Discrimination against Air Force and Armed Forces Officers


There appears to be strong disadvantage to officers of the Air Force and the Armed Forces as compared to civilian officers. Due to much tougher service conditions and risky life, armed forces personnel should be given better status and salary than equivalent civilian personnel. But on the contrary, armed forces personnel especially the commissioned officers continue to get lower status in terms of grade pay. Now civilians through a clever move have ensured that all of them (Gp ‘A’ officer cadre) get the pay and pension of Special Secretary to GOI which is the post equivalent to an Air Marshal or a Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral. In the Air Force only 2 out of 100 officers become Air Marshal but any civilian officer will now get the emoluments and pension of an Air Marshal.

courtesy: Shekhar Chopra
NFU = Non Functional Upgrades

Means if your batch officer is promoted then you will automatically be getting Upgrades- Non Functional, but moolah in bank. So when you have 19 years of service you are Joint Secretary equivalent- no matter you are stagnating due to inefficiency.

Dear All,
The issue of Non Functional Grade Pay(NFU) being given to Gp A Officers of Central and state Cadres At 19 years of service has caused an immense amount of feeling of discrimination and everyday functional problems…

1. All Defence Offrs, please be informed that Offrs of other services with whom you interact on functional basis, like MES Civ Offrs, GREF Civ Offrs, Offrs of BSF, CRPF ,ITBP, Def Accts(IDAS), Test Audit(IA&AS), Ord Factory Bd etc, will now get the salary and grade pay of Joint Secretary/ Maj Gen (GP Rs 10000/-) in 19 yrs of service, and will draw the pay of Addl Secretary to Govt of India which is equal to a Lt Gen(GP Rs 12000/-) in 32 yrs of service by virtue of their service being Organised Gp A Service.
2. The above condition has been brought about consequent to acceptance of 6 CPC recom on NFU by GoI , wherein it recommended that whenever any IAS officer of the state or joint cadre is posted at the Centre to a particular grade carrying a specific grade pay in Pay Bands PB-3 or PB-4,the officers belonging to batches of Organised Group A services that are senior by two years or more and have not been promoted so far to that particular grade would be granted the same grade on a non functional basis from the date of posting of the IAS officers in that grade at the centre. Hence if an IAS officer becomes Joint Secretary in 17 years of service the offrs of Org Gp A Service(like the ones mentioned in Para 1) will start drawing the salary of Joint Secretary in maximum of 19 years of service and similarly that of Addl Secretary / Lt Gen in 30 and 32 yrs resp.3. Why is it not applicable to Def Offrs:Because as per Govt of India Def Offrs are NOT part of Org Gp A Service and the above recom is applicable to only to the latter.

4. If Def Offrs are not part of Org Gp A service then what are they:

They are just Commissioned Officers.

5. If all the above is correct then who all form part of Org Gp A Service and how Def Offrs call themselves Class 1 offrs:

Central Civil Services mainly include AIS (All India Services, namely, IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service) and Org Gp A service .There are a total of 58 services forming part of Org Gp A service. Please see the attachment. Def Offrs are not part of Civil Services but have been broadly kept at par with Gp A Offrs of Civil Services( erstwhile known as Class 1 offrs) by various Pay Commissions. The reference to same since independence is attached.

6. Background to recom of NFU for Org Gp A Service as per 6 CPC:

(a) The Sixth CPC observed that there is a conventional edge of two years between IAS and other AIS/ Central Group A services and stated that though the Fifth CPC had taken the view that the edge need not be disturbed, in practice, however, the gap of two years (for posting to various grades in the Centre in form of empanelment of IAS officers and promotion for other Group A officers), has increased in respect of many organised Group A services.

(b) The sixth CPC felt that this is not justified as Organised Group A services have to be given their due which justifiably should mean that the disparity, as far as appointment to various grades in Centre are concerned, should not exceed two years between IAS and organised Central Group A services. It recommended that the Government should, accordingly, consider batch-wise parity while empanelling and/or posting at Centre between respective batches of IAS and other organised Group A services with the gap being restricted to two years.

(c) Therefore whenever any IAS officer of the state or joint cadre is posted at the Centre to a particular grade carrying a specific grade pay in Pay Bands PB-3 or PB-4,the officers belonging to batches of Organised Group A services that are senior by two years or more and have not been promoted so far to that particular grade would be granted the same grade on a non functional basis from the date of posting of the IAS officers in that grade at the centre.

(d) The higher non-functional grade so given to the officers of organised Group A services will be personal to them and will not depend on the number of vacancies in that grade.

(e) These officers will continue in their existing posts and will get substantial posting in the higher grade that they are holding on non functional basis only after vacancies arise in that grade. This will not only ensure some sort of modified parity between IAS and other Central Group A services but will also alleviate the present grade of disparity existing between promotional avenues available to different organised Group A services.

(f) The Government accepted the recommendations of Sixth CPC and granted the NFU to Organized GP A Services .

7. Why should the def offrs get NFU:

Because of the following reasons :

(a) None of the Org Gp A service faces as much stagnation as the Armed Forces offrs because of its pyramidal structure. In fact, on the contrary, most of the Gp A service offrs, as it is, reach the level equal to Addl Secretary due to cylindrical structure of promotion of their service. Only issue for them is, in how many years. In comparison, 97% def offrs retire at the levels below Joint Secretary / Maj Gen. Hence, if the logic of giving NFU to Org Gp A offrs is stagnation, then, no one deserves it more than the Armed Forces Offrs.

(b) Traditionally, since independence, there has been a broad parity between the Class 1 / Gp A offrs of Civil Services and the Defence Services Offrs which has been acknowledged by different Pay Commissions in their reports. In such a case ,the differential behaviour of 6 CPC not only disturbs the financial parity, it pushes down the def services in status as even direct recruit offrs of Gp B services attain a better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary / Maj Gen before retiring . In fact, now Sub Inspectors of CRPF/BSF/ITBP too can beat Def Services Offrs when they too will retire with the salary of Addl Secretary / Lt Gen, if they get promoted as Asstt Comdt / DSP in 8 yrs. All this will only fuel frustration, disgruntlement and will have a demoralising effect on the Armed Forces Offrs.

(c) Since Def Offrs will have to work alongside some of the Organised Gp A Services mentioned, a disparity of this magnitude will lead to functional problems .In some stations, it is already being heard that Civ Offrs have started projecting themselves as senior to top military offr like Stn Cdr. In a specific case a Civ Chief Engineer of MES has started considering himself senior to a COS due to NFU and started saying so all around. Such problems will only increase in future. Moreover, this issue must not be allowed to linger till 7th CPC for resolution. If our top brass stands up united on this issue, the govt will have to accept it. Service HQs are aware of this issue and had sent a proposal to MoD, but it has been rejected. However , the issue needs a more forceful pleading duly backed by Service Offrs unanimously.

8. Benefits of NFU : It will not only benefit the offrs facing stagnation at the level of Lt Col, Col, and Brig, but will also benefit senior offrs like Maj Gen and Lt Gen who otherwise pick up their ranks in 29 yrs and 35 yrs resp, as they will too start drawing the pay of Maj Gen in 19 yrs of service and that of Lt Gen in 32 yrs of service.
9. What can you do : Dont accept fait accompli, Spread awareness, as knowledge is power. Apprise more and more offrs about this discrimination. Raise it in appropriate forums to escalate its level and let the top brass take it up as seriously as PB-4 issue with the govt for IT IS, AS SERIOUS AN ISSUE.
It not only affects pay, it also affects status. So please do your bit, at least ask for it from your seniors. If you have anything more to add to this mail, which is relevant and factually correct, please go ahead and add on for the benefit of all, and circulate this in your yahoo/google/any other groups of various courses/ batches on the internet.
SOME RETD OFFRS ARE REQUESTED TO FILE A PIL TO SORT OUT THIS ANOMALY….

Antony writes to PM over wages and pension of services men


30 Jul 2012, 1959 hrs IST, AGENCIES
Observing there was “growing discontent” among armed forces personnel over anomalies in pay-related matters, Defence Minister A K Antony has written a letter to the Prime Minister saying if “corrective action” is not taken, the issue might take a “bad turn”.After the letter was sent, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh constituted a high level-committee under the Cabinet Secretary to address issues such as One Rank One Pension (OROP) and elevation of all Lt Gen-rank officers into a higher pay scale.In the letter written on June 25, sources said the Defence Minister has written that “there is growing discontentment among the services personnel due to the anomalies in fixation of payment and salaries.”

Pushing the case for accepting the demands of serving and retired soldiers, Antony pointed out that the service personnel, ex-servicemen and family pensioners are “equally agitated” over the anomalies in their salaries.

He told the Prime Minister that “unless we take corrective action, things may take a bad turn.”

On July 13, the Prime Minister formed a six-member committee under Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, which has been asked by the government to finalise its recommendations and submit its report to Manmohan Singh by August 8.

For serving defence personnel, the committee will look into the issues of having a common pay scale for serving
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), placing all Lt Gen-rank officers under the higher pay scale grade of Higher
Administrative Group Plus (HAG+).

For the large community of ex-servicemen, the government has tasked the committee to consider the issue of
One-Rank-One-Pension which has been the main demand of the services personnel and has seen a lot of them returning their service and gallantry medals to the President in the last few years as a mark of protest.

 http://www.timesnow.tv/Antony-writes-to-PM-over-wages-and-pension-of-services-men/articleshow/4407390.cms

Defence pay disparity may lead to serious command, control implications


Former vice-chief of Army staff Lt. Gen. Vijay Oberoi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, aptly began a paper titled “Military Veterans Fighting For Justice”, A Brief Containing Major Issues’ with an excerpt from a letter from Kautilya to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, mentioned in the formers Arthashastra.
While Gen. Oberoi’s paper is on the woes of retired armed forces personnel, there are issues of pay disparity of serving personnel with serious implications for command and control and morale, both of which are vital to national security.
An anomaly in the grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to defence forces raised after implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) has been turned down by the defence ministry. Three reasons given as grounds for this were: (a) The service conditions of Armed Forces are quite different when compared to civilian employees. (b) Ample benefits in the form of military service pay and various allowances are available to armed forces officers and (c) Government orders are for Organised Group A Services and armed forces do not have such set up.
The core issues raised for parity have been overlooked. The benefit of the NFU has been extended to the Group A services whose officers work with the armed forces in a supporting role. Armed forces officers are also posted to these organisations, such as the Indian Naval Armament Service, Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Indian Defence Service of Engineers (MES), Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service, Defence Quality Assurance Service, Defence Research and Development Service, Survey of India Group A Service, and the Border Roads Organisation.
Further, while Indian Police Service (IPS) Officers posted to Central Police/Paramilitary Organisations like Border Security Force, Assam Rifles and Indo-Tibetan Border Police functioning under Army formations in counter insurgency operations and also deployed on Line of Control/Line of actual control with the Army were granted NFU, the Armed Forces were left out. This has resulted in serious command and control and functional problems which is resulting in a demoralising effect on the officer cadre of the Armed forces.
The qualifying attributes of Organised Group A Services were that at least 50 per cent of the posts in JTS (junior time scale) should be filled by direct Recruitment, highest post in the cadre should not be below SAG (special administrative grade) Scale, all Standard Pay Scale should exist and all the posts up to scale of `18,400-22,400 should be filled only by promotion.
A major implication of not extending NFU to Defence Forces is that while all civil service officers making it to the post of Joint Secretary by selection would transit into the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) Scale and definitely retire with the pension of that Scale, a Major General who is senior in protocol and retiring at the rank would continue to draw pension in Pay Band – 4, would drop to the minimum Pay Band-4 while transiting to next Pay Commission. Examples of disparity as a result of not granting NFU to Defence Service Officers are: While a director from the Organised Central Group “A” Services draws Senior Administrative Grade Pay Scale at 22 years of service, the defence services officers with same service holding similar appointment draw a pay scale of `37,400-67,000 with grade pay of `8,700. A director from the Organised Central Group “A” services will be drawing HAG Scale at 32 years of service while defence services officers with same service and holding similar appointment will be drawing a Pay Band-4 scale of `37,400-67,000 with grade pay of `8,700. This leads to differential treatment in pay and allowances granted to organised central group “A” services/All-India Services and Defence Services officers performing similar appointment in the same HQ/formation/ unit under identical circumstances.
With the benefits that accrue from NFUs, a director from organised central group “A” services with 33 years of service would be drawing a pension of `36,500 per month whereas officers of defence service, holding similar appointments with 33 years service, will be drawing a pension of `32,920 per month on retirement.
A major-general having 33 years of service working as additional director general in integrated HQs in ministry of defence will draw a SAG pay scale service working under him will be drawing HAG scale. The major-general will be eligible for a pension of approx `33,170 per month and the director will be eligible for a pension while the director from organised central group “A” service with 32 of `36,500/-.
The BSF sectors are deployed on LoC with Army. The Sector Cdr of BSF will be drawing equal pay as his superior, i.e. Maj. Gen. commanding a force/division, resulting in severe command and control problem. Similar problems arise where BSF is operating with Army in counter insurgency operation. It needs to be examined whether the application of doctrine of equal pay for equal rank enshrined in the directive principles of state; policy in chapter IV of the Constitution and accepted by the Supreme Court on Fundamental Right to Equality has any significance where pay of a senior officer is less than the junior officer in rank and service.
Service conditions of armed forces are harsher and tougher that organised group A services. These service conditions include restriction of fundamental rights and strict disciplinary codes, separation from families, truncated careers, stringent promotion criteria, bleak career prospects, undefined and unlimited working hours, effect of continuous exposure to hazardous situations, and threat to life. None of the personnel from the Organised Group A services face these issues.
Regarding parity with IPS — it may be recalled that the 3rd CPC on basis of the Raghuramaiah Committee Report — 1960 vide 8 of Chapter 50 (Appendix A) elucidated the basis on which a linkage/relativity in terms of pay structure of the Armed Forces was established with Class I services of Central Government particularly IPS. This was the first pay commission to handle the pay of civilians as well as the armed forces personnel. The 4th and 5th CPC had also continued to broadly maintain the established parity of the Armed Forces with the IPS. Sth CPC recommended the NFU to organised group A services only, while it was extended to IPS and IFS. The parity of Armed Forces with IPS also-got disturbed due to non grant of NFU to armed forces.
Failure to adhere the concerns can result in military personnel being invalidated out of service since 2002. They are generally devoid of the contemporary necessities of dignified existence and have an adverse impact on the soldier’s social and family life. It causes acute stress and long-term psychological imbalances. In the light of the above, it is recommended that a case be taken up with the govt for making NFU applicable to officers of the defence services as well. The command and control and functional problems, are severely impacting progress of infrastructure development in border areas and social infrastructure in the hinterland.

[http://www.asianage.com/ideas/defence-pay-disparity-may-lead-serious-command-control-implications-641]

Military grade pay anomalies remain the key issue


High-powered committee on pay in armed forces

Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, July 22


As the high-powered committee ordered by the Prime Minister sets about to put forth its recommendations to remove a host of anomalies in the pay and allowances of Armed Forces personnel, the issue of wide disparities in grade pay vis-à-vis civilian services that cropped up post implementation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (SCPC) remains one of the most important issues.

The SCPC has introduced the concept of grade pay, which is the sole criteria for determining the status and seniority of an individual, both within his service as well as in respect to members of other government services or departments. The grievance of armed forces personnel is that the grade pay applicable to them after the SCPC has downgraded their status vis-à-vis central government employees.

The fallout of the disparity brought about by the SCPC also has serious ramifications on the day-to-day operational command and control as well as administrative functioning where multiple agencies like the armed forces, paramilitary organisations and other defence departments are involved.

The high-powered committee was set up earlier this month under the chairmanship of the cabinet secretary and includes the defence secretary, principal secretary to the prime minister, secretary, ex-servicemen welfare, secretary, department of expenditure and secretary, department of personnel and training. It is mandated to submit its report by August 8.

Though about 40 perceived anomalies have been brought up by armed forces personnel and ex-servicemen, the committee will look into nine issues, out of which four concern ex-servicemen. Besides the issue of grade pay, the committee’s terms of reference are common pay-scale for in-service JCOs/Ors, initial pay-fixation of Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel and Brigadier/equivalent, review and enhancement of grade pay, placing of all Lieutenant General in HAG+ scale and grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU) to armed forces personnel.

The issue of NFU is another major bone of contention. While all central services have been granted NFU, the armed forces have been left out. Interestingly, while the Navy and Air Force had agreed to it, the opposition had come from within the a section of the army’s higher leadership.

NFU implies that whenever an IAS officer gets empanelled at a particular appointment at the Centre, all other Group-A service officers are also upgraded to the same level after a period of two years from the date of empanelment, on a “non-functional” basis irrespective of whether they are actually promoted or not. For example, if an IAS officer of 1985 batch is empanelled as an additional secretary, then all other Group-A officers of the 1983 batch shall also be placed in the additional secretary’s pay grade.

Higher Starting Pay for Air Warriors!


Thanks to the Sixth Pay Commission, young commissioned officers get a higher starting pay (about Rs 10000 p.m.) than even the IAS officers.

Air warriors ready to take off: Newly commissioned flying officers celebrate successful culmination of their training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Hyderabad, on 30 June 2012. A Tribune photograph

Squadron Leader’s Pay: IAF officers win the court case. Will GOI appeal against the judgement?


Implement enhanced 5th Pay Commission pay scale of Squadron Leaders w.e.f 1996 not 2000 : AFT

The 5th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had recommended the starting basic pay for the rank of Squadron Leaders @ Rs 12,800 including rank pay (Rs 11,600 + Rs 1200 rank pay to be counted as basic pay for all intents and purposes).
Since the integrated running scale in force till the 4th CPC was now changed into a fixed scale w.e.f 01-01-1996 by the 5th CPC, it was felt that Squadron Leaders of the Air Force were at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their closest erstwhile counterparts, that is, the Non-Functional Selection Grade/Selection Grade officers of the Civil Services.
Accordingly, a High Level Committee was constituted which rendered its recommendations in July 1999 and which opined that though Sqn Ldrs could not be equated with the Selection Grade scale of Rs 14,300 – 18,300 (Now after 6th CPC, PB-4, Grade Pay 8700), there definitely was a requirement for parity with the Selection Grade of the Indian Police Service vis-à-vis Majors/Sqn Ldrs in the 14th Year of service which was historically enjoyed by the Defence Services. Accordingly, it was recommended that Sqn Ldrs and equivalent should get a start of Rs 13,125 rather than 12,800 so that they could attain near parity with IPS officers with 14 years of service.
Though the above was accepted, it was only made applicable from the date of issuance of orders, that is, 29 February 2000.
The prospective cut-off date was challenged by a group of Air Force officers who contended that since the anomaly in the scales had arisen with effect from the date of implementation of the 5th CPC, that is, 01 Jan 1996, the removal of anomaly also needed to be given effect from the date of inception of the said anomaly and not from a later artificial date.
The Hon’ble Principal Bench of the AFT has accepted the contention and allowed the Petition and directed the grant of the said enhanced start of basic pay with effect from 01-01-1996 rather than 29-02-2000.
It is also interesting to note that while the committee had accepted the near parity of the defence services with the IPS, the same has been totally ignored by the 6th CPC and also the govt thereafter. Civil services officers are now much better placed since under Non-Functional Upgradation, all Group-A civil officers retire with the pay and pension of an Air Marshal (HAG Scale) irrespective of their actual rank, grade or status.
With the self-defeatist ethos of the services and the sadism at play in the MoD, it could well be possible that even this well rounded and sound judgement of the AFT would be taken till the highest Court in order to wear out the litigants.

Only a very strong COSC and PPOC can check the slide of the services on the pecking order and the financial and social scale.

(adapted from http://www.indianmilitary.info)

The Battle for Status!


Babudom holds back pay scale upgrade for armed forces
Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, March 28
Away from the media spotlight, the three armed forces — the Army, the Navy and the IAF — are fighting a tough “battle” to get their personnel’s status and pay structure restored that were wrongly lowered in 2008.

The paramilitary forces and civilian officers were pegged at a higher perch than armed forces’ men. This, in government parlance, translates into lower status for the armed forces, lower allowances and a direct impact on the hierarchy with other services.

The “battle” to correct the status for the entire officer cadre, around 70,000 in the three forces, is being “fought” in files amidst mountains of paperwork that moves back and forth between the Finance Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). There have been no tangible results over the past three years.

The Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), who is the senior-most among the three Chiefs, has been sporadically reminding the government how the Prime Minister had, in December 2008, approved that the matter needed to be addressed by setting up a high-powered committee. No committee has been set up so far. The three Chiefs, who jointly command more than 15 lakh troops and officers, have been reduced to sending “reminders” to the government. The latest reminder was sent by Admiral Nirmal Verma on February 21 “requesting intervention” of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth.

Documents accessed by The Tribune show how it all started when the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations were out in October 2008. The sequence panned out this way: The IAS in the post of Joint Secretary (JS) to the Government of India was made eligible for a grade pay of Rs 10,000 a month on completing 22 years of service. The same was extended to IPS and the Indian Foreign Services.

There was a protest from other group “A” services – paramilitary and other civilian services. The government said it could not have so many posts of Joint Secretary but allowed “non-functional scale upgradation” and placed the protesters on same scale as a Joint Secretary, but after 24 years of service. The grade pay is crucial when matters of status are to be decided. Apart from the money, it sets the status of an officer in the government.

Strangely, the Armed forces are neither classified as group “A” services nor are they termed as “central services” like the IAS or the IPS. In case of the armed forces, Colonels languish at Rs 8,700 grade pay and Brigadiers at Rs 8,900. Only Major-Generals or their equivalent in the IAF and the Navy get the grade pay of Rs 10,000. Only 3 per cent of officers reach that rank and that too after 33-34 years of service.

IAF officers way behind other central govt. services in pay, pension & perks.


The above words appear to be true on reading the following article.

NFU = Non Functional Upgrades
Means if your batch officer is promoted then you will automatically be getting Upgrades- Non Functional, but moolah in bank. So when you have 19 years of service you are Joint Secretary equivalent- no matter you are stagnating due to inefficiency.
Dear All,
The issue of Non Functional Grade Pay(NFU) being given to Gp A Officers of Central and state Cadres At 19 years of service has caused an immense amount of feeling of discrimination and everyday functional problems…

1.        All Defence Offrs, please be informed that Offrs of other services with whom you interact on functional basis, like MES Civ  Offrs, GREF Civ Offrs, Offrs  of  BSF, CRPF ,ITBP, Def Accts(IDAS), Test Audit(IA&AS), Ord Factory Bd etc,  will now get the salary and grade pay of Joint Secretary/ Maj Gen (GP Rs 10000/-) in 19 yrs of service, and will draw the pay of Addl  Secretary to Govt of India which is equal to a Lt Gen(GP Rs 12000/-) in 32 yrs of service by virtue of their service being Organised Gp A Service.

2.       The above condition has been brought about consequent to acceptance of 6 CPC recom on NFU by GoI , wherein it recommended that  whenever any IAS officer of the state or joint cadre is posted at the Centre to a particular grade carrying a specific grade pay in Pay Bands PB-3 or PB-4,the officers belonging to batches ofOrganised Group A services that are senior by two years or more and have not been promoted so far to that particular grade would be granted the same grade on a non functional basis from the date of posting of the IAS officers in that grade at the centre. Hence if an IAS officer becomes Joint Secretary in 17 years of service the offrs of Org Gp A Service(like the ones mentioned in Para 1) will start drawing the salary of Joint Secretary in maximum of 19 years of service and similarly that of Addl Secretary / Lt Gen in 30 and 32 yrs resp.
3.       Why is it not applicable to Def Offrs:
Because as per Govt of India  Def  Offrs are NOT part of Org Gp A Service and the above recom is applicable to only to the latter.
 
4.       If Def Offrs are not part of Org Gp A service then what are they:
They are just ‘Commissioned Officers’.
5.       If all the above is correct then who all form part of Org Gp A Service and how Def Offrs call themselves Class 1 offrs:
Central Civil Services  mainly include AIS (All India Services, namely, IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service) and Org Gp A service. There are a total of 58 services forming part of Org Gp A service. Please see the attachment. Def Offrs are not part of Civil Services but have been broadly kept at par with Gp A Offrs of Civil Services( erstwhile known as Class 1 offrs) by various Pay Commissions. The reference to same since independence is attached.
6.       Background to recom of NFU for Org Gp A Service  as per 6 CPC:
(a)    The Sixth CPC observed that there is a conventional edge of two years between IAS and other AIS/ Central Group A services and stated that though the Fifth CPC had taken the view that the edge need not be disturbed, in practice, however, the gap of two years (for posting to various grades in the Centre in form of empanelment of IAS officers and promotion for other Group A officers), has increased in respect of many organised Group A services.
(b)    The sixth CPC felt that this is not justified as Organised Group A services have to be  given their due which justifiably should mean that the disparity, as far as appointment to various grades in Centre are concerned, should not exceed two years between IAS and organised Central Group A services. It recommended that the Government should, accordingly, consider batch-wise parity while empanelling and/or posting  at Centre between respective batches of IAS and other organised Group A services with the gap being restricted to two years.
(c)     Therefore whenever any IAS officer of the state or joint cadre is posted at the Centre to a  particular grade carrying a specific grade pay in Pay Bands PB-3 or PB-4,the officers belonging to batches of Organised Group A services that are senior by two years or more and have not been promoted so far to that particular grade would be granted the same grade on a non functional basis from the date of posting of the IAS officers in that grade at the centre.
(d) The higher non-functional grade so given to the officers of organised Group A services  will  be personal to them and will not depend on the number of vacancies in that grade.
(e)     These officers will continue in their existing posts and will get substantial posting in the  higher grade that they are holding on non functional basis only after vacancies arise in that     grade. This will not only ensure some sort of modified parity between IAS and other Central Group A services but will also alleviate the present grade of disparity existing between promotional avenues available to different organised Group A services.
(f)      The Government accepted the recommendations of Sixth CPC and granted the NFU to  Organized GP A Services .
7.            Why should the def offrs get NFU:
Because of the following reasons :
(a)            None of the Org  Gp  A service faces  as much stagnation as the Armed Forces offrs because of   its pyramidal structure. In fact, on the contrary, most of the Gp A service offrs, as it is, reach the level equal to Addl Secretary due to cylindrical structure of promotion of their service. Only  issue for them is,’ in how many years’. In comparison, 97% def offrs retire at the levels below Joint Secretary / Maj Gen. Hence, if the logic of giving NFU to Org Gp A offrs is stagnation, then, no one deserves it more than the Armed Forces  Offrs.
(b)             Traditionally, since independence, there has been a broad parity between the Class 1 / Gp A offrs of Civil Services and the Defence Services  Offrs  which has been acknowledged   by different Pay Commissions in their reports. In such a case ,the differential  behaviour  of  6 CPC not only disturbs the financial parity, it pushes down the def services in status as even direct recruit  offrs of Gp B services  attain a better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary / Maj Gen before retiring . In fact, now  Sub Inspectors of CRPF/BSF/ITBP too can beat Def Services Offrs when they too will retire with the salary of Addl Secretary/Lt Gen, if they get promoted as Asstt Comdt / DSP in 8 yrs. All this will only fuel frustration, disgruntlement and   will have a demoralising effect on the Armed Forces  Offrs.
(c)          Since Def Offrs will have to work alongside some of the Organised Gp A Services    mentioned, a disparity of this magnitude will lead to functional problems .In some stations, it is already being heard that Civ Offrs have started projecting themselves as senior to top military offr like Stn Cdr. In a specific case a Civ Chief Engineer  of MES has started considering himself senior to a COS  due to NFU and started saying so all around. Such problems will only increase in future. Moreover, this issue must not be allowed to linger till  7th CPC for resolution. If our top brass stands up united on this issue, the govt will have to accept it. Service HQs  are aware of this issue and had sent a proposal to MoD, but it has been rejected. However , the issue needs a more forceful pleading duly backed by Service Offrs unanimously.
8.            Benefits of NFU :      It will not only benefit the offrs  facing stagnation at the level of Lt Col, Col, and Brig, but will also benefit senior offrs like Maj Gen and Lt Gen who otherwise pick up their ranks in 29 yrs and 35 yrs resp, as they will too start drawing the pay of Maj Gen in 19 yrs of service and that of Lt Gen in 32 yrs of service.
9.            What can you do :    Don’t accept ‘ fait accompli’, Spread awareness, as knowledge is power. Apprise more and more offrs about this discrimination. Raise it in appropriate forums to escalate its level and let the top brass take it up as seriously as PB-4 issue with the govt for IT IS, AS SERIOUS AN ISSUE.
It not only affects pay, it also affects status. So please do your bit, at least ask for it from your seniors. If you have anything more to add to this mail, which is relevant and factually correct, please go ahead and add on for the benefit of all, and circulate this in your yahoo/google/any other groups of various courses/ batches on the internet. (S Chopra)
COMMENTS:

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Mar 17 2012, 1:26 PM
BCV: It is suggested that a letter needs to be written by senior Veteran Generals and other prominent Veterans to the Army Chief Designate , seeking his intervention with the govt on the following a) Making ‘Non Functional Up-gradation (NFU) , which is applicable to ALL Civil Grade A officers , including CRPF , BSF, etc, to defence officers also. This is a great INJUSTICE done to the Services. He MUST get it rectified (b) OROP , specially in view of the Koshiary Committee recommendations .(c) Asking
Mar 17 2012, 1:28 PM
BCV: (c) Asking the Govt to withdraw it s appeal to the Supreme Court about Rank Pay Case.
(d) Enhancement of pension to military widows as made applicable to JCOs and below in 2010.
Since the new Chief would be taking over in controversial circumstances , he may be more responsive to the above demands and the Govt may be more supportive of him due to the same reason (controversial circumstance)