This has benefited Officers of services, like MES Civil Officers, BRO (Border Roads Organisation) Civil Officers, IPS Officers in BSF, CRPF, ITBP, Defence Accts (IDAS), Test Audit (IA&AS), Ordnance Factory Board. They now get the salary and grade pay of Joint Secretary or a Major General (Grade Pay Rs 10000) in 22 years of service, and will draw the pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India which is equal to a Lieutenant General (Grade Pay Rs 12000/-) after 32 years of service. Curiously, officers from Uniformed Services have been denied this perk.
AND YET, THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TREAT THE MILITARY WITH CONTEMPT.
THE CONDITION OF THE EX-SERVICEMEN IS WORSE. THE MoD's DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE HAS DEALT A SEVERE BLOW TO THE VETERANS AS DETAILED HERE BY NAVDEEP SINGH (http://www.indianmilitary.info/2014/01/army-day-republic-day-gift-from.html)
As we celebrate the bravery, sacrifice and commitment of the soldier to the nation on the occasion of the 66th Army Day, we are also confronted with the fact that the NATION AND ESPECIALLY THE BUREAUCRACY ONLY CONTINUES TO HOLD THE MILITARY IN CONTEMPT. SAD BUT TRUE.