Antony refers pay scale issue of military officers to AG for opinion
New Delhi: The Attorney General has been asked to look into the issue of re-fixing of payscales of military officers affected by the Fourth Pay Commission in the wake of differences between the three Services and the Defence Ministry.
Defence Minister AK Antony while seeking clarity from the Attorney General on the interpretation of a Supreme Court order for re-fixing the pay assured a meeting of the Service chiefs and the Defence Secretary RK Mathur he would ensure that "Supreme Court orders are implemented in letter and spirit"
Antony also said the government was fully committed on this issue.
The three Services and the Defence Ministry are at loggerheads over interpretation of the Supreme Court order issued in September last year. The order was expected to monetarily benefit a large number of military officers.
"It was observed during the meeting headed by Antony that there was differences in interpretation between the Ministry and the Services and it was decided that both of them will seek the opinion from the AG on the matter," Defence Ministry officials said.
The Services and the Ministry will approach the AG separately with their respective interpretations and understanding of the matter, they said.
The Services will approach the AG directly whereas the Defence Ministry will first consult the Finance Ministry and then approach him.
The three Services chiefs including Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh have been raising the issue with the Defence Minister on a regular basis.
The IAF had also written to the Ministry saying there was a feeling among the Service officers that the delay in implementing the Supreme Court order may be intentional.
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