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Defence likely to have separate pay commission


25 Sep, 2013 8:39p.m.

The government is likely to accept the demands from the defence personnel for setting up a separate pay commission for the pay revision and benefits granted to the defence personnel only. Last year the three services chiefs had written to the Defence Minister AK Antony about the anomalies in the sixth pay commission. The Central government has agreed to delink the pay revision of defence personnel from the civilian employees and constitute a separate pay commission for the military personnel this year. 

They are also pushing for fixing rank pay and fixing pay structure for jawans and junior commissioned officers (JCOs).

The PMO had earlier, after the 6th CPC fiasco vis-à-vis the defence services, had opined that there would now be separate pay commission for the defence services.

Last year, Defence Minister AK Antony had reportedly written to the PM on "growing discontent among the services personnel due to the anomalies in payment and salaries." 

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Mr Antony had said that service personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners were "equally agitated" and suggested that corrective action be taken or "things may take a bad turn."

A month later, the PM set up a four-member committee of secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, to look into the demands. The armed forces had then objected to the absence of military representation on the committee. Later, some of the anomalies were corrected, and the government had promised a separate pay commission for the armed forces.

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