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7th Pay Commission related Debate – Why Armed Force not paid as much as Civilian Govt Employees

7th Pay Commission related Debate – Why Armed Force not paid as much as Civilian Govt Employees – Should Armed Forces have Seperate Pay Commission?

NDTV, one of the most popular News Media has in the Programme “We the People” which is a Debate show, discussed about Pay and Allowances of Armed Forces / Defence Personnel recommended by 7th Pay Commission. Dr. Rathin Roy, who is one of the members of 7th Pay Commission also participated in the show.The main issues discussed in the debate are as follows

NDTV debate on 7th pay commission pay and allowances for armed forces officers

  • why Top officer rank in Defence Forces are not made at par with the IAS and IPS Cadre in terms of Pay?
  • 85% of Soldiers retire by 37 Years. So, addition in salary and consequently the quantum of pension on account of seniority get reduced in respect of soldiers. But Government Employees retire only at the age of 60 and get the fair chance of increase in pay on account of seniority. So Soldiers have to be paid more in terms of pay and pension
  • Before 7th Pay Commission Recommendations IAS cadre got more pay than Military officers. Now as per 7th Pay Commission recommendations IPS and Forest Service Officers have also been fixed with more pay than Army officers
  • Pay achiveable by 100% of IAS Officers in 16 year of service is what 1% of army officers will get in 32 years service
  • In Crisis Armed Forces replaces administration; not paid as much
  • Pay achiveable by 100% of IAS Officers in 16 year of service is what 1% of army officers will get in 32 years service
  • Hardship allowance has been recommended for Civil Service Officers more than Armed Forces Officers
Armed Forces Jawans 14,000 21,000
Armed Forces Officers 21,000 31,500
Civil Services Officers 30,000 55,000

NDTV narrates the debate as follows.

Fauj Vs Babus: Why 7th Pay Commission Has The Military Up In Arms

While netas play politics over patriotism, soldiers are fighting for pay parity. The seventh pay commission says Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service will be at par with the IAS, leaving the military behind. On We The People, we debate the pay panel’s recommendations. Why this pay divide? Will politicians who are playing patriotic games put their money where their mouth is? In crises like the recent Jat agitation, the Army is often replacing civil administration, but is not being paid as much. Why is this so? Should Armed Forces have a separate pay commission?

Watch this Debate for more interesting arguments on 7th Pay Commission recommendations for Defence Personnel

Source: NDTV

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