Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Resolve disparity say Service Chiefs

Raising fresh objections to the Sixth Pay panel notification after the Cabinet cleared it on August 14, the three chiefs of the Armed Forces, in an unprecedented move, have written to Defence Minister A K Antony that implementation for officer ranks be “held in abeyance” until their objections are addressed.

Earlier, they had raised two broad objections : higher salary for Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs) and parity with civil servants for officer ranks. While thanking the government for hiking salaries of PBORs, they claim the disparity has only increased between service officers and their civil service counterparts.

Their objections:
  • Disparity in Pay Bands : The chiefs claim the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) moved the Director rank into Pay Band 4 but retained Lt. Col and its equivalent in other services in Pay Band 3. Earlier, they claim, a Lt. Col got the same pay as an IAS Director and Rs 800 more than a non-IAS Director. Now he gets Rs 14000 less than an IAS director and Rs 11000 less than a non-IAS director.
  • Disparity in Grade Pay : The CoS agreed to their demand to an increase in grade pay across middle-rank officers but also increased the grade pay of civil servants, thereby retaining disparity, the chiefs say. For example, he Pay Commission recommended Rs 6600 for a civil servant equivalent to a Major who was to get Rs 6100. After review, a Major will now get Rs 6600 but his equivalent in the civil service will get Rs 7600.
  • Restricting elite list : The new category of HAG-plus (Higher Administrative Grade) includes all DGs and DGPs but only Army Commanders and their equivalents in other services, the chiefs complain. Their demand: all Lt. Gen officers be included in this category. The Defence Ministry is said to have conveyed that the objections are being looked into and a response will be given soon.

(Indian Express 02/09/08 Delhi edition)

25 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Lt Cols in the Army are the ones who would have maximum interaction with their paramilitary / police counterparts in the counter insurgency operatios.Therefore tilting the seniority equivalance to any ones favour would give rise to an atmospehere that would affect the jointman ship.In the present case after 5th pay commission Lt Cols were in the scale of 15100-400-18700.Their civil counterparts , namely S 24 and S 25 scales were 14300-400-18300 and 15100-400-18300 respectively which were lower than the Lt Cols scale.After 6th pay commission implementation S 24 and S 25 scales of civil have been placed in the pay band 4 whereas the Lt Cols are placed in pay band 3 and also with a lower relative grade pay.This disparity has in turn affected the higher ranks in army as the base of pay scale of Lt Cols has been lowered vis-a-vis their civil counterparts.This will be totally unacceptable.

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  2. Anonymous6:46 PM

    Excellent is the word for such moves. Don't except non sense from pay commission.Moreover the addressal of PF contribution of equivalent amount by Govt should be done atleast for armed forces which private sector is already enjoying including they are enjoying pensionary benfits too which many are not aware of.So let them not fool Def forces and give them dues as should be to a soldier.
    Maj Amit Selve.

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  3. When there are floods in Bihar or communal flare up in J & K, the whole nation looks upto the Defence forces and not the IAS and other para - military forces. Why then a step - motherly approach when it comes to paying them right ?

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  4. Rahul8:15 PM

    I fully agree with the views expressed by Service Ciefs, but Army hardly contributes in votes especially Officers, Govt would be most happy to delay the issue endlessly thereby causing more loss to Service Officers. IAS will never yield to Services and Army will be loosers in the end. What about MSP will it be valid only from the date the matter is resolved?

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  5. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I think all of us has misunderstood the sixth Pay comission rules regarding downgrading of Lt colonels. If you read the Published Gazette it has a Note
    "Grade pay will determine seniority of post only within a cadres hierarchy and not between various cadres "

    so it is quite clear that we cannot compare a Lt colonel from to Army to a Director in civil/IAS.therefor there is no problem in assuming that Lt colonel is senior to all. as far as total emolument are concerned we have an extra amount of 6000/- p.m.and lots of free stuffs which they are not getting .

    therefore we should not be bothered about these petty issues.Comission has done a great job Cheers to all !!

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  6. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Serious Disparity (anomaly) introduced in Group A 6PC formulae by the Committee of Secretaries. (Sample)
    6PC itself was an anomaly, Now CoS adds to the worries of GOI offiecrs
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    5 th Pay Commision | 6 th pay commission
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    Old BP DP DA HRA CCA Gross % Raise PB Pay Actual Actual Grade Revised DA HRA Gross % Raise Amount % Raise
    OldPay over imm. @1.86 PB Pay % hike Pay BP New over Imm. Raise ovr in 6PC
    Lower on PBP Pay Lower Imm.Low over
    Grade Grade Grade 5PC
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1. 8000 4000 5640 3600 300 21540 14880 15600 95.00% 5400 21000 3370 6300 30673 42%
    2. 10000 5000 7050 4500 300 26850 25% 18600 18600 86.00% 6600 25200 4040 7560 36802 20% 6129 37%
    3. 12000 6000 8460 5400 300 32160 20% 22320 22320 86.00% 7600 29920 4790 8976 43688 19% 6886 36%
    4. 14300 7150 10082 6435 300 38267 19% 26598 37400 161.54% 8700 46101 7380 13830 67314 54% 23626 76%
    5. 16400 8200 11562 7380 300 43842 15% 30504 39690 142.01% 8900 48591 7780 14577 70950 5% 3636 62%
    6. 18400 9200 12972 8280 300 49152 12% 34224 44700 142.93% 10000 54701 8760 16410 79873 13% 8923 63%
    7. 22400 11200 15792 10080 300 59772 22% 41664 51850 131.47% 12000 63851 10220 19155 93228 17% 13355 56%
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Category 4 - has Exorbitant Hike- Jackpot Collars in GOI. They have at least 76% bonanza
    Category 1,2,3 - Pathetically low raise in 6PC above 5 PC. Committee of Secretaries forgot from where they started.

    Category 1,2,3,5,6,7 has to be revised by the government and uniform % difference should be maintained.

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  7. Anonymous10:10 PM

    what is the logic for giving 2 months 20 days leave to army officers posted to civilian organization when their civilian counterparts are only entitled 1 month 8 days Any body asking for accountability

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  8. Anonymous1:00 AM

    the logic is a civilian will never leave his home station and 200km radius throughout his life and will not be available beyond office hours, will take shelter of 5000 odd days acumulated so an army officer takes 2 months and 20 days start working you too shall get it surrender beyond 300 days

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  9. Anonymous5:46 AM

    Question raised by the service chiefs is plain and simple .How the implementation of the pay commission can alter the existing structure of seniority at various levels of services vis-a-vis their civil counterparts .This kind of imbalance needs to be removed otherwise it can only create chaos

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  10. as per ET .Lt. Col is Equv. to DS .

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  11. Why are you joining Army.Everybody knows before joining army about there service condition .You are recruited for the to defend nation not for enjoying free ration .Nobody have said that jawan are getting only 2000 MSP wheras officer is getting 6000 sitting in AC office .

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  12. Anonymous3:15 PM

    There is dispartiy in PB3 and PB4
    In all scales 1.86 increase has been given but in PB4 2.62 increase has been given. Which is not justified. Everyone should be equally compensated in the 6th PC.
    Why so ?????
    There is a great gap between PB3 and PB4 Govt. Should come up with intermediate payband in PB3 and PB4.

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  13. Anonymous9:38 PM

    Very unfortunate that army officer does not know that civilian officer has to move through out India.It appears comment has been made keeping only class C and D civilian employee who are posted within command

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  14. Anonymous9:39 PM

    there are so many depts where one reaches the Dir scale only after 22 year service .Do u know? Army knows very well that service.Army never sympathies with them rather they support that Army corps to jeopardize the career prospects of civilian officers.And for ur info Army Col is posted to MES as CWE the post tenable by Civilian Director of All India Service. Army hq has been posting MAJ/LT COL as GE the post tenable by Dy Dir/Jt Dir of All India Service .So telling by armed forces that Lt Col was earliar at par with Dir is misleading and part of high pressure misinformation campaign. And in this highly charged atmosphere they have forgotten /not highlighting the gain they make in form of various allowances

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  15. Anonymous10:48 PM

    There is a glaring dispartiy between PB3 and PB4. JAG Ordinary Grade is kept in PB3, where as JAG SG(non functional) is kept in PB4. The difference in gross emoluments is about Rs 20,000.
    In all scales the factor of multiplication is given as 1.86 but in PB4 the factor of 2.62 and above has been given, which is totally unjustified. Everyone should be equally compensated in the 6th PC.
    Why the disparity and injustice to some catogories of employees?
    There is a great gap between PB3 and PB4. Govt should immediately rectify this by introducing an intermediate payband between PB3 and PB4 or by increasing PB3 to 25600 - 49100 covering middle level officers(Dy Secretary/Director/DIG). The entry scale for Group A officers is also very low compared to the Senior scales, which will discourage young officers from joing the civil or military service.

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  16. Anonymous10:55 PM

    The rate of increase in various pay bands is grossly different. The increase for PB4 is the highest at 76%, where as the rate of increase is 42%, 37% and 36%(the least) for PB1, PB2 and PB3 respectively. It is totally unjustified and should be rectified immediately.

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  17. Anonymous11:02 PM

    If the Lt Colonels are placed in PB4 and Dy Secretaries are kept in the PB3, it will lead to gross injustice to Civil servants. The Pay Bands recommended by the 6th Pay Commission have created injustice and inequalities among the civil servants and also among the military officers. The government should create an intermediate Pay Band between PB3 and PB4 in the range of 25000 - 50000.

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  18. NO INCREASE IN PAY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ARMED FORCES.THEY SHOULD ONLY BE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO FORM ASSOCIATION,GO ON STRIKE AND LEAVE THE JOB ANYTIME THEY WANT FOR A BETTER JOB.THIS WAY GOVT SAVES LOT OF MONEY,WILL HAVE GOOD RELATIONS WITH FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD(AS THEY SHALL BE SITTING IN SOUTH BLOCK) AND IT WILL BE RID OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL WHO WANT TO PUT UNNECCESSARY FIN BURDEN ON THIS POOR GOVT WHO CAN ONLY PLEASE THOSE WHO FORM VOTE BANK.

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  19. Where is the problem in case a police or a paramilitary officer becomes higher in rank to def offr.at the time of war let them fight the battle and lets all relax in our sweet homes.lets not get senti about it.let those getting more money work more and earn their salaries in a better manner.let Lt Cols relax and do less work as comensurate to the money they get.No taking on "addl responsibilities" of 2-3 offrs and trying to makeup for the shortfall.

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  20. A peon who takes "chai-paani" to move a file will get more than a soldier who is expected to die for unknown and ungrateful people.WHAT A TRAGEDY? Wake up FM sahab.

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  21. Anonymous6:22 PM

    It is unfortunate that the service chiefs have gone to the extent of telling utter lies that the 6th pay commission has downgraded the rank of the LtCol vis a vis Civilian officers. The Lt Col is always till now has been equated with JAG/JointDirector/ Scientist-D who are in the pay scale of 12000-16500. The 6th pay commission has not made any anomaly. There is clear cut letter of MOD that the rank pay should not be taken for determining the status. Further in 5th PC the Brigadiar's Basic Pay is 16700/= the Rank Pay is 2400 thus adding both the Brigadiar's basic pay is 19100/- whereas the Major General gets only the Basic pay 18400 and no Rank pay. Therefore the services should claim the Brigadiar as Senior officer than Major General since argument is based who draws more i.e the Lt Col's pay (13500+1600=5100) the Director's pay (14300/)based on the basic pay. The services should correct this anomaly before claiming status equalent with civilian counterparts. Therefore it is requested that the service cheiefs should refrain from making such false claims.

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  22. REMOVAL OF DISPARITIES OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL
    1. It is submitted that the defense services officers of all the three services have been scandalously, shamefully and outrageously desecrated, disgraced, dishonored, besmirched and degraded as can be seen from the notification of 6th pay commission report. The public opinion is that this is the first time, when the defense persons have been treated so poorly. This fact can be seen from the past records of earlier pay commission reports. Therein, you will find that the Defense Services officers were given better pay, and allowances than all the Civil Services and Para Military Forces officers. Rather, this is the first time, when Civil Services, Para Military Forces officers and many others holding equivalent and/or even lower posts than their counter parts in defense services, formers are given higher pay and allowance/Grade Pay.
    2. It is needless to emphasize that the financial benefit to the defense officers definitely has to be kept in mind. This is emphatically important considering their service conditions and low retirement age. However, their prestige, dignity and honor is rather that of more importance for them, which must not be destroyed, degraded and tarnished as has been done in the notified 6th Pay Commission Report. This statement is evident from the fact the seniority and status of all the Govt. employees will be determined by the Grade Pay of all the officials in accordance with the 6th pay commission report.
    3. Nevertheless, the three Chiefs of Defense Services have pointed out the degradation with vivid disparities in the Gde. Pay of some of the defense officers of the rank of Lt. Cols., Lt. Gens. and equivalent ranks of all three services, which will have adverse effects during the joint operations.
    4. With due apology, I wish to mention that in addition to the above, there are still number of more grave and worst disparities in the cases of officers of the ranks of Majors, captains and Lieutenants, and equivalent ranks of all three services as well as trainees of these services.
    5. You may kindly see that the pre-revised scales of pay of civil services officers falling in S-21, S-22, and S-23 were much less then the pay scale of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services. Irrespective of this fact; in accordance with the 6th pa commission report notifications, the Civilian Officers of the categories mentioned ibid are given the Grade Pay of Rs. 7600/-, where as all officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services have been given the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- only.
    6. In addition, the Chief Nursing Officers of Para Military Services, the Principals of schools, Education Officers, Assistant Directors and Managers, whose pre-revised scales were 10000-15200; all of them have now been given the Grade Pay of Rs. 7600/-, whereas, the officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services, earlier drawing much higher pay scale than them, have been given the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- only.
    7. The degradation of Defense Services Officers does not end here itself. If you peruse the VI CPC report and notifications thereto, you will see, that the ‘Vice Principal Grade I’ and Post Graduate Teacher Grade I of schools whose pre-revised scale was 8000-13200 are now given the Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/-, but in the case of the officers of the rank of Captains and equivalent ranks of all three services, whose pre-revised pay was much higher than the officials mentioned above are given Grade Pay of 6100/- only. Likewise, the pre-revised pay scale of the officers of the rank of Lieutenants and equivalent ranks of all three services was starting from Rs 8250/ which is more than the officials mentioned ibid, their Grade Pay is given just Rs. 5400/- only.
    8. It is very emphatically and forcefully verbalized that all the Pay Bands and Grade pay given to the Defense Officers should be made applicable to them after rendering the same period of service as that is applicable to the IAS Officers and Para Military Officers. There must not be any discrimination in this regard.
    9. Further, it may be seen that any officers or officials of Central or State Govt. join any service in any post, they start getting their full pay and allowances from the day they join the service. Rather, they are paid their full pay and allowances during their training period, irrespective of duration of their training. In the cases Officers and PBOR of Defense services, they are paid just stipend during the period of their initial training. Such a big discrimination and injustice must not be done to the defense services personnel alone.
    10. The 6th Pay Commission and the Govt. has very kindly recommended and accepted the prolonged and long standing/awaited demand of Military Service Pay (‘MSP’) of defense personnel. But, it is highly unjustified as to why the MSP should not be applicable w. e. f. the day the 6th pay commission is effective. Were the soldiers not the part of defense forces and/or they have not been performing their duties since 1 Jan 2006? If they are legitimate part of defense forces and have been performing their duties since 1 Jan 2006 and the 6th Pay commission is since effective from 1 Jan 2006, the MSP must be given to them w.e.f that very date and the arrears whatever due should be paid accordingly.
    11. Further, Military Service Pay is since the Pay, it is highly illogical not to consider it to calculate dearness allowance and increments on this pay. It may be noted that the Central Govt. has agreed to pay dearness allowance on the Transport Allowance. It is surprising to note that when the tpt. allowance is an allowance and not the pay, the dearness allowance is permitted on it, but the MSP is the Pay, yet, it is not considered for the purpose. Hence, the Govt. must reconsider its decision to pay dearness allowance on MSP as well as, it must be included to calculate increments w.e.f. 01 Jan 2006 please.
    12. In view of the foregoing, an earnest appeal is made to the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Finance Minister and all other authorities to do justice to the Defense Officers and PBOR of all the three services to look into the matter judiciously, restore their status and dignity and give them their due as suggested below:-
    (a). In the cases of Lt. Generals, Lt. Colonels and PBOR, as taken up by the Chiefs of three Defense Services.
    (b). In the case of the officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 7600/- be given.
    (c). In the case of the officers of the rank of Captains and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- be given.
    (d). In the case of the officers of the rank of Lieutenants and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 6100/- be given.
    (e). Give full pay, allowances and Grade Pay to all the Officers and PBOR of Defense services during the period of their initial training as is being done in the case of other Central and State Govt. Officials.
    (f). It is very emphatically and forcefully verbalized that all the Pay Bands and Grade pay given to the Defense Officers should be made applicable to them after rendering the same period of service as that is applicable to the IAS Officers and Para Military Officers. There must not be any discrimination in this regard.
    13. If suggestions recommendations above are accepted, it is assured that it will have great impact to raise the morale of Defense Services Personnel and attract desired, rather better talents to join Military Services, thus huge vacancies of officers existing since long will be made up. This will prove to be in the best interest of the nation and national security.
    Thanks.
    Yours truly,
    Jassu

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  23. With additional comments.
    REMOVAL OF DISPARITIES OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL.
    1. It may be noted that the defense services persons, while putting across their grievances while quoting pay parities, they never mean any thing against the IAS officers, Para Military Services officers or any one else. Rather, they are happy to note that all these officers have been given their legitimate due for which they are fully satisfied.
    2. It is needless to emphasize that the financial benefits to the defense persons definitely have to be kept in mind. This is emphatically important considering their service conditions and low retirement age. However, may they be officers or PBOR, their prestige, dignity and honor is rather that of more importance, which must not be compromised, destroyed, degraded and tarnished as has been done in the notified 6th Pay Commission Report. This statement is evident from the fact that the seniority and status of all the Govt. employees will be determined by the Grade Pay of all the officials in accordance with the 6th pay commission report.
    3. Nevertheless, the three Chiefs of Defense Services have pointed out the Pay Parities with vivid disparities in the Gde. Pay of some of the defense officers of the rank of Lt. Cols., Lt. Gens. and equivalent ranks of all three services, especially in comparison to IAS Officers and Para Military Officers. It has been categorically pointed out by the three Chiefs of Defense Services, the proposed pay parities will have adverse effects during the joint operations.
    4. With due apology, this is to point out that in addition to the above disparities, there are still number of more grave disparities in the cases of officers of the ranks of Majors, captains and Lieutenants, and equivalent ranks of all three services as well as trainees of these services.
    5. You may kindly see that the pre-revised scales of pay of civil services officers falling in S-21, S-22, and S-23 and equivalent posts of officers of Para Military Forces were much less then the pay scale of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services. Irrespective of this fact; in accordance with the 6th pa commission report notifications, the Civilian Officers of the categories mentioned ibid are given the Grade Pay of Rs. 7600/-, where as all officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services have been given the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- only. Further, the Chief Nursing Officers of Para Military Services, the Principals of schools, Education Officers, Assistant Directors and Managers, whose pre-revised scales were 10000-15200; all of them have now been given the Grade Pay of Rs. 7600/-, whereas, the officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services, earlier drawing much higher pay scale than them, have been given the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- only.
    6. The degradation of Defense Services Officers does not end here itself. If you peruse the VI CPC report and notifications thereto. You will see that the ‘Vice Principal Grade I’ and Post Graduate Teacher Grade I of schools whose pre-revised scale was 8000-13200 are now given the Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/-, but in the case of the officers of the rank of Captains and equivalent ranks of all three services, whose pre-revised pay was much higher than the officials mentioned above are given Grade Pay of 6100/- only. Likewise, the pre-revised pay scale of the officers of the rank of Lieutenants and equivalent ranks of all three services was starting from Rs 8250/ which is more than the officials mentioned ibid, their Grade Pay is given just Rs. 5400/- only.
    7. It is emphatically and forcefully verbalized that all the Pay Bands and Grade pay given to the Defense Officers should be made applicable to them after rendering the same period of service as that is applicable to the IAS Officers and Para Military Officers. There must not be any discrimination in this regard.
    8. Further, it may be seen that when any officers or officials of Central or State Govt. join any service in any post, they start getting their full pay and allowances from the day they join the service. Their entire service is counted for increments, promotions and retirement from the first very day. They are paid their full pay and allowances and all other benefits of service during their training period, irrespective of duration of their training. Contrary to this, the Officers and PBOR of Defense services are paid just stipend only during the period of their initial training. Also, this period is not counted for giving increments, promotions and retirement. Such a big discrimination and injustice must not be done to the defense services personnel alone.
    9. The 6th Pay Commission and the Govt. has very kindly recommended and accepted the prolonged and long standing/awaited demand of Military Service Pay (‘MSP’) of defense personnel. But, it is highly unjustified as to why the MSP should not be applicable w. e. f. the day, the 6th pay commission is effective. Were the soldiers not the part of defense forces and/or they have not been performing their duties from 1 Jan 2006 onward? If they are legitimate part of defense forces and have been performing their duties since 1 Jan 2006 and the 6th Pay commission is since effective from 1 Jan 2006, the MSP must be given to them w.e.f that very date and the arrears whatever may be due, should be paid accordingly.
    10. Further, Military Service Pay is since the Pay, it is highly illogical not to consider it to calculate dearness allowance and increments on this pay. It may be noted that the Central Govt. has agreed to pay dearness allowance on the Transport Allowance. It is surprising to note that when the tpt. allowance is an allowance and not the pay, the dearness allowance is permitted on it, but the MSP is the Pay, yet, it is not considered for the purpose. Hence, the Govt. must reconsider its decision to pay dearness allowance on MSP as well as, it must be included to calculate increments w.e.f. 01 Jan 2006 please.
    11. One Rank One-Pension issue has been long outstanding. This matter is most judicious and deserving since the service personnel including officers retire at a very early age and none of them finds any avenues for discharging their entire responsibilities and living after their retirement. They are totally dependent on their pension only.
    12. At the time of implementation of pay commission report, there occurs a big disparity in the pension of present and previously retired ex-service persons retired from the same rank. The pension of presently retired person is fixed based on 50% of last 10 months average pay after rendering total period of service by him. In the case of persons retired before the implementation of pay commission report, their pension is re-fixed based on minimum of the new pay scale of the rank/post from which they retired, irrespective of any amount of period of service they had rendered before their retirement. The entire period of service they rendered before their retirement is completely ignored. Consequently, there becomes a wide gap of eligibility of pension between the present/future and previously retired persons, though in both cases, they retired or will retire from the same rank. This is absolutely in contravention to the Apex Court’s recent decision. Considering this fact as well as Apex court judgement, the authorities must bear in mind the rank and period of rendered service while re-fixing the pension of all persons who retired before implementation of pay commission report. In accordance with this analogy, the authorities must consider the pensionable pay of a serving person after the period of service that was rendered by a retired person for re-fixing his pension on implementation of any pay commission report. If pension is ever re-fixed against this principle, it will be contrary to the Apex Court judgement.
    13. Previously, the defense service officers, who could not get selection grade rank of Lt. Col and equivalents rank; they used to get this rank after rendering 21 years of service. Such officers were denied rank pay of Lt. Col and their pension was fixed without including the rank pay of this rank. It is of utmost importance to note that presently, all officers of defense services attain the rank of time scale Lt. Col after rendering 13 years of service, and they are entitled full pension, considering their basic pay and rank pay. Further, after implementation of sixth pay commission report, they will get their full pension after including running pay of applicable “band pay, grade pay and MSP’. The previously retired officers since attain the rank in question after 21 years and present ones, get this rank after 13 years, there must not be any discrimination in the past and present officers of the rank of Lt. Col. while fixing/re-fixing the pension in either case.
    14. The present minimum service required for officers to be eligible for pension is 20 years. The short service commissioned officers, who are asked to leave service after 10/14 years, are not eligible for pension. The pension for such officers should be considered, though it may not be full pension as is applicable for the officers who retire after rendering 20 years or more service. It can be commensurately less in comparison to minimum 20 years requirement. However, such short commissioned officers, who voluntarily seek retirement after stipulated period or before 20 years may not be considered for this purpose.
    15. In view of the foregoing, a most sincere and earnest appeal is made to the Prime Minister, External Affairs minister, who is the Chairman of special review committee for the purpose, Defense Minister, Finance Minister and all other authorities to do justice to the Defense Officers and PBOR of all three services to look into the matter judiciously, restore their status and dignity and give them their due as suggested below:-
    (a). In the cases of Lt. Generals, Lt. Colonels and PBOR, as taken up by the Chiefs of three Defense Services.
    (b). In the case of the officers of the rank of Majors and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 7600/- be given.
    (c). In the case of the officers of the rank of Captains and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/- be given.
    (d). In the case of the officers of the rank of Lieutenants and equivalent ranks of all three services, the Grade pay of Rs. 6100/- be given.
    (e). Give full pay, allowances and Grade Pay to all the Officers and PBOR of Defense services during the period of their initial training as is being done in the case of other Central and State Govt. Officials.
    (f). The Pay Bands and Grade pay given to the Defense Officers should be made applicable after rendering the same period of service as that is applicable to the IAS Officers and Para Military Officers. There must not be any discrimination in this regard.
    (g). In accordance with Hon’ able Apex Court’s recent decision; the Govt. must bear in mind to ensure to fix the pension of officers previously retired or retiring hereafter in the same rank of Lt Col. may it be time scale or previous selection grade or any other same rank without any discrimination.
    (h). The short service commissioned officers, who are asked to leave service after rendering 10/14 service years, be made eligible for pension, which may be commensurately less in comparison to 20 years.
    (i). Considering the fact explained at Para 12 above as well as recent Apex Court judgement, the authorities must bear in mind the rank and period of rendered service while re-fixing the pension of all persons who retired before implementation of pay commission report. In accordance with this analogy, the authorities must consider total pensionable pay of a serving person after the period of service that was rendered by a retired person for re-fixing every retired person’s pension on implementation of any pay commission report.
    17. If suggestions above are accepted, it is assured that it will have great impact to raise the morale of Defense Services Personnel and attract desired, rather better talents to join Military Services, thus huge vacancies of officers, existing since long, will be made up. This will prove to be in the best interest of the nation and national security.
    Thanks.
    Yours truly,
    Jassu

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  24. n kailai nathan9:05 AM

    I saw the comments of certain intellectuals regarding free ration, accn, subsidized CSD items etc and also claiming that we volunteered to die for the Nation. The one who is physically, mentally fit is selected after a tough competition to join the Forces. They are brave and ready to sacrifice their life for the Nation. The one who speaks bad of them is a coward of the highest order. We fought the wars and still fighting in the Borders without a meal, with out water and not bathing for days together; not knowing when a bullet will take our lives or make us permanently handicapped. Sun, rain, snow and enemy's bullet do not deter us. We in UNIFORM are better than any civilian and we deserve what we have asked as the minimum respect and remuneration. 98% of us enjoy only the hot sun, the cold snow and a tent to live, thousands of miles away from home and not AC. The comments by those intellectual deserve no consideration and deserves to be condemned.
    Col (Retd) N Kailai Nathan

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  25. Anonymous9:51 PM

    it is very sad to read the comments of some people who think that the armed forces are having a ball and are wasting the govt money.Infact let us ask the same people of any army in the world which gives back to the govt any form of financial asst.we are here not to be part to politics but to protect our motherland at any fin cost reqd to train our soldiers.
    no one has ever passed his school exams without wasting huge amt of paper practising his sums...therefore what we ask for is not much in return for a nation which can spend millions in election every 6 months.

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