Armed Force Officers forced for demand of NFU ( Non-Functional Upgradation ) but everybody in Armed Forces is equally important. It's all team work.Single non performer harm country equally. Appeasement of any type is dangerous whether it is officers/JCOs or Jawan etc. Our constitution also confirm it, but all have its own mean as per their convenient. Disposing of the petitions filed by Col Mukul Dev from the Judge Advocate General’s Branch and about 160 other officers, the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) ruled in favour of a petition demanding non-functional upgradation NFU for Armed Forces officers on the pattern of civil services officers of Group 'A' services. The NFU entitles an IAS and other Group 'A' services officers to get the pay scale of the highest promoted officer of their batch even if he or she is not promoted to the same rank.
The principal bench of AFT here, comprising officiating chairperson Justice B P Katakey and Lt Gen Sanjiv Langer, delivered the judgement. The aim of giving NFU is to alleviate the stagnation in the service due to non-promotion. The judgement says that if NFU is implemented for civilians in 7th Pay Commission, then it will also be given to Armed Forces officers. This NFU would be applicable also to those who are not part of the petitioners.
Now new question arise, why the NFU only for Officers, why not for Jawan/JCOs answer is very simple because Armed Forces Officers think that they are useless, they do nothing for country. Why there is a difference between Officers and Jawan/JCOs and that is maintained everywhere, including pensions, allowances, benefits, etc. But everybody knows a Jawan/JCOs retires at the prime age of 35 to 45 years where as a Officers in Armed Forces serves till 54 to 60 years.And how much hardships the soldier undergoes guarding our frontiers at freezing temperatures and facing the enemy bullets, so that Indian people will be safe back home comfortably. There is a difference between rights and greed. Now the officers are demanding for pure greed. Still they are showing their greed. In short they are blackmailing the Govt.
Government always favour Armed Forces Officers. Peasant is dying because of drought and these officers are getting increase in their allowances beside hush money they are earning. Now first rank of officers in Armed Forces is earning more than lakh per month and graduate accounts officer in Pvt Ltd company earns less than 35 thousand. There is no limit to grumbling. Even if these Officer's all demands are accepted, but still they are grumbling. Think about those who are more qualified but working in the private sector who pay taxes and there is no job guarantee, forget pension.
In private sector, there is no job guarantee, no pension, no one knows if he will on job tomorrow or not, and only performance plays the role, nothing else. The Armed Forces Officers joined duties with certain terms and conditions then why to compare with IAS/IFS/IPS/IRS/IOF/IES/IDAS/IDSE officers. Armed Forces Officers enjoy so may facilities that an ordinary man even cannot imagine. These Officers need to think about Jawan/JCOs too. It is natural that once you accept un-reasosnable demands on the basis of agitation more are awaiting to surface.
Government cannot harm the economy just to satisfy a group. The govt should withdraw whatever approved. These people are not deserving more anything. Whatever they are getting is enough. These people demand one after another, thinking that the govt is bow down its head.The armed forces all have to be given the right status not just officers. In armed forces we must respect, give due recognition to lower strata as well.
That is secret of winning formula to make every one give his best voluntarily in the interest of the cause , even the life. Our political leadership needs to understand the quality and leadership of our Armed Forces and think that they never raised the welfare points of Jawan/JCOs. We have already lost valuable time and the Jawan/JCOs of Armed Forces have already suffered as such. Let it not suffer any further. Better Govt wake up in time and give their dues ( Equal MSP, HA allowances etc )of Jawan/JCOs in time and upkeep the moral of Indian soldiers.
Author: Anil Kumar Bhadula.