Indian Army still suffers officers' shortage

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) Indian Army is still short of 11,371 officers, mainly in the ranks of upto Lieutenant Colonel, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Stating this in reply to a question, Defence Minister A K Antony said the government had taken several measures to increase the recruitment. All officers, including those in the Short Service Commission (SSC), have been made eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lt Colonel and equivalents after two, six and 13 years of reckonable service, respectively.

The tenure of SSC officers has been extended to 14 years, he added.

The Minister, however, did not give a specific reply when asked if the recommendation of the Ajay Vikram Singh Committee to recruit 1,100 SSC officers and 500 regular officers every year is being implemented.

Mr Antony said certain recommendations of the Committee relating to non-select ranks have already been implemented from December 2004, adding review of creation of posts and restructuring of cadres in the armed forces is an ongoing and continuous process.

UNI

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