So friends, here is the resolution on the 6th CPC even before the official release. Nothing to gain for the armed forces as far as the status aspect is concerned.
Though this resolution is for civilian employees, but it shall give you a broad idea of the modalities of pay fixation and the scales.
The problematic areas vis-à-vis the defence services mainly relate to the pay and status of Lt Col and the status of Brigadier.
The earlier pay equation till the rank of Brig was :
IV. Lt Col/NFSG
This has been changed by the 6th CPC and approved by the Cabinet into :
I. Lt (0) /JTS (0)
II. Capt (2)
III. Maj (6) / STS (4)
IV. Lt Col (13) / JAG (9)
V. Col (20) / NFSG (13)
VI. Brig (28) / DIG (14)
(JTS – Junior Time Scale, STS – Senior Time Scale, JAG – Junior Administrative Grade, NFSG – Non-Functional Selection Grade. The numbers in brackets are the requisite years of service to reach the rank)
While the downgradation of the ranks of Capt and Major does not pinch much because the time-frame of promotions has been brought down, it is the ranks of Lt Col and Brig where we have suffered a set back. The logical system of ranking should have been Lt/JTS – Capt – STS – Major – Lt Col / NFSG – DIG – Col – Brig. Now officially, a Major has been brought down to Senior Time Scale (STS) level. A Lt Col is now equivalent to Junior Adm Grade (JAG) and a Col has been equated with Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG). The rank of a DIG who was till date between a Lt Col and a Colonel is now officially equal to a Brigadier. Both are now on a Grade Pay of Rs 8900.
The only consolation is that the Air Chief in his capacity of Officiating Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, has already thrown a (constructive) spanner in the works.
Some highlights of the resolution :
1. Pay Bands-1, 2 and 4 amended to 5200-20200, 9300-34800 and 37400-6700 respectively.
2. A new Pay Band of Rs 75500-80000 introduced.
3. Grade Pay of 6100 improved to 6600, 6600 improved to 7600, 7600 improved to 8700, 8400 improved to 8900, 9000 improved to 10000 and 11000 improved to 12000.
4. Edge of IAS officers in Grade Pays abolished, they are now to be granted two additional increments in the same scale and grade pay.
5. The time period of 14 years to attain the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) for IAS officers again reverted back to 16 years.
6. Multiple factor changed to 1.86 and increment raised to 3%.
7. Campus restriction for transport allowance abolished. Officers staying within the campus also authorized to Transport Allowance. Transport Allowance to be Rs 3200 for Lieutenants/JTS and above in A1/A class cities and Rs 1600 in other cities. DA to be paid on Transport Allowance.
8. Anomalies Committees to examine individual, post-specific and cadre-specific anomalies. The Anomalies Committees to complete their work in one year.
9. CPMFs/CPOs to be granted same allowances as defence services.
10. HRA to be 30% of Basic+Grade Pay+MSP+NPA in X class cities (50 lac+), 20% in Y class cities (5-50 lac) and 10% in Z class cities (less than 5 lac).