Army Chief's age: PM refuses to intervene
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Thursday refused to accept a memorandum from a delegation of MPs,
who wanted him to intervene in the date of birth issue of Army
Chief Gen VK Singh.
Singh told the delegation that the Army is a professional
organisation and the lawmakers should not get involved in the
affairs of the force, highly-placed Government sources said
The delegation had met the Prime Minister in his
Parliament office to request him to take a lenient view on the
issue in which the Defence Ministry has already decided
Gen Singh had sought a change in his date of birth from
May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951 but this was rejected by the
The decision of the Defence Ministry, reached on the
basis of the opinion given by the Attorney General and the Law
Ministry, was conveyed to the Army Chief on July 22.
The controversy has arisen as the chief has two sets of
date of birth records in his Service documents.
The Matriculation certificate shows May 10,1951 as his
date of birth but the UPSC application form filled for entry
into the Army has May 10, 1950 as the date of birth.
Determination of the correct year of birth was crucial
as his tenure as the Army chief will be for three years or 62
years of age.
With May 1950 being considered as his date of birth, Gen
Singh will have to retire in May next year when he will
complete 62 years of age.
Gen Singh is now expected to be succeeded by Eastern Army
Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, who will be the senior-most Lt
Gen at the time of Singh's retirement.