The three Service chiefs, led by Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, will today meet the Committee of Secretaries to discuss upon strong demands from armed personnel and ex-servicemen for One Rank One Pension and to push for their demands further.
The other core issues that the Service chiefs will push for are fixation of the rank pay, fixation of pay structure for jawans and non-functional upgradation granted to civilian counterparts but not to Defence personnel. These, the Defence personnel say, have been six core anomalies from the provisions of the Sixth Pay Commission granted in 2008.
The six-member committee was set up by the Prime Minister under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary after a Rajya Sabha panel last year recommended granting One Rank One Pension to the retired Defence personnel. The government has asked the committee to submit its report by August 8.
The other members of the Committee will be:
(i)Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
(iii)Secretary, D/o Expenditure
(iv)Secretary, D/o Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare
(v)Secretary, D/o Personnel and Training
The Committee’s ‘terms of reference’ will be to look into the following issues relating to:
(i)Defence services personnel:
•Common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/ORs
•Initial pay-fixation of Lt. Col/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent
•Review and enhancement of grade pay
•Placing of all Lts General in HAG+ scale
•Grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel
•Enhancement of family pension
•Dual family pension
•Family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage
Service chiefs also want a military representative on the committee.
The One Rank One Pay scheme implies that uniform pension be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to past pensioners.
Once implemented, it will resolve all anomalies related to the ex-servicemen's pension and bring uniformity in the post-retirement scheme. The Centre has given in-principle approval to the 'one rank one pension' demand of ex-servicemen
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