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The tribunal directed the government to pay salaries to the petitioner from 1 July 2017. -File photo
The Armed Forces Tribunal on Tuesday gave an important decision on the discrepancy in the salary of military officers after the Sixth Pay Commission came into force. The tribunal has directed the government to increase the salary of Air Vice-Marshal of the Airforce. This decision may open the way for the increase of salary of Major General rank officers.
Air Vice Marshal P. Subhash Babu had approached the tribunal against the discrepancy that arose after the Sixth Pay Commission came into force. His lawyer Ankur Chhibber argued that senior colonels and brigadiers are getting higher salaries than Major generals. The reason for this is that they get military service salary.
Payment should be made in three months
To this the Tribunal directed the Government to pay the petitioner the salary from 1 July 2017 with immediate effect. Apart from this, we have also been asked to give pension and other benefits to the applicant from 1 July 2020. These instructions will be complied with within three months from the date of receipt of the copy of the order.
The tribunal's chairperson Rajendra Menon, in his decision, said that 6 percent annual interest should also be paid from the date of payment on the outstanding amount.
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The officer's lawyer Chhibber said that after the 6th Pay Commission it was decided that military service pay would be payable only up to the rank of Brigadier, no further. Because of this, the Star Group General's salary fell short of the Group Captain Colonel. He said that this decision of the tribunal will help in resolving the long pending complaint of two star officers of the armed forces. Accordingly, his pension will also be revised.
The petitioner had argued that on 1 July 2017, his salary as a Major General-Rank Officer (Air Vice Marshal) was Rs 2,18,200. At the same time, two Air Commodore who took commission much later were taking salary of Rs. 2,26,800 and Rs. 2,20,600 with military service salary.
Ministry of Defense rejected the petition
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense dismissed the complaint filed against pay inequality. The officer then filed a petition in the tribunal. Accepting this, the Military Court pulled up the Ministry of Defense. The Tribunal held that it is wrong to reject the applicant's statutory complaint without considering all aspects.