In the light of the announcement of the VIIth Pay Commission, the IAF chief demanded that its terms and references of must include all those anomalies which have crept in the emoluments of armed forces over the decades. "In central pay commission you must have your armed forces representative there to explain your case and also to explain your peculiar condition of service and they must also be able to explain the equivalence of parity, status and so on and so forth," he told reporters at the annual press conference.
"If you are not there and all those things are done in your absence and finally the pay commission gives report and thereafter we are doing fire-fighting, forming committees like these to do patch repair work," he said.
When asked if India's growing military alliance with the US and other Western countries was causing unease to Russia, the traditional partner, he said they did not believe in any alliances. "We are not leaning left or right," he said, adding that their purchases are need-based and not because of any country-specific association.
IAF, he said, had also raised a helicopter unit in Nagpur to assist Central Armed Police Forces in anti-Naxal operations. They will help forces in Baster region, the hotbed of Maoists.