Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pay Hike for Lt Gens Okeyed..Tribune News Service

Pay hike for Lt Gens okayed

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Rectifying earlier anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission, the government has accorded financial sanction for moving Lieutenant Generals and equivalents into a higher pay band. The orders were signed by the Ministry of Defence (Finance) today, thereby clearing the last hurdle for the issue of the Special Army Instruction detailing the new pay scales.

Lieutenant Generals and equivalents (other than Army Commanders) have been placed lower in pay than Directors General of Police. A substantial number of three star generals will now be placed in the Higher Administrative Grade--Plus (HAG+) pay band of Rs 75,500-80,000.

Lieutenant Generals and equivalent holding the appointments of GOC-in-C (Army Commander) or equivalent in the sister services are already in the apex scale of Rs 80,000 (fixed).

The anomaly of lowering of status of Lt Gens crept up when they were placed in pay band-4 (Rs 37,400--67,000) with grade pay of Rs 12,000 while state police chiefs were upgraded to HAG+ at the time of implementation of the sixth CPC recommendations.

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