Prime Minister Modi Inspecting Guard of Honour

Prime Minister Modi Inspecting Guard of Honour

Monday, October 26, 2009


Eventhough the article on pay band change of SNCOs of IAF  dealt with the subject in length  supported by concrete arguments and reasons , I   personally feel that  the  issue needs to be  examined in the light of  the recommendations  and subsequent  approval of  the GOI. The GOI has added insult to injury by endorsing the recommendation  of the pay commission in this regard.

                                                          There is no doubt that the tempers are running high among the SNCOs as a class over the issue .But most of them are unable to express or convey their protest  in the matter as they are busy engaged in the prime task of  meeting the ends together  with the small pensions they earn.The predicament  of the serving  ones  are  well known.

                                                            The sixth pay commission  has kept  all the scales  upto S8 OF THE 5 th pay commission in PB-1. Scale S9 was kept in  PB-2 .It can be seen that   the starting pay of  S8-was  4500-125-7000.  So  it can be seen that any  scale   which  had a starting pay more than 4500 in the 5 th pay commission  qualifies to be placed in the   pb-2. But to the gross  disadvantage  x group sergeants of IAF  who  had a  starting basic pay  of 5000 as per 5th pay commission is  placed in pay band -1.The  GOI owes an explanation to  the x group sergeants  regarding the reason and logic behind this  injustice  perpetuated against them  which amounts to utter discrimination to the disadvantage of combatant soldiers when compared to  civilian employees.
                                                     Let us approach this PB issue  through another angle. The starting basic pay of x group sergeants are 5000, which when multiplied by 1.86  [the pay commission  factor] gives 9300. It can be seen that the starting pay of pay band -2 is also  9300. Now , how can the denial of the eligible pay band 2 to x group sergeants be  justified.

Needless to add the  sergeant promotion is limited by  the availabilty of  vacancies and is a selection post with  rigorous selection standards  determined by  examination and  annual assesments.
                                                        By following the well established convention of  taking a  beneficial view and upgrading the salaries    to avoid anomalies  when  pay scales are determined  the  GOI   should upgrade the pay band of all  sergeants to PB_2.It is their  entitlement with respect to their qualification, nature of job and skills involved.The accommodation  of sergeants in SNCOs mess where they hold important  appointments as property member etc reveals their special status . This  will avoid further  controversies and  anomalies by  upgrading only  x group sergeants


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Every pay commission creates anomalies which are dutifully rectified by the government sooner or later.But the sixth pay commision has created an irony instead of an anomaly. The matter refered to is that of assigning the sergeants of the Indian Air Force to pay band -1. It is an irony because it categorises the guard commander and the guard , the instructor and the trainee, the leader of a technical team and its members, all into one goup . The reason or logic behind this unjustifiable action is still not known.

The sergeants from technical trades are normaly equated to diploma holders and most of them have 10 years of service to their credit. The non technical tardesmen have specialised knowledge in their respective fields with more than 12 years of service. While all other similarly placed employees in the civil side are palced in the pb-2 the combatant sergeant is kept in the pb-1, which is a blatant violation and denial of natural justice to the prominent and vital rank of the Air force.

It will be interesting to have a closer look at this sergeant rank which is placed in the lowest pay band by the 6 pay commission. Earlier the sgts and flight sergeants were called SNCOs and were the backbones of the air force as far as jobs both technical and non technical were concerned.They enjoyed an element of respect from their seniors and the juniors looked upon them as their role models in Air Force. But in the long run the flight sergeants got redesignated and became junior warrant officers. But the sergeants continued to be known as SNCOs with the same clout and status.

The special status of the sergeants can be seen from the fact that they continue to be accomodated in SNCOs mess along with warranted ranks unlike in the army where havildars are not accomodated in the JCO mess.

Natural justice demands that they be placed in the PB-2 and their status restored. This demand becomes all the more relevant when others with even less basic pay as per 5 th pay commission [like master craftsmen etc] are assigned to PB -2. The discontent and feeling of being let down among the SNCOs are aroused by the fact that the top brass and the EX Service ORG. has not taken any meaningful step in this regard.

This is an earnest appeal by an EX SNCO URGING PAY BAND UPGRADATION OF SERGEANTS of the IAF and not an eulogy or a post mortem of the lost status of SNCOs with respect to PAY BAND.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Pension Table @ 50% Based on COS report
                                              Length of service in years
Rank     15     16     17     18     19      20      21       22       23       24       25

MWO  8234 8646 9057 9469 9881 10292 10704 11116 11528 11939 12351

WO     7892 8286 8681 9075 9470  9864  10259 10654 11048 11443 11837

JWO   6976 7324 7673 8022 8371  8719   9068   9417   9766   10115 10463

Sgt      5820 6097 6374 6651 6928  7205   7482   7759   8037    8314   8314

Cpl     5392 5626 5861 6095 6329  6564   6798   7033   7033    7033   7033

LAC   5515 5736 5957 6177 6398  6618   6618   6618   6618    6618   6618

AC     4635 4820 5005 5191 5376  5562   5562   5562   5562    5562    5562


MWO 7443 7816 8188 8560 8932 9304 9676 10049 10421 10793 11165

WO    7253 7616 7978 8341 8704  9066 9429 9792  10154  10517 10880

JWO  6467 6790 7113 7437 7760   8083 8407  8730  9054   9377    9700

Sgt     4838 5069 5299 5530 5760   5991  6221 6451   6682   6912   6912

Cpl    4742  4948 5154 5360 5567  5773   5979 6185   6185  6185    6185

LAC  4721  4910 5099 5287 5476 5665   5665  5665   5665  5665    5665

AC    3805  3957 4109 4262 4414 4566   4566  4566   4566  4566    4566

Pension table @ 70% Based on COS Report

MWO  X  11528 12104 12680 13257 13833 14409 14986 15562 16139 16715 17291

WO     X  11048 11601 12153 12705 13258 13810 13810 14915 15467 16020 16572

JWO    X  9766  10254 10742 11231 11719 12207 12207 13184 13672 14160 14649

Sgt       X  8147   8535   8923   9311   9699   10087 10475 10863 11251 11639 11639

Cpl      X  7548   7877    8205   8533   8861   9189   9518   9846  9846    9846    9846

LAC    X  7721   8030    8339   8648   8957   9266   9266   9266  9266    9266   9266

AC     X   6489   6748    7008    7267   7527   7786   7786   7786  7786   7786   7786

MWO Y  10421 10942 11463 11984 12505 13026 13547 14068 14589 15110 15631

WO    Y   10154 10662 11170 11677 12185 12693 12693 13708 14216 14724 15231

JWO  Y   9506    9959  10412 10864 11317  11770 11317 12222 12675 13128 13580

Sgt     Y   7419    7742   8064   8387   8709   9032   8709   9032    9354   9677   9677

Cpl     Y  7216     7504   7793   8082  8370    8659  8370   8659    8659    8659   8659

LAC  Y  6609     6874   7138    7402  7667    7931   7931   7931   7931    7931   7931

AC   Y    5327    5540   5753    5966  6179    6392    6392  6392   6392    6392   6392

The above tables are based on the folowing:
1.Max. of V pay scale of each rank X 1.86+ Xgp pay + gp+msp/50% or 70%.
2.Weightage @ 6,8,10 years subject to max. 30 years.
3.No Classification allowance is taken into consideration.
4. GP of AC/LAC=2000, CPL= 2400, SGT=2800, JWO=4200, WO=4600 & MWO=4800
5. The difference between X Gp CPL & LAC is only Rs.675 whereas, the difference due to 2 years extra weightage is Rs. 882/- therefore, the weightage of 10 years given to LAC is making the difference.
(with this I hope the doubt of some people expressed on this blog cleared)

Air Force Pay Scales V Pay Commission
 MWO                          WO               JWO                       SGT                CPL                 LAC         AC

Group X
7400-200-10200,6750-190-9700,5770-140-8290,5000-100-6500,4150-70-5200,4025-60-4925, 3675

Group Y
6750-200-9550, 6600-170-9320,5620-140-8140, 320-85-5595,  3900-70-4950,  3650-60-4550, 3250

Group Z
6600-200-9400, 6180-155-8650, 5200-125-7450,3775-85-5050, 3200-70-4250, 3080-60-3980, 3050

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Welcome all new commers

A hearty welcome to Jagan, Viyay Verma & Trishul. Kindly use this blog extensively with meaningful and effective discusssions so that the MOD should comedown to our expectations. Also I request all to give their e-mail address so that we can share the information each other which we can not share on this blog. You are also welcome to send any useful & important material to be posted on this blog. JN Chritian & Babu are also part of this blog.  

Monday, October 5, 2009

Some good news for Veterans

"Pay arrears before Diwali", Antony’s gift to the Armed Forces

The Defence Minister, Shri A K Antony lighting the lamp to inaugurate the Defence Accounts Day 2009 function, in New Delhi on October 01, 2009. The Controller General of Defence Accounts, Smt Bulbul Ghosh and the Secretary (Defence Finance), Smt Indu Liberhan are also seen. Photo no CNR- 27862

Thursday, October 01, 2009
18:47 IST
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has stressed that all men in the Armed Forces must get all their pay arrears relating to the Sixth Central Pay Commission well in time before Diwali. Addressing the Defence Accounts Day function here today, Shri Antony commended the officials of the Controller General of Defence Accounts for adopting computerisation and speeding-up the salary computation systems.

“One of the major challenges before you all is to render prompt, efficient and hassle free pensionary services to nearly 2 million Ex-servicemen and other retired Defence Personnel”, Shri Antony said. The Defence Minister called upon the Defence Accounts officials to implement optimally the austerity measures announced recently by the Government. “The Prime Minister has underlined the importance of service delivery mechanisms”, he added. Samir/DM/PK/RAJ
“Pay arrears before Diwali”, Antony’s gift to the Armed Forces

IESL/13/2009           Dt. 5 Oct.2009

To : Sh. A.K.Antony,
Minister for Defence ,
Govt of India,
South Block, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 011.

Sub: Post –Sixth CPC Demands of Veterans.

Respected Sir,

The veterans, all over India, were, in fact, highly elated on your announcement in regard to the payment of all arrears, in respect of sixth CPC to Veterans(ex-servicemen) before Diwali.

This organization takes liberty to remind, your good-self, that the orders regarding your Government's much publicized announcement, One Rank One Pension for PBORs (Veterans below the Commissioned Ranks) has not been issued yet. As such, how can they expect their arrears of One Rank One Pension before Diwali?

Is it a clerical delay or otherwise ? But, Sir, it will not be out of place mention that if the same is delayed, credit for doing good things will be taken by your adversaries. The Veterans are thinking to celebrate BLACK DIWALI if they are not given One Rank One Pension before Diwali.

Now it is up to your what it wants to do.

But we, on our part, would wish to remind you to do the needful at the earliest and garner the well wishes from the veterans for your government.

With a hope for an early action,

( Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.)

Copy to; S.Harbans Singh ,Director, Pesion, Deptt. of
SainikWelfare, Ministry of Defence.Govt
of India, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi for
information, please.
( Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.)

Source: IESM



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Ex-Servicemen return Medals