Govt allows re-employment of retd Brigadiers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 15:59
  
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said to meet shortage of officers in the armed forces, a limited re-employment of retired Brigadiers has been allowed in staff and other positions.

"The government has allowed re-employment of retired Brigadiers against some staff, instructional and other positions. The number of re-employed retired Brigadiers is limited to a maximum 10 per cent of the authorised strength of re-employed officers," Defence Minister A K Antony told Rajya Sabha in reply to a question on shortage of officers in armed forces.

The minister said the government is taking steps to meet the shortage of 11,137 officers in the Army.

"All officers including those in Short Service Commission (SSC) are now eligible to hold substantive rank of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel after two, six and 13 years of reckonable service respectively," he said.

The tenure of SSC officers has been increased from 10 to 14 years and a total number of 750 posts of Lt Colonel have been upgraded to Colonel level, Antony said.

"The implementation of the recommendations of sixth central pay commission with substantial improvement in pay structure of officers of Armed Forces has made it more attractive," Antony said.

On publicity and awareness campaign conducted by Armed forces, the minister said, "The armed forces have undertaken sustained image projection and publicity campaign to create awareness among youth on the advantage of taking up a challenging and satisfying career."

Awareness campaigns, participation in career fairs, exhibitions, advertisements in print and electronic media, motivational lectures in schools and colleges are some of the other measures taken in this direction, he said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 15:59


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