Published On: Sat, Oct 31st, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission likely to pitch for pay parity, IAS officers protest

New Delhi: As pressure mounts on the Seventh Pay Commission for pay parity between IAS, IPS, IRS and other allied service officers, the commission is likely to recommend similar ranks and salaries for them, even IAS officers are protesting against it.

Seventh Central Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur (centre)

Seventh Central Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur (centre)

After the IPS and IRS officers lodged the biggest equal pay challenge before the Seventh Pay Commission; alleging they are paid less than IAS officers.

Statistics show that IPS officers and IRS officers are paid less than IAS officers for the same work and face additional hurdles, if they seek to progress up the career ladder, said 1995 batch IPS officer on condition of anonymity.

“It is depressing to see that IAS-dominated bureaucracy is going in India, though objective means works are done by IPS and IRS officers but they receive less salary than IAS officers, while we are masters in our fields and IAS officers are generally not masters in any field associated with assignments,” said the official.

“We do not get promotion to the rank of joint secretary in the same numbers that IAS officers get, and that our salaries are lower than those of IAS officers despite working on equally assignments. Our represents progress in pay parity that awareness of pay inequality has increased to the point where its translating into action.” he added.

Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, the secretary of the IAS association, said some IAS officers have expressed anguish about the pay parity reported recommendations of the pay commission,

“The key concerns of the some junior IAS officers pertain to emoluments and losing edge in empanelment,” he said.

The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to fix basic pay at a maximum of Rs 180,000 and a minimum of Rs 20,000 for central government employees after considering pay ratio of the pay of the bottom paid employees to the pay of the highest paid officials will come down to 1:9 from current 1:12.

The pay grade of the central government employees may also be introduced in a new 10-grade structure instead of 15 grades pays, as it is now.

The recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission would be implemented from January 1, 2016.

The Seventh Pay Commission, headed by Justice A K Mathur, was appointed by the previous UPA government in February 2014 for 18 months. Its terms was extended in August 2015 by four months till December 31, 2015.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing central government employees, Defence services as well as IAS, IPS, IRS and other allied service officers’ associations.


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