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Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
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Two Wings Of The Bird

A demoralised ground staff will strike at the soul of the Indian Air Force

Two Wings Of The Bird
Two Wings Of The Bird
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IT would be wrong and even malicious to overhype the current crisis in the Indian Air Force. But from what I can understand about the disparity of pay between the engineering officers and the flying boys, it's a big bad joke in the 50th year of our Independence. Both Mulayam Singh Yadav, as the defence minister, and Air Chief Marshal S.K. Sareen should have anticipated the resentment spawned by the sudden and sharp increase in the flying allowance of pilots. They had the resources at their command to gauge the possible outcome. The two should squarely take the blame for unrest in the force.

Ultimately, it's a simple question of rubbing in the hierarchy, real or imagined. If Rs 9,000 is paid to a pilot as special allowance and only Rs 226 to an engineer, it only shows the scant importance the defence establishment attaches to its engineer officers and ground duty officers—and lest one forgets, they are all part of the team that keeps the force flying. Besides the big gap in allowances, I personally feel that the ground duty...

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