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Soldiers not downgraded: govt

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New Delhi: There have been reports in a section of the that the government has issued a new order lowering the status of military officers with respect to their civilian counterparts in the armed forces headquarters. These reports, quoting a letter dated 18 October issued by the Ministry of Defence, have stated erroneously that the equivalence has been disturbed and status of service officers has been downgraded.

The government has clarified that there has been no downgrading or any change in the existing equivalence of the service ranks whatsoever. The existing functional equivalence, as clarified in 1991 and further reiterated in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2005, has only been re-affirmed.

The Union government has further clarified that the present reiteration of rank equivalence is only for matters of assigning duties and functional responsibilities as it already exists in different offices of the respective service headquarters of the Army, Navy and Air Force having components of service personnel as well as civilian officers.

It has no bearing on civilian employees outside these offices of the service headquarters. The Modi government has reiterated that there is no change in the rank structure or the status of the armed forces personnel.

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