Military-civil rift over rank parity continues
A high-level panel looking into parity between military and civilian employees working under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not reached a consensus on the subject, a year after being set up, triggering friction between the armed forces and the government.
With no breakthrough, the rift over a range of issues on equivalence on military and civilians working in Ministry of Defence could widen, sources said.
The panel was expected to table its report by now but with no agreement between the three members of the committee, a final decision cannot be taken.
“None of them have signed on the report as there is no consensus,” a defence source said.
There has been a strong buzz that that the panel was in favour of implementing the MoD order of October 18, 2016, of downgrading ranks of military officers working in service headquartres of the Army, Navy and Air Force in comparison to their civilian colleagues belonging to the Armed Force Headquartres Civil Services (AFHQCS).
“Several presentations have been made at the highest level opposing the government move to downgrade military ranks. It has been communicated that this will affect the morale of the forces,” said a military official.
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