Sunday, September 11, 2016
ARMED FORCES REJECT PAY PANEL : ARMY, NAVY, IAF ;; FIRST RESOLVE 'ANOMALIES' - BY AJAY BANERJEE
New Delhi, Sep 10 (UPDATED -SEP 11, 01:40HRS)
In an embarrassment to the Modi Govt, the Armed Forces have rejected the SALARY & EMOULMENTS recommended by the 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION, pleading that its implementation be put on hold in view of the “unresolved anomalies” that lowered the status of the forces vis-à-vis their counterparts in the police and the civil administration.
The Ministry of Defence had issued the notification on Sep 6 after taking into account a letter by the three services chiefs on the issue of pay parity, among other things.
This notification was exclusively for the forces.
In the past 24 hours, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force have issued separate letters to inform senior commanders and the troops about the decision of the top brass.
The Chiefs of Staff Committee had met on Sep 7 to discuss the issue.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to take a decision on the matter .
Earlier, the notification for enhanced pay for the forces had been held up as the issues raised by the three services were being studied.
The main “anomaly” is that the formula adopted for determining the basic pay for the armed forces is different from the one for other Central Govt employees.
As a result, in each rank the service officers have been awarded lower pay scales.
In March, the MoD had told an empowered panel that the status, pay and allowances of the armed forces be kept above the other “fighting” arms of the Govt.
(SOURCE : THE TRIBUNE)