Published On: Thu, May 7th, 2015

BSF, NIA Chiefs D K Pathak, Sharad Kumar get apex pay scale

New Delh: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today issued orders allowing the apex pay scale to BSF Director General D K Pathak and National Investigation Agency (NIA) DG Sharad Kumar, both 1979-batch officers of the Indian Police Service.

NIA DG Sharad Kumar today got Apex Pay Scale of Rs. 80,000/~ (fixed).

NIA DG Sharad Kumar today got Apex Pay Scale of Rs. 80,000/~ (fixed).

The apex pay scale of Rs 80,000 was granted by the government to two top IPS officers in charge of border security and terrorist investigations, thereby removing an anomaly in their salaries.

While Border Security Force (BSF) is the country’s largest border guarding force, NIA is mandated to probe national terror and terrorist financing cases.

As reported by PTI earlier, the Union Home Ministry was moved in this regard by about half-a-dozen IPS officers, who head important agencies in the domain of border security, intelligence and investigation, claiming “anomalies” in their salary packages which, they complained, lowered their dignity and morale.

After today’s order, two other Directors General of paramilitary forces — CISF (1980-batch, Surender Singh) and SSB (1980-batch, BD Sharma) — are left to be accorded the apex pay scale.

Till now, both the BSF and NIA chiefs were bracketed in the second-from-top pay scale of Rs 75,500-Rs 80,000 despite rules stating that, as top police officers, they are entitled to the apex pay scale. The highest salary is of Rs 80,000 fixed pay scale.

Recently, 1978-batch Bihar cadre officer R R Verma was granted the same scale after his appointment as the DG of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

Verma is the senior-most serving IPS officer in the country and was heading the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) before he was posted to RPF.

Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain (1980-batch), too, is expected to get the same scale soon, given his seniority.

Among these officers, while some gave written representations to Home Ministry, others “verbally” made their grievance known to top officials, including former Home Secretary Anil Goswami and his successor LC Goyal.

Sources said the aggrieved officers had submitted that the denial of the apex scale to them was “arbitrary in nature and in complete contravention of IPS (Pay) Rules, 2007, and amendment Rules, 2008… And this undermines the dignity” of the post they hold.

Incidentally, both the predecessors of the BSF and SSB DGs used to get the Rs 80,000 fixed pay scale, but the appointment orders for Pathak and Sharma did not mention whether the same was being accorded to them.

Sources said the Home Ministry has now “recognised the issues” and, hence, some decisions in this regard were taken today while the call on the rest would be taken on a case-to- case basis.

An order issued by the Finance Ministry in 2008, post the 6th Pay Commission recommendations, had stipulated that the DGs and chiefs of paramilitary forces and central police organisations will get a fixed pay scale of Rs 80,000, which permits them to obtain certain official perks and allowances.

Inputs with PTI

About the Author