|They have been placed in pay band-4 with a grade pay of Rs. 8,000|
Government has issued orders placing officers of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and their equivalents in the other two Services in the pay band-4 with a grade pay of Rs. 8,000 and identified “non-combat” deputations that will not draw this benefit.
The government indicated in January its decision to address the issue of anomalies in the pay structure and orders to this effect were received by the Services on Monday, sources in the Defence Ministry said.
Lt. Colonels will now be upgraded to the pay bracket of Rs. 37,400-67,000 (PB-4) with a grade pay of Rs. 8,000 from the earlier scale of Rs. 15,600-39,100 (PB-3) with a grade pay of Rs. 7,600.Tenure postings
The new pay band will be applicable to tenure postings done by officers of these ranks with departments such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Director-General (Quality Assurance), National Cadet Corps, the Assam Rifles, the National Security Guards and the Border Roads Organisation.
The armed forces were not clear over the decision after it became known that the new pay band will be only for those in combat role.
Last month, tri-services Principal Personnel Officers Committee Chairman Vice-Admiral D.K. Dewan wrote a letter to the Ministry, making a case for inclusion of all officers of the rank in the pay band, including those on deputation to other wings such as paramilitary forces.
The sources said that with this order, some 18,000 officers would stand to benefit and those who remain to draw pay band-3 would be officers on deputation to organisations such as the Railways and the National Highways Authority of India, where the nature of duty was not in line with normal combat profile.