In two path-breaking initiatives that would affect senior officers in the armed forces, the Department of Military Affairs has proposed to cut down the pension of those opting for premature retirement and hike the retirement age of certain categories by up to three years.
The pension cut issue has come under severe criticism as the existing formula would get changed in a manner that could impact the financial prospects of those retiring in the future. A senior lawyer dealing with military law said, “The DMA (Department of Military Affairs) has no locus standi to alter the existing formula and the decision would be challenged in court”.
The DMA, headed by Gen Bipin Rawat, is a newly created entity under the Ministry of Defence and is tasked for HR and coordination issues between the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
A letter sent out by the DMA office on October 29 says a draft of the government sanction letter is being readied by November 10 for review by Gen Rawat, the DMA Secretary and also the Chief of Defence Staff.