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Monday, February 4, 2008

Army chief hopeful of 'decent' pay package for personnel

Army chief General Deepak Kapoor on Monday said the military was expecting a "fairly decent" pay package for its personnel after the Sixth Pay Commission comes out with its recommendations.

"We are awaiting the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. We hope for a fairly decent package to make the armed forces attractive to the youth who are entering the job market," Kapoor, who is here on an official visit, said.

Admitting that young officers were leaving the army for more lucrative offers, especially in the private sector, Kapoor hoped that a revised salary package would attract more youth to join the force.

The army chief said he had already met with officials of the Pay Commission and their response to the army's demands for a pay hike was positive.

"We need to have a reasonably large pool of educated youth available and emoluments have to be attractive to attract them as the corporate sector was giving a much better package," he noted.

Source : The Hindu