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Armed Forces can not be compared with Paramilitary Forces – 7th Pay Panel Recommendations – Armed forces to MoD
Accepting the recommendations of an experts committee, the Ministry of Defence has instructed the military authorities to avoid ordering grant of maintenance allowance to estranged spouses from pay and allowances of military personnel, saying civil courts are the right forum to approach in such cases.
Even as the Central government and the three armed forces chiefs are trying to sort out a dispute over the new pay grades for the army, navy and the air force, the central government has planned a temporary payment for the armed forces.
“Yes, there are some anomalies in the 7th pay commission and the pension…we will resolve that. But, I don’t think that can be an issue for national debate,” Parrikar said in Mumbai.
Acting on a petition filed by a serving Colonel seeking the representation of all stakeholders before a committee looking into the 7th Pay Commission anomalies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday issued notice to the Central Government.
The 7th pay commission recommendations which were initially rejected by all three chiefs of the tri-services have only been accepted after the ministry of defence (MoD) gave its assurance of sorting out the various anomalies.
After a week-long difference of opinion over the implement enhanced salaries under the 7th Central Pay Commission pay, the armed forces have heeded the advice of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Taking a strong exception to Parrikar asking the service chiefs to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations despite their genuine objections, Captain Amarinder Singh, a former army officer, asked him to stand by the Defence services and not the babus in the government
With key anomalies raised by the Services remaining unaddressed, the three Chiefs of Staff are likely to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The notification does not reflect any changes from the recommendations of the 7th pay pay panel, except for the deletion of a sentence concerned with the parity of the armed forces with the Central armed police forces.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar admitted that “some” of the recommendations that he had strongly pushed on behalf of the armed forces have “not” been accepted.
Reliable sources conveyed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told a high-level meeting at the MoD on March 22 that the stance of the ministry should be categorical on the issues of status, pay and allowances for the armed forces.
Since there was general discontentment amongst the Services for pay recommendations Committees, Govt decided to entrust the work of reviewing pay and allowances of Defence Personnel to Pay Commission.
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