Thursday, June 30, 2016
Military upset as govt stays cold on their demands
The 13-lakh strong armed forces were left largely disappointed on Wednesday with the Cabinet decision to implement the recommendations of the 7th CPC Commission without resolving the “core anomalies“ persistently raised by them.
Senior officers said while the “fine-print“ was yet to be studied, it seemed that their long-standing concerns over their eroding “status, parity and equivalence“ as compared to their civilian counterparts had not been addressed again. “Our experience has been that the anomalies created by each successive CPC to our detriment are referred to committees, which never resolve them, till the next CPC.The cycle seems to be the same this time,“ said an officer.
The government, on its part, has this time drawn up separate pay matrices for civilians, defence personnel and military nursing service. It said “further improvements“ had been approved in the defence pay matrix by enhancing the index of rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier), and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lt-Col), 13 (Col) and 13A (Brigadier), in order to bring parity with their combined armed police forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective levels.
The 7th CPC has downgraded them to the level of CAPFs, when successive pay panels traditionally recognised their parity with the IPS, they said.
Other decisions approved by the Cabinet that impact defence and CAPF personnel included: --Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.