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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Armed forces demand representation on Central Pay Commission for better deal

Armed forces demand representation on Central Pay Commission for better deal: Business Standard

NEW DELHI: Angry with the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by successive Central Pay Commissions (CPCs), which they feel largely pander to the interests of the civil services, the Armed forces have demanded "full representation" on the 7th CPC to address their long-pending pay and pension "anomalies".

Air chief marshal N A K Browne, in his capacity as the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, has written to defence minister A K Antony that the Army, Navy and IAF should get "full representation" on the 7th CPC since its members may not be able to "fully grasp" the "unique challenges" of military service, sources said.

In the letter written on September 13, after consulting Army chief General Bikram Singh and Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi, the IAF chief said Antony should "press for this justified demand of the Services". The 7th CPC will holistically be able to address the concerns of the Armed forces over "status, parity and equivalence" only if it includes members from the three Services, he added.

Sources say the Armed forces have rejected the recommendation of a separate pay commission for them since it was felt that bureaucrats might further queer the pitch for military personnel if that was done. The government was rattled by the widespread anger in the Armed forces in 2008-2009, which continues to some extent even till today with ex-servicemen continuing to hold rallies and return their medals to demand the implementation of the one-rank, one-pension.


The massive ex-servicemen rally at Rewari on September 15, with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and previous Army chief General V K Singh sharing the stage, seems to have further set the cat among the pigeons.

Defence ministry officials on Wednesday acknowledged that "everybody had agreed" that there will be no separate pay commission for the Armed forces but held that the "modalities" on how to give representation to the Armed forces in the 7th CPC would be decided at a later stage.

In June last year, Antony had himself written a frantic letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express serious alarm over the "growing discontentment" among the Armed forces due to "various anomalies in the fixation of their pay and pensions". A committee, headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth, was then constituted to resolve the matter.

But there are still many pending grievances of the Armed forces, who feel their extant status and parity vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts has been systematically downgraded right since Independence.

In the run-up to the general elections next year, the government has some reason to worry since the defence community of 14 lakh serving and 23 lakh retired military personnel swells into a sizable - albeit diffused - votebank of around 1.5 crore people if family members are also taken into account.

Source: Business-Standard

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SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION REPORT
1. Foreword View
2. The Macroeconomic Situation
2.1 General Economic Situation and Financial Resources of the Central Government
2.2 Financial Resources of the State Governments
3. Analysis of Central Government Personnel View
4. Approach to Pay
4.1 Principles of Pay Determination View
4.2 Determination of Minimum Pay View
5. Revised Pay Structure
5.1 Pay Structure (Civilian Employees) View
5.2 Pay Structure (Defence Forces Personnel) View
6. Pay Related Issues of Defence Forces Personnel
6.1 Background and Approach to Pay Related Issues of Defence Personnel
6.2 Cadres of Defence Forces Personnel
7. Pay Scales for Specific Services, Categories & Cadres
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7.2 All India Services
7.3 Central Services Group A
7.4 Engineering Services
7.5 Scientific Services
7.6 Medical and Paramedical Services
7.7 Common Categories
8. Allowances View
8.1 List of Allowances (Summary) View
8.2 Overview of Allowances View
8.3 Allowances Payable for Additional/ Extra Duty View
8.4 Allowances related to Knowledge Updates View
8.5 Allowances related to Deputation View
8.6 Allowances related to Working on Holidays View
8.7 Allowances related to Housing View
8.8 Allowances related to Good Service View
8.9 Qualification Allowances View
8.10 Allowances related to Risk and Hardship View
8.11 Allowances for Running Staff of Indian Railways View
8.12 Allowances related to Sports View
8.13 Sumptuary Allowances View
8.14 Allowances related to Training View
8.15 Allowances related to Travel View
8.16 Allowances related to Uniform View
8.17 Other Allowances View
9. Other Facilities
9.1 Advances View
9.2 Holidays and Leave View
9.3 CGEGIS View
9.4 GPF View
9.5 Medical Facilities for Serving Employees and Pensioners View
9.6 Persons with Disabilities View
10. Pension and Related Benefits
10.1 Pension and Related Benefits of Civilian Employees View
10.2 Pension and Related Benefits of Defence Forces Personnel View
10.3 National Pension System (NPS) View
11. Issues Specific to Ministries and Departments
12. Officers and Employees of the Supreme Court of India
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