The Ajay Vikram Singh Committee made recommendations encompassing a wide spectrum of service related issues to address the twin aspects of reducing the high age profile and improving cadre mobility of officers. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, a number of measures have been implemented for the three Services with some variations to meet service specific requirements. These include time based promotion upto the rank of Lt Colonel; introduction of Colonel (Time Scale) rank; upgradation of 750 posts of Lt Colonel to Colonel; upgradation of 1896 posts in the ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lt General and their equivalents in Navy and Air Force.
Government letter has been issued for reducing the minimum qualifying service for substantive promotion to the rank of Colonel and their equivalents in the other two services to 15 years of reckonable commissioned service. The service specific requirements of the Navy are at variance with the other two Services, with respect to the period of service for promotion to Captain. This is in keeping with the operational and functional requirements.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Smt Jaya Prada in Lok Sabha today.
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