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Monday, April 21, 2008

I want better pay for defence, civil services: PM

The armed forces need to be paid more. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday endorsed the demand of the services for better pay.

The Prime Minister has assured the military that it will get a better deal than that recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.

"I would like our civil and defence services to be properly rewarded. I also believe that the tax payers will not grudge anyone of us better remuneration as long as we are serving the best interests of our people, most efficiently," Manmohan Singh said.

He made this comment while addressing top bureaucrats on Civil Services Day. The modest pay hike recommended by the Pay Commission has caused widespread disappointment in cantonments across the country.

He said that the Government has already set in motion a mechanism for hearing and redressing the grievances of the Government servants.

In the wake of the criticism over the recommendations, the government last week announced the setting up of a high-level official committee headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar to process the report of the sixth Pay Commission.

There have been reports of over a hundred military officers having put in resignations after the Pay Commission submitted its report on March 24.

This is the first time that the political leadership has signaled that the Pay Commission report has failed to meet aspirations.

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