ACTING ON A petition filed by a serving Colonel seeking the representation of all stakeholders before a committee looking into the Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC) anomalies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central government and has also directed that, in the meantime, the anomaly committees shall take into account the views of the affected defence personnel.
In his plea, Col Preetpal Singh Grewal has pointed out that the government has constituted ‘Anomalies Committees’ to look into the 7th CPC recommendations. These committees are granting hearings to civil employees, their associations and the civil establishment but not to defence personnel or even the defence services or establishment which, ironically, constitute the highest number of employees and pensioners, he has submitted.
The writ petition avers that no information at all was given to the defence services about the institution of the committee and it was through press reports that it came to be known that the committee had held several meetings with civil employees.
The plea also says the Supreme Court has already held that defence personnel should not be treated in a “shabby manner” or deprived of rights that are available to other citizens.