GN Bureau | September 17, 2012
A high-powered committee set up by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July to examine the grievances of the Armed Forces personnel is understood to have recommenced immediate removal of all anomalies towards one-rank-one-pension issue and the non-functional upgradation (NFU) to the senior officers to match their counterparts in IAS, IPS and paramilitary forces.
Though the committee headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Seth was tasked to deal with 10 issues referred by Defence Minister AK Antony for early resolution, sources said it could give positive report only on four issues. The two other recommendations that will now go before the PM to decide are a common pay scale for the in-service jawans and the issue of grade pay.
The Armed Forces officers were petitioning the government since early 2009 for the grade pay of Rs 10,000 per month that was granted to the IAS officers of the joint secretary rank in the government of India and equivalent civilian posts on the recommendation of the sixth Central Pay Commission.
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