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Army officers flout ban on using social networking sites

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Kusum Arora/TNS

Jalandhar, July 13
Despite fresh directives issued by the Indian Army banning its personnel from using social networking sites, scores of Army officers are actively using Facebook revealing sensitive information of their status and whereabouts.

This at a time when the Army is already investigating an alleged incident in which a Lt Col based in Rajasthan developed contact with a woman through Facebook. Reportedly, the woman from Bangladesh was working for Pakistan’s ISI.

While the Army has completely banned its personnel from using such social networking sites, the officers have been openly posting their pictures in uniforms, mentioning their status on Facebook like ‘whether on leave or back to field’ and pictures of cantonment functions and colleagues.

Among those using the Facebook include young Army officers. Officers’ wives have also been posting pictures of their spouses on Facebook. A majority of the officers said when they remain away from their families like at field stations, social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut help them to stay in touch.

Many officers have also been using Facebook through fake identities, while some officers have posted their own pictures as ‘profile pictures’ on such sites. As social networking sites are available on mobiles phones and most officers own smart phones, hence the increased usage of these sites.

However, there are many officers who are abiding by the directives and are refraining from using social sites. Some officers are also using these sites with utmost caution. “I have never posted any of my pictures on Facebook, the ones that I have are of my family. Even my profile page is completely blank on Facebook,” said a young Army officer.

The Army has directed its officers to refrain from using social networking sites as it could lead to information compromise and unintentional ‘leaking of sensitive information’.

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Cabinet Secy to chair panel on military pay issues

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The government has constituted a fresh, high-level committee under the chairpersonship of the Cabinet Secretary to look into pay and pension-related issues of relevance to defence services personnel and ex-servicemen.

The other members of the committee are Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Defence Secretary, Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Secretary, Department of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

The committee was set up on the directions of the Prime Minister’s Office, on July 8. It, however, does not include any member of the Armed Forces or representative of ex-servicemen.

The committee’s “terms of reference” are to look into a total of nine issues, five concerning serving personnel and four related to ex-servicemen.

Issues relating to the serving personnel include common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/Ors, initial pay-fixation of Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent, review and enhancement of grade pay, placing of all Lieutenant Generals in HAG+ scale and grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel.

Issues relating to ex-servicemen include one-rank one-pension, enhancement of family pension, dual family pension and family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage.

The committee may co-opt any other member. It will finalise its recommendations and submit its report to the PM by August 8.
Cabinet Secy to chair panel on military pay issues

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Govt constitutes Committee to look into pay and pension related issues of defence services personnel and ex-servicemen

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The Government has decided to constitute a Committee, under the chairpersonship of Cabinet Secretary, to look into pay and pension related issues of relevance to defence services personnel and ex-servicemen. The other members of the Committee will be: 

(i) Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
(ii) Defence Secretary
(iii) Secretary, D/o Expenditure
(iv) Secretary, D/o Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare
(v) Secretary, D/o Personnel and Training

The Committee’s ‘terms of reference’ will be to look into the following issues relating to:

(i) Defence services personnel:
Common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/ORs
Initial pay-fixation of Lt. Col/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent
Review and enhancement of grade pay
Placing of all Lts General in HAG+ scale
Grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel

(ii) Ex-servicemen:
One-rank one-pension
Enhancement of family pension
Dual family pension
Family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage

The Department of Expenditure will service the Committee. The Committee may co-opt any other member. The Committee will finalize its recommendations and submit its report to the Prime Minister by 8th August, 2012.

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SC/LM 
(Release ID :85337)
One rank one pension

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