Army Chief rules out differences with govt. over pay hike

September 28th, 2008 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI  

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By Praful Kumar Singh

New Delhi, Sep 28 (ANI): Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor today said that there are no differences between Government of India and armed forces over the anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission report.

I want to clarify that talks of differences between armed forces and Indian Government is not correct and has been played up incorrectly, the Army Chief said.

General Kapoor said that we have made our recommendations and government has set up a committee and let see how the deliberations go.

The Army Chief was speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony at the India Gate on the occasion of Gunners Day (Artillery Day).

General Kapoor paid rich tribute to all the Gunners who laid their lives for the nation.

The remarks came a day after the Central government formed a three-member committee headed by Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee to look into the objections raised by armed forces over the Sixth Pay Panel recommendations.

The Centre hurriedly constituted the committee, which also includes Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister A K Antony, after consulting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a visit to the US and France.

The committee is expected to give interim relief within a week. The Centre also said that all pending issues of the armed forces on pay hike would be resolved by the end of October.

Meanwhile, all the service headquarters have been instructed to submit revised pay scales notification to the Defence Ministry by Monday.

Following this, the Services decided to accept the revised pay scales for the moment and submit the salary bills to the Defence Ministry on Monday. (ANI)

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