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Does not the iaf already follow this 58 y retirement structure? If I am correct effects of an ageing workforce is already there to see. Better to keep the force young. When one looks at the IN we have some unique structures such as in our artificer cadre. A highly trained workforce who serve upto 15 y (are rapidly promoted to senior supervisory high tech positions) at sea and exit providing for growth, promotions and motivations. In my understanding the technical calibre and hands on experience is so good that they are the first choice for many merchant companies and Gulf Militaries incl air forces. A model for other services to emulate. We seem to be looking at issue too narrowly. What’s needed is a deeper study engaging sociologists than these arbitrary pronouncements.
The presumption that personnel of services branches can serve upto 58 years age is incorrect. They too are required to serve in tough areas. Imagine an ASC driver in high altitude and the risks that he poses to others. Not only will it be an ageing army but an unfit one too.
Very aptly put Sir. We need the CDS to put it through a good HR Company or CDM to look at the cost-benefit analysis holistically across all domains of HR and administration and not just a limited focus on pension bill
It's the government's call to have an army, air force and navy. If it wants, it must find the money too. It's not for the army to self finance it's modernisation by monetising army land or cost cutting by some arbitrary age amendments. If one goes by the pension data of the MoD, more money is spent in financing pension of a small number of highly paid mod civilian retirees than the large number of lowly paid military veterans. If the govt. cannot afford the armed forces, shut it down or reduce the strength. Decisions must be based on study of need, pitfalls, history and affordability.
Dear Friends, before we start increasing the retirement ages of even one thirds of the Armed Forces, we must keep in mind that almost 50 % or more of Def Budget including hefty pensions go to our Def Civilian employees incl Babu's of Def Ministry, CDAs, CDA(O)'s,Auditors, all ordanace factory employees, DRDO etc who also enjoy full OROP, NFU, & old age retirements resulting in max pensions. All these civilian employees need to be streamlined & if possible taken to/ put under a different ministry like Home Ministry etc. We as a strong & young Armed force will then not need any pruning of manpower & will even spare cash for modernising. My advice to the able CDS is to put his foot down & demand higher allocations for the Def Budgets in keeping with those of our combined adversaries. Let's not cut our vital organs & limbs lest the Babu's demand our very souls! Disbandment of the all-mighty arrogant & self appeasing IAS lobby is long over due. This reduction should come first besides the un earned & undeserved pension & perks of our MPs MLAs etc before touching the Armed Forces. Unfortunately very few of our senior generals Stand upright & prefer to be broken but succumb to bending at every whim & fancy of our politicians & cunning Babu's.
CORRECT to the core of the issue . The tech Artificers are afept in picking up higher aptitude & this they do with alacrity . In Royal Omani Navy & Saudi Navy a large percentage of the core competencies in second-level of maintenance of all platforms at sea are undertaken by our erstwhile boys . Additionally these countries know the USP's of our training modus operandi & have been Very datisfied for the last 3 decades
CDS has taken a myopic view. A lion's share of the defence expenditure on salaries and pension goes to the bloody civilians who work against us and that is known to all but kept under the carpet.
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