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Jawans to get more pension

One of to the three core issues which Armed forces find as anomalies in the implementation of Sixth Pay commmission report by Govt, has been reported to be resolved by Govt. The government has agreed to restore 70 per cent “pensionary weightage” to jawans, even as Defence chiefs on intensified efforts to get “anomalies” in the 6th Pay Commission notification removed.

“The government has given in principle approval to reverting to the 70 per cent pensionary weightage, as demanded by the Services, overruling the 50 per cent recommended by the Central Pay Commission (CPC), providing much-needed relief just before this Diwali,” top Defence Ministry sources told reporters.

Espousing their cause, on 25th Sept 2008, the Services chiefs apprised Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar and officials in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the issues.

Earlier, jawans used to get 70 per cent of their last drawn pay as pension calculated on the basis of their 10-month average salary before retirement.

Under the CPC notification, the jawans, who form the backbone of the Armed Forces but retire at a relatively young age, are to be provided with the option of lateral entry in to the Central police forces and paramilitary and in return, they would get reduced “pensionary weightage” of 50 per cent.

In order to resolve this issue, Defence Minister A K Antony had written a strong letter to both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, particularly battling for the jawan’s pensionary benefits, reduced by the CPC.

The other two issues yet to be considered by the Govt are

# Lt Colonels are now paid Rs 10,000 less than civilian counterparts. Over 19,000 officers are in the rank of it. Colonels and equivalent will get at least Rs 10,000 less than their counterparts in civil services and other Central organisations.

# Lt Generals are now paid lower than DGPs, which makes the status reduced. Lt Generals, admirals and air marshals have been kept at a lower status and pay scales than DGPs, a glaring disparity that will affect operational coordination.

Source : Economic Times & NDTV (25.09.08)

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