Discussing 7th pay panel anomalies with PM Modi, says Manohar Parrikar

If the recommendations in the draft notification on disability pension come into effect, the disability pension for soldiers will go down substantially.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: October 13, 2016 7:00 pm
Manohar Parrikar, Parrikar, Pm Modi, modi, narendra Modi, 7th Pay commision, Government jobs, pay, Pay hike, Pay commission, India news, indian express news Parrikar said that misgivings are being created by “certain quarters”, similar to what was done when the demand for One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) was there. (File photo)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said he has raised the issue of anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission report with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Yes, there are some anomalies in the 7th pay commission and the pension…we will resolve that. But, I don’t think that can be an issue for national debate,” Parrikar said at an event here.

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“I can assure the people of the country and our armed forces that I have personally taken up the matter with the Prime Minister. There are procedures of the government of India. We will complete those procedure at the earliest and see that one by one, those anomalies are removed,” he said.

Asked about the issue of disability pension, on which a draft notification on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission has been uploaded on the Defence Ministry’s website, the minister said: “It is just a draft now.”

The draft notification talks of replacing the present percentage-based system of pension with slab-based pension system.

“In disability pension also, there are some categories of officers, in whose cases there could be some anomaly. We will check it,” he assured.

The minister maintained: “No final order has been issued as yet, only a draft resolution has been put up on the website. We will examine and try to address all that can be addressed, and forward the same to the anomalies committee for their opinion.”

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If the recommendations in the draft notification on disability pension come into effect, the disability pension for soldiers will go down substantially.

Parrikar said that misgivings are being created by “certain quarters”, similar to what was done when the demand for One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) was there. It took time to ensure that other forces do not move the court with similar demands, he added.

“Not every one can be satisfied,” the Defence Minister said.

He informed that so far, two instalments of Rs 4,000 crore and Rs 2,000 crore have been released, with annual cost for OROP being Rs 7,500 crore.

“There are 20 lakh armed forces personnel and about 22 lakh pensioners. It is a huge number, almost a third of the government employees. Whenever you apply a principle to anyone, anomalies will surface,” the minister said.

According to the pay panel’s recommendation, for 100 per cent disability, an officer would get Rs 27,000 per month, those in the ranks of Subedar Major to Naib Subedar would receive Rs 17,000, while Havildars and below would get Rs 12,000.

At present, a soldier, who gets 100 per cent disability, is entitled to a pension equal to the last drawn salary and an additional 50 per cent as ‘service component’.

The draft notification invited criticism from ex-servicemen, who said it will affect the morale of the soldiers.

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    Kt govindan
    Oct 30, 2016 at 7:10 am
    May i request to the honble DM not to take any decision which may against the interest of defence force. Should keep in mind that some people inside the govt may be enemy of our nation who wants to demoralise our braves to the enemy advantage. So please ask your heart any action you may take sesitive decision that may effect our braves. Lastly our surgical strike abig sucess because our inhouse enemy was aware of that. So pak cant prepared to resist it. So beware of this elements however big he/they maybe
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    Major
    Oct 13, 2016 at 1:33 am
    Here are questions for Parikkar:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1 Why everyone can't be satisfied if the 6CPC norms are followed?lt;br/gt;2 First he says that he raised the question of anomalies with the PM, but he fails to 3 give the PM's reaction.lt;br/gt;4 Then he says it will go to anomalies committeelt;br/gt;5 He says that the 'Resolution' is only draft, but earlier he said the resolution cannot be corrected. Any draft can be corrected to final version.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Did not the forces acted immediately on surgical strikes when ordered, can he act st this hour of need of the forces. The Raffle aircrafts are being purchased with no committee in picture, why not a welfare measure to soldiers? Sorry state of governance.
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      Major
      Oct 13, 2016 at 1:34 am
      Here are questions for Parikkar:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1 Why everyone can't be satisfied if the 6CPC norms are followed?lt;br/gt;2 First he says that he raised the question of anomalies with the PM, but he fails to give the PM's reaction.lt;br/gt;3 Then he says it will go to anomalies committeelt;br/gt;4 He says that the 'Resolution' is only draft, but earlier he said the resolution cannot be corrected. Any draft can be corrected to final version.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Did not the forces acted immediately on surgical strikes when ordered, can he act st this hour of need of the forces. The Raffle aircrafts are being purchased with no committee in picture, why not a welfare measure to soldiers? Sorry state of governance.
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        avi liesha
        Oct 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm
        defence minister is lying
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          DILIP RAMJALI
          Oct 13, 2016 at 1:59 am
          when will you resolve it after 2019 sir? what a shame sir u can't even solve minor anomalies sir
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            Chander Parkash
            Oct 13, 2016 at 9:33 am
            lair defance minister . OROP case is filed in supreme court in first hearing none of govt official attended the hearing
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              Shiv Mangal Mishra
              Oct 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm
              my opinion is that it is just a golmol jawab
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                Santy
                Oct 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm
                Procedures come into force only for armed forces. For the past forty years one has been hearing of only procedures when anything has to be even discussed for the forces. The only thing the that is promptly being done every time is removal of each and every perk which were given to the forces. The entire babudom works as one towards that aim. There is no let up in planting false stories in press which can divide the officer-jawan relationship, demoralise the forces with no thought as to what implications same have on the national security. That doesn't mean that the issues brought up by forces have to agreed to in . But decency requires that the issues are addressed on priority with a clear redressal mechanism put in place where their issues are heard, deliberated and either accepted or denied with reasons. What is seen is procrastination in the form of committees, confusing silence on the part of the political masters while the babus make hay planting stories in the press with the sole aim of creating ill-will for the forces as well as eroding the very bulwark of the forces - their izzat. The present government had come to power promising prompt action, but what has happened has been a very egotistic silence which has only worsened the situation. One had expected a statesman like approach which has been solely missing. Hope better sense prevails and the issues are addressed on priority.
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