Government rejects demand for higher military service pay for 1 lakh personnel; Army upset

Military sources said Army is anguished over the decision by the finance ministry.

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In a decision that will affect around one lakh Army personnel, including Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), the Finance Ministry on Tuesday rejected a long-standing demand of the Army for an increase in Military Service Pay (MSP). Anguished over the decision, the Army said it would seek a review of the government decision.

They said the Army is anguished over the decision by the finance ministry, and will seek its review. Around one lakh service personnel including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be affected by the decision.

The MSP was introduced to the services recognising their unique service conditions and hardships. At present, the MSP has two categories — one for officers and another for JCOs and jawans.

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