women in armed forces after which IAF decided to grant permanent commission to women. However, the Army has filed review petition against the order in the Supreme Court.

(JPN/ Bureau)