Officers of combat support arms denied legal rights: Armed forces tribunal

Senior officers in the Army combat support arms (CSAs) can now expect promotions “in parity” with the combat services. The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) passed an order on Tuesday (January 8) and directed the Defence Ministry to allot a proportional number of additional vacancies for the ranks of Brigadier and Major General according to the Ajay Vikram Singh Committee (AVSC) recommendations for the CSAs.

The tribunal has directed that the allotment of the vacancies will affect the 2018 selection boards. “The officials of these three arms have been deprived of their legal right,” observed the AFT.

Several Colonel rank officers in the CAS-Engineering, Signals and Air Defence had approached the AFT claiming that even though the Supreme Court had in 2015 directed the government to allot additional posts for the rank of Colonel, no posts had been created in the higher ranks, leading to a situation where deserving officials would not be eligible for promotions since there were no vacancies. Read more

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