Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Armed Force pay parity : Meeting on 14th June

Union Defence Minister A K Antony has convened a meeting of the defence top brass on June 14 to consider the issue of anomalies in implementing a Supreme Court order on rank pay for military officers, following a stinging letter from  Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne.
“The Defence Minister has called for a meeting on June 14 to discuss the pay anomalies issue,” officials from the Union Ministry of Defence (MoD)said.

The Supreme Court verdict in favour of the armed forces personnel had come on September 4, 2012 in the Major A K Dhanapalan case that was first heard by the Kerala High Court which ruled in his favour in 1998. The 12-week time to implement the latest order given by the court to the MoD ended six months ago.
As reported by Express on January 2, 2013, the ministry orders on implementing the SC order were issued on December 27, 2012. However, the Armed Forces found flaws in interpreting the court verdict.
And these flaws were raised by Browne in his two letters to Antony, first on January 18 and the latest on May 27, pointing out that the “present approach” of the bureaucracy to the infirmities in the December 2012 implementation order was causing “inordinate delay” in the aged ex-servicemen getting their due before their time was up.
This, Brown noted, “has given rise to apprehensions in the environment (read ex-servicemen and serving armed forces personnel) that the delay may be intentional.” “The beneficiaries to this verdict include many such officers, who retired decades ago and do not have a long time left to wait for their dues. It will be a grave injustice to these veterans if they pass on without getting their rightful arrears,” he added.
Around 50,000 defence personnel are expected to benefit if the MoD sees the point raised by the Armed Forces with regard to the flaws  in the implementation order.
“The implementation order suffers from unprecedented disparity. It falls much short of expectations and I fear it will fuel further litigation and may enhance the feeling of alienation among veterans,” Browne said.
In its implementation order, the MoD had refused to revise the pay scales of officers, who joined the force post-1986, despite the Fourth Pay Commission anomaly having been carried over to the 1996 Fifth Pay Commission and 2008 Sixth Pay Commission too, as a result of the pay scales being fixed on the basis of the 1986 pay scales.
The apex court verdict had also directed the Centre to pay the affected officers arrears of pay along with a six per cent interest calculated from January 1, 2006.

1 comment:

Ranbir Lamba said...

6th CPC [BABU'S FORGOT TO MENTION & CREATED MESS FOR ALL]
1. BABU'S FORGET TO READ CORRECTLY 6th CPC & CREATED MESS FOR ALL. READING OF "SUM OF PAY BAND " & GAVE MINIMUM OF PAY BAND . NOW 13 COURTS INCLUDING SC HAS DIRECTED TO PAY SUM OF [BASIC PAY+GRADE PAY+MSP], BUT FM+MOD HAS TAKEN SMARTLY DATE AS 24 SEP 2012 .WHICH IS INCORRECT. IT SHOULD BE FROM 1/1/2006[ THEY SHOULD ACCEPT MISTAKE & PAY AS PER 6th CPC REPORT]. WE ARE NOW RUNNING AGAIN IN COURTS FOR IT, WHICH IS NOT IN GOOD TASTE.
2]MERGER OF DA ON ATTAINING DA SLAB OF 50 % .IT IS NOT ENFORCED TILL DATE,;IT IS DUTY OF FM TO RECTIFY ANOMALY BEFORE IMPLEMENTING .BUT HE IS TAKING SHELTER OF IT & SAYING IT CANNOT BE DONE AS IT HAS NOT BEEN RECOMMENDED IN THE 6th CPC REPORT.IT WAS IN 5th CPC, BUT AN OMISSION HAS TAKEN PLACE & NEEDS CORRECTION. DA IS MOTHER OF ALL ALLOWANCES. AS SERVING PERSONALS OTHER ALLOWANCES HAVE BEEN ENHANCED ON BASIS OF DA AT 50% BY 25% THAN HOW CAN YOU FORGET MERGER DA IN PAY/PENSION AS DP.
3]NFU STATUS :A.ALL IAS & IPS OFFICER RETIRE IN SUPER TIME SCALE, BUT IN ARMY COL[SELECTION]& BRIG RETIRE IN MUCH LOWER SCALE AND HAVE BEEN DENIED THEIR BASIC FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EQUALITY[ IN SPITE OF DIFFICULT WORKING CONDITION IN FAR REMOTE ]B]COL [SELECTION GRADE] SHOULD BE ABOVE SUPER TIME SCALE, SO IS FOR BRIG, BUT IN REALITY IT IS NOT SO. THEY ARE BEING UNDER PAID & DEGRADED PAY & PENSION WITH CLASS IN OFFICER IN CIVIL C.TO ADD FURTHER TO IT A DIG WHO WAS ONE TIME JUNIOR TO Lt COL HAS BEEN MOVED TO BRIG PAY BAND AND COL HAS BECOME JUNIOR TO HIM.DIG RANK [TIME SCALE] IS ACHIEVED IN 14 YEARS, WHERE AS LT COL [TIME SCALE] 11 YEARS % COL [TIME SCALE]IS IN 26 YEARS. WHAT AN INJUSTICE TO COL &WHAT A JOKE WITH COL [TS] & GOD SAVE FATE OF COL [SELECTION] Colonel has been equated with Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG] WHERE AS HE SHOULD BE IN HAG SCALE & SC DIRECTED GOVT TO REVISE PAY/PENSION OF COL/BRIG BUT NI ACTION.D] A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ARMY.BULK OF ARMY OFFICER RETIRES IN COL & BELOW RANK. FOR JUST RS 777/ WHY SLOG FOR LIFE & RISK LIFE.
E]A BIRTH TO COWARD ARMY WILL COME TO LIGHT IF THIS SITUATION PREVAIL]
4.PENSION SHOULD BE 75 PERCENT OF BASIC PAY FOR ARMY; INDIAN ARMY IS ON DESIGN OF BRITISH ARMY. TILL 1955 ARMY PENSION WAS ON SAME LINE. BUT CIVIL BABU'S TOOK IT AWAY. IT SHOULD BE RESTORED AND BE PAID AS PAR WITH BRITISH COUNTER PART OR LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES. INDIAN OFFICER HAS TO FIGHT WAR; YOU CANNOT REPLACE INDIAN OFFICER WITH OFFICER FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. PREVIOUSLY PRINCELY /ELITE FAMILIES USED TO SEND PERSON TO FORCES, NOW CREAMY LAYER IS NOT COMING TO ARMY DUE TO POOR PAY PACKETS & DOWN GRADATION OF ARMY IN INTER-SE-SENIORITY.
5.SUBSEQUENT PAY COMMISSION FIXES PENSION AT MINIMUM PENSION IN THE PAY BAND RATHER THAN THE CORRESPONDING PAY BAND/SCALE FROM WHICH THE RETIREE HAS RETIRED.
THERE IS TREMENDOUS LOSS TO PENSIONER & LARGE CHUNK OF MONEY GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE BASIC PRINCIPAL OF EQUALITY IS VIOLATED & PENSIONER IS DENIED HIS BASIC RIGHT OF FULL PENSION WHICH GOVERNMENT HAS SANCTIONED AT TIME OF RETIREMENT. IT IS AGAINST LAW OF LAND.IT HAS CASCADING EFFECT

A] HENCE THE GRADE PAY IS GIVEN AT LOWER RATE,BECAUSE PENSION IS GIVEN AT A LOWER RATE.

B]DR/DA IS REDUCED; Once basic pension is lowered, THE DA IS ALSO GIVEN LESS YEAR BY YEAR AS DA IS CORRESPONDING TO LOWER PENSION FIXED.

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