Saturday, September 17, 2016

Govt should form a committee with Armed Forces representation to remove 82 pay anomalies - By Brig Arun Bajpai (Retd)

Since the time Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley lost to his Congress rival and an ex-serviceman Captain Amarinder Singh - the ex-Maharaja of Patiala from the Amritsar seat in Punjab, having large number of veterans two years back, somehow the finance ministry is always putting spokes in the Armed Forces pay and allowances. It could be just a perception but it is sticking.
After only granting a diluted OROP to the Armed forces, despite ex-servicemen's agitation at Jantar Mantar, now 36 anomalies have been inflicted on them by the great Seventh Pay Commission led by a retired Supreme Court judge who was himself disgruntled from the Armed Forces because reportedly he was denied accommodation in the Cantonment area post retirement, as it was not allowed in rules.
This brings the total anomalies against the Armed Forces to 82 with 46 coming down from the Fifth Pay Commission. How can a country neglect their Armed Forces like this and still feel that it can be a super  power?
Agreed that Prime Minister Modi went all the way to Siachin to meet the troops which no other PM has done and he has also sanctioned construction of the Armed Forces memorial which Congress government never bothered and which is so close to the Armed Forces heart, but surely the Armed Forces' bread and butter cannot be neglected.
It is important to understand that for the Armed Forces, which won four wars for the country and which is always roped in by the civilian government in aid to civil authorities, may it be floods, earthquakes or out of control internal insurgency, the forces have never let it down. Despite this sterling performance, the status of the forces is continuously been brought down by the successive Pay Commissions.
In desperation and last ditch effort last month, three services chiefs have written a joint letter direct to Prime Minster Modi to sort out the grievances of the armed forces. This is a justified move. The three Chiefs have also asked the Modi Government to keep in abeyance the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report for the Armed Forces till these anomalies get sorted out.
What is stopping the Modi government from forming a committee under able politicians with the Armed Forces representation to sort out the 82 anomalies in a time bond manner.
It is worth remembering that the 33 lakh civilian employees of the central government have already begun to get their new enhanced salaries under 7th Pay Commission with effect August 2016 this year that also include arrears with effect 1 Jan this year.

14 comments:

  1. Was Chanakya correct when he said, "Elephant gets controlled with restrain, horse gets controlled with whip, any animal with horns can be controlled with stick and
    and wicked people can be controlled by sword."

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  2. Committee after committee, a commission after commission ! As the governments have never been sincere and graceful to implement recommendations of the earlier committees, such new exercises may only delay and muddy the atmosphere more. Koshiyari committee recommendations are a case in point.Our political leadership has never been honest and farsighted to implement wide mouth promises made at election times.
    Sooner or later, during the current generation or the next, history will repeat itself -- the wronged persons, driven to the wall have taken unexpected steps to enforce their rights.

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    1. Not only delaying, imagine how much of money they are spending on this committes,r UN's into hundreds of crores

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  3. The bureaucrats got high hopes to make India a Super Power with the police forces as dreamt by Jawaharlal Nehru.

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  4. Who bothers. Soldiers are captive audience. Politicians are one and same. They serve their aspirations..they want power...some times absolute power.

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  5. Dear sir,
    How many Anomalies belong to the PBOR’s in so called 82 Anomalies in the 7th CPC award ? Officers are fighting only for NFU, Eqv for IAS/IPS and CAPF nothing for PBOR’s. All the anomalies for the PBOR’s to be published in National news papers /TV / Face book on the Govt Page. PBOR’s must be cautious about misinformation by some officers. They want to use PBOR’s for power demo to the Govt .
    In the past common effort for OROP carried out at Jantar Mantar. Lt Col to Maj Gen get more than 8000.00 per month and JCO’s get Rs 190 – 300.00 only .
    PBOR’s must go separately to the GOI for their demands.

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    1. Yes you must. Get it from Modi .....in fact in stead of criticising and abusing officers here and taking out your frustrations of life...take a jhandda and go...meet modi and also tell him that officers are not required in fauz. Do that.........

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  6. PBOR's have nothing to lost in 7th cpc ,the officers fighting only for them . PBOR's already lost OROP as desired by officers.

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    1. Sir,
      Wonder what is OROP? Is it what koshiyari committee said? I don't know. To me I was a soldier n all working with me were soldiers, yes we all had different positions but single goal. Live happily as long as we can and share life as best as we can. Please

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  7. Punjab ex servicemen has shown extra interest in going politics since LS election and making such attempt to defame the govt.this is the main reason of diluting orop of pbor and the are continue doing so.

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  8. The Govt is unlikely to do anything , it needs the babus for hiding their corruption and will always remain obliged to them.People like AJ hardly can be trusted to do anything, we need patriotic FM,like Subramanyam Swamy.AJ,is making Faujis feel like beggars whereas it is only our entitlements being corruptly usurped.We are being hit from both sides,Pak delivering death blows and our FM closing the oxygen (financial) tap, by giving away our entitlements to the corrupt babus. We take the risk and they are given the risk allowance.What justice ,which is another joke when a judge as head 7PC can actually start falsifying facts to hurt the forces on AJs behest for sure.People with 56 inch ka seena have no time for forces and the DM is ineffective, whatever he says will be done or rectified-will ACTUALLY NEVER GET DONE.Why this respectable man agrees to telling lies to keep problems under wraps temporarily.God save this nation where every pillar is rotten and corrupt and they are united in punishing the only bankable pillar,the Def Forces.

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  9. Yes. These officers also filling their quota first and least to bother that the men behind them. All Officers please be remind Gen Chetwode's script and your pledge.....

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  10. While the officers should always do the best they can for their subordinates, is always desirable and i would hasten to add that commitment of officers to this cause is unparalleled at least in this world.Are our all ranks better than corresponding ranks in other organisations,say Delhi Police, BSF etc etc,is more pertinent and rational way to look at things, Every one knows that some politicians, to divide the forces created this wedge particularly to kill the ESM movement.Every one, generally is aware who were these politicians who have tried to strain this relationship where total trust and loyalty are starting points,how can they go to war together-if this is not stopped,IT Could have adverse ramifications in the long run. PM should act fast and tell his lot not to promote this any further,hope he will have time for this as also move quickly to make payments to the forces after correcting biased 7th PC.The services should ensure countrymen sleep first and well and secure but the nation should ensure the services get paid first and correctly and none should usurp their entitlements may be time has also come to cut to size the self serving IAS.

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