Armed forces reject PMO proposal on officers' pay
New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) An attempt by Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to resolve the
armed forces' grievances over pay commission proposals has failed with the services
rejecting its proposal to grant higher pay only to those Lieutenant Colonels who were in
"combat" or "ready-to- combat" roles.
In a letter to the Defence Ministry, tri-services' Principal Personnel Officers Committee
chairman Vice Admiral D K Dewan said the armed forces wanted all Lieutenant
Colonels to be placed under the Pay Band-4 including those on deputation to
paramilitary and other services.
"The letter recommends that all Lt Cols be granted Pay Band-4, as all are on
combat/ready-to-combat jobs," Services headquarters said here today.
The armed forces also clarified to the Defence Secretary that it did not favour another
PMO proposal not to send Lt Cols on deputation to other services.
"Posting of Lt Cols on deputation be continued....In organisational interest without
altering existing working arrangements and relevant orders be reviewed and modified
accordingly," the letter, written this month, said.
It said the services and the rules governing them did not make any distinction and that
all of the officers were performing combat/ready-to-combat jobs.
Dewan's letter came in reply to a verbal query from the Defence Ministry on a
December 31 PMO note that the government proposed to place only those Lt Cols
serving in "combat/ready-to-combat" roles in Army, Navy and Air Force the Pay Band-4