Wednesday, July 7, 2010

BJP asks separate pay commission for armed force and early implementation of OROP.

Accusing the government of failing to redress the grievances of ex-servicemen, BJP president Nitin Gadkari today asked the prime minister to set up a separate Pay Commission for defence forces. In a letter to PM Manmohan Singh, Gadkari said "a separate pay commission for defence personnel will solve many anomalies, which successive ten yearly pay commissions have handed down to the defence forces personnel." He said the "discontentment" should be removed before it "creeps into the serving soldiers and lowers their morale too". Demanding early implementation of one rank one pay (OROP), he said despite various statements both inside and outside Parliament by the government, the disparities in pension of ex-servicemen due to their date and year of retirement exist even today. He said the Sixth Pay Commission has done little to solve the problem.

Gadkari said defence personnel, particularly those below officers rank, retire very early which creates problems for them in fulfilling their responsibilities, including meeting the demands of growing up children. He suggested that such retired personnel should be inducted into other "security services" and be allowed to serve upto the age of 60 years.

The BJP chief also demanded that the government withdraw its application filed before the Supreme Court requesting it to rehear the case relating to anomalies in the Fourth Pay Commission regarding rank pay to armed forces personnel besides the revised pay scales. "When the Supreme Court judgement came for putting this anomaly right, the government instead of obeying the order filed an application to rehear the case and modify the order. This, to say the least, is tantamount to a grossly hostile government attitude towards the ex-servicemen," he said.

Source : DNA

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