4-year tenure for defence chiefs

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PV Desk : A new law with a maximum of four-year tenure for army, air force and navy chiefs has received the green light from the cabinet.

The cabinet on Monday gave its final clearance for the draft of Defence Services Chiefs (Appointment, Retirement, Salary and Allowance) Act 2017.

The new law, which now waits to be passed in parliament, will allow defence chiefs to stay in office for the entire term even after the official retirement age of 59.

The appointment of the heads of the three forces has so far been dealt with in line with a circular, Joint Services Instructions or JSI, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said.

“The constitution stipulates a law to handle these matters, hence the new law.”

He said the JSI did not specify the tenures of defence chiefs. “The new law says they will be appointed by the president for four years.”

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