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Friday, September 5, 2014

Unfortunate rumour-mongering about 7th Central Pay Commission’s visit to Ladakh

There were messages doing the rounds to the effect that Members of the 7th CPC are visiting Ladakh not for the purposes of analysing the conditions under which our men and women in uniform are deployed, but to enjoy a picnic at Pangong Tso lake at tax payers’ expense.

These messages are patently incorrect, malicious and unfortunate. Members of Pay Commission would, in fact, be visiting Siachen, Kargil, Mushkoh Valley, Chushul and Leh.

Similar whispers are at times heard about officers in the military hierarchy manning key positions related to pay, personnel and pensionary issues, including the pay commission cells of the three services. That too is demoralising.

Such rumours not only spread discontentment but also antagonize people who are working day and night for the betterment of serving personnel and veterans. Though change is the only constant and there is requirement of transformation of attitude at various ends, it can be said with great responsibility that the current military leadership and key appointments are extremely sensitised and sensitive towards the needs, requirements and aspirations of the military community and there is a consequent responsibility imposed on all of us to lend support to move towards the ultimate aim of betterment rather than creating an environment of negativity, that too based on a foundation of gossip.

Here is the official statement released by the Army on the subject of the visit of Members of 7th CPC to Ladakh:

We have noticed a number of malicious and ill informed comments being circulated on Social Media with regard to the visit of Justice Mathur, Chairman, 7th Central Pay Commission and other members of the Commission to Ladakh.
The Army wishes to clarify that Justice Mathur, Chairman, 7th Central Pay Commission and other members of the Commission are taking out very valuable time from their busy schedule to visit forward areas where our soldiers are serving in extremely difficult terrain, at our request.
Justice Mathur and members of the Commission would be visiting the Northern Glacier (Siachen), Kargil, Mushkoh Valley, Chushul apart from Leh, where they would be staying with various Army Detachments.

We are grateful to the 7 Pay Commission Team for personally experiencing the difficulties being faced by Army deployed in Ladakh.

On a lighter note though, I do feel we should not be so servile so as to thank Members of the Commission for “taking out very valuable time from their busy schedule”, since that my friends is their duty for what they are paid for and appointed, and not a favour extended to the society at large. 


sl said...

The clarification issued definitely does betray a degree of obsequiousness that goes beyond mere courtesy.

Far from being "on a lighter note", the closing observation definitely belongs in the "profound zone" as it brings home an urgent need for developing the right attitude towards self assertion.

Anonymous said...

Its mean respective officers will also be visit thar desert of Rajasthan for the employees working in that harsh condition of higher temperature.

KS Ramaswamy said...

1. I am a retired Capt KS Ramaswamy.

2. This is very valuable post. We are able to know the clear picture of the 7th pay commission.

3. Thank you sir

Anonymous said...

Thank you for post regarding 7cpc vis. ARMY did right by correcting d damage. Agree with you our social media need be utilized t gain not to loose. As if few among us r black sheep harming d system n serving for pakis. We need to delete such messages which r malicious instead of forwarding it. Lets follow social media etiquettes. ITS OUR HONOUR CODE TO SAVE AND PRESERVE OUR ORG. THANKYOU MAJ NAVJOD SIR. JAI HIND.

Anonymous said...

the chairman and members of the commission must be dined with the solders and not generals hosting them using mess staff as colonial servants with lavish food , single malts and choicest wines being served .THE standard of living of senior ranks at public and mess expense to host civilans gives a wrong and distorted view of the largesse which the civilans can not afford and breeds jealosy. No cols brigs and jcos ncos to be made to wait on them , self service and get the plates washed .

Anonymous said...

are doing us a fvour the statement seems to be more placatory then the commission

Lt Col Bharat Chevur (Retd) said...

The servility on display is indicative of the general prevalent attitude amongst the Services.
If we beseech, when we need to demand, we may get alms and not our dues.

Anonymous said...

My question is
why we have no member from the defence forces in 7 CPC when it is meant to fix the salaries of the armed forces.How can someone visiting for a day will understand the problems on ground.