Armed forces seek pay parity with civil servants

Want tax-free risk allowance, send demands to panel.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Published:August 23, 2014 3:29 am

Parity with civil servants, tax-free risk allowance and attractive entry-level pay, are some of the demands jointly sought by the armed forces from the seventh central pay commission (CPC). The demands form a part of a 4,000-page Joint Service Memorandum (JSM) submitted by the three service chiefs to the CPC this week. Interestingly, One Rank One Pension (OROP) — a demand since 1982 — has been dropped as the forces “consider it approved” as announced by the government on the floor of Parliament.

Considering “application of civilian pay structure to services despite differential cadre structure, rank structure and promotional prospects,” as the prime fault line, the JSM seeks extension of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel. The NFU, which has so far been applicable only to IAS officers and other class A services, entitles them to the pay scale of the highest promoted officer of their respective courses. “Thus, even if an officer is not promoted, he gets the pay of a higher grade by virtue of another officer of his batch reaching higher rank. The same is applicable to IPS, IFS and other such services. We have asked for extension of NFU to the armed forces,” an Army official said.

While civil servants retire at 60, the retirement age of officers of the armed forces can vary with their rank. “Also, a major general equivalent picks up the rank after 32 years of service whereas a joint secretary reaches the pay scale in 18 years of service. We have sought “concordance of status” based on length of service and not rank,” the official said.

Besides tax exemption from risk pay the recommendations also include an “edge in entry level pay to improve attractiveness of defence services” and “incentives for selection grade ranks.

Headed by justice A K Mathur CPC will be submitting its recommendations to the government by January 2016.

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    Bsn Reddy
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:39 am
    The present status quo be maintained.
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    A K
    Sep 6, 2015 at 11:05 am
    NFU should be abolished .Only the deserving should get promotion and pay of higher rank. Similerly ,NPA should be abolished for doctors serving the government. No govt employee is allowed to do private practice ; then why NPA only for doctors. Running pay scale - only starting points should be different for different posts; annual increment @ prescibed percentage of last pay be given and the pay scale should have NO end point.This will stop stagnation. Pension should be paid as fixed percentage ( as of now it is 50% of last pay).; with no upper ceiling. Armed forces personnel MUST be paid either at par with civil employees to include- Overtime rate of ry for work beyond 8 hours on any day,, any work on sundays and holidays,Night duty allowance etc. Additionally they should be paid High Risk Allowance . OR be paid Military Service Pay @ at least 200% of basic pay. Armed forces should be treated much above and best paid service
  3. H
    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:28 am
    NFU would also percolate to all levels... The civil side has NFU for officers and ACP for cl II officer s and below.. Your counterparts are aiming at 2 more steps in ACP ....same will come to you too. The officers also need parity with other offices incl MES/BRO/IDAS who serve alongside .
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    Rathi Raj
    Mar 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm
    The civil services officers reap the best available, be it their promotion or the NFU yield. While all of the civil services officers retire on reaching the age of 60 years, the defence services officers start retiring after 54 years of age. there after at 56 years for Brigadiers, 58 for Maj Generals and 60 for Lt Gens. Due to the unique rank structure, a majority of defence officers retire much before any of their civil services counterparts. At the same time, while all the civil services officers invariably reach the maximum pay-scale by the time they retire, only a minuscule portion of defence officers ever reach their maximum pay-scale level. At least, the civil servants do not have to serve in harsh cirstances and also at the peril of their lives and health as compared to the defence personnel.
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    Ramapati Sahana
    Sep 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
    This NFU or NFFU was the brilliant creation of the babus who first coined the word "Group-A Organised Services" as if other are the dis-organised. Setting a cl among the cl – thus an executive club ... Then by this NFU if one among the course mate/ batch mate gets a higher rank all the remaining sheep get the ry /pay of the new/ higher ry albeit after 02 yrs. so they bleed the country while in service and the junta is blissfully unaware goes gung-ho. See the another magic ... now with thisry progression when the 60 yrs age is reached , 99.9% of the batch reach the apex scale/ highest scale and thus the highest pension too. No one even whimpers and all are blissfully unaware and the OROP in disguise is delivered.
  6. S
    Jan 5, 2015 at 3:30 am
    Why there is difference of risk allowance between officers and soldiers as officers get Rs 6000 per month while soldiers get Rs 2000 per month.
  7. Y
    Feb 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm
    then there should be equal TAM_ZAM for equal no. of service in both the side. look at the life style of even brig. rank officer which almost lives like a minister in their area.
  8. A
    Dec 25, 2014 at 7:27 am
    guys are only interested in officers upgradation.Is there anyone for PBOR . They enjoy during service and retirement age also. pls look into PBOR. Otherwise it may, what it is going to lead the soldier's revolution once again or they may open the door for enemies. How long they will keep quiet?
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