The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) recently announced to implement the proposal of increasing the retirement age of all officers in Indian defence forces by one to three years by April 2021.
According to DMA, the extension of retirement age has been proposed with an intention to retain the highly skilled manpower in the defence forces. The letter also, incidentally, proposes a proportionate decrease of their pension based on their length of service.
However, the proposal—which also recommends to ‘review’ (read slash) the pension of commissioned officers seeking premature retirement—has irked several in both the serving and veteran fraternities, who view it as trying to create an enigma of insecurity.
A serving brigadier in Indian Army shares his response to the proposal, on the condition of anonymity, “I will die happily on the battlefield if you order me to do so. I will follow your orders as I have sworn to do so. But my heart evokes no loyalty towards you, General Bipin Rawat. God save our army and our Nation.”
An ‘unfair’ age-enhancement proposal
The retirement age and pension proposal by General Rawat under DMA envisages enhancing the retirement age of Colonels in Army and equivalent ranks in the Air Force and Navy.