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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Armed forces again demand resolution of pay 'anomalies' with 7th Pay Commission

The armed forces want at least five "core anomalies" in their salary structures to be resolved to establish the "correct baseline" for recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), whose term has now been extended till December 31 by the government.

While the heat and dust over one rank, one 
pension (OROP) is yet to settle, with a section of veterans rejecting the "diluted" version announced by the government on September 5, the serving personnel have their own deep-seated grouse over their eroding "status, parity and equivalence" as compared to their civilian counterparts.

The armed forces top brass have made several representations to the government, including the defence and finance ministries, on the core anomalies over the last one year. But have received no assurance till now. With the 7th CPC's term being extended by four months, they are now making a last-ditch attempt to get the anomalies rectified.

One of the main demands is the grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) for officers denied promotions due to the lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces. "IFS and IPS officers, as also those from organized Group A civil services, now get NFU after the 6th CPC like IAS officers. But the armed forces have been kept out of it," said a 
senior officer.

"This adversely impacts the morale of serving military officers. It also creates command, control and functional problems because even organizations that work closely with the military like DRDO, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineer Service and the like get NFU," he added.

Another demand is the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police. "As of now, only 33% of Lt-Gens are in the HAG+ scale. The status of all Lt-Gens with that of DGPs must be restored," he added.

The other anomalies deal with the grant of "uniform grade pay" and proper "initial pay fixation" of Lt-Colonels, Colonels and Brigadiers. There is also the need for all JCOs (junior commissioned officers) and soldiers to get "common pay scales", in the backdrop of the ones recruited before January 2006 not getting them.

"Successive CPCs have given a raw deal to the armed forces compared to the bureaucracy. Virtually all IAS and IFS officers, for instance, reach the apex pay scale before their retirement due to NFU. They, therefore, get OROP through the backdoor. It's high time the historical and traditional parity was restored," said another officer.

The civilian bureaucracy, however, is not impressed. It feels the armed forces keep on making "more and more demands" when they already get a lot of privileges from free rations to hugely-subsidized canteens. "Military officers and jawans already get 'military service pay' for their tougher working conditions. The demand for NFU is unrealistic," said a senior bureaucrat.
Source:-The Economic Times

1 comment:

  1. Told number of times we got rank pay 1986/1996 through SC. But 2006 rank
    pay was projected on 1986 lines. So lost it. The MoD letter of 1996 has
    denied Rank Pay saying MSP has been given in lieu. This is totally absurd &
    wrong. 6th CPC stated from 1/1/2006 while MSP started from Sep 2008 which
    is for military hardships.
    Rank Pay has been cooly eaten away by Babu's .which is totally wrong. Told
    number of times to Forces take up case.But they have not bothered.
    Now only way is to take up case of rank pay 1/1/2006 with SC on basis of
    wrong action in MoD letter of rank pay 1996 sanction.
    Similarly OROP SC has directed in Feb 2015 to pay in 4 months.It is now
    clear cut case of contempt of SC. A contempt petition will make through
    OROP in a dignified manner without any dilution.
    Col Lamba