The 7th CPC has created a lot of discontent in the Defence Forces personnel and veterans. In your view, has the 7th CPC recommendations caused a decline in the status of Defence Forces?

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The angst of the armed forces, which is slowly converting into anger, goes back to 5th Pay Commission.

It is a reality that over the last 15-20 years the armed forces have slowly declined in stature and relative importance and positioning vis-à-vis the IAS and IPS. Most of the angst of the military – serving and veterans – has to do with this. There is absolutely no doubt that IAS and IPS because of their proximity to the political powers have over successive pay commissions given themselves sweeter and sweeter deals and left the military out in the cold. This is indisputable because the military has never been represented in these pay commissions.

The 7th CPC has some very obvious anomalies that need to set right at the earliest to maintain a Civil – Defence parity.

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