Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Govt orders payment of 7th Pay Commission scales to military



By Ajai Shukla
Business Standard, 4th May 17

Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the three defence services will hereafter be paid salaries recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (7CPC). The new scales will be paid with effect from January 1, 2016.

In June 2016, the Cabinet had approved 7CPC scales for civilian employees with effect from January 1, 2016, resulting in additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore.

However, the three service chiefs had requested that payment be made to defence personnel only after an Anomalies Committee resolved the military’s representations against the 7CPC recommendations.

While the military’s three key requests have not been addressed in this award, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley revealed two significant concessions in a press briefing in New Delhi on Wednesday. First, disability pension for soldiers would henceforth be paid at the same scales as civilians. The generals had protested the 7CPC order that disability pensions be paid to the military at a flat slab rate, rather than as a percentage of salary. This had sharply reduced the disability pensions almost across the board.

“The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system”, said a government notification. This would involve an additional outgo of Rs 130 crore per annum.

Second, a modified method of calculation will increase the pension of servicemen who retired before 2016, benefiting over 55 lakh pensioners. This involves an additional payout of Rs 5,031 crore for 2016-17, which would increase this year’s pension allocation of Rs 85,740 crore.

Even so, there is disappointment within the three services that the award has not addressed three key “anomalies”, which had been strongly endorsed by the three service chiefs.

The first of these relates to errors of logic and arithmetical calculations in fixing the pay scales of various ranks in the military. Second, while “military service pay” (MSP) was fixed at Rs 15,500 per month for officers and Rs 5,200 per month for “junior commissioned officers” (JCOs) and other ranks (ORs), the military pointed out that JCOs, who are Group “B” employees, should receive a higher MSP than ORs, who are Group “C” employees.

The third military request involved the grant of “non functional upgradation” (NFU), which involves the automatic upgrade of salary scales for all persons, regardless of whether they were selected for promotion to higher grades, in tandem with those who were selected for promotion, with a lag of two years. This benefit is granted to all other central government employees.

Jaitley clarified that the first two issues are being addressed by the Anomalies Committee, while the NFU issue is before the Supreme Court. The government has appealed to the apex court after the Armed Forces Tribunal ordered the payment of NFU to military personnel.


Pending the implementation of the 7CPC award to military personnel, the government had granted an interim salary hike of 10 per cent to all services personnel across the board. Since the average salary hike proposed by the 7CPC amounts to approximately 15 per cent, the new orders will marginally raise the payout of salaries and pensions, and arrears.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

BMKJ

Kay Malhotra said...

Once again jaitley has proved to be anti armed forces. NFU and downgradation Vis a Vis other services has not been addressed. Peanuts have been given

Anil k said...

Issue is alive , so beleiving in our govt and courts and waiting some more jain order

Unknown said...

How can RM say that NFU is sub judice? They are against NFU being granted to Armed Forces.

Vikral Singh said...

Jetali who was in cricket also along with Shukla is a clever and ambitious lawyer who has an eye on future all the time

Unknown said...

Here starts the downfall of BJP government..anti military party

Archana Jayadev said...

Déjà vu

Prabhakara Rao Aravapalli said...

Sad state of affairs for Indian Armed forces.
Govt apathy towards defence forces is clear.

Hardutt Sharma said...

It OK but not very good.

RAVINDRANATHA REDDY said...

My dear most respected PM sir and RM sir, I thought that the future of India is bright with a strong defence and economy under the leadership of NAMO Saab. But after looking at the way you are managing the things especially defence my (our) hopes are shattering. Dear Sir pls take a call at the earliest. People are watching. It's not for vote politics but for national interest

Anonymous said...

Not against Indian Armed Forces it is against haramkhor officers