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Cabinet OKs extra post to promote IAF officer

The creation of the supernumerary post is over and above its sanctioned strength of Air Marshals in the Aeronautical Engineering branch.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2016 12:26:42 am

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for creation of a supernumerary post in the rank of Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force for a period of 17 months, from December 1, 2014 to April 30, 2016.

The creation of the supernumerary post is over and above its sanctioned strength of Air Marshals in the Aeronautical Engineering branch. It is to enable the Ministry to consider seeking approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet to promote A V M Sanjay Sharma, in accordance with the proceedings of Review Special Promotion Board 2014, in compliance with the directions of the Armed Forces Tribunal (Principal Bench), New Delhi.

After the sanction and subsequent to approval of the board by the ACC, Sharma will be considered for promotion to the rank of Air Marshal retrospectively from December 1, 2014.

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Sharma had approached the Tribunal, alleging that his annual reports were moderated and thereby brought down in merit vis-a-vis other officers considered for promotion.

He claimed Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, who in December 2013 chaired the Special Promotion Board for the year 2014-15, had differences with him on official matters.

The Bench had last year directed the Defence Ministry and the Air Force to reconsider the petitioner’s case for promotion.

(With PTI inputs)

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