A committee concerned today proposed more than 100 percent salary hike for the members of the armed forces in its recommendations handed to the government. The eight-member committee, Armed Forces Pay Committee, led by its chairman, Lt Gen Anwar Hossain, filed its report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith this morning with recommendation for Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force. The body suggested Tk 8,200 basic pay for lowest grade soldier and Tk 80,000 for the rank and equivalent of a major general and Tk 88,000 for lieutenant general and equal. For a general and similar rank, the basic pay has been proposed at Tk 1 lakh. For the rank of a major general, the salary hike proposed is a 100 percent increase from the previous scale of Tk 40,000 while for a lieutenant general, the hike is almost 110 percent. For a general, the hike proposed is more than 122 percent from their current basic pay of Tk 45,000, according to information obtained from Bangladesh Army. Last month, a similar committee recommended for doubling the basic pay of civil servants on the average for employees under 16 proposed grades in place of the existing 20. Rewarding the armed forces more, the committee concerned has proposed more than double hike for members of the armed forces, under 16 grades, in its report.
AGENCY, THE DAILY STAR