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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Only 2.5 times basic for Defence personnel?

Today reports indicated that the defence is settling for a pay hike of 2.5 times basic. Already a 50% merger of DA is existing. Hence the effective hike will be only 1.66 times.  Does this applies to other division also? Post your replies in the comments

The report

The Defence Minister A. K. Antony has suggested that the Sixth Pay Commission was likely to favourably consider the armed forces' demand for 2.5 times raise.

Antony expressed concern over rapidly falling enrollments in armed forces academies and shortage of officers. He attributed this to pay packets being better in the private sector.

"Children these days have many options and the pay packets are much better outside than what the armed forces are offering," he told newsmen.

"For the first time the armed forces have put their best foot forward by presenting unified proposals to the Sixth Pay Commission," the Defence Minister said.

He also expressed optimism that men in battle fatigues "would get a better deal this time". The armed forces have sought 2.5 times hike in salaries and perks for its men.

Antony also said his ministry would soon approach the Central government for approval of the second phase of married accommodation project to meet the shortfall in accommodation for large number of soldiers who are living away from their families.

"Government will work on war-footing to execute the housing projects," he said.

Source : Sahara Samay