Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Unhappy with pay hike, Army wants review

The military is unhappy with the pay hike cleared recently. And the discontent is so high that over the last couple of days, all three service chiefs have met the Defence Minister to ask for a review.

The cause of worry is the morale of about 25 thousand mid-level officers.

Before the Sixth Pay Commission report, IAS officers equivalent to Majors, Lieutenant Colonels all were on same pay-scale of Rs 15,100.

But after the report, IAS officers will earn Rs 11,000 more as basic pay. Due to this, strong resentment is brewing among Majors, Lt Colonels and equivalent ranks.

Over 25,000 Majors, Lt Colonels and equivalent ranks in three services are considered the forces' cutting edge.

Earlier, at a pay scale of about Rs 15,000 Majors and Lt Colonels were at par with their IAS counterparts.

Another reason for resentment is the fact that Lt Generals, second only to the Army chief and in-charge of key fighting formations, are paid less than Director Generals.

Lt Gens who command more than 40,000 troops are kept lower than director generals of stationery, printing and equivalent who have no operational role.