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.