Against the backdrop of controversies surrounding promotions in the Army, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has formed a high-level committee to overhaul the system to make it more transparent and fair.
The decision to set up a committee comprising two retired lieutenant generals was taken by the defence minister soon after the retirement of previous Army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag last month.
The two retired officers are Lt Gen G S Katoch and Lt Gen A K Ahuja, who recently superannuated as the deputy chief of Integrated Defence Staff and was responsible for procurement of weapon systems for the three services.
“The defence ministry has decided to set up a committee of two officers who would give their recommendations to the government on the changes in promotion policy and the quantified system of selection for officers of the Indian Army,” senior defence ministry sources told Mail Today.
WHY THE COMMITTEE
- The aim of setting up the committee is to infuse “more objectivity, transparency and fairness in the promotion system that is coming under cloud very frequently as several officers are complaining against it to the ministry and taking government to courts”.
- The biggest question mark on the promotion system was raised when a particular board for elevation of officers from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General in 2015-16 came under the scanner for alleged payment of bribes by them.
- A couple of officers, who were considered by the promotion board, are still facing CBI inquiries for charges of disproportionate assets and could not be elevated to the next rank and had to retire from service.
- All the promotion boards have discretionary power of awarding five numbers to the officers in race for promotion and many a times, those who are left behind allege that this sometimes gives scope of favouritism in the force. Read More…