Friday, June 4, 2010

God Speed! Rank Pay: Babus fast track review petition to back track the SC Judgement

Friday, June 4, 2010
God Speed! Speed, have you experienced it while dealing with officialdom? Chances are close to nil!

In the aftermath of the voices raised against the 6th CPC recommendations presented in March 2008, none less than the PMO had announced the setting up of a High Level Committee to look into the status, command and control issues concerning the military vis-à-vis the civilian hierarchy. Well, though eagerly awaited, it is yet to see the light of the day.

Fast forward, March 2010. The Hon’ble Supreme Court settled the rank pay controversy and directed the govt to release the arrears to affected officers with effect from 01 January 1986. And what happened next you may ask!, immediately a High Level Committee of Secretaries was set up to look into the financial aspect of the issue and within a period of less than a week it came up with its report that the financial damage would be more than rupees 1600 crores. The govt is now back in the Hon’ble Apex Court with a review application seeking a re-look.

Speed varies with the fact as to who is the affected party. And since when did financial burden become a reason to perpetrate an illegality?
Posted by Navdeep / Maj Navdeep Singh at 4:41 AM

Financial burden to perpetuate illegality?
The 2G Spectrum scam alone has drained the nation of Rs 60,000 crores at modest estimate if not three times over. Has the Government found out the predators who are selling the nation? The illegal money trail is yet to be discovered! Rs 1600 crores as Rank Pay arrears is peanuts for the worthy cause as legitimate dues to the soldiers who have defended the Nation with their blood and tears.

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