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  • Widows of Navy personnel allowed to become defence officers

    Published on May 25, 2014

    In a special gesture towards families of its personnel who died in recent mishaps, the Navy has allowed widows of five of them to indian navy logoapply for becoming officers in the maritime force and one of them has already cleared the process.

    The Navy lost 21 of its personnel in mishaps involving two Submarine accidents and 17 families had sought help from the Navy to get jobs.

    “Based on the educational qualifications, five of the widows of officers and sailors have been given relaxations in several categories to appear for the selection procedure to become officers in the force,” a senior Navy officer told the news agency in New Delhi.

    “The wife of late Commander Kuntal Wadhwa, who lost his life in a mishap on the under-construction warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai, has cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) and medical examination and would soon be joining the force,” he said.

    Navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan has directed officials in the Naval headquarters and the respective commands to help out the families in fast-track mode to give them their dues.

    The officer said the ladies would be allowed to become officers only after they clear the mandatory tests and the SSB selection process for selecting officers in the armed forces.

    The families of the officers and sailors, who were not eligible to become officers, are being given jobs as civilian employees in Group B and Group C posts, the officer said.

    The Navy took the requisite permissions from the Defence Ministry to give relaxation to these women in several categories including age and marital status.