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'If you don't do it, we will do it', the Supreme Court's stern warning to the Center in the Coast Guard case

  New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that women cannot be left out, and asked the Center to ensure that women are given permanent commission in the Indian Coast Guard. The Supreme Court also said that if the government does not do it, the court will do it. A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, while taking cognizance of the submissions of Attorney General R Venkataramani, held that there were some operational and operational difficulties in granting permanent commission to Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs). . "All these efficiency etc arguments do not hold water in the year 2024. Women cannot be left out. If you don't do it, we will do it. So take a look at it," the CJI said. The Attorney General also told the bench that the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has constituted a board to look into the matter. The remarks came as the SC was hearing a petition filed by Indian Coast Guard officer Priyanka Tyagi, seeking permanent commission to eligible women short-service commission officers of the force. The bench had earlier said, "You talk about 'naari shakti' (woman power). Now show it here. You are in the deep end of the ocean in this matter. You should come up with a policy that treats women fairly. .”