Law cleared for defence chiefs with four-year tenure

A new law with a maximum of four-year tenure for army, air force and navy chiefs has been approved by 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 will allow defence chiefs to stay in office for the entire term even after the official retirement age of 59. The law awaits passage in parliament,

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, adding that the constitution stipulates a law to handle these matters.

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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