7th Pay Commission: Setback for IAS as panel report seeks parity for other services

The pay commission report is likely to come as a disappointment for the IAS fraternity which has pushed for retaining its “edge”, not only before the commission but even in the open fora of social media.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2015 11:04 am
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Amid the battle between the IAS and other All India Services over pay parity, the Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended that the “edge” enjoyed by the IAS, both in terms of pay and promotion, should be removed. It has also said that the central staffing scheme for competition between IAS and other All India Services — which includes the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) — should be opened to give all an equal chance at top posts at the Centre.

The report is likely to come as a disappointment for the IAS fraternity which has pushed for retaining its “edge”, not only before the commission but even in the open fora of social media. As many as 200 IAS officers wrote letters to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) against any move to grant parity to other services with them. In the last few weeks, as other services hit back at this move by the IAS, the battle took an ugly turn on social media with regular exchange of jibes.

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IAS officers are typically promoted two years earlier than their counterparts in other services, receive two additional increments, and are empanelled for positions in central ministries far earlier in their careers. The other services are seeking parity, saying they have specialist skills the IAS does not.

“The criticality of functions at the district administration level holds good equally for the IAS, IPS as well as the IFoS…Therefore, the edge presently accorded to the IAS may continue in the form of two additional increments in the proposed pay matrix. The same is being recommended for IPS and IFoS as well,” the panel has held.

Rejecting the IAS demand for retaining the “edge” in promotions, the report says, “On the ‘two year edge’, the chairman does not agree to the demand and finds no justification for according the two years gap. He feels that the Indian bureaucracy has come of age and various central services are now discharging distinct and valuable functions in the overall governance of the country. The two-year edge is an archaic concept in the present realm.”

Both the recommendations have been opposed by panel member and retired IAS officer Vivek Rae with his dissent note running into several pages.

“We are still examining the report. We are of the view that parity of pay should be extended to all India services and organised Group A services. Equality of opportunity for competing for the central staffing scheme post which has been upheld by the majority decision is a welcome development. We are sincerely looking forward to a favourable government decision,” said IPS Central Association secretary PVR Sastry.

Sanjay Bhoosreddy, secretary of Central IAS Association, refused to comment saying he was yet to go through the report.

In response to demands made by various Group A services on equal opportunities to seniormost posts in various ministries, the panel has said there are two parts to the problem — first, there are very few officers of the central services being empanelled; second, because there are so few empanelled officers, the senior positions occupied by the central services are very few.

To tackle this, the panel has recommended that all officers of the All India Services and Central Group ‘A’ Services participating in the central staffing scheme who have put in 17 years of service should be eligible to apply. The panel has recommended that vacancies may be notified, or advertised well in advance, along with an indication of the domain expertise required.

In his concluding views on the matter, panel chairman Ashok Kumar Mathur said: “The main cause for resentment among services is that over a period of time IAS has arrogated to itself all power of governance and relegated all other services to secondary position… It is time that the government takes a call that subject domain should be the criteria to man the posts and not a generalist.”

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    S Gopal
    Nov 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm
    Pardon career not carrier.
    1. Krishna Murthy
      Nov 21, 2015 at 9:13 am
      do away with civil services;appoint the right man for the right job and pay him/her market rates;
      1. Krishna Kumar
        Nov 21, 2015 at 9:33 am
        The post of IAS is a British conception of slavery. Even today, most of the IAS officers behave as if they are lords. Most of them have no working knowledge of office procedure and bureaucratic psychology in dealing with critical moments. They entirely depend upon their subordinates and in times of difficulties, they squarely blame for any lapses, thereby making their escape. The Officers of other services like IPS, IRS are no less efficient in their work. They too have heavy responsibility chiefly IPS officials in maintaining law and order, controlling crimes and tackling other anti social elements, even to the extent of risking their lives. Hence the 7th PC has taken a right decision in removing the disparity among their service condition. Let not the govt. carried away by the ill conceived representation from the IAS cadre to retain their supermacy over others; it is time to equalise the bureaucracy in terms of the consutional directions.
        1. P
          Nov 21, 2015 at 7:38 am
          The duty of IAS can do any body with little experience and some in-house trainings. The most of them are doing only coordination works and collecting details from the professionals working under them and they presenting in the meeting without any through knowledge on the domain subject. In the meetings also, the professionals working under them are sitting behind them and feeding points then and there. Can IAS do any professional works? Can they do heart surgery or design the flyovers. Then why the pay commission always neglect the professionals like engineers, doctors etc. Many professionals are managing their offices with good administrative skills when compared to IAS. Why not the government is not ready to give opportunity to professionals to prove their ability and capacity to manage the professional departments like PWD, Highways, Rural Engineering and Panchayat Raj etc. for some periods of times?. Then only we can know that who is performing and managing well. In last 50 years after independence IAS is ruling our country then why still poverty, black money, etc? It is the right time as the 7th Pay commission Chairman rightly pointed out, the government should take a decision to find out Whether IAS are managing well in the departments or professionals ?.
          1. R
            Nov 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm
            IAS has no ability more than a office bearer, one IAS was playing Candy Crush game during seminar for poor farmer in southern state another saying poor widow farmer wife in MP when she asked to submit a application for her drought hit paddy crop he replied " jab barish nahi hoti hai to kyon chaval boti ho (why you sown rice when there is less rain" in uttered word, so you can under stand the mentality of their , they had understand themselves the lord, all beurocratic bottel neck happened due to their ego because they don,t want to loose thei status, soldiers loosing their lives at border end policeman during 26/11 due to their buerocratic procedure, because they have to serve only in office not on the ground
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