Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken urges Defence Minister A.K. Antony to give out-of-turn promotions to Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken has written to Defence Minister A.K. Antony pleading Olympic silver medallist Subedar Vijay Kumar’s case for out-of-turn promotions.Headlines Today accessed Maken’s letter wherein he has requested the defence minister to tweak existing rules to bring military promotions for outstanding sportspersons at par with civilian promotion scales.Kumar proved to be the best Indian shooterand has been the biggest achiever of the national contingent in the ongoing London Olympics so far. The young shooter aspires to be an officer. However, that would require the army to modify its rule.Kumar had earlier expressed his desire toquit the army given that he was yet to get his dues in the armed forces despiteseveral of his achievements at the national and international levels. In case the army does not promote him, Kumar might consider quitting it hoping to become an officer in the Himachal Pradesh state services.Top army sources told Headlines Today that Kumar would get what was due to him as perstandard procedures, both in terms of money and promotions. However, as per the existing army rules, Kumar might be promoted as a junior commissioned officer (JCO)and made a subedar major.In his letter, Maken says that army rules permit granting two out-of-turn promotions for sportspersons. The Indian government recently framed a policy for three out-of-turn promotions for exceptional sportspersons.It remains to be seen whether the defence ministry and the chief of army staff, General Bikram Singh, give Kumar his due.Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told Headlines Today that he would request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene.advertisementlast_img

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