Are the officers neglecting Airmen, Jawans & Sailors? Lower Grade Pay of Air Warriors as compared to Railway Technicians


This blog is full of officers related articles. What about airman, sailors and jawans pay and grade pay? Why armed forces top brass is not trying to get their men’s pay and perks equal to that of corresponding civilian . How a railway technician who starts with 1900 grade pay takes 4200 grade pay after only 9 years service that too in civil side! While a soldier gets 4200 grade pay after 21 years service that with help of MACP. Its a huge difference. Officers are fighting for their rights but who will stand up for jawans? Officer will never stand for them because officers are English people and jawans are being treated as poor hindustani as in British government. God can only help jawans. Media should concentrate on jawans problems also.

Comments by airforcechat

Commissioned officers must look after the welfare of their men and must project their problems and concerns to the higher-ups. We firmly believe in the immortal message of  Sir Philip W Chetwode (who as then Commander-in-Chief India had inaugurated the Indian Military Academy on December 10, 1932) to the ‘would be officers‘:

The safety, honour and welfare of your Country come first always and every time the honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next, your own ease, comfort and safety come last always and every time.’

All ex-servicemen i.e. airmen, sailors and jawans are requested to send their views and articles under the comments here or e mail the same at


Ravi jindal August 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm Edit #

No body will open their lips in this matter. It will be better if some senior officer of armed forces give his comments on these type of pbor related issues. Officers are fighting for NFU but what about jawans pay and promotions. Why they dont demand more promotions for pbor. People join indian air force with josh but after joining they try to quit as early as possible due to lack of respect , status and pay . Airman in indian air force are highly educated but they are treated as illitrate and donkeys. If they have no family then they might have take some drastic steps which is not in favor of anyone.


Will the PM make the military happy on August 15?

New Delhi: Will the Prime Minister bite the bullet and grant a long-standing and just demand of 21 lakh ex-servicemen to implement the principle of One-Rank-One-Pension?

Developments in recent days have raised their hopes as never before.

On Wednesday, the three service chiefs, led by Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) met with a high-powered Committee of Secretaries constituted by the Prime Minister to resolve anomalies in the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission award for the Armed Forces.

Although a total of 39 anomalies have been identified by the three services since 2008, they have decided to concentrate on some core issues that directly affect both serving and retired armed forces personnel.

The issues are:

  • Fixing common pay scales for all JCOs and ORs
  • Grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) status to commissioned officers
  • Correcting difference in rank pay of commissioned officers
  • Extending the HAG+ (Higher administrative Grade Plus) scale to all three star officers
  • Granting One-Rank-One-Pension to retired personnel

There have been strong demands from ex-servicemen and from acting servicemen for One-Rank-One-Pay. And to push for their demands further, the three Service chiefs, led by Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Naval chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, along with his colleagues, Chief of Air Staff ACM, NAK Browne and Army Chief General Bikram Singh gave a detailed presentation to the Committee of Secretaries on Wednesday.

The six-member committee, comprising the Cabinet Secretary with the Defence Secretary, Secretary Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Secretary DoPT, Expenditure Secretary and Principal Secretary to PM, as members  was set up by the Prime Minister after a Rajya Sabha panel last year recommended granting One Rank One Pension to the retired defence personnel. The government has asked the committee to submit its report by August 8.

There is a buzz in the corridors of power that the Prime Minister wants to make a grand announcement from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15 and therefore the deadline of August 8!

For the uninitiated, the One-Rank-One-Pay scheme implies that uniform pension be paid to the armed forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to past pensioners.

But the issue that has upset and angered serving defence personnel is NFU.

For those not in uniform it needs a bit of an explanation.

Buckling under pressure from Group A organised Services under the Central Government like Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineering Services, Postal Services, the Sixth Pay Commission gave them a special concession.

It allowed the officers in these services to be placed in a grade pay scale equivalent to an IAS officer two years behind that particular IAS batch. For example if the 1992 batch of the IAS officer got placed in the Joint Secretary grade in 2012, all Group A organised officers of the 1990 batch would automatically get the pay and allowance equivalent to the 1992 IAS batch, irrespective of the post and place they are serving in. That is the upgradation will be done on a ‘non-functional’ basis.

This has brought in huge functional problems in day-to-day affairs when military officers have to work in close coordination with MES Civil Officers, BRO Civil Officers, IPS Officers in BSF, CRPF, ITBP, Defence Accts (IDAS), Test Audit (IA&AS), Ordnance Factory Board etc, with whom Defence forces officers interact regularly, will now get the salary and grade pay of Joint Secretary/Major General (Grade Pay Rs. 10000/-) after 22 years of service, and will draw the pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India which is equal to a Lieutenant General (Grade Pay Rs. 12000/-) in 32 years of service whereas military officers senior to them in rank and service will get less grade pay at the same level of service thereby creating a functional disparity giving rise to insubordination and subtle non-compliance.

Military officials have pointed out that this has adversely affected organisational command and control in multi cadre environment. It also led to lowering the status of Armed Forces Officials vis-a-vis organized Group A officers and IPS Officers. Organised Group A and IPS Officers reach HAG (Higher Administrative Grade) Scale at 32 years while only 0.2 per cent of Armed Forces Officers can ever reach that level.

With over 97 per cent Armed Forces Officers retiring in the Grade Pay of 8700, their exclusion from the NFU is seen as grossly unfair. This differential not only disturbs financial parity, it pushes down the Defence services in status as even direct recruit officers of Group B services attain a better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary/Major General before retiring.

Both the OROP and granting the NFU status to Armed Forces officials is not going to be expensive either.

According to calculations done by the military, the annual outgo for granting One -Rank-One-Pension to the approximately 21 lakh ex-servicemen would not be more than Rs. 1300 crore. Similarly the NFU status, if granted, will cost the exchequer a mere Rs. 70 crore annually but will go a long way in restoring the pride and status of the armed forces’ officers.

The other core issues are minor in comparison but important nevertheless.

Can the Prime Minister show sagacity and wisdom in agreeing to these basic demands of the armed forces and restore dignity to the men in uniform at a time when the military has been buffeted from all sides?

In taking this decision, the technocrat Prime Minister will have to rise above his usual bureaucratic approach.

He may as well recall what good old Chanakya said about how the state should treat the soldiers, ages ago:

“He (the soldier) is thus the VERY BASIS and silent, barely visible CORNERSTONE of our fame, culture, physical well-being and prosperity; in short, of the entire nation building activity. He DOES NOT perform any of these chores himself directly: he ENABLES the rest of us to perform these without let, hindrance or worry (‘nirbhheek and nishchinta’).

Our military sinews, on the other hand, lend credibility to our pronouncements of adherence to good Dharma, our goodwill, amiability and peaceful intentions towards all our neighbour nations (‘sarve bhavantu sukhinaha, sarve santu niramayaha…’) as also those far away and beyond. These also serve as a powerful deterrent against military misadventure by any one of them against us.”

My roots as a fauji son say the PM will take the correct decision and not let down the soldier; the journalist in me (and now I have been a journalist longer than I have been a fauji child) does not agree.

Unfair to Air Force & Armed Forces.

           Unfair to armed forces
Can committee of secretaries do justice?
by Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)

Often the political executive appears to find solutions to difficult problems with the help of a group of secretaries. In some cases, this group of secretaries may not have complete knowledge and grasp of the issues under examination. In the late eighties the Army evaluated a number of indigenously developed diesel engines for the Vijayanta tank. A committee of secretaries was constituted to select the best out of the engines thus evaluated. At the presentation of the trial results to this group, one was horrified to discover that not one amongst the secretaries knew even the difference between a “cam shaft” and “crank shaft” of an engine!

Sometimes this group could be prejudiced against the case and is thus unable to conduct a fair examination and give unbiased recommendations. The more recent recommendations of the Naresh Chandra Committee (Naresh Chandra, former Cabinet Secretary, has been in one or the other government job since he retired some 20 years back) is known to have concluded that India does not need a Chief of Defence Staff. Thus, the Indian Army will continue to have no single authority to synergise the full potential of various components of the armed forces in the face of emerging complex security challenges.

During World War II, the unity of command had become imperative. When, before operation ‘Over Lord,’ (invasion of Europe by the allied forces), it was proposed to keep the Strategic Bomber Command outside Eisenhower’s control, he told the President that in that case he might find someone else to take charge of ‘Over Lord.’ Now some 68 years later Naresh Chandra does not find the need for a unified command for the Indian armed forces.

In the case of successive Central Pay Commissions (CPCs), bias against the military has prevailed all through, resulting in recommendations to the total disadvantage of the military. Much has already appeared, over the years, in the Press highlighting the anomalies in the recommendations of successive CPCs as these related to the military and, therefore, need no recalling. In the case of the 6th CPC, there are 39 anomalies relating to the military which are still to be addressed.

The issue of “one rank, one pension” (OROP) was considered by a committee of secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary and rejected. Not one among the present committee members has adequate knowledge of matters military, such as conditions under which troops and officers serve, the risk factor, casualties during operations, turbulence and the effect on children’s education, early retirement, extremely limited promotions, etc. Almost all of those on this committee, after they retire at 60/62 years of age, will be re-employed, and if they play their cards well, may, continue to work on one or the other job for another 20 years! So, how can this group possibly understand what it means to retire at age 35/37 years or even 54 years.

Consider the case of non-functional upgradation (NFU ) which is applicable to all Central services but not the military because, it is argued, that military is not a central service! If so, then why a common CPC? This NFU has created serious functional problems with the military in working with the MES, BRO, MEO, the central police, Defence Accounts, the Ordnance Factory Board, etc. It was pressure from the Group A services of the Central government that the Sixth Pay Commission gave them this largesse. A large number of people from these services were on the staff of the 6th CPC (though none from the military) and helped themselves to all manner of perks.

NFU implies that if the 1992 batch IAS officer climbs into the Joint Secretary’s grade in 2012, then every Group A central service officer of the 1990 batch would automatically get the pay and allowances equivalent to the 1992 IAS batch officers, irrespective of the post he may be occupying. This would happen at the approximate service of 20/22 years, whereas an Army officer will get to that level if he is among the top 1 per cent after 32 years of service. Every single central service officer will retire at age 60 with the pension of an Air Vice Marshal, whereas less than 1 per cent in the armed forces get to that scale of pension.

This has also led to lowering the status of armed forces officers vis-à-vis Group A central service officers. With over 97 per cent armed forces officers retiring in the grade pay of Rs 8700, their exclusion from the NFU is seen as grossly unfair. This differential disturbs financial parity and further lowers the status of defence services officers. Even directly recruited officers of Group B services attain a better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary/ Maj-Gen before retiring. Even if NFU is granted to the military, it will not, unlike the civil services, come into full play due to early retirement for a vast majority.

The committee of secretaries, now formed under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, is required to look into only six of the 39 anomalies and submit recommendations by August 8 so that, if need be, the Prime Minister may throw some crumbs at the military from the ramparts of Red Fort on Aug 15.

These may include the following: Fixing common pay scales for all JCOs and ORs; grant of NFU to commissioned officers; correcting the difference in the rank pay of commissioned officers; extending the HAG+ (Higher Administrative Grade Plus) scale to all three star officers in the armed forces and OROP to retired personnel.

During the Prime Minister’s visit to Chandigarh, I briefed him at Raj Bhavan on some of the anomalies such as brigadiers given more pension than Maj-Generals and the absurdity of equating military service with that in the civilian areas where living conditions and the risk factor apart, 82 per cent or so retire at the age of 35/37 years and another 12 to 17 per cent at 42 to 58 years of age. So, for anyone to contend that giving OROP to the military will result in a similar demand from all civilian employees who retire at 60 is illogical, repugnant and misleading. The PMO has now constituted this new committee of secretaries. The impression is gaining ground that the PM is poorly served by the PMO.

Many Prime Ministers and parliamentary committees have accepted the rationale for the grant of OROP to retired military personnel and recommended its implementation. So, now this committee of secretaries will re-examine those recommendations and pass judgment. This then is the Indian democracy for you!

Any attempt to downgrade the military in matters of pay, perks and status will surely have a long-term effect on the quality of intake into the military.

The writer is a former Deputy Chief of Army Staff.   

Lower Pension & Grade Pay for Air Force Officers

In Civil Services, 100 % officers will retire in the pay scale/pension of Special Secretary (HAG+) whereas only 1 % officers of Air Force will become Air Marshal with same pay scale.

90 % Air Force officers retire in grade pay of Rs 8700 or lower.

Air Force Officers get grade pay of Rs 8700 after 21 to 26 years of service whereas civil officers get grade pay of Rs 8700 after just 13 years of service.

An IPS officer gets the grade pay of Rs 8900 after 14 years of service whereas an Air Commodore gets grade pay of 8900 after 29 years of service.

An IAS officer gets the grade pay of Rs 10000 after just 18 years of service whereas an AVM gets the grade pay of 10000 after 32 years of service.

Hence even if OROP(one rank one pension) is announced by the PM on 15 Aug 2012, Air Force officers will still be miles behind their civilian counterparts. All civilian officers will get the pension in the pay scale of at least 75000-80000 (HAG+) whereas 90 % Air Force officers will get the pension in the payscale of 37400-67000 (+grade pay 8700+MSP 6000). The basic pension of civilain officer will be at least Rs37500 + DA whereas Air Force officer will get at least Rs 26050 + DA. At present rate of DA at 65 %, an Air Force officer will get Rs 18893 lesser pension than his civilian counterpart.

Hence all civilian officers will get 44 % more pension than 90% of Air Force Officers.

Years of Service IAS/IPS Grade Pay (% age officers) Other Civil Services Grade Pay Air Force Grade Pay (% age officers)
Joining* 5400  JTS Full pay 5400 Full pay Nil- stipend only
1 5400 5400 5400- Flg Officer
3 5400 5400 6100 – Flight Lt
4 6600 STS 6600 6100
7 6600 6600 6600 – Sqdn Leader
9 7600 JAG 7600 6600
13 8700-Director/Selection grade 8700 6600
14 8900-DIG 8700 8000 – Wing Commdr
18 10000– IG/Joint Secretary/Super Time (100%) 8700 8000
20 10000 10000 (100%) NFU** 8000
21 10000 10000 8000 (70%),8700 (30%)- Gp Captain
25 HAG- Addtl Secy (100% NFU) 10000 8000, 8700
27 HAG HAG (100%) NFU 8700 (100%)Gp Captain Time Scale
29 HAG HAG 8700 (90%)8900 Air Commdr (10%)
30 HAG+ Spl Secy  (100%) Select/NFU HAG 8700,8900
32 Secretary HAG+ (100%) NFU 10000 – AVM (3%)
35 Secretary HAG + HAG – Air Marsh (1%)
36 Secretary HAG + HAG+ (<1%)
  • *Training period of 1 yr not counted for pay,pension in Air Force but counted in Civil service.
  • ** NFU- Non functional Upgradation

Air Chief along with Naval and the Army Chiefs demand representation of defence staff on the Defence Pay Panel ordered by the PM

Allow representation on pay panel, say Service chiefs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2
The Chiefs of the three armed forces have demanded a representation be provided to the forces in the high-level committee formed by the government to address issues related to their pay and pension.

The committee is headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth and all its members are from the IAS. It has been tasked to look into the demands of the armed forces and submit its report by August 8. The Services have highlighted that they have been wrongly lowered in status and grades following the Sixth Pay Commission report in 2008. Other members of the committee are the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; the Defence Secretary; Secretary, Expenditure; Secretary, Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare; and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

The three Services chiefs, Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, IAF Chief NAK Browne and Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh, have written letters to Defence Minister AK Antony pressing for the inclusion of a representative on the committee.

The committee was formed by the Prime Minister on July 13 after Antony wrote a letter to him on June 25 stating that there was discontentment among serving and retired soldiers over anomalies in pay and pension issues. He also expressed the apprehension to the Prime Minister that if “corrective action” was not taken, the issue might take a “bad turn”.

The terms of reference of the committee will be to look into the following issues relating serving personnel: common pay scale for in-service JCOs and other ranks; initial pay fixation of Lt Col, Colonel and Brigadier equivalent; review and enhancement of grade pay; placing of all Lt Generals and equal ranks of the Navy and the IAF in HAG plus scale; and grant of non-functional upgradation (NFU).

The committee will look into the following issues of ex-servicemen: one rank one pension, enhancement of family pension, dual family pension and family pension to mentally/physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage.

Air Force & Armed Forces taken for a ride in pay, pension, status and employment matters

Friday, August 3, 2012

Raw deal on the pay front

By Lt Gen Harwant Singh ( Retd )
The 6Th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had, besides a few bureaucrats as part of the commission, approximately 125 officers drawn from various central services, (but none from the defence services)  such as, postal service, Indian forest Service, police  etc, on its staff to work out the nitty-gritty of the report. Predictably, these representatives from the central services, exerting pressure, did manage to extract their pound of flesh by way of Non Functional Up gradation, (NFU) besides a number of other perks.
NFU implies that, if the 1992 batch IAS officer climbs into the Joint Secretary grade in 2012, then every Group A central service officer of the 1990 batch would automatically get the pay and allowance equivalent to the 1992 batch IAS officers, irrespective of the post they may be occupying. This would happen at approximate service of 18/20 years. It also implies that every single central service officer will retire with the same pension as that of an additional secretary to the government of India.
Competency and performance would no more come into play for advancement is service with no limit to the higher level pay and allowances.  Bureaucracy has obviously been on the rampage and this indeed is scandalous. When the retirement age for the babus was raised from 58 to 60 years, the age at which one became a senior citizen was also brought down from 65 years to 60 years, where as all this while age expectancy has been going up in India.   This was done so that a babu may avail all the privileges that accrue to a senior citizen, the day after he retires. As against this, ninety nine percent in the military retire well before the age of 60 years.
Non Functional Up-gradation ( NFU ) is applicable to all group A central services (over four dozen of them ) but not the military, because, it is argued, that military is not a  central service. If that be so then how come there have been common CPCs, for the armed forces and group A central services. This exclusion of defence services from NFU, is not only  a case of gross injustice, it has created a set of command and control, as well as functional problems for the military in dealing with, BRO, MEO, central police, ( in many sectors along the national borders, such units work under the control of the military )  etc.
This exclusion of armed forces personnel from NFU has also led to lowering the status of military officers vis-à-vis Group A central service officers. With over 97 per cent armed forces officers retiring in the Grade Pay of 8700, their exclusion from the NFU is seen as a deliberate and calculated attempt to grossly disadvantage and marginalize them. This differential disturbs financial parity and further lowers status of defence services officers. Even directly recruited officers of Group B services, attain  better pay and promotional avenue and manage to reach the level of Joint Secretary/ maj-gen before retiring, where as less than one percent in the armed forces get up to that rank. Even if NFU is granted to the military, it will not, unlike the civil services, come into full play due to early retirement for the vast majority.
It is a case of each to itself. When Legislators and Parliamentarians have cornered all manner of perks and privileges, higher judiciary could not be left behind and the IAS, IFS, IPS and allied services not only engineered proliferation of higher appointments but arranged ample re-employment avenues. Therefore, others, amongst the class A central services have sought bonanza in NFU. Administrative efficiency, country and its economy is the least concern of the powers that be.
Army’s demand for grant of NFU is a mere reaction to the above noted development. Veterans returning their medals to the President is indication enough of their desperation. Finally, PMO has appointed a committee of secretaries under the cabinet secretary to go into six of the 39 anomalies created by the 6ht CPC in relation to the armed forces.
A President, two PMs, two RMs and two Committees of Parliament, have in the past, unequivocally accepted the need for grant One Rank One Pension ( OROP ) and now this committee of secretaries has been tasked to pass judgment on this very issue! So this then is Indian democracy for you!
Committee of secretaries under the cabinet secretary in the past rejected the demand for OROP. All members of this committee will, on retirement, end up getting some or the other government job for another five to ten years, so how can they feel the pain of those who are retired at age 35/37 or for the vast majority of officers at age 54 years.
If this relentless and persistent discrimination against the defence forces and their periodic down gradation, were to continue, few bright young men would want to join the armed forces. When suitable young men shun military service during peace, the nation will inevitably find its troops badly led during war with predictable consequences for the country.


  1. Alarm bells are being sounded incessently, about how bad things are becoming for the Ace of Trumps Arm of the Indian Nation- its Armed Forces. People know this at long last, as does the Legislative….. Bureaucracy has known it all along; its their game anyway.

    Gen Harwant warns of the dangers of this foolish, alarming and suicidal trend yet again. Is 1962 around again?

    With internet access, instant telephony reach and better media coverage, any debacle this time around will be more difficult for the Government to hide, compared to the ‘Silenc(ing) of the Lambs’ -the ‘Henderson Report’ still the greatest guarded secret of Indian state after 60 years.

    That said, would heads roll in such a case? As usual, NO, except to find Fauji heads to ‘fix’. Others, Legislators (have penchant to avoid responsibility- Air India, Power Grid failure are recent cases), and Bureaucrats (have better record of avoiding accountability- lowest possible denominator / clerk generally signs communications. All upwards just may/ may not, initial (perhaps on removable paste ons) or write disagreeing comments), are just ‘masters’ of avoiding the glare of accountability- surfacing only to share/snatch limelight/ pay & perquisites.

    Enough Bhumika. Read on.

    Col RP Chaturvedi,


  2. We are actually far worse placed than 62 because Chinese are better placed and more dominating than they were in 1962, politically, diplomatically, strategically and militarily.

    While we are still talking of Strike force and air fields etc they are all ready to take on any (mis)adventure while we suffer from critical officer and equipment shortages. There are no signs that the youth will be attracted to defence as a career option too soon.

    Fair play and removing the feeling of willful insult to the services by the civilian government aka babus is the dire necessity. It will also help sorting out the various Pay bands. And why leave out the defence officers, who once were rated and respected far above the civilian/paramilitary forces?



  3. The Armed Forces have themselves to blame. The Senior Leadership has no vision. They are busy standing outside the doors in South Block for the the crumbs that these bureaucrats throw. The last time the bureaucrats met their match was when Vishnu Bhagwat was the Naval Chief. Unfortunately he was not supported by cowards like Gen Malik and ACM Tipnis.
    The message is clear. Unite for heavens sake. Dont be shameless. Call their bluff.

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.