Government to take action for officers’ shortage

April 29th, 2008 - 11:07 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Taking note of the acute shortage of middle rung officers in the Indian Army, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Tuesday said the government will be taking positive action to meet the shortage. “The shortage is a reality. The government will take positive and active action in consultation with the army,” Antony told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

The army is facing a shortage of around 11,200 officers. Earlier, around 3,000 mid-level commanders had sought voluntary retirement to move to the lucrative private sector.

Antony, however, denied setting up an Emergency Service Commission to meet the shortfall.

The resentment within the rank and file of the army on the sixth pay commission recommendations had resulted in about a hundred officers putting in their papers within a short span of time.

Taking note of this, Antony said: “After the pay commission, there were some issue. I assure that the government will find a fair solution to all the problems.”

The pay commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna, recommended a 40 percent across-the-board pay hike for armed forces personnel, doubling their allowances and military service pay (MSP) for officers up to the rank of brigadier and equivalent, as also for personnel below officer rank (PBOR).

Apart from pushing the case for PBORs, the forces had pointed out that after taking into account taxes and other deductions, the wage hike in real terms would amount to only 20 percent.

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