Govt to extend tenure of SSC officers of armed forces

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, Oct 24 | Updated: Oct 25 2007, 05:01am hrs
In a bid to retain medical professionals for some more years in the service without costing much to the exchequer, the government is planning to extend the tenure of short services commission officers of the armed forces medical service from the existing 10 years to 14 years.

The move is seen as an attempt by the government to meet the requirement of doctors and other medical professionals in the three wings of defence services, which at the moment face scarcity of sorts.

The Union cabinet, which is expected to meet on Thursday, is going to take up a proposal of the defence ministry to enhance the tenure of the officers of medical services, who have joined the armed forces through short services commission from 10 to 14 years, government sources revealed.

Interestingly, under the present rule, only officers, who have served the defence forces for more than 14 years, are eligible for enhanced post retirement perks, as given to the permanent soldiers. On the condition of anonymity, a senior army officer said, this was the reason why the ministry chose to extend the tenure from 10 to just 14 years.