Pay revision ‘letter’ goes viral

The Defence Ministry said here on Wednesday that a letter in circulation since Tuesday on the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for the armed forces was fake.

The letter follows a pattern of false communication on social media in recent times on the pay commission and one rank, one pension.

With the subject line “Revised scale of pay in 7th CPC”, the letter said: “It is submitted that the JCM proposal has been approved by the Cabinet on March 16, 2017 with the conditions placed by the commission. But the same is not included for defence employees (combatant).”

It further stated that during the Cabinet meeting on March 16, the proposal was approved and it would be implemented with effect from April 1.

The origin of the letter remains unknown, but it went viral among military and veteran groups on social media.

‘Makes no sense’

Defence Ministry spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said the letter was fake. A defence source said the contents did not make any sense in the first place.

“This is a fake, planted one to create unrest among the ranks so that an odd revolt type situation will force the Army to accept the recommendations as they are,” another official said.

A few weeks ago, a message on WhatsApp went viral among military personnel, promising better salaries.

When the OROP protest flared last year, similar communication created confusion.

While the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations have been implemented for civilian staff, it is yet to be implemented for the services because of some core anomalies pointed out by them.

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