Defence Minister A K Antony has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,urging him to take necessary steps to resolve pay issues in the armed forces,including the one related to one-rank-one-pension. He also told Singh that if corrective action was not taken,the issue might take a bad turn.
Sources said implementation of one rank one pension will cost the government an additional Rs 1,400 crore.
The letter sent to the PM last month also provides the instances of discontent among the services personnel due to the anomalies in fixation of payment and salaries. To make his case,Antony is believed to have cited several cases of retired Army personnel and said the service personnel,ex-servicemen and family pensioners are agitated over the anomalies.
After he got the letter,the PM set up a committee under Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on July 13. The panel has been asked to submit its report by August 8,officials.
The committee has been asked to look into the issues of having a common pay scale for serving Junior Commissioned Officers and placing all Lt Gen-rank officers in a higher pay scale grade. For ex-servicemen,the panel will consider the issue of one rank one pension,which has been their main demand and seen a lot of them returning their service and gallantry medals in the last few years as a mark of protest.