Armed forces upset over parity, Manohar Parrikar promises to address

A Brigadier/Commodore/Air Commodore is to be equated with a director, and a Colonel/Captain/Group Captain is to be at par with a joint director in the civil service.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 6:46 pm
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The armed forces are upset with a letter issued by the Defence Ministry regarding their rank parity vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts prompting Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to personally look into the issue and promising to come up with a solution soon. Defence sources said the issue is likely to be solved within a week. The circular issued by the Defence Ministry, dated October 18, on rank equivalence between defence officers and armed forces headquarters (AFHQ), and civil service officers, brings the rank of armed forces officers a notch down compared to their earlier status, officers said.

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The circular says that the equations are to be followed in service HQs, and “has the approval of the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri” (defence minister). The order equates an army Major General (rear admiral in the navy and vice-marshal in the air force) to a principal director in the Armed Force Headquarters (AFHQ) Civil Service.

A Brigadier/Commodore/Air Commodore is to be equated with a director, and a Colonel/Captain/Group Captain is to be at par with a joint director in the civil service.

So far, a colonel was equated with a director. A Brigadier did not have a clearly defined equivalence in the civilian hierarchy.

However, they were treated at par with a deputy director-general. A major general was treated as the equivalent of a joint secretary.

Parrikar said that while some people were trying to misguide, the issue relates to only functional responsibility (of armed forces) and not status, vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts.

“First of all, these are only for functional responsibilities. Secondly, I have already asked for exact status of earlier. I will see and if I find any reduction in functional responsibility … this is not status … there are some people who are trying to misguide.

“These are functional responsibilities. They (military officers) will be on the same platform as was done earlier. I will check up myself,” Parrikar said speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the naval commanders conference here.

The Minister said he will take a look at all the previous orders to see if there was any discrepancy.

Parrikar said he and the government were sensitive to the military issues and one should see if the government acts quickly or not whenever such issues come up.

“I can assure you that I am very sensitive to such issues. They moment they are brought out, I act on them. The only difficulty is when it becomes public discussion, I cannot be party to discussion. I will resolve the issue,” he said.

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    IML sood
    Oct 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    Transgender Xyz always comment illogically whether subject matter is known to him or not,what a fool!
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      Trun
      Oct 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm
      Looks like The demoralized defence forces, need to fight for their right instead of fighting for the country.
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        SubbuI
        Oct 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm
        THIS JOKER PARRIKAR MUST BE SACKED AND SENT TO GOA WITH ENOUGH DRUG TO KEEP HIM COOL FOR 3 MONTHS. THERE WILL BE SOME SHANTHI IN ARMY HEAD QUARTERS. NALAYAK NMODI IS AGAIN REFERING ARMY OPERATION ON 29th SEP AS CHOTTA DIWALI. AGAIN CASHING IN( KHOON KI I) WILL THEY STOP THESE NATAKBAZI AND ATTEND CENTUARY DAYS OLD KASHMIR PROBLEM?
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          Vk
          Oct 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm
          By the way is there any compulsory draft in India? One knows the service condition before joining it. One can not have best of both worlds.
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            Vk
            Oct 26, 2016 at 7:03 am
            True love for Army also means true love for jawans! Incidently in the entire debate sacrifice of jawans ,so called other ranks, is used to bargain more facilities for officers
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              Vk
              Oct 26, 2016 at 8:13 am
              There is absolutely no downgradation . The current letter is just a reiteration of a letter of Gov of India which was issued way back in 1967. CBI chief is a director and IB chief is also a director but both of them are secretary level positions. There is a difference in organisational hierarchy an designations and standard designations in Gov of India.Just because a Col is designated as director and Brig as Ddg in Army hq doesnot mean that it is applicable in Gov of India fact if at all comparison has to be made then let it be made across every thing.
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                Anand Prakash
                Oct 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm
                And, the fool of a defence minister had stated some days earlier that the surgical strike was a result of feku's and his RSS training. Why not send the RSS to the front.
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                  Anand Prakash
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm
                  It is time to send the bureaucrats to the front to defend our motherland instead of sending the jawans. It is disgusting how the present government is strengthening the boot licking bureaucrats at the expense of our valiant soldiers.
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