Friday, December 4, 2015

Armed forces raise concerns over 7th Pay Commission with Defence Ministry

Officers say that if the Pay Commission is implemented in the present form, it will position them much below their civilian counterparts in terms of salaries, facilities and status.

Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan
Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan.

The armed forces have raised concerns over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, including “shortcomings” in it, with the Defence Ministry, Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan said today.

He said the Commission’s report has been examined and effort is on to ensure that whatever they feel is “necessary” for the officers and men of Army, Navy and Air Force, is made available to them. “Whatever we feel are the shortcomings are being taken up by the three services with the Ministry of Defence to see that whatever we feel is necessary for our men, our officers, our civilians, is made available to them,” Dhowan said during his annual press conference here.

He said that all issues of “concern” are being taken up with the Ministry.

The Navy chief was replying to a question on the discontent in the armed forces, especially at the level of officers, on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Officers say that if the Pay Commission is implemented in the present form, it will position them much below their civilian counterparts in terms of salaries, facilities and status.

One of the main grudge that the armed forces have is with regard to risk-hardship matrix. The officers say that a soldier posted in Siachen Glacier, which has the highest degree of both risk and hardship, gets an allowance of Rs 31,500 per month.

In contrast, a civilian bureaucrat from the All India Services draws 30 per cent of his salary as “hardship allowance” when posted anywhere outside the comfort zone.

Under the new scale, a senior IAS official posted in a city in northeast will draw much more as “hardship allowance”, compared to the Rs 31,500 per month drawn by military officers in Siachen.

(Source- Indian express)


  1. Admiral Dhowan Sahab Ram ...Ram

    Sir, risk with Armed Forces is not confined only upto Siachen but everywhere on and on.Where are those IAS today when the people of Tamilnadu facing flood headlong and crying for help. Should they be paid 30% of their basic pay for their failure and flaws in recruiting the needs of flood hit people of Tamilnadu or those Armed Forces men,officers and their logistic helping the needy people round the clock risking their life ?

  2. Navy chief only make comparison at officers level not at the men level . He has not compared promotional prospect of Defence personnel and civilian . His comments are seem to be wrong if considering year or service and promotion comparison. Still I am in opinion to compair the Military duty perform by Defence officer and men day to day and also during the war etc. and then payment of MSP, is it true that mens and officer get different MSP? , NO because mens are doing harder military duties than officers .

  3. Mr Dhowan you officers always compare your status with IAS officers why you are not comparing the status of pbors with their civilian counterparts. And moreover how you defense officers can compare yourself from an IAS officer.A defense officer's qualification is simply 10+2 and an IAS officer qualification is min graduation and mostly they are phd

  4. This is nothing except 'Ego battle' between officers of armed force and IAS. The former thinks that the country's security in our hands so we are 'supreme' and the latter thinks 'running the country is in our hand so we are 'double supreme.In the cross fire JCOs/OR & equivalents
    are the most victim. The list of Armed force officers are
    end less they want to project Lt Col rank as 'cutting edge rank' for inclusion in PB-4,Non-functional Up-gradation,CDS,OROP,hardship allowance compare to IAS,
    whatelese not. Are the JCOs/OR & equivalent in Armed Force are happy a lot ? They don't have any complaint other than OROP?. What is the wrong if officers of armed force can compare their hardship allowance with IAS, then JCOs/OR & equivalent with them for MSP & Glacier allowance etc. It is high time officers of armed force should give up their double standard.