Military-Civilian rank parity to stay, says Government; ‘won’t change structure’

The existing functional equivalence as clarified in 1991 and further reiterated in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2005 has only been re-affirmed.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 6:54 pm
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The Defence Ministry on Thursday said there has been no down-gradation or any change in the existing equivalence of the Service ranks vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts. There have been reports in the media claiming that the government has issued a new order lowering the status of military officers with respect to their civilian counterparts in the Armed Forces Headquarters.

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These reports, quoting a letter dated October 18, 2016 issued by the Ministry of Defence, “are erroneously stating that the equivalence has been disturbed and status of Service officers has been downgraded”, a statement by the Defence Ministry said. It is clarified that there has been no down-gradation or any change in the existing equivalence of the Service ranks whatsoever, it said.

The existing functional equivalence as clarified in 1991 and further reiterated in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2005 has only been re-affirmed. It is further clarified that the present reiteration of rank equivalence, is only for matters of assigning duties and functional responsibilities as is already existing in different offices of the respective Service HQrs of the Army, Navy and Air Force having component of Service personnel as well as civilian officers.

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“It has no bearing on civilian employees outside these offices of the Service HQrs. It is reiterated that there is no change in the rank structure or the status of the Armed Forces personnel,” the Ministry said.

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First Published on: October 27, 2016 4:39 pm
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    IML sood
    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Xyz ,Arc etc these faked named anti nationals are just trying to let out their frustrations and helplessness as they are in in look out for some opportunity to fulfill their aim but no body listen or give them importance. Such elements are like disease in a nation which has to be cured by surgical methods by the nationalist forces and rest ured this will be done very soon.
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      Parikshit
      Oct 27, 2016 at 11:27 am
      The clarification meabs they have changed it. it says so implicitly.
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        module
        Oct 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm
        Parrikarji, since you very honest, simple and educated minister, please study well, be careful and act strictly with these over smarts, clever and jealous bureaucracy and civilian counterparts. They always do the surgical attacks on innocent people / insiders.
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          Arvind
          Oct 27, 2016 at 11:53 am
          If it is published in the Indian Express and no other news paper then this information is given to the paper by the bureaucracy, which this newspaper supports implicitly.
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            Arvind
            Oct 27, 2016 at 11:51 am
            Why would it need to be reaffirmed if there was not change. This is Babu Mischief at its worst. Mr. Defense Minister. you are being lied to and you are lying to the public.
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              Arvind
              Oct 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm
              "Functional Equivalence" is another Babu term for down grade. Stop this nonsense.
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                Anjana Jha
                Oct 28, 2016 at 10:09 am
                There is no downgradation by the Ministry of Defence. Same rank equivalence is maintained since 1989. The false news only escalated by some media houses to malign the governments stand and general public sympathy towards our soldiers.
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                  arc
                  Oct 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                  Chaddi govt rolls back another decision. Good for the army though. Doesn't this govt ever think before taking decisions? But then thinking needs brains, the prerequisite for intellect. Since Chaddis hate intellect , they have no brains and therefore are incapable of taking rational decisions. QED. Example: gaurakshaks like Parrikar.
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                    arc
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm
                    Farji- cal defence minister.
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                      mumbikar
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm
                      When they lies are exposed, they do a uturn !!!!! Another lie caught. How many more to come ? They have exchausted all the tricks, now playing with armed forces
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                        mathimathi
                        Oct 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                        DM Parrikar will use RSS for a next Surgical .S with stick upon stan.
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                          mathimathi
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                          Military is not a property of RSS. PARRIKAR Ji
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                            mathimathi
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                            U remember. S.s on Pak: RSS teaching' may have been at core of surgical PARRIKAR s.
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                              mathimathi
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                              Is any feku Farji- cal? idi0t
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                                mathimathi
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                                yea. PARRIKAR Ji reduced his ry and his underground ry through french rafale deal russian dealings
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                                  m chakravaty
                                  Oct 28, 2016 at 8:47 am
                                  Gen VKS personally rescued hundreds of Indians sted in two war-torn countries. Heard of any politicos/bureaus/critics (at least they can criticise) do it? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Coming to the subject: The recently accelerated denigration and doublespeak, together with hyper-adulation of the forces seems to be part of a game. Only when the pieces are in place can we know what it is.
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                                    Mohan
                                    Oct 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                                    Sired by a congenital fool ?Your comments have that flavour !
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                                      Raju Menon
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                                      And sir what is your background that you are interpreting the term so confidently?
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                                        Raju Menon
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm
                                        I am surprised that you know so much about how govt functions from your home!!!! You should be used as know-it-all intelligencia by india.
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                                          Raju Menon
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                                          Remember Parrikar was instrumental in one-rank-one-pension scheme which was igrored by previous governments for 50 years. So stop making RG type of stupid statements.
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                                            Prahlad Kulkarni
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 6:59 am
                                            It is wrong, how come there is no downgradation, all false, IAS babus are again misleading
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