Sunday, October 5, 2008

It is about status and equality, not money, Report on armed force's grievances in two weeks : Navy chief

Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said the pay commission issues raised by the three armed forces was "not about money" but status and equality.

"The issue here is not about money. It has been overplayed by the media. It is about status and equivalence that existed (before the pay commission), and the command and control relationship (between the armed forces officers and their civilian counterparts)," Mehta, who is also the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, said after Territorial Army Day parade in New Delhi.

"How it (status, equality, command and control structure) has been disturbed (by the pay commission report), nobody knows," he said when asked about the issues raised during the meeting of the services chiefs with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday.

Mukherjee heads a three-member ministerial committee set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the grievances of the Army, Navy and Air Force over "anomalies" in the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

Source : Indian Express

Report on armed forces' grievances in two weeks: Navy Chief

 Rubbishing reports that he was censured by Defence Minister A K Antony for his "defiance" over the Pay Commission report, Navy chief Sureesh Mehta today said he expected the ministerial committee looking into the "core issues" raised by the armed forces to give its recommendations within a fortnight.
Mehta also reiterated that the defence personnel's grievances over the 6th Pay Commission report were "not about money," but about status equivalence and command and control issues.

He said the issues "missed out" were "oversights" and nobody "could have done it wilfully".

"I should think that we will have a final answer within about two weeks time or so," Mehta told reporters here while replying to a question on when the committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee was expected to submit its report.

"But they (the Mukherjee committee) are in the process of finding out what are the issues involved. And I'm sure they will take the right decision pretty quickly," he said.

Asserting that the issues were about "status equivalence", the Navy chief said: "I said so the other day and I will say it again. The issue over here is not about money.

"The issue here is that there is a certain status equivalence -- there are certain functional requirement (while) working at particular levels." Pointing out that problem arose in the field areas, where paramilitary and forces were working together, he said: "If there is a command and control problem, there is a big issue there. And that is what is happening in the control rooms. You know that in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir we have got these kinds of set ups."

Source : PTI

Committee formed on pay commission for Manipur State Govt Employees

To assess and consider adoption of the revised pay scales based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission as adopted by the Government of India, the State Government has constitute a Committee of Officers with Chief Secretary as chairman and Principal Secretary (Finance) as convenor.

Other member of the Committee are Principal Secretary (Home), Principal Secretary (Planning), Principal Secretary (Higher Education), Commission (School Education), Commissioner (Works), Secretary (Law) and Secretary (DP).

Source : The Sangai Express

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