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Mar 24 2016: The Times of India (Delhi)
Resolve pay anomalies: Def chiefs to Mantri
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
The Army , Navy and IAF chiefs have once aga in expressed concern over the eroding “status, parity and equivalence'' in terms of salaries and allowances of the armed forces vis-à-vis their civilian counterparts, urging the government to resolve the “persisting core anomalies“ before implementing the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
Defence ministry sources said the three chiefs Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Admiral Robin Dhowan and General Dalbir Singh Suhag briefed defence minister Manohar Parrikar in this regard on Tuesday evening. “The chiefs flagged 37 issues, holding eight were critical to the armed forces. The MoD will now prepare a formal note for the empowered committee of secretaries, led by the Cabinet Secretary, which has been constituted to process the recommendations of the 7th CPC,” said a source.
The critical issues, which the chiefs said would adversely impact the armed forces' morale if they were not rectified, include the use of the new pay matrix by the 7th CPC. The forces contend the “discriminatory manner” in which the salaries have been structured by the matrix will lead to lesser pay for military personnel as compared to their civilian counterparts.
The armed forces say the 7th CPC also downgrades them to the level of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). Moreover, while the CAPFs can choose the better option between military risk hardship allowances , this reciprocity has not been extended to the armed forces. They also demanded that the calculation of the disability pension be changed from the existing percentage-based system to the earlier slab-based system.
Another demand is the grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) for officers denied promotions due to lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces. The forces also want the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police.
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