New Delhi, June 29: The much-awaited salary hike of Central government employees would now be implemented as the Union Cabinet approved the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. Salaries and pensions would now be increased by 23.5 per cent. The date of implementation is July 1. However, the Defence personnels are disappointed with the Secretaries Panel which failed to pay heed the demands of armed forces and ex-servicemen. (ALSO READ: 7th CPC: Disappointment for Defence personnels, ex Army chief cries ‘injustice’)
Ex-chief of Indian Army, General Roy Chowdhury has called it injustice towards the military. Most of the demands of defence personnels have been sidelined. According to sources, there could be a nationwide protest from July 11. (ALSO READ: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reacts to discontent within armed forces regarding salary & pension hike)
Here are the demands which were raised by armed forces and ex-servicemen regarding pay and salary hike:
1. Creation of Uniform Pay Matrix: The Defence Pay Matrix has only 24 pay levels, whereas, the civilian employees are provided 40 pay levels. This leads to stagnation of salary hike among the uniformed forces. even after retirement, it causes a difference in the pensions by at least Rs 20,000.
2. Parity of Allowances: Servicemen had demanded the Empowered Committee of Secretaries to make all compensatory fields and allowances applicable to civilian employees to uniformed forces as well. To highlight their plight, they cited the the example of a CAPF DIG being posted in Leh. While, the government would provide him allowances worth Rs 57,000, a brigadier posted in the same region would get only Rs 17,000 in form of allowances.
3. Disability allowance: The third major demand of armed forces was to create parity in disability allowance. While an Additional Secretary gets Rs 60,000 if entitled to disability pension, a Lieutenant General would get only Rs 27,000.
4. Technical Allowance: As per reports, the Tier – II of technical allowance was to removed by 7th Pay Commission. This would entitle the pilot in IAF to draw an allowance of Rs 25,000, but his technical counterparts would get only Rs 3,000 allowance. This vast difference in the allowance could create rift in the workforce.
Some of these demands have been raised earlier during the erstwhile Manmohan Singh regime. The then Defence Minister A K Antony had tasked a Committee of Secretaries to look into the concerns raised by armed forces regarding their salaries and pensions.