Land scam: 2 Def officials suspended, says govt
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Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012, 20:12
  
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


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 20:12


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