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Govt downgrades status of military officers compared to their civilian counterparts
The government, last week, issued an order lowering the status of military officers in comparison to their civilian counterparts in the Armed Forces Head Quarters (AFHQ).

The letter sent by the Joint Secretary E/CAO has clarified the rank equation between the military & the civilian officers. According to the letter, a Major General is equivalent to a Principal Director, a Brigadier to a Director and a Colonel to a Joint Director.

This has effectively downgraded the status of military officers as earlier the ranks would start from a Lieutenant Colonel being considered equivalent to a Joint Director, a Colonel being considered equivalent to a Director, and so on.

The letter clarifies that the pay does not define the rank of an officer as the pay and rank structures for the military forces are different.

"A common presumption in these communications is a pay determined rank equation which is erroneous as a different pay and rank structure exists for the the armed forces," the letter reads.

The letter also says that while assigning duties, the laid down rank equation is to be followed. The rank equation is also to be followed for other purposes such as channel of reporting, detailing of officers for training courses, providing stenographic assistance, etc., the letter says.

This might lead to further resentment among the army officers who are already at loggerheads with the government regarding the anomalies in 7th Pay Commission as well as One Rank One Pension (OROP).

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