Qualification Allowance is granted to personnel of Indian Air Force for obtaining flying qualifications. The present rates are:
|(Rs per month)|
|Master Aviation Instructor||750|
|Senior Aviation Instructor Cl-I||600|
|Senior Aviation Instructor Cl-II||420|
|Aviators holding Master Green Card||600|
|Aviators holding Green Card||420|
|Cat ‘A’ ATC/FC/HELO Controllers/Direction officers||2400|
|Cat ‘B’ ATC/FC/HELO Controllers/Direction officers||1800|
Besides a six-fold increase, the extension of allowance to various other categories has been sought. Personnel of Indian Coast Guard are presently not entitled to this allowance. They have asked for parity.
Analysis and Recommendations
Since the allowance is already partially indexed to DA, it is recommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. The amount will further rise by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent. The allowance should be extended to personnel of Indian Coast Guard also. Other demands do not hold merit.
For Defence officers, there are two allowances that are granted upon obtaining higher qualifications, viz., Qualification Grant and Technical Allowance. Since the purpose of these two allowances is similar, they are being dealt with together.