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