Friday, April 25, 2008

Govt rules out separate pay commission for armed forces

Rejecting suggestions for a separate pay commission for armed forces, government on Friday told the Lok Sabha that whatever grievances the Services have will be examined by a Committee of Secretaries.

Replying to questions, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the government had asked the Committee of Secretaries, which is studying the sixth Pay Commission, to hold frequent meetings so that it can give its recommendations soon.

"There is no provision for separate pay commission for armed forces. If there are any grievances of armed forces and para-military forces, these are being examined by the Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary," he said.

He was responding to suggestions by some members that a separate pay commission be set up for armed forces as they are feeling aggrieved by the recommendations of the sixth pay panel.

Without spelling out the time-frame by which the sixth pay commission report will be implemented, Chidambaram said whenever it is implemented, it will be effective from January one, 2006 as recommended by the pay panel.

Later, during the Zero Hour, Deputy Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra raised the issue saying there was "unrest" within the army and police forces as they find that only IAS cadres benefit from the recommendations of the pay commission.

He suggested that a separate pay commission be set up for the armed forces.
Armed forces and IPS officers have already made their unhappiness over the pay commission's recommendations known to the government.

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