Sergeant rank is the backbone of the Indian Air Force. Requisite justice has not been done to them in the matters of pay and pension. After the 6th CPC, the Sergeants have been given grade pay of Rs 2800.
Civilians drawing pay in the 5th CPC S-9 scale of 5000-150-8000 have been given grade pay of 4200 after the 6th CPC.
Civilians drawing pay in the 5th CPC S-8 scale of 4500-125-7000 have been given grade pay of 2800 after the 6th CPC.
Sergeants of Group ‘X’ were in the pay scale of Rs.4670-85-5945 which was upgraded to 5000-100-6500 for those Sergeants who qualified a special technical test on par with diploma in engineering.
Few comments from the indianmilitary.info are reproduced below:-
The MOD had approved the Machine Operator(Offset) (in 4500-7000 scale) GP @Rs. 4200/- and The Asst Master in Military Schools (in 5500-9000scale) GP @Rs.4600/- w.e.f. 1.1.2006. But the Air Force Group X -Sgt (Engg.degree/diploma) with a BP of Rs.5000/- and Edn Inst.(Sgt GpX) ( PG Degree/B.Ed.qualification) with a BP of 4965/- are still in the GP of Rs.2800/- and similarly, the fate of Navy Personnel Art.III-I, who is equivalent to a JCO rank is in the GP of 3400/- w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
As far Group pay is concerned to tech personnel. This has been given to all the ranks (PBORs) in technical trade. Why exclusively only Sgt is believed to have been componsated by this Gp Pay. This is not at all correct comparison The fact is Sgt of technical gp has been placed below at 2800 Rs. Just the paycommision wanted to raitionalise the payscales of ranks of PBOR. Civilian in the pay scale of 5000 (Vth CPC) has been granted 4200/- GP but Sgt 2800/-. But done is done.
X-Sgt KS Balaji said…
Sir, my regards and thanks for this wonderful platform. Presently after VI CPC all Central govt jobs with diploma qualifiction have a grade pay of Rs. 4200/.(PB-2). But, for the defence services why it is fixed at Rs. 2800/ for Sergeant in PB-1. Alas!.What is your opinion on this? Is there any justification given from defence services in accepting it?
Hence the grade pay of Sergeant of ‘X’ group who meets the requirements of diploma in engineering should be more than Rs 2800.
Following MOD letter is reproduced here.
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, the 10th November, 2000
The Chief of the Air Staff
Subject : Removal of anomalies arisen from the implementation of the revised pay scales consequent to the 5th CPC recommendation – Pay scales of PBORs.
I am directed to refer to the SAFI 1/S/98 dated 12th December, 1997 and this Ministry’s letters No.1(3)/97/D(Pay/services) dated 21st November, 1997 and (26)/97/D (Pay/ Services), dated 3rd October, 2000 on the above subject and to state that one of the recommendations of the HLC relates to the revision of pay scales of Sgt, in the Air Force.
The present pay scale of Sgt of Group ‘X’ in the Air Force is Rs.4670-85-5945. The HLC had recommended enhancement of the scale to Rs. 5000-100-6500 to restore relativity with civil diploma holders. The said recommendation of the HLC has since been considered by the Government in the light of the recommendations of the Committee, specifically constituted on the above subject, and it has been decided that while the existing pay scale of Sgt of X Group in the Air Force would remain at Rs.4670-85-5945, those Sgts, of X category who qualify a technical examination at par with diploma in engineering to be designed and conducted by Air HQ will be
given the upgraded scale of Rs.5000-100-6500.
2. It has also been decided that the special dispensation to Sgts, of Group ‘X’ of Air Force who successfully qualify the prescribed technical examination, referred to above, to be conducted by Air HQ would be given financial benefit from 10.10.1997 as a one-time measure.
3. This issues with the concurrence of Defence (Finance) vide their UO No.1708/AG/PD dated 8.11.2000.
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.
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