@Veeru/ Menon/ Navdeep:
The dilution of rank of Lt Colonel and equivalents is not the handiwork of SCPC. AVS-1 (based fully on Lt General Bagga’s report) was a pet project of the then army chief, not meant for the other two services. The other services were forced to accept the report as their officers were feeling let down in comparison. BTW, that army chief is currently holding a post equivalent to a Cabinet minister, managing disasters now (after causing a few in the army :-0 ).
That report changed the first select-grade rank from Lt Colonel to Colonel. The services had used this logic in the fourth and the fifth pay commission of first select grade rank for equivalence in pay. When the same logic was used by the SCPC, post-AVSC, it has come to hurt the services. The blame, if any, lies on the top brass, that has at least for the last three decades, caused maximum damage to the services by their own inchoate actions.
One thing that the top brass have ostensibly succeeded so far is in directing the ire of the service officers towards the politicians and bureaucrats. It is time the service officers and veterans realised who really lies behind the sad realities confronting them. Why not a dharna by the veterans at the Army/ Air force/ Navy house against the HR/ promotion/ exit policies in the services? Maybe, the palatial houses of a few retired service chiefs would also be a suitable alternative for these protests and demonstrations.
Pragmatic Euphony: 6th Pay Commission Implemented
Comments: The dilution of Ranks is the sole responsibility of Army Brass. An example, the Lt Col rank reduced to a non entity. Can a Red Tab Colonel gain the respect of his troops? One needs to the see the cause and effect of Red Tabs commanding a Battalion as Peacekeepers in Congo! The full Colonels have produced smugglers and Child Abusers! A real war alone will prove the disaster of diluting the rank structure, "Victory or Defeat".