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Land scam: 2 Def officials suspended, says govt

Two officials of the Defence Estate Organisation have been suspended in a case related to illegal land grabbing of defence land near Srinagar.



New Delhi: Two officials of the Defence
Estate Organisation have been suspended in a case related to
illegal land grabbing of defence land near Srinagar, the
government said on Monday.

"One Defence Estates Officer and one Sub Divisional
Officer (Grade-I) of Defence Estates have been suspended,"
Defence Minister A K Antony said in a written reply to Lok
Sabha.

The CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry regarding
grabbing of defence land near a sensitive security zone in
Srinagar, he said, adding that, "the inquiry is in final stage
and out-come will be known on its finalisation."
In reply to another question, he said an inquiry is going
in the case where a military land in Rajasthan was vacated in
2007.

"A portion of land in village Jodhpur in Rajasthan under
the occupation of the Local Military Authority was vacated in
2007. The matter is being inquired," he said.

Replying to a question on stipend paid to the cadets, he
said, "The cadets undergoing their pre-commission training at
the various training academies get a fixed stipend of Rs
21,000 per month for the last one year of training
before commissioning."

This stipend is converted to pay for all purposes on
successful completion of training and the arrears of the
allowances admissible are paid, Antony said.

He said that the Sixth Pay Commission did not agree to
the Services` demand to grant provisional commission to the
cadets in the last year of their training.
"The Sixth Central Pay Commission did not agree to the
Services` demand to grant provisional commission in the last
year of training with full pay and allowances and all
attendant benefits of the commissioned rank as successful
completion of pre-commission training is a pre-requisite for
the grant of commission in the Defence Forces," he said.

PTI

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