Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chief

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  1. Ray

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    Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chief

    NEW DELHI: The acceptance of a US military award by Army chief Gen Bikram Singh has not gone down well with the defence ministry which has sent a poser to him asking why he received it without government clearance.

    The Army chief was conferred with the 'Legion of Merit', the sixth highest American military honour, during his visit to the US from December 2 to 5.

    The defence ministry has claimed that it came to know about it only through media reports after the conferment as it was not part of Gen Singh's itinerary provided prior to the visit, sources said.

    Unhappy over it, the defence ministry has sought to know from the Army chief why he accepted the award without clearance from the government, the sources said.

    The defence ministry has argued that services chiefs have to have clearance from the government to receive foreign honours.

    When contacted for a reaction, Army headquarters here said they were not aware of the issue.

    By receiving the honour, Gen Bikram Singh joined the ranks of legendary figures of the Indian Army including Field Marshal KM Kariappa.

    The award is given to services chiefs and officers for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

    Gen Singh is the fifth Indian armed forces officer to have received the award after Field Marshal Kariappa and first Indian Chief of Army Staff Gen Rajendra Singhji.

    The 'Legion of Merit' decoration is issued both to United States military personnel and to military and political figures of foreign governments.

    The Army chief visited the US at a time when the force is planning to procure M-777 ultra light howitzers and Javelin anti-tank missiles from there and the issues are expected to have come up for discussion there.

    Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chief - The Times of India

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    The rule is that one cannot receive a foreign medal without Govt clearance.

    But why the hoohah?

    Tell him to return it or regularise it!
     
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    Re: Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chie

    What is a "poser" in this context?
     
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    Re: Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chie

    The MOD are pathetic. They should focus on getting the equipment the armed forces have been waiting DECADES for instead of bothering the COAS over a trivial matter.

    Effing useless Babus need to be shot.
     
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    Re: Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chie

    :lol:
    kUDOS to Gen Bikram, he managed to convince at-least the US that he is no 'pipsqueak'
    does distance have something to do with this ?
    What do the Americans know that we do not about the General
    Will the " line of succession, even in this hold"
    who gets it next, any guesses
    I thought 'Legion of Merit' was for some kind of Merit ie, distinction,excellence, value,virtue, worth / worthiness
    Have the Americans missed the point!:lol:lol::
     
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    Re: Why did you accept US award without clearance? Govt asks Army chie

    Thats the truth, brother..............

     

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