Saturday, September 10, 2011

Age Controversy sullies image of Armed Forces

‘Army Chief got promotions on basis of 1950 DoB’
7 September 2011

NEW DELHI, 7 SEPT: Amid the raging controversy over the age of Gen V K Singh, defence minister Mr AK Antony today said the Army Chief has a little over eight months in office as per his 10 May, 1950 date of birth on the basis of which he got his last two promotions.
In reply to a Parliamentary query, Mr Antony said the Army Chief has two different sets of dates of birth in official documents and has filed a statutory complaint on his age issue. “The date of birth of Gen Singh has been maintained as 10 May, 1950 at the time of his selection as Corps Commander in 2006 as well his subsequent promotions as Army Commander in 2008 and the Chief of Army Staff in 2010. “However, a different date of birth finds mention in certain documents and the Army Chief has filed a statutory complaint in this matter,” he said. In the statutory complaint, Gen Singh has petitioned the defence minister against Ministry's 21 July decision rejecting his contention of treating 10 May , 1951 as his date of birth. The minister said as per his date of birth on 10 May, 1950, “he is left with eight months and 23 days of service as on date.” In the age controversy, on 25 May, the Army Chief had filed a petition before the ministry to treat 10 May, 1951 as his date of birth but this was rejected. While the military secretary branch records his date of birth as 10 May, 1950, the adjutant general's branch has 10 May, 1951 in its documents. sns
‘Army Chief got promotions on basis of 1950 DoB’
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