GoM on `anomalies` in pay of defence forces submits report

Last Updated: Monday, December 22, 2008 - 00:00

New Delhi, Dec 22: A Group of Ministers (GoM) that
went into the "anomalies" in pay package of defence forces has
given its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

There was no official word on the details of the
recommendations but they are believed to have addressed
grievances such as restoring 70 per cent pensionary weightage
of Jawans against the 50 per cent recommended by the sixth Pay
Commission, placing of Lieutenant Colonels in Pay band-4,
placing of Lt Gen rank officers in Higher Administrative Group
Plus grade.

The recommendations of the GoM headed by External Affairs
Minister Pranab Mukherjee are also understood to have covered
the demand for bringing the grade pay of officers from the
rank of Captains to Brigadiers equal to their civilian
counterparts.

The Prime Minister is expected to take a decision on the
issue shortly.

The GoM was set up by the Prime Minister after the
armed forces complained about the "anomalies" in their
meetings with him, Defence Minister A K Antony and the then
Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

After the setting up of the committee in September, the
armed forces agreed to accept to the pay commission
recommendations in their present form till the time the Prime
Minister took any decision on their demands.

The armed forces pointed to seven new "anomalies" in the
service instructions issued to them by the Ministry on October
20 regarding the implementation of the pay commission
recommendations, which included the re-defining of Military
Service Pay and rank pay of the armed forces officers.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, December 22, 2008 - 00:00
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