Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Panel set up to examine pay grievances of armed forces

With the armed forces and IPS officers voicing their unhappiness over the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, the government on Tuesday set up a high-level committee to look into their grievances.

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday constituted a three-member committee comprising Finance Secretary D Subbarao, Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh to look into the modifications suggested by these forces.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months, official sources said on Tuesday.

The government's step comes in the wake of dismayed officers meeting Congress party President Sonia Gandhi to air their grievances on the Pay Commission's recommendations.

The three Defence Service Chiefs have submitted proposals to the Defence Minister saying that the armed forces have not got fair treatment from the Pay Commission.

The three Services Chiefs submitted detailed modification proposals to the government seeking redressal in stagnation being faced by officers of the rank of Majors and Colonels in the Army.

In their proposals to the Ministry of Defence, the armed forces are, among other things, seeking a hike from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 in the minimum military service pay for personnel below officer ranks.

They have pointed out anomalies in the new pay structure between soldiers and personnel below officer rank and their counterparts in paramilitary forces.

The armed forces also want more running pay bands for officers of the rank of Majors, Colonels and Brigadiers.

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