US shutdown: Pentagon recalls Defence Department employees

Last Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 12:26

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Washington: In a move that is further set to immune the US Armed Forces members from the adverse effects of government shutdown, the Pentagon has decided to call over 400, 000 civilians of defence department back to work next week.

The move is based on a legal review of the "Pay Our Military Act," that will felicitate the return of US Defence Department employees, who were sent home after the shutdown which enters its sixth day today.

The shutdown was caused by the failure of the US Congress to pass a budgets due to a row between the Democrats and Republicans over Obamacare.

Assuring the civilians, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said, "I expect us to be able to significantly reduce - but not eliminate - civilian furloughs under this process".

"Employees can expect to hear more information from their managers starting this weekend," he added.

The shutdown which sent over 8 lakh federal employees on unpaid leave, also effected military services even though the troops in active services continued to be at work as assured by Obama,.

The impact of the shutdown on US military was seen as military academies cut down classes, US commissaries selling ration to military families were closed and there were delays in sailors getting bonuses, reports said.

The move to call the defence department employees back also comes after National Intelligence Director James Clapper warned of more security threats due to spy layoffs in wake of shutdown.

NSA chief Alexander Keith also repeated that the US was rendered more vulnerable to terror attacks after the shutdown affected intelligence machinery.

First Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 09:40

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