MILITARY SERVICE PAY (MSP) A HYPOTHETICAL 3D PROJECTION
TO DEPRIVE PARITY WITH CIVILIAN COUNTERPARTS BY WINDOW DRESSING
The MSP element of a soldier is very cleverly structured & arranged by the 7th CPC comprised of Babus to deprive the soldiers of the parity with their civilian counter parts, they have calculated at the parity in the pay scale of soldiers ranks with civil post including the MSP .
The analogy & grant of MSP to a soldier is due to the following reasons.
1) The hazardous working condition of soldiers, including war, war like situation, insurgency operation, Pledged to sacrifice life in defending nation & living in adverse climatic conditions.
2)Performs 24 hrs duty in comparison with civilian who works for 8 hrs a day & 5 days in a week.The civilian employee Draws overtime allowance beyond that, Most of the Soldiers are staying away from their family & children in forward areas depriving of family life
3) The soldiers have given an undertaking to serve safe guard the country for a specific period of time surrendering their fundamental rights unlike civilian counterparts who have trade union & right to strike.
Hence this is an additional benefit granted to soldiers only due to unique working environment & it is in addition to parity with civilian counterparts but not inclusive.
Further the element of MSP is given to soldiers in such a way to discriminate the JCO/OR who constitute a major chunk of armed forces.If we take an example of an infantry division, the real threat to life is more for JCO/OR who is in the forefront of war field & a mere MSP of Rs 5200/is recommended for them.In short lives of different categories are differently valued.
An MSP of Rs 10500 is recommended for MNS who have less threat to life & working in hospitals in much better conditions.
An MSP of Rs 15000 is recommended for commissioned officers.
It is to be noted that life is invaluable to everyone & discriminatory treatment in this regard is highly inhuman.
Let us hope that some sense of humanity will prevail on the political junta to do away with this inhuman treatment given to soldiers of the country by bureaucracy.