Indian Army Current Affairs - 2020
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On March 29, 2020, Ministry of Defence approved the proposal to contribute one day salary of the employees to the PM-CARES fund. This will amount to Rs 500 crores.
The salary will collectively include funds from Army, Air Force, Navy and other Defence PSUs. The contribution is voluntary and employees willing to opt out are to be exempted.
The Army Act, 1950 allows to make such deductions from the salary of the army personnel. However, only authorized deductions are allowed. This is ruled under Section 25 of Army Act, 1950.
Currently, the defence Personnel are paid under the 7th Central Pay Commission.
The Pay Commission is set up by the GoI. It recommends changes to the salary structure of Government Employees including Defence personnel. So far, 7 pay commissions have been set up in the Indian history since independence.
First Pay commission
The first pay commission was set up in 1947 under the leadership of Srinivasa Varadachariar. It was called the Post war pay committee. In 1947-48, the Indo-Pakistani war or the first Kashmir war was fought. The committee did not mention about pension benefits of the defence personnel. The pension of the defence forces were fixed by a separate committee called the “Armed Forces Pension Revision Committee” set up in 1949-50.
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The Border Road Organization (BRO) is working in full swing to completely replace the Daporijo bridge. The bridge os the only line of communication to 451 villages located in the China border. Also, the BRO is engaged in snow clearance of Manali-Leh axis to provide relief to Ladakh and Lahaul valley.
The Project Arunank is being implemented by BRO in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The project aims at linking remote regions of the borders with well developed strategic roads.
The Daporijo bridge is being constructed across the Subansiri river. The bridge was completely rusted and was a serious threat to the commuters.
The bridge is being constructed under voluntary approach of Project Arunank authorities. They are empowered to take such patriotic initiatives under the Army Act, 1950 and Army rules 1954.
The Subansiri river runs in the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is the largest tributary of Brahmaputra river.
Tags: Arunachal Pradesh • Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Line • Border roads • Brahmaputra • BRO