Modi government’s Diwali gift! Indian soldiers likely to get 10% arrears before October 30
The government has a Diwali gift for India’s soldiers — an interim payment even as the government and defence chiefs try to sort out a dispute over new pay grades for armed forces.
ET has reviewed an October 10 order in which the Manohar Parrikar-led defence ministry says “pending issuance” of the pay commission notification, the President has sanctioned payment of arrears on ad hoc basis. Arrears will be 10% of the current drawn pay (including dearness allowance) for all soldiers, calculated from January 2016.
This would mean, roughly, every soldier getting one month’s salary as a sort of a bonus. Efforts are on to ensure that soldiers get this before Diwali, which is on October 30. Unlike the civil service, armed forces have not yet received arrears arising out of the pay commission order, neither have new salary scales been applied.