Parrikar to decide if defence chiefs’ wives can go abroad at govt expense

A debate is raging between the defence ministry and military headquarters over whether spouses of the army, navy or air force chiefs should be allowed to travel with them on an official visit abroad.

The sensitive issue has reached defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to give his opinion this month as his ministry and the military administration hold opposite views on conventions and travel rules.

The headquarters have underscored past convention to pitch for spouse travel, saying wives accompanied the chiefs since they pick up welfare measures for the military wings their husbands were in.

It is standard practice for these first ladies to head welfare associations of fellow military wives and play a key role in rehabilitation of families whose kin have laid down their lives for the country. Read More…

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