Delhi HC declines to hear PIL alleging discrimination against jawans
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to hear a PIL challenging grant of lesser Military Service Pay to personnel below officer rank, like jawans and alleged discrimination against them.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined to hear a PIL challenging grant of lesser Military Service Pay to personnel below officer rank, like jawans and alleged discrimination against them. The court said that the appropriate forum to hear the particular PIL is the Armed Forces Tribunal.
“We are not inclined to entertain the PIL. Dismissed,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said while noting that “alternative remedy is available under the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT)”.
The PIL lodged by an NGO had alleged that there was a trend in the defence forces of “sidelining” the PBORs who comprise 97 percent of the three armed forces. The NGO Voice of Ex-Serviceman had claimed that all service-related benefits, including monetary, “are hijacked by the officer lobby”.
In petition, NGO had opposed the grant of MSP in Seventh Pay Commission to military nursing service (MNS) arguing that they are non-combatants. As per the petition, under the Seventh Pay Commission while PBORs will get an MSP of Rs 5,200, those in the nursing service and officers would get MSP of Rs 10,800 and Rs 15,500, respectively.
Petition says, eventhough the jawans facing more hardship, they are given the lowest MSP. The NGO had also raised the grievance of the PBORs being compulsorily retired before attaining the age of 60 years to keepthe force young.