An attempt by Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to resolve the armed forces' grievances over pay commission proposals has failed with the services rejecting its proposal to grant higher pay only to those Lieutenant Colonels who were in "combat" or "ready-to- combat" roles.
In a letter to the Defence Ministry, tri-services' Principal Personnel Officers Committee chairman Vice Admiral D K Dewan said the armed forces wanted all Lieutenant Colonels to be placed under the Pay Band-4 including those on deputation to paramilitary and other services.
"The letter recommends that all Lt Cols be granted Pay Band-4, as all are on combat/ready-to-combat jobs," Services headquarters said in New Delhi on Thursday.
The armed forces also clarified to the Defence Secretary that it did not favour another PMO proposal not to send Lt Cols on deputation to other services.
"Posting of Lt Cols on deputation be continued....In organisational interest without altering existing working arrangements and relevant orders be reviewed and modified accordingly," the letter, written this month, said.
It said the services and the rules governing them did not make any distinction and that all of the officers were performing combat/ready-to-combat jobs.
Dewan's letter came in reply to a verbal query from the Defence Ministry on a December 31 PMO note that the government proposed to place only those Lt Cols serving in "combat/ready-to-combat" roles in Army, Navy and Air Force the Pay Band-4 benefits.