Current Affairs – February, 2020

This section is a feed of Current Affairs February, 2020 comprising all Current Affairs National and International importance published in february, 2020 Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Supreme Court permits Permanent Commissioning of Women Officers in Defence

On February 17, 2020, the Supreme Court of India upheld the judgement of Delhi High Court over the issue of commissioning of women officers in Indian Army.

Highlights

The Supreme Court has granted permission to commission women officers in the Indian Army.

Earlier, permanent service commission for women were not allowed, especially in combat units. They were pertained to combat support units such as law, education and logistics. Also, women were not appointed at the level of officers in the combat units.

The judgement was pronounced by Justice D Y Chandrachud.

Background

The High Court of Delhi in 2010 had instructed the GoI to provide permanent commissioning of women officers in the Indian Army. The GoI in 2010 had argued that women are physiologically weak and are not as efficient as men when it comes to leading a combat unit. This was countered then and now by both Delhi HC and the apex court.

Now, SC has upheld this ruling pronouncing that permanent commissioning is allowed to all women officers irrespective of the years of services.

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Government of Haryana provides Rs 15 lakhs to Olympic participants and Rs 6 crore to winners

On February 16, 2020, the State Government of Haryana announced that it will provide Rs 6 crores to gold medal winners at Olympic Games. The cash money prize is only for players representing Haryana.

Highlights

The State Government of Haryana has offered to provide the Olympic players with prize money. It will provide Rs 15 lakhs to every player participating at the Olympic Games 2020. The Government has also increased the prize money for players participating at Asian Games and Common Wealth Games.

The Gold Medalists of Asian Games are to be provided with Rs 3 crores. The winners of Common Wealth Games are to be provided with Rs 1.5 crores.

Above all, the stadium of the players are also to be provided with 10% of the amount received by the players

Pension

The Government has also announced pension system for the players. This is an additional assistance to players apart from the cash money. Also, the government will provide pension to national award winners such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards, Dhyanchand and Arjuna Awards

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