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Clarification regarding reports on Downgrading of status of Military Officers

Clarification regarding reports on Downgrading of status of Military Officers

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-October-2016 15:27 IST

Clarification regarding reports on Downgrading of status of Military Officers 

There have been reports in the media that the Govt has issued a new order lowering the status of Military officers with respect to their civilian counterparts in the Armed Forces Headquarters. These reports, quoting a letter dated 18 Oct 2016 issued by the Ministry of Defence, are erroneously stating that the equivalence has been disturbed and status of Service officers has been downgraded.

It is clarified that there has been no down-gradation or any change in the existing equivalence of the Service ranks whatsoever. The existing functional equivalence as clarified in 1991 and further reiterated in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2005 has only been re-affirmed.
It is further clarified that the present reiteration of rank equivalence, is only for matters of assigning duties and functional responsibilities as is already existing in different offices of the respective Service HQrs of the Army, Navy and Air Force having component of Service personnel as well as Civilian officers. It has no bearing on civilian employees outside these offices of the Service HQrs. It is reiterated that there is no change in the rank structure or the status of the Armed Forces personnel.
Source: PIB


  • Anonymous 7 years ago

    very sad indeed . Corrupt Bureaucrats with connivance of politicians have downgraded entire Armed Forces- its Jawans, its JCOs and its officers. They are jealous of the fact that when Police fails only saver is Army, when Civil administration fails request Armed Forces for flood, earthquake, drought, child in borewell…….and people of India respect and love Armed Forces
    Armed Forces are truely secular, true to constitution, apolitical, do not have union/association (even IAS IPS has their association). They can not take out procession or go on strike, can not communicate to media
    So …they are soft target. Take their juice out and give them nothing…..
    Hope PM Modi understans this and intervenes. Jai Hind
    When Armed Forces

  • During 6th Pay Commission Hav/SGt/PO below officers rank in Army, Air Force and Navy were downgraded to NCO level with non-combatant enrolled at Pay Band-1, will the Defence Ministry take appropriate action to look into the matter and rectify this injustice so as to keep up the high morale of junior ranks in the Armed Forces.