From: Brig Harwant Singh
Sent: 23 March 2010 20:42
To: Indian Veterans -; M V -; RDOA India; Air force Association; Bangalore Gunners; We the; BOMBAY SAPPERS; Exservicemen Joint Action Front Sanjha Morcha
Cc: Core Group
Subject: [CoreGpIESM] Majors' Pension - DISCUSSION WITH SECY DEF WELFARE (MOD)
Dear Friends ,
Earlier , we had taken up a case with the MOD regarding the vast gap in pensions of Majors and Lt Cols , specially of Time Scale Lt Cols, who did the same job . Now our representatives have been called to discuss the matter with Secy Defence Welfare on 26 March at 11.30 AM .They will be leaving Mohali on 25 March
They will be discussing the matters on the lines given below . Veterans are requested to give suggestion for any amendments to this letter to make the case stronger by 2000h on 24 march . Additions / deletions may please be given in a manner which could be 'Cut and Paste' since time will be at premium .
“ALL INDIA DEFENCE BROTHERHOOD (Regd)’’
(Ex-Servicemen’s ‘‘Common Platform for Common Cause’’)
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ANOMALY IN PENSION OF MAJORS AND EQUIVALENT RANKS
IN NAVY AND AIR FORCE
While in service, a Major and a ‘’Time Scale Lt Col’’ perform the same/ similar job. The latter , after certain length of service, used to be just given a 'honourific rank' only, before his retirement . Also , there was very little difference in their basic pay. However as per the 6 Pay Commission Award , the difference in pension between these two ranks is Rs 11,600/- (Rupees Eleven thousand and six hundred only) , to the disadvantage of the majors which is far too vast and violates the law of ‘Natural Justice’, viz, ‘same compensation for same job’ (work done) . With the additional DA , this gap has increased even further.
Majors and equivalent ranks in the Navy and the Air Force , form the ‘cutting edge’ in their respective services and are a vital link in the chain of command . They directly train and administer their troops in peace and lead them from the front in war . Their low pension is NOT commensurate with their great contribution , both inpeace and in war .
With the new pension scale the status of majors has been lowered than that of those who are of lower in rank and might have been their subordinates but are retiring now .
In view of the foregoing , it is suggested that the existing vast gap of Rs 11,600/- (Rupees Eleven thousand Six hundred only) in the pensions of the majors and the Lt Cols be reduced to the levels of awards by the previous Pay Commissions . The difference between their pensions must not exceed more than 10 % and a major must get a minimum basic pension of about Rs 22500/- (Rupees Twenty Two thousand and five hundred only).
Sqn Ldr SP Bains (Retd) Major SS Dhillon (Retd)
Vice President (Co- Secretary General ord)
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