Satisfied with govt’s response on pay panel: Military chiefs

The statement followed a meeting at South Block between Parrikar, ACM Raha and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba earlier on Wednesday.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2016 4:08 am
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The military leadership appears to have fallen in line with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s directions to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, speaking for the three military chiefs in his capacity as Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, said the Defence Minister “is seized of all the issues [about the pay commission] and has assured to resolve them at the earliest. The Services are satisfied with the response.”

The statement followed a meeting at South Block between Parrikar, ACM Raha and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba earlier on Wednesday. Sources said that Parrikar assured the two that he will convey their grievances to the highest political levels.

With resentment brewing in the defence services over the recommendations, ACM Raha and Admiral Lanba had earlier met Parrikar on Monday, when the minister had urged them to implement the recommendations after assuring them that the government would look into legitimate grievances.

That meeting followed the defence services’ decision last week to not implement the recommendations as four core issues had not been resolved. The four include a common pay matrix for the defence personnel and civilian employees; higher Military Service Pay for JCOs and for Major Generals and Lt Generals; a notional Non-Functional Upgrade, with December 31, 2015, as the base date and transiting to the Seventh Pay Commission; and restoration of disability pension from a fixed rate to percentage basis.

They had been flagged by the three military chiefs, in a letter to the Prime Minister in July, but the defence services have not received a response so far, military officials said.

Top Defence Ministry sources had, however, told The Indian Express that the government was unhappy with the defence services’ decision, as it sets a wrong precedent for civil-military relations in a democracy.

They expect the defence services to approach the anomalies committee formed by the government to resolve their issues.

The defence forces had instead been hoping for the formation of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into their grievances with the seventh pay award.

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    Devraj
    Sep 15, 2016 at 6:07 am
    How many raised points are in favour of the PBORs? Where is the respect of the oaths taken on the name of consution? Thanks God, we have a civilian government. I request to PM sir, please discard all the colonial rules and more involvement of civilian officers on the defence matters. I have seen three pay commissions and every successive pay commissions have degraded the status of the PBORs only. That is the reason, I can’t hope anything from this pay commission also. Ultimately the PBORs are not going to get anything. The demand for increase of MSP for the JCOs is an afterthought. Well calculated move. If out of ten demands this demand is not accepted by the government, the rest nine demands will benefit only a particular community.lt;br/gt;I have full faith on our PM and DM sir and also on all the bureaucrats. Please implement the 7th pay commission for the poor veterans as early as possible. We are in dire need of money to run our family as we get very very less pension and few thousands rupees as arrears will be always beneficial for us.lt;br/gt;I repeat again, I am 100% sure that as a PBOR I am not going to be benefited at all, whether it is implemented now or five months later. That's a guarantee from my side.lt;br/gt;Jai Hind.lt;br/gt;A poor veteran (PBOR)lt;br/gt;N.B: I also request the electronic media, don’t always write articles for the officers. Think for the poor PBORs and write some articles for them also. You will get more respect and the poor veterans will talk about you. Straighten your backbone and be impartial always and every time.
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      Narinder
      Sep 15, 2016 at 4:17 am
      This was expected as this stereotype exercise is being carried out every few years from past few decades. Protest, Defence Minister ures, Agree with Govt and then go to anomalies committee which will send you to secretaries committee only to be recommended to include the anomalies to next pay commission. And the cycle starts again. By the time the Ministers change the Chiefs change but the bureaucrats remain with the same mentality that how to degrade Armed Forces further. Life goes on but morale or confidence in leadership can not be restored for generations. If you equate them like paramilitary then stop expecting them to behave in Military manners. Only war will teach the lesson. Lets not learn it in that way! One China war kept Congress to behave as underdog all through their years in power?
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      1. Narsimharao Bandaru
        Sep 15, 2016 at 3:01 am
        The govt is twisting arms and speaking.There is so much of dissatisfaction in the forces and they are deaf and blind since 1973.Each time highly diplomatic words are used and the media just blows it out of proportion.This situation is the own doing of the govt and the think tank of the govt should be drilled for such happenings.
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          Jaipul
          Sep 21, 2016 at 4:53 am
          All the issues were known from day one. What has the RM done about them?lt;br/gt;He was present in the Cabinet meeting when Seventh CPC was approved. Why didn't he have the guts and gumption to call the bluff at that stage? Why's he only giving ASANCEs? The Defence Forces don't give or work on hollow asances. Hope the reciprocal doesn't happen. Imagine the situation when Defence Forces fail? Be it natural calamities or man made disasters, the Forces have never let the nation down.
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            j.k.mitra
            Sep 15, 2016 at 9:13 am
            Yes i agree with him it 100% true. Kindly pay as early as possible.
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