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Saturday, November 7, 2009


Comparison Table
Dear Readers,

1. I ve tabulated the pay package for our Armed Forces spl for JCO's/NCO's/OR's along with the pay scales of civilian Gp B/C staff.

2. My conclusion based on the above exercise is as follows:

a) For officers the rank pay was not included while fixing their grade pays and also a wrong equivalence with IPS officers was shown on page 73-75 of 6th CPC.

b) It can be clearly seen that the pay commission revised almost every civilian's previous pay before granting them a fresh pay scale and grade pay under 6th CPC.

c) Unfortunately for Soldiers no such apparent restructuring of 5th CPC scale was carried out before granting them fresh pay scales under 6th CPC.

d) The PB-1 for railways starts from 5200-20200 whereas for Armed Forces its 4860-20200. Similarly PB-2 for railways starts from 9300-34800 wheras for Armed Forces it starts from 8700-34800.Therefore a loss of Rs.340+DA in PB-1 and a loss of Rs.600+DA in PB-2 is there for Armed Forces over and above the loss due to lack of restructuring of pay scales unlike civilian counterparts before fixing the 6th CPC scales.

e) The pay scale of Skilled Gp C and a Havildar (NCO) Soldier from Z Group are comparable and a Sepoy ( a trained soldier ) is considered equal to a semi skilled Gp C employee.

f) Even the ACP for ORs needs a relook in terms of time period as the minimum serving period could be as less as just 15 yrs for them.

3. Perhaps we need to restructure the entire pay structure of Armed Forces even before we go into the next pay commission. As the fact remains that even if we ve a separate pay commission, it will still go to the govt of the day for acceptance and approval. 

4. Incase I ve missed out or miss typed any information or wrongly concluded any information, your are requested to kindly correct me. Your valuable suggestion are most welcome.


Hardcore Soldier

Some References:

Terror camps intact: Minister

Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said terrorist infrastructure was still intact in Pakistan, with most outfits based in the vicinity of their army bases.

“It is a (cause for) worry and concern for us,” he said, when asked about reports suggesting that the Pakistan administration knew about Lashker-e-Tayyeba’s plans to carry out another 26/11-type attack in India. The Defence Minister was talking to the media on the sidelines of an award function for defence PSUs and ordnance factories.

Antony said, “Everybody knows there is real threat to our security and it is ongoing. So far, after 26/11, we have been able to prevent it to defeat their attempts.”

Their (terrorists’) attempts are going on but we are always on the guard.”

He said that unless Pakistan took “sincere and convincing action” against terrorist groups and disbanded them, it would be ‘very difficult’ for India to improve relations with it. Asked what India’s reaction would be if there was another terror attack, Antony said, “We will act accordingly at that time... It is a hypothetical question. We are not leaving anything for chance.”

On the steps taken to improve security for the National Defence College, he said, “We know very well that there are forces which are now and then trying to create problems in India’s internal as well as external security. So we are making all out efforts for not only NDC but we are taking precautions everywhere.”

NDC was one of the prime targets of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba militants David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, arrested by the FBI in the US.

Antony said security and intelligence agencies were taking precautions in a coordinated manner and doing everything ‘humanly possible’ to strengthen the security apparatus.

Antony to discuss military ties in Japan

Defence Minister AK Antony will discuss bilateral military ties, joint training and coordination of effort in anti-piracy during his four-day visit to Japan, starting on Saturday. This is the first visit of an Indian Cabinet minister to Japan after the DPJ Government came to power there.

During his visit, Antony will hold talks with his counterpart, Toshimi Kitazawa, to review ongoing defence-related interactions. They will also explore ways to enhance such exchanges to mutual benefit, according to an official spokesman on Friday. 

Joint exercises between Armed Forces of both countries and exchange of students in defence training institutions would be discussed with the other side.

In addition, possibilities of coordination of efforts in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and other maritime security challenges are expected to be talked through, the spokesman added.

Security and defence cooperation between India and Japan are guided by the Joint Statement — which was issued by Defence Ministers of both sides during the visit of the then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Japan in May 2006 — and the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, issued during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan in October 2008.

Troop withdrawal creates fear psychosis in Rajouri

Call it withdrawal of troops or redeployment, reduction in the number of security personnel in this militancy-infested region has created fear psychosis among the residents here. The recent attack on Rukhsana’s house has added to that element of fear.

It’s just 7.30 pm and an eerie silence has already engulfed the entire Bagla village. Deserted roads and pathways dotted with vacant bunkers welcome you to the village. Whether it is some crossing, a higher location or a rooftop, such bunkers and barbed wires could be seen everywhere in the village having around 35 households.

The village does not have any bus service as there is no motorable road. The area witnessed some bloodiest massacres of members of minority communities at the hands of terrorists around 7 years ago.

Bunkers were set up by the security forces to protect villagers from terrorist attacks after the villagers, especially those belonging to minority communities, started migrating.

“In 2006, when the BSF was replaced with the SOG, the militant struck a house belonging to a member of the minority community. A woman lost life and several others sustained serious injuries in the incident,” recalled Pritam Sharma. Thereafter, the security forces were again deployed in the village, he added.

“This time also villagers staged a protest in Taryaath market and 15 SOG men were deployed here. But we want the security forces back,” he added.

With the relocation of security forces from this area, people have started living indoors after the sunset. One member of almost every family keeps awake all through the night to keep vigil in the area.

A group of policemen was seen huddled up in a kutcha house. All of them were in plain clothes. None of them carried any night-vision device or looked otherwise geared up to deal with the situation, in case there was any emergency.

“A group of three militants was seen by some people around the village. So we avoid going out after the sunset and during early morning,” said Madan Lal, a villager. Madan had gunned down a militant in 2003 and was a member of the village defence committee.

“Earlier, the villagers used to provide shelter to the security forces and did not charge anything for the service. We used to feel secure in the company of security personnel. We want them back,” Madan added. “Our village is a crossing point for militants. They have killed many people here. Troops have also been shifted from Daggal, Taleri, Tararu, Solki, Taryaath, and Kabakote villages and people in the area are living in the fear of terrorists,” said a group of villagers.

Coast Guards set to become bigger

The impact that gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir KasabMohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and nine other suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) militants left on the government by taking Mumbai hostage for over 60 hours finally seems to be bearing fruit.
The Indian Coast Guards, which has one boat to patrol every 132 km, has chalked out a plan to become the third largest coastal force in the world.
The Coast Guards now plans to augment its fleet by 100 vessels and 100 aircraft within a decade to man the 7,500-km-long Indian coastline.
Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, the director general of Indian Coast Guards, said the November 26, 2008, terror attack has forced the government to speed up the process of improving the internal security system. And work, the vice-admiral added, is on at a frantic pace.
Vice-Admiral Chopra was in Mumbai to take part in a national anti-pollution exercise that involved various central and state agencies including the Indian Navy and the Maharashtra Maritime Board.
“We have a plan in place to augment the force in a systematic order. In the next two years, the force will be multiplied by 30 per cent,” he said.
The present force and manpower will double in three to four years through measured procurements and corresponding infrastructure development and augmentation of the trained manpower will happen proportionately, added Vice-Admiral Chopra.
Chopra added that about 50 vessels for various purposes are being built across various shipyards in the country. The coast guards will also get new aircraft added to its fleet of aging dornier aircraft.
“These ships should be inducted to the coast guards in the next four years.”
The vice-admiral on Wednesday commissioned a coast guard station at Karwar — one of the 15 stations the government has planned to address the country’s porous maritime borders.

Army warms up to Akash missile

India’s long-criticised Akash anti-aircraft missile is now blazing towards success. Its counterparts in the DRDO’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, the Prithvi and Agni ballistic missiles, were on target from the start; the anti-tank Nag missile will also enter service shortly; the Trishul short-range anti-aircraft missile was abandoned unceremoniously. Now, after years of rejection from the military, the Akash is being accepted as a world-class missile.

The IAF’s order last year for two Akash squadrons — dismissed by sceptics as a face-saving burial for the Akash programme — has just been doubled with a fresh IAF order for 16 more launchers that will be stationed in northeast India. And now, Business Standard has accessed even better news for the Akash programme: the Indian Army is considering ordering several Akash squadrons for its ground forces.

The DRDO’s Chief Controller for R&D, Prahlada, has confirmed that the army is displaying fresh interest in the Akash. Asked for details, Prahlada told Business Standard, “I cannot say whether the army is interested in the Akash for its strike corps, or for another role. In any case, the Akash is a mobile system that is suitable for various roles.”

But protecting fast-moving tank columns from enemy fighters is what the Akash does best. For years the DRDO laboured to fit the entire Akash system — including radars, missile launchers and command centres — into T-72 tanks. This provided the Akash with the cross-country mobility to advance deep into enemy territory along with Indian Army strike corps, shooting down enemy fighters at ranges as far out as 25 kilometres.

Planned as a replacement for the army’s obsolescent Russian SAM-6 Kvadrat, the heart of an Akash missile battery is the Hyderabad-developed Rajendra phased-array radar that tracks up to 64 enemy fighter aircraft simultaneously, in a radius of 60 kilometres. The mobile command centre selects up to four of the most threatening air targets, and two Akash missiles are fired at each from the T-72 based Akash launchers, which move alongside. The Rajendra radar continuously guides the missiles, eventually “flying” them smack into the enemy fighters.

Theoretically, a “ripple” of two Akash missiles has a 99 per cent chance of shooting down a modern fighter aircraft. Practically, however, in 9 live Akash trials so far, all 9 missiles that were fired hit their targets. Videos of the firing trials, witnessed by Business Standard, show the Akash missiles smashing their targets into tiny fragments at ranges beyond 20 kilometres.

The DRDO has taken 20 years to develop the cross-country mobile, tank-mounted version of the Akash missile system that the army is now interested in. Criticism of this delay has been vocal, but the DRDO counters by pointing to the quality of its product: the Akash, says the DRDO, is the only system of its kind available globally.

A top DRDO scientist at the missile complex in Hyderabad points out, “Western countries like France, which make missiles in the technological league of the Akash, don’t mount the entire system on a tank, something that the Indian Army insists on. Only the Russians build tank-mounted missile systems, but their missile technology is far inferior to that of the Akash. All that the Russians can offer today is the next generation of the Kvadrat.”

The defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited, is the nodal production agency for the Akash missile system, supported by a broad consortium of Indian public and private sector manufacturers who contribute components and sub-systems. Bharat Dynamics Limited manufactures the solid-fuel, two-stage, ramjet Akash missile itself. 

Indian Army gets a web portal news

The Indian Army took another leap in technology empowerment with the launch of Indian Army web portal on internet on Thursday. The web portal is hosted on NIC server at domain

The newly launched web portal has been developed on the state of the art technology available. It is built on a strong platform to thwart any hacking/defacing attempts, a government release said.

The design also features a fresh look and offers various options like search, user interactivity, latest events, feedback, secured login, decentralised data update, space for all the arms/services of the Indian Army etc.

Meanwhile, defence minister AK Antony presented Raksha Mantri's Awards for excellence to defence PSUs and ordnance factories for research and development.

He exhorted public sector enterprises to continue their adjustment process and improve their competitive edge to survive.

He said the armed forces will have to reduce dependence on imported arms and for this Indian ordnance factories should take effective steps to achieve self-reliance. For this, he said the defence PSUs, ordnance factories, DRDO and the armed forces must follow an integrated approach towards indigenisation efforts.

The institutional recipients of the defence minister's awards for excellence for the year 2007-08 included: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (excellence in performance - trophy); BEML Ltd (best performance in exports - trophy); Bharat Electronics Ltd, Hyderabad (best performing division among DPSUs - trophy); Ammunition Factory, Khadki, Pune (best performing factory of OFB - trophy); Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai (best performing shipyard - trophy).

Group / individual awards of Rs1,00,000 each for import substitution were given to: Bharat Electronics Limited, Ghaziabad for Engineering and realization of Rohini Radar D & E model in collaboration with LRDE (design agency); and Garden Reach shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata for Indigenisation of centrifugal pumps of Russian origin for warships/submarines in Indian Navy.

Awards for design efforts were given to:

MILCOM SBU unit of BEL, Bangalore for design and development of STARS V- Mk II 5W / 25W radio sets and its various accessories; and Ordnance Factory, Dehu Road, Maharashtra for development of modified igniter NP- Type II Mk-1 for 455 litre container bombs for Air Force.

Innovation awards were given to:

Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai for Innovative approach in overhaul of propulsion motor and their mounts of German origin submarines of Indian Navy without resorting to usual practice of cutting pressure hull which is usual practice at OEM and also world over; and CRL, BEL, Bangalore for development of hand-held computer, part of the Shakti-Tactical Network project for artillery of Indian Army.

Centre's U-turn on 'Op Green Hunt'

HYDERABAD: After heavily publicising for weeks the government’s intention to launch an attack on Maoist headquarters in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday took a U-turn by saying that the proposed ‘Operation Green Hunt’ was an invention of the media. All that the Centre was doing was to help the states by deploying paramilitary forces in the fight against Left-wing extremism, the home minister announced at the passing out parade of IPS probationers in Hyderabad.

The home minister’s statement was greeted with disbelief but analysts said that it had much to do with the criticism that the Union government offensive would degenerate into a full scale war against tribals who inhabit the territory occupied by Maoists. Analysts said that there was no other way that Maoists could be distinguished from tribals and in the offensive the latter would end up bearing the brunt.

“The government of India is ready to face any challenge including the threat from Maoists. Law and order is a state subject. Therefore, primarily the states should carry out all counter-insurgency measures and ensure that the administration is in complete government control. However, the Centre would continue helping the Maoist-affected states with paramilitary forces, intelligence and technical assistance,” Chidamabaram said.

Chidambaram said he was not aware of the reported statement of the Maoists that they had agreed to a dialogue with the government. “I have not seen that statement. Therefore, I will not comment,” he quipped.

Chidambaram confirmed the Pakistan link to the aborted LeT plan to attack major targets in India. He said that the US administration had informed him about the details of the design prepared by terrorists, two of whom were arrested by the FBI. The arrest of a few others in Pakistan in the same terror plot indicated the involvement of that country, he said.
The home minister urged the media not to create panic by unduly highlighting the first anniversary of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. “The security forces are vigilant and perfectly capable of thwarting any attack. There is no reason to raise alarm,” he said.