New Delhi: The deadlock between the Army and the Ministry of Defence over the issue of new promotion policy of Army officials fails to subside. Creating a new impasse, the question was raised by the Ministry about the frequent changes made in the policy.      

The Ministry has pointed out that within a span of one and half years, the Army headquarters has twice resorted to making changes in the policy. The latter has been asked to specify the reasons behind the proposed changes in the policy.

In this standoff between the Ministry and the headquarters, two promotions sanctioned by the board have got stuck.

Keeping in mind the interest of the officials, the Ministry asked the Army to explain the change in promotion policy.

Army Chief General VK Singh has sent a proposal to the Defence Ministry seeking changes in the existing promotion policy which was formulated during the tenure of former Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor.

Denying any impasse with the Ministry over the issue, Military Secretary Lieutenant General GM Nair, however, said the headquarters in its proposal to the government has changed the dual policy of promotion in command and staff services, and has put forth a unitary system of general cadre officer promotion policy.

The new policy would provide better opportunities in promotion to the officers of Major General and Lieutenant General Ranks.

(JPN/ Agencies)