Srinagar:Over 1,200 army officers have refused to contribute a days salary to the Prime Ministers relief fund for the floods that ravaged Jammu and Kashmir last year.
As per the report carried by Economic Times, the army men resorted to a rare protest as the government did not bother to seek the concurrence of all donors.
The refusal to part with a days salary is the latest in the controversy over a donation cheque that was handed over to the Prime Minister in January by the Army, the report said. The dummy cheque, which is yet to be formally deposited into the PMs Fund, was titled One days pay of all ranks of the Indian Army.
The report while terming the protest from Army officers as a rare and visible one stated that several army personnel had been upset since they saw this as a unilateral announcement without taking the concurrence of all involved, the report said. The amount to be contributed would have worked out to just over Rs 100 crore.
Following the controversy, the Army issued consent forms to all its personnel across the nation for taking out one days salary from their accounts. According to the records of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (officers) which looks at all salary related issues, a total of 1,262 officers have refused to contribute to the fund as of August this year.
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