No differences between government and armed forces, Antony

October 1st, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday said there were no differences between the government and the armed forces over the pay commission’s report and a notification on revised pay scales would be issued soon.”There is no difference between the government and the services, because they are also part of the government. Don’t read too much (into the forces complaint),” Antony said while addressing the annual day celebrations of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD).

Pointing out that the government had taken a decision in the union cabinet to implement the pay commission report after amendments, the defence minister said the additional burden on the exchequer due to the changes in the approved Central Pay Commission (CPC) would be Rs.60 billion.

“The government is examining it at the appropriate level. Meanwhile, you are reading too much. It is not correct,” Antony clarified after media reports that the defence services had refused to accept the new pay scales for officers.

The government has already formed a panel to study the demand of the defence services and the revised salaries would be decided and implemented once the calculations are complete, the minister said.

The armed forces had already submitted details for revised pay scales, Antony said adding that the government had issued a notification for paying ad hoc arrears to personnel due to delay in calculating their revised pay for October.

Antony also urged DAD to render prompt and efficient pensionary services to over 2 million ex-servicemen and their dependents and ensure that the benefits introduced for pensioners were delivered to the intended beneficiaries promptly.

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