Modi Govt Slashes TA/DA for Army Officers Citing Lack of Funds, Pulls Down Notification After Backlash
The notification was removed from the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts website after Army officials slammed the move.
The Defence Ministry reportedly announced on Monday, February 4 that it will not be processing travelling and dearness allowance (TA/DA) claims of Army officers. This includes the TA/DA given to officers when they are transferred from one post to another or when they have to travel to take part in field exercises and training programmes.
“Due to insufficient funds available under temporary and permanent duty heads of Army officers, no TA/DA advances and claims can be processed till receipt of sufficient funds under the relevant heads,” said a notification issued by and uploaded on the PCDA (Principal Controller of Defence Accounts) (officers) website on Monday. However, after Army officials slammed the move, the information was removed from the site, ANI reported.
According to estimates, there are nearly 40,000 Army officers in the country. These officers are usually transferred after a gap of two-three years. Moreover, during the annual military exercises, the troops have to move from one destination to another. The travel allowances provided by the government till now are key to meeting the expenses incurred during such frequent movements. Every year, around Rs 4,000 crore is usually spent on transportation and allowances for all officers, JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officers) and jawans who are transferred from one station to another and for those attending courses or taking part in military exercises.
According to a Times of India report, the PCDA was allocated Rs 3,200 crore for covering the expenses in this financial year, which has been exhausted already. The recent notification, which angered Army officials, suggested that all travel expenses would have to be borne by the officials themselves.
Speaking on the issue, an officer told Times of India, “It can potentially disrupt the Army’s day-to-day functioning… For instance, over 50 per cent of officers on temporary duty at any given time have been tasked to attend courses, which are less than 180 days in duration, at different places.”
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