Over the past few years, India has been taking steps to crush gender barriers in the Indian armed forces. The focus is on bringing women to the fore and enabling them to serve the country by taking charge of onboard submarines, in-ground combat positions and also by heading tank units. Signalling a radical move towards gender parity, the government has now been giving rightly deserved opportunities to women to serve the country. And the latest appointment is yet another step in the same direction.
Army officer Ponung Doming, from Arunachal Pradesh, has created history as she becomes the first woman from the state to be made a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu congratulated Army officer Ponung Doming on Twitter. Sharing a photo of Lt. Colonel Doming on social media, Khandu wrote, "A proud moment for all of us ... Major #PonungDoming creates history. She is the first woman Army officer from #Arunachal to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the #IndianArmy,".
A proud moment for all of us...— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 23, 2019
Major #PonungDoming creates history. She is first woman Army officer from #Arunachal to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the #IndianArmy.
Hearty congratulations and best wishes! @adgpi pic.twitter.com/O33LbNWTsL
The newly appointed Lt. Colonel has been receiving wishes from across the political spectrum. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also took to Twitter and expressed his joy. Rijiju wrote, "Arunachal Pradesh has the proud tradition of serving and defending our great motherland. I'm glad to learn that Major Ponung Doming has become the first woman Army officer from Arunachal Pradesh to be promoted as Lieutenant Colonel in the #IndianArmy".
Ponung Doming entered the Indian Army in 2008 and rose to the position of Major within four-and-half years. She was earlier a part of UN peacekeeping mission at Democratic Republic of Congo representing India.
Currently, women in the Indian armed forces fetch recruitment only in the officer's rank. While the government is on a mission to do away with gender inequality, it has a long way to go when it comes to the Indian army as it has just 3.80 percent of women officers. The Indian navy, on the other hand, has six percent of women officers while the air force has a relatively significant 13.09 percent, Centre told Lok Sabha in a written revert last year.
Last month, itself, Wing Commander Shaliza Dhami also created history by becoming the first woman officer of the Indian Air Force to be appointed as a Flight Commander in a flying unit.
Breaking the glass ceilings, aren't they? We are with you, officers and are extremely proud!
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