Sunday, June 9, 2013

Armed Forces Pay Parity : Minister's intervention asked

 IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne has sought the Defence Minister's intervention to ensure proper implementation of a Supreme Court order asking the Centre to re-fix pay-scales of Armed Forces officers affected by the Fourth Pay Commission. 

The IAF chief, who is the Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee, has written two letters to Defence Minister A K Antony between January and May this year suggesting that the SC order of September last was being implemented selectively by the Ministry. 

In the letters, it is learnt that the IAF chief has told the Government that the feeling among the Service officers was that the delay in implementing the Supreme Court order may be intentional. 

Browne is also learnt to have told the Minister that the matter of implementing the order could be resolved in the Ministry itself and the forces were being "unnecessarily" taken to the courts. 

The particular order of the Supreme Court was expected to benefit a large number of officers in the three Services in the rank of Captain and Brigadiers who had joined the service between January 1,1986 and January 1,2006, according to the Counsel of Ex-Servicemen. 
Had the order been implemented as the per the interpretation of the Ex-Servicemen, it would have entailed a cost of Rs 1,600 crore to the Government. 

In the Supreme Court, the Ex-Servicemen had contended that there was wrong fixation of rank pay awarded by the fourth pay commission in which the element of rank pay was introduced for all the ranks from Captain to Brigadiers in Army and their equivalent in the Navy and Air Force in addition to pay in the integrated scale. 

However, at the time of fixation, the rank pay was first deducted to arrive at the total emoluments and thereafter added after fixation in the integrated scale. 

This ensured that final fixation of the total pay of the officers became at par with their civilian counterpart.

Source : PTI

3 comments :

Ranbir Lamba said...

KINDLY SEE THE ACTS OF OUR KIND FM 1. STANDARD DEDUCTION TAKEN AWAY: THIS WAS APPLICABLE FOR SIX DECADES ,BUT WAS TAKEN AWAY BY OUR FM . IT IS UNJUST AND UNDEMOCRATIC ACT .IT SHOULD BE RE-INTRODUCED 2. MERGER OF DA ON ATTAINING DA SLAB OF 50 % IT IS DUTY OF FM TO RECTIFY ANOMALY BEFORE IMPLEMENTING BUT HE IS TAKING SHELTER OF IT & SAYING IT CANNOT BE DONE AS IT HAS NOT BEEN RECOMMENDED IN THE 6thCPC REPORT.IT WAS IN 5th CPC, BUT AN OMISSION HAS TAKEN PLACE & NEEDS CORRECTION. DA IS MOTHER OF ALL ALLOWANCES. AS SERVING PERSONALS OTHER ALLOWANCES HAVE BEEN ENHANCED ON BASIS OF DA AT 50% BY 25% THAN HOW CAN YOU FORGET MERGER DA IN PAY/PENSION AS DP.[BABU'S FORGOT TO MENTION & CREATED MESS FOR ALL] 3. ON OTHER HAND BABU'S FORGET TO READ CORRECTLY 6th CPC & CREATED MESS FOR READING OF "SUM OF PAY BAND " & GAVE MINIMUM OF PAY BAND . NOW 13 COURTS INCLUDING SC HAS DIRECTED TO PAY SUM OF [BASIC PAY+GRADE PAY+MSP], NOW HERE FM HAS TAKEN SMARTLY DATE AS 24 SEP 2012 [THE DAY RECTIFIED REPORT AS PER SC] WHERE AS HE SHOULD ACCEPT MISTAKE & PAY AS PER 6th CPC REPORT. WE ARE NOW RUNNING AGAIN IN COURTS FOR IT.
4.BASIC INCOME TAX EXEMPTION TO SENIOR CITIZEN SHOULD BE UP TO 5 LACS: IN FY 2004-05 SR CITIZEN TAX BENEFIT OF RS 20000 AS COMPARED 2005-2006 OTHERS WERE RAISED TO 100000 SR TO 185000 SO ACTUAL RELIEF CAME TO 12000 INSTEAD OF 20000.THERE AFTER REDUCED FURTHER EVERY YEAR NOW DIFFERENCE IS ONLY 5000.THIS YEAR RELIEF INCREASED TO OTHERS BY 20000 AND ZERO TO SENIOR CITIZEN. COMPARISON TO 2004-2005 FOOD INFLATION HAS GONE 5 TIMES & MEDICAL TIMES. HENCE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROVIDE TAX EXEMPTION UPTO 5 LACS 5.NFU STATUS : A.ALL IAS & IPS OFFICER RETIRE IN SUPER TIME SCALE, BUT IN ARMY COL[SELECTION]& BRIG RETIRE IN MUCH LOWER SCALE AND HAVE BEEN DENIED THEIR BASIC FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EQUALITY[IN SPITE OF DIFFICULT WORKING CONDITION IN FAR REMOTE]
B]COL [SELECTION GRADE] SHOULD BE ABOVE SUPER TIME SCALE, SO IS FOR BRIG, BUT IN REALITY IT IS NOT SO. THEY ARE BEING UNDER PAID & DEGRADED PAY & PENSION WITH CLASS IN OFFICER IN CIVIL C.TO ADD FURTHER TO IT A DIG WHO WAS ONE TIME JUNIOR TO Lt COL HAS BEEN MOVED TO BRIG PAY BAND AND COL HAS BECOME JUNIOR TO HIM.DIG RANK [TIME SCALE] IS ACHIEVED IN 14 YEARS, WHERE AS LT COL [TIME SCALE] 11 YEARS % COL [TIME SCALE]IS IN 26 YEARS. WHAT AN INJUSTICE TO COL &WHAT A JOKE WITH COL [TS] & GOD SAVE FATE OF COL [SELECTION] Colonel has been equated with Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG] WHERE AS HE SHOULD BE IN HAG SCALE & SC DIRECTED GOVT TO REVISE PAY/PENSION OF COL/BRIG BUT NI ACTION.D] A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ARMY.BULK OF ARMY OFFICER RETIRES IN COL & BELOW RANK. FOR JUST RS 777/ WHY SLOG FOR LIFE & RISK LIFE.
E]A BIRTH TO COWARD ARMY WILL COME TO LIGHT IF THIS SITUATION PREVAIL]
6.PENSION SHOULD BE 75 PERCENT OF BASIC PAY FOR ARMY; INDIAN ARMY IS ON DESIGN OF BRITISH ARMY. TILL 1955 ARMY PENSION WAS ON SAME LINE. BUT CIVIL BABU'S TOOK IT AWAY. IT SHOULD BE RESTORED AND BE PAID AS PAR WITH BRITISH COUNTER PART OR LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES. INDIAN OFFICER HAS TO FIGHT WAR; YOU CANNOT REPLACE INDIAN OFFICER WITH OFFICER FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. PREVIOUSLY PRINCELY /ELITE FAMILIES USED TO SEND PERSON TO FORCES, NOW CREAMY LAYER IS NOT COMING TO ARMY DUE TO POOR PAY PACKETS & DOWN GRADATION OF ARMY IN INTER-SE-SENIORITY. 7.SUBSEQUENT PAY COMMISSION FIXES PENSION AT MINMUM PENSION IN THE PAY BAND RATHER THAN THE CORRESPONDING PAY BAND/SCALE FROM WHICH THE RETIREE HAS RETIRED.
THERE IS TREMENDOUS LOSS TO PENSIONER & LARGE CHUNK OF MONEY GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE BASIC PRINCIPAL OF EQUALITY IS VIOLATED & PENSIONER IS DENIED HIS BASIC RIGHT OF FULL PENSION WHICH GOVERNMENT HAS SANCTIONED AT TIME OF RETIREMENT. IT IS AGAINST LAW OF LAND.IT HAS CASCADING EFFECT
A] HENCE THE GRADE PAY IS GIVEN AT LOWER RATE,BECAUSE PENSION IS GIVEN AT A LOWER RATE.B]DR/DA IS REDUCED; Once basic pension is lowered, THE DA IS ALSO GIVEN LESS YEAR BY YEAR AS DA IS CORRESPONDING TO LOWER PENSION FIXED.

Anonymous said...

thanks to air chief for raising this parity issue, but i am equally disturbed that our chief is not at all worried about its jawan. Otherwise, he would have raised issues related to implementation of recommendations by Cabinet secretary on Pay panel. Grade pay issue of airmen is a long pending issue which no one is interested to finalise.

Ranbir Lamba said...

A LEADER HAS TO ENSURE
1] NATION INTEREST & WELFARE IS ALWAYS FIRST
2] INTEREST & WELFARE OF TROOPS YOU COMMAND COMES NEXT
3] YOUR OWN COMFORTS & INTEREST COMES ALWAYS LAST & EVERY TIME.

BUT OUR PRESENT BOSSES AT TOP ARE MORE INTERESTED FOR SELF FIRST. A INDICATION OF STARTING OF DOOMS DAY

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