- Shri Arun Jaitely,
"....In the first year only a token amount is spent....In the revised estimates it can go somewhere else...This isn't the value of the whole scheme...."
Finance-cum-Defence Minister to the Times of India
report on 15 Jun 14 in Bangalore edition.
My suggestions: -
First, Service HQ (Chairman CoSC & COAS) must write to Defence Minister for a solution of the remaining two issues in the UoI Vs. Lt Col N K Nair & Ors case (I.A. No. 9 of 2010 in TP (C) No. 56 of 2007) - (1) whether and where there 4th CPC recommended a Minimum Pay for Each Rank and also (2) in light of then Ld Solicitor General (now a judge of Hon'ble Supreme Court)'s opinion of 17 Oct 2012, whether the top of the integrated pay scale should be increased by the quantum of the Rank Pay of Brig i.e. Rs 1200.
This is necessary because it will impact on the re-fixation for 5th CPC and for 6th CPC for which MoD has sent a DGL again on 4 Jun 14 vide file No. 34(10)/2013-D(Pay/Services) as indicated in reply to RTI reference No. 35(1)/2013/D(Pay/Services) dated 4 Jul 14.
Second, the Service HQ (Chairman CoSC & COAS) must write to Defence Minister to order the CGDA to convene the Joint Working Committee forthwith and hold day-to-day meetings (similar to the day-to-day hearings in courts) till the modalities are worked out and placed for decision by Defence Minister. Anything else will be as with the UPA Govt's MoD - no/slow decision making.
Third, Rank Pay addition must be factored in for the calculations of revised Basic Pay + Rank Pay for those retired in 5th CPC tenure so that their pension re-fixation corrected.
For those who are serving/ continued to serve in 6th CPC, their pay in the pay band must be revised, and consequential changes in Grade pay, if any, be incorporated to arrive at total emoluments.
Fourth, after following the above steps, now that the correct Pay in the pay Band and Grade Pay, if applicable has been arrived at, the pension should be determined as on 31.3.2014 for payment of OROP with arrears from 1.4.2014.