Monday, March 31, 2008

Service Chiefs to present joint memorandum on 6th Pay Panel

The Army, Navy and Air Force Chiefs are working on a joint memorandum pointing out the anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, which later would be handed over to the Finance Ministry.

The move is being taken to stave off misconceptions that soldiers and officers might have over the pay panel report, defence ministry sources said.

The three service chiefs had a meeting last week with Defence Minister AK Antony in which they sought a 40-60 per cent hike for armed forces personnel over and above the Pay Commission's recommendations.

Arguing that the Armed Forces deserve a better deal, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sureesh Mehta also sought modifications in the Pay Commission proposals including that the military service pay (MSP) be levelled at 25 per cent of the basic pay for soldiers, personnel below officer rank and middle rung officers.
Source : The Hindu
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