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Army Chief may earn more than US generals in 7th CPC : Times of India

Our service chiefs may earn more than US generals – Times of India
NEW DELHI: For the first time, the Indian Army chief and his counterparts in the IAF and the Navy will draw more salary than the top general and equivalent in the US based on purchasing power parity (PPP) terms when the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission are implemented.
A comparison drawn by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), a defence ministry think tank, on the pay packets of Army chiefs and equivalent in the US, the UK and India said a general and equivalent in the US was paid $181,500 per annum (in PPP terms). The salary in the UK for similar ranks was $269,868. In India, the three services chiefs, who enjoy pay equivalent to the Cabinet secretary, received $140,520.

If the recommendations of the 7th pay panel are implemented, the Indian Army chief’s annual salary will jump to $189,482 (in PPP terms), almost $8,000 more than what a general and equivalent ranks draw in the US. The huge salary hikes will apply equally to civilian officers too.
India’s annual per capita income is $5,833 (in PPP terms) while it is $54,630 in the US and $39,137 in the UK.
The purchasing power parity conversion factor, used worldwide to compare income levels in different countries, is “the number of units of a country’s currency required to buy the same amounts of goods and services in the domestic market as a dollar would buy in the US”.
The pay panel observed, in light of protests by the three Service chiefs asking for more money and perks, that “defence service officers and JCO/ORs in India, based on 6th CPC pay scales, are placed quite well in terms of pay, even in relation to defence personnel in countries like US and UK, where the GDP per capita in PPP terms for the country as a whole is significantly higher than that of India”.
These conclusions are, however, equally applicable to civilian employees of the government who are similarly placed. The pay panel’s analysis did not take into account the augmentation of pay being recommended by the 7th CPC.
The IDSA, an autonomous institution funded by the government, was in 2015 commissioned by the Pay Commission to study how well the military and the generals were paid.
Read at: Times of India


  • The TOI is in the habit of planting paid news for the government.

  • Anonymous 8 years ago

    Non-Pensioner Ex-servicemen who served 3 years or more one tenure with any of the 1962 – 1965 – 1972 wars should be granted pension.

  • Anonymous 8 years ago

    Task of generals is highly responsible for the sake of the organization. American generals are worldwide in the ordinary mission that we cannot compare just on the title.

  • General's pay – Why should one compare the pay with USA and UK ?
    Compare it with the pay of of IAS etc
    No one talks about the injustice done during 1973 continued till date.
    Editor of Times of India is Anti Services. A paper should be impartial IN ITS OBSERVATION NOT BIASED.
    Col M S Krishnan (retd )