New Delhi, June 29: Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The much-awaited salary hike has satisfied the bureacrats and civilian employees to an extent. But the armed forces appear to be disappointed. Most of the demands raised by defence personnel and ex-servicemen have been sidelined. Here the CPC recommendations for the Defence sector, regarding their salary hikes:
The brightest news for the uniformed forces is that the minimum salary of a sepoy has been increased by 2.57 times. The entering rank sepoy used to get Rs 8,460. It has now been increased to Rs 21,700. The sharp increase has been appreciated by a section of defence personnel. Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhara, who was one of the leading voices in the ‘One Rank One Pension’ campaign has appreciated the step taken by the 7th Pay Commission. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission latest news today: Betrayal of Defence personnel? Here is what the armed forces & ex-servicemen demanded)
Officers on higher pay grades would be provided with a greater index of DA. Junior Commissioned Officer in Pay 2 Band would be provided a multiplier of 2.62. The Pay Band 3 employees (lieutenant, majors) will receive a higher index of 2.67, whereas the Lt Colonels and Lt Majors would get 2.72. The army commanders would get a multiple of 2.81, while the three chiefs of Army will get an index of 2.78.
Military officers also receive Minimum Salary Pay (MSP) apart from pay grade and pay band. The MSP has been increased from existing Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,500 per month for officer rank. For JCOs, it has been incremented from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,200.