Armed forces protest against Seventh Pay Commission proposals

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A few days after the Seventh Central Pay had Commission submitted its report, the armed forces have begun expressing dissent against some of the proposals. Not happy with the recommendations, a high-level tri-services meeting on December 3 identified issues of immediate concern that the military will take up with the government.

A few key issues were agreed upon at the meeting, which would be presented in the form of a written submission soon. This includes pending concerns from the previous pay commission that defence officials claim have again been overlooked. The issue also found a mention at the Navy Day press meet of Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan, who refrained from getting into any details but indicated that there could be some thorny issues. 

One of the issues that the armed forces demanded was hardship risk-allowance. The armed forces at present are granted allowances based on a risk and hardship matrix with the highest allowance of Rs 31,500 per month going to those posted in Siachen. They were hoping to see the pay commission grant them the option of a Special Disturbance Allowance (SDA), which is accorded to their counterparts in civil services and paramilitary forces.
The other issues included a disability pension and parity with the Indian Police Service.

 

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