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Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year cheers for armed forces with increased pay

There is good news on New Year for over 12,000 officers in the armed forces.

After months of uncertainty, Lieutenant Colonels and their equivalent officers in the Indian Air Force and Navy will now be placed in a higher pay category and status, Defence Ministry sources said.

As first reported by NDTV on December 22, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has cleared the proposal that will put at least Rs 12,000 more in the pockets of the officers every month.

The notification in this regard is expected to be issued shortly.

However, the other proposal to equate Lieutenant Generals and their equivalent officers in the other two services with Director Generals of state police has been rejected by the government, despite being aware that this decision is likely to create functional problems between the civilian officers and Lieutenant Generals.