Monday, May 5, 2008

Military chiefs to meet cabinet secretary over pay panel

The three Services chiefs are likely to meet Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar Tuesday to decide on their demands for revision of a pay panel’s recommendations. “Among other issues, a decision is in the offing on the Military Service Pay (MSP) for PBORs (Personnel Below Officer Rank),” an army source here said Monday.

Besides Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major and Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor, the meeting would be attended by senior officials to go into anomalies in the pay packages of armed forces personnel.

The meeting, earlier scheduled for Monday, was postponed to Tuesday.

The Sixth Pay Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna, has recommended a 40 percent across-the-board pay hike for armed forces personnel, doubling their allowances and military service pay (MSP) for officers up to the rank of brigadier and equivalent, as also for PBORs.

Apart from pushing the case for PBORs, the Services chiefs had pointed out that after taking into account taxes and other deductions, the wage hike in real terms would amount to only 20 percent.

In the case of PBORs, the commission has recommended that at the entry level, sepoys (privates) and their equivalents receive a minimum of Rs.7,860, rising to a maximum of Rs.40,600 for Subedar Majors and their equivalents.

The commission has also recommended military service pay of Rs.6,000 for officers up to the level of brigadier and equivalent and of Rs.1,000 for PBORs.

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