An Army official from Arunachal Pradesh, Ponung Doming, created history by becoming the first woman officer from the State to hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army. Doming was elevated from the post of a Major to that of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army on Monday.
Arunachal CM Pema Khandu congratulated Ponung Doming on her achievement and tweeted, ‘Major Ponung Doming creates history. She is the first woman Army officer from Arunachal to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army. Hearty congratulations and best wishes!’
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval also praised and congratulated Doming calling her an ’empowered and daring woman’. ‘Now this is a real empowered and daring woman! 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. Hearty congratulations and best wishes!’ tweeted Doval.
Poning is a resident of Pasighat in East Siang district. She did her civil engineering from Walchand College of Engineering, Maharashtra in 2005 and joined L & T, Kolkata where she worked for nearly two years,
Women in the armed forces are only recruited in the officer’s rank. The Army has 3.80 percent of women officers, the government told parliament last year. The Navy has six percent of women officers while the Air Force has 13.09 percent of women officers, the Centre stated in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.