One Rank One Pension to become reality!Defence forces approach 7th pay commission seeking pay parity

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New Delhi, Dec 16: The three services of the defence force have submitted a joint memorandum to the Seventh Central Pay Commission seeking pay parity, the government said today.

"They have sought review and enhancement of grade pay of service officers and personnel below officer rank and initial pay fixation of lieutenant colonel, colonel and brigadier equivalents", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Rajya Sabha today.

Defence forces approach 7th pay commission seeking pay parity.
In a written reply, he said they have also sought placing of all lieutenant general in higher administrative grade scale and grant of non-functional upgradation to defence services officers.

They have also sought common pay scales for junior commissioned officers, the minister said. To a related question, he said the principle of one rank one pension has been accepted by the government and the modalities for its implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders.

Earlier in the day, talking about the Sydney hostage crisis like situation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said India was quite "well-prepared" to handle such a situation.

"I think we are improving and definitely much better than probably what we were were prepared in the earlier years," Parrikar told the media on being asked about India's preparedness and capability to tackle such a situation.

"Ultimately that comes with situation... and each situation differs and I think we are quite well-prepared," he added.

PTI 

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