The row over categorising Army Services Corps (ASC) officers as ‘non-operational’ when it comes to promotion continues to simmer despite three rounds of litigation in the Supreme Court as an ASC major has moved a fresh petition seeking cancellation of his posting with counter-insurgency unit Rashtriya Rifles (RR).
After the SC last year upheld the Ajay Vikram Singh Committee (AVSC) classification for promotion of officers in combat and services corps and settled the dispute by asking the authorities to release additional colonel posts for promotion of services corps officers, these officers demanded proportional increase in posts above the rank of colonel for promotion purposes.
With the SC refusing to entertain a review petition, over 100 officers of lieutenant colonel and major ranks of ASC recently moved a petition seeking parity in promotion with combat officers. They said they too got posted in operational areas and had given extreme sacrifices at par with combat officers. However, the SC’s reluctance to entertain the petition forced them to withdraw it.
On Monday, Major Amod Kumar from ASC, posted with 44 RR, Shopian, moved the SC challenging his posting and rejection of his representation to Army authorities against the ‘operational’ area posting of a ‘non-operational’ category officer.
As carried in TOI on 20/9/2017