Thursday, August 9, 2012

Indian Military chiefs want own man in pay panel

Services chiefs want own man in pay panel
NEW DELHI: It's the armed forces versus the bureaucracy once again. The Army, Navy and IAF chiefs have lodged a strong protest over the composition of the new top-level committee constituted to look into the pay and pension grievances of serving and retired military personnel.
Admiral Nirmal Verma, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne and General Bikram Singh, in separate letters to defence minister A K Antony over the last week or so, have demanded that a military representative should be included in the committee headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth. The panel includes five other top IAS officers, including principal secretary to the PM, Pulok Chatterji, and defence secretary Shashikant Sharma