Committee to look into pay and pension related issues of defence services personnel and ex-servicemen
The Government has decided to constitute a Committee, under the chairpersonship of Cabinet Secretary, to look into pay and pension related issues of defence services personnel and ex-servicemen. The other members of the Committee will be:
(i) Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
(ii) Defence Secretary
(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
• One-rank one-pension
• Enhancement of family pension
• Dual family pension
• Family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage
The Department of Expenditure will service the Committee. The Committee may co-opt any other member. The Committee will finalize its recommendations and submit its report to the Prime Minister by 8th August, 2012.
M Narasimha Reddy says
The relating issues mentioned in the “terms of reference” under Ex-servicemen are worth to mention for consideration. We hope,the six-member committee, comprising the Cabinet Secretary, the Defence Secretary, the Secretary for Department of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare, the Secretary for Department of Personnel and Training, the Secretary for Finance (Dept. of Expenditure) and the Principal Secretary to PM, who are now members of the present “Anomalies Committee” must be sympathetic to re-consider the issues, since the Rajya Sabha’s Committee on Petitions has already recommended, strongly. We hope, the Hon’ble Prime Minister may address the same from the Red Fort grounds on the 15th August, 2012. We soon going to hear a happy news shortly.
NS Minhas says
It is quite appreciable step. What about GREF/Border Roads Organisation personnel who had worked/working shoulder to shoulder with Army in the most inhospitable conditions throughout their service on the extreme border area. I hope due consideration will also be given to them (BRO personnel) while finalising the issue of One Rank One Pay to defence personnel by the concerned Ministry without waiting for complaints against disparity.