Key meeting today to discuss pay, pension of Armed forces

New Delhi There have been strong demands from ex-servicemen for One Rank One Pension, and from acting servicemen for One Rank One Pay. And to push for their demands further, 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.
 
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 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.
 
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.
 
The Defence personnel had written to the Prime Minister earlier this month appealing for justice.
 
There have been strong demands from ex-servicemen for One Rank One Pension, and from acting servicemen for One Rank One Pay. And to push for their demands further, 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.
 
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 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 anomalies from the provisions of the Sixth Pay Commission granted in 2008.
 
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.
 
The Defence personnel had written to the Prime Minister earlier this month appealing for justice.
 
Story First Published: July 18, 2012 12:48 IST

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