‘Govt to take decision on pending armed forces’ pay issues’

Government assured the armed forces that it would soon take a decision on the pending issues relating to the 6th Pay Commission.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:January 20, 2009 4:13 pm

Asserting that “sincere” efforts to resolve pay anomalies were being made,the government on Tuesday assured the armed forces that it would soon take a decision on the pending issues relating to the 6th Pay Commission.

The government has already taken decisions on the “genuine grievances” of the defence personnel “one after the other” even after the Pay Commission report was implemented,Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters.

“By now it must be clear to everyone on the sincerity of the government (on pay issues). The remaining issues,we are examining.

“Because,we are very clear and particular that we must give the best available equipment to the armed forces on the one side,and regarding their welfare and their pay,whatever is their genuine demand,we are always willing to give,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s Office had earlier this month written to the Defence Ministry on the government deciding to retain 70 per cent pensionary weightage to the jawans.

It had also said that the government would accord Pay Band-4 salaries to Lieutenant Colonels and their equivalents in the Navy and the Air Force,provided they were in “combat or ready-to-combat” roles.

This PMO decision was based on recommendations of a ministerial committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and with Antony and Home Minister P Chidambaram as members.

However,two other issues — Grade Pay to officers from Captains to Brigadiers on a par with their civilian counterparts and Higher Administrative Grade Plus pay scales to Lieutenant Generals on a par with the Director Generals of the civilian service — are still pending.

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