08102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/8/2017 1:13 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 173 | sunday, october 8, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Army to change intake norms for officers, better deal for SSC Sunday Specials BHU ailing, any remedy? The once prominent centre of learning has fallen on bad days: molestation cases are on the rise and politics is being given a pro-Hindutva hue, though student polls are banned TALKING POINT P12 Nightmare at J&K’s Arnia Frequent shelling from Pak has left a deep impact on the school-going children. Mentally, they are becoming unstable and increasingly fidgety. HERE & NOW /thetribunechd P13 Aim: To raise Short Service cadre strength, younger combat forces Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 7 In a policy shift, the Indian Army has changed the recruitment pattern for its officers. This will positively impact career progression and lower the age profile of Colonel-above ranks. The decision has three dimensions. The University Entry Scheme (UES) that allowed young graduates to gain entry directly has been suspended for now. The focus will be on Short Service Commission (SSC) officers for it is being proposed that the service be ‘sweetened’ with perks to attract more candidates. And last, the Technical Graduate Course (TGC) is being tapered off commensurate with the enhanced intake in the SSC (Technical). Top sources said the move was aimed at meeting the recommendations of the Ajai Vikram Singh Committee (AVSC), envisaging a ratio of 1:1.1 between full-time regular officers and the support cadre, largely from the SSC. The present ratio favours the regular cadre and the Army wants to reverse it to lower the age profile of combat forces. The Cabinet, act- ing on the AVSC report in October 2008, had approved the proposal to reduce the regular cadre. The Army, till now, allowed SSC officers to serve for 14 years. After halting two types of entries, it has now proposed new norms for the SSC cadre. This will include allowing them to serve for 20 years, making them eligible for pension and ex-servicemen status. This means the officer will be out of the Army by the age of 40-42 with a pension and ample time for a second career. Once the final policy on a better deal for SSC officers is cleared, it will alter the available ‘selection pool’ above the rank of Colonel, in the long run. The Ministry of Defence had set up AVSC in 2001. The idea was to achieve “combat effectiveness” by bringing down the age profile of battalion/brigade level commanders. The report was implemented in two phases, in 2004 and 2008. The last part on having more SSC officers was pending since then. The move will not affect the conduct of the Combined Defence Services examination through which recruitment is made to the IMA. CM Virbhadra Singh and other leaders honour Rahul Gandhi in Mandi on Saturday. JAI KUMAR Virbhadra CMchoice: Rahul Kickstarts Cong campaign in HP, targets Modi on jobs Dipender Manta Sami wows Valley Diwali came 15 days early, says Modi on GST relief Manas Dasgupta Singer-composer Adnan Sami performs at a special musical concert organised by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department at SKICC on the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Saturday. The concert, performed free of cost, was a huge draw. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR Truckers to go on strike tomorrow Woman, 3 daughters 54,000 petrol pumps found dead in Delhi to stay shut on Oct 13 Kolkata: Calling for a 36-hour nationwide strike starting from 8 am of October 9, truck owners and operators on Saturday protested against the “disruptive” policies under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demanded the inclusion of diesel in the new indirect tax’s ambit. “The post-GST scenario has critically impaired the transport trade. The leadership of All-India Motor Transport Congress and other transport associations have proclaimed the token nationwide strike from 8 am of October 9 to 8 pm of October 10. We also support this,” Calcutta Goods Transport Association said. IANS New Delhi: An 82-year-old woman and her three daughters along with a security guard were found dead with their throats slit in their house in the Mansarovar Park area of Shahdara in north-east Delhi. PAGE 7 ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director passes away Mumbai: National award-winning director Kundan Shah, best known for his dark satire “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and coming-of-age comedy “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa”, passed away at his residence on Saturday. He was 69. BACK PAGE Mumbai: The United Petroleum Front (UPF) on Saturday announced a nationwide strike of dealers on October 13 to press for various demands, including better margins and inclusion of petroleum products in the Goods and Services Tax. It warned that if the demands were not met at the earliest, fuel dealers will be forced to stop, indefinitely, purchase and sale operations from October 27. UPF represents over 54,000 dealers from the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association and the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers. PTI Draft policy for abolishing Haj subsidy Mumbai, October 7 Abolishing subsidy for Haj pilgrims and allowing women devotees above 45 to travel in a group of at least four without a male are some of the key highlights of a proposed Haj policy drafted by a committee appointed by the Centre, sources said. The proposed Haj Policy 2018-22, by a panel headed by former secretary Afzal Amanullah, also recommends bringing down the number of embarkation points (EPs) from which pilgrims can take flights to Saudi Arabia from the present 21 to nine. The draft was submitted to Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi here today. “The 2018 Haj pilgrimage will be in line with the new Haj policy. It is a better policy, looking at the facil- ities proposed. It will ensure safety and security of pilgrims,” Naqvi said. The policy has been drafted in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order asking the Centre to abolish the subsidy gradually by 2022, sources said. “The highlight is abolishing the subsidy. Besides, it proposes another major reform — of allowing women above 45 to undertake journey without a male Mehram in a group of four,” sources said. Till now, women devotees could not travel without a male Mehram. The term Mehram refers to a male a woman cannot marry at anytime in her life (i.e. father, brother or son, etc). Women below 45, however, will have to be accompanied by male Mehrams, according to the policy. It also proposes to increase the quota for Mehrams from 200 to 500. The cut in funds meant for subsidy will be used for educational empowerment and welfare of Muslims. The policy suggests sending pilgrims by ship, relatively less expensive than flights. The policy says the Saudi government will be consulted. The EPs will be Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Cochin. India has an annual Haj quota of 1.7 lakh devotees. — PTI Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. Dwarka, October 7 Exactly 16 years after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on this day in 2001, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government would not allow the business community and small traders in the country to get caught in “red tape, files and bureaucracy”. Laying the foundation stone of a cable bridge on the sea to link Dwarka with Beyt Dwarka, Modi referred to the series of decisions taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to make the “simple tax system simpler further” and to give relief to small and medium business sectors. He said he was happy to learn that people across the country had greeted it as “the coming of Diwali 15 days in ❝ FM took pains to convince everyone in GST Council to sort out the problems people were facing. I am happy the decisions were taken unanimously and greeted by people. Narendra Modi, PM advance”. He said while Diwali was a very important festival in Gujarat, particularly among the business community, the relief announced by the GST council last night had been acclaimed as a major reform of the government “like the advent of Diwali”. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service Mandi, October 7 Kickstarting the election campaign in Himachal Pradesh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi announced today that incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would be the party’s chief ministerial candidate. If voted to power again, Virbhadra would be CM the seventh time, he said. “Virbhadra Singhji, you became CM six times. You will become CM for the seventh time too and the entire Congress party stands behind you,” he said while addressing a rally four days after the BJP rally in Bilaspur that was addressed by the PM. Addressing a huge gathering at Paddal Ground here, he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying the people and resorting to propaganda to “mislead” them. Targeting the PM over unemployment, demonetisation and the GST regime, Rahul said Modi had promised to create two crore jobs every year, but post demonetisation and GST, the economy was in a mess and the GDP rate had dropped by 2 per cent. “We are competing with China, which creates 50,000 jobs daily, while in India a mere 450 jobs are being provided to the huge contingent of educated jobless youth, leading to anger,” he said. On the agrarian crisis, he claimed farmers in BJP-ruled states were resorting to suicide owing to poor governance. Comparing Gujarat’s development model with that of Himachal, Rahul claimed that under Virbhadra’s leadership, the state had witnessed development in all sectors, be it health, education or infrastructure. “During the five-year Congress regime, 70,000 jobs have been provided in the government sector while in Gujarat a mere 10,000 jobs have been created. The Himachal Government is providing Rs 1,000 as unemployment allowance.There is no such provision in Gujarat. “Four medical colleges, 1,500 government schools and 55 colleges have been opened. In Modi’s Gujarat, only big industrialists are being benefited,” Rahul said, urging the people to vote the Congress back to power. Accusing Modi of misusing Central agencies to harass opponents, Virbhadra refuted the PM’s claims that his government had not provided land for AIIMS. Praising former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi for their “incredible contribution” to the development of the state, he pointed out. “We have achieved 100 per cent electrification of villages,” the Chief Minister added. Himachal Congress president Sukhwinder Sukhu sought votes on the “rapid development” ushered in by the Virbhadra government. Party in-charge Sushil Kumar Shinde, co-incharge Ranjeeta Ranjan, Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma and Viplove Thakur also spoke on the occasion.
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