Many rumours on the Sixth Central Pay Commission report largesse are doing the rounds in the media. Some of them may indeed be true. Meanwhile, the SCPC report will be put up to the Parliament next week and one hopes that it will made available in the public domain then.
Vivek, in his blogpost today, has already captured the emotions pertaining to the blogposts on the pay commission. The web traffic and the comments attracted by these posts are indeed overwhelming.
Mail Today has a report today that gives out the SCPC recommended pay scales for the military. The truth will be known in a couple of weeks, but many military personnel will find this interesting. Whether it meets their expectations is another matter altogether.
The generous hike for the armed forces incorporates an additional bonanza in the form of Military Service Pay (MSP). The MSP is in the nature of a hardship allowance and has been recommended at 10 percent of the emoluments. However, the service chiefs, army commanders and their equivalents in other services will not be entitled to the MSP. The emoluments for armed forces personnel are: if approved, an army Major will draw Rs 32,000 per month, a full Colonel Rs 45,000 per month, a Brigadier Rs 65,000 per month, a Major General Rs 78,000 per month and a Lieutenant- General a whopping Rs 90,000 per month. Their equivalents in the Navy and Air Force will also be at the same pay scales. [MT]
The scales for various ranks have also been given in the same newspaper. They are–
Lieutenant : 24000 – 900 – 26700
Captain: 27000 – 1000 – 30000
Major: 32000 – 1200 – 40400
Lt Colonel: 42000 – 1500 – 54500
Colonel: 45000 – 2000 – 75000
Brigadier: 65000 – 2500 – 85000
Maj General: 78000 – 3000 – 93000
and so on…
These tidbits in the media may satiate the appetite of many, but there are some who would be interested in the other recommendations of the report. This blogger is of the view that a pay hike, sans organisational reform, is only a short-term solution.
A similar situation had developed after the implementation of the recommendations of the previous pay commission. The euphoria and the excitement of a financial “windfall”, as it is being labeled by the media, will soon die down. The average military officer has been primed by the top brass with huge expectations from the pay commission. One shudders to think the consequences of a military, disillusioned and disappointed by these recommendations.
Sample the emotions of a military officer when Sujan Dutta in The Telegraph recalls an anecdote from the Exercise Brazen Chariots in Rajasthan:
There was a funny conversation I overheard. It was between the major who was the liaison officer and a colleague from a television channel. “Maaan,” the colleague said, “that guy carrying 85km should get a bottle of rum tonight.” Major Ajay Suri, the liaison officer, shot back: “You don’t think he deserves a 10 per cent hike in his salary?” [Telegraph]