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Police service officers to seek PM’s help in quest for pay parity with IAS

Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are planning to take their fight for parity with their Indian Administrative Service (IAS) counterparts to the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2016 22:46 IST
HT Correspondent
Indian Police Service officers are planning to take their fight for parity with their IAS counterparts to the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indian Police Service officers are planning to take their fight for parity with their IAS counterparts to the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Representative Photo)

Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are planning to take their fight for parity with their Indian Administrative Service (IAS) counterparts to the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Besides the IAS and the IPS, the Indian Forest Service (IFS) are the three services designated as All India Services (AIS). Both IPS and IFS officers have been demanding parity in pay and promotions with the IAS.

“The 7th pay panel examined the longstanding demand for parity between the AIS. After extensive study and stakeholder consultations, in a majority opinion (barring lone dissenting voice of a member who is a retired IAS officer) the panel recommended parity among the AIS in the matters of pay, empanelment and opportunities to compete for senior positions,” said the IPS central association in statement after its annual general body meeting on Friday.

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The IPS association further said the principle of pay parity was endorsed by their cadre controlling authority — the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The MHA forwarded for final decision to the Department of Personnel, where it is still pending without any indication of any forward movement.

“We are left with no option but to knock on the door of the PM to get the panel recommendations implemented and that we will do soon,” said an IPS officer who attended the meeting. He spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer explained that at the moment the 1999 batch of IAS officers has been promoted to the rank of joint secretary at the Centre. But a similar rank of inspector general in the IPS has been given to 1996 batch officers. Besides, they have to go through a separate empanelment procedure to be designated as joint secretary at the Centre and only the 1994 batch is currently empanelled as such. In case of IFS, only the 1990 batch has been empanelled.

“Especially the young members of the service are anxiously looking forward to early, just and objective decision,” said another IPS officer.

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The IPS officers will also take up the issue of denial of entitled apex pay scale to the director generals of some central police outfits. The chiefs of 11 central police outfits such as the NIA, CBI, BSF, CRPF, CISF, and ITBP are entitled to get the apex scale of Rs 80,000 but half of them are not getting it and without reason.

An IPS officer explained that the quantum of pay is never a consideration for them. But they expect that their importance to the governance should not get undermined through lower emolument structure.

“We have a genuine reason to feel concerned as delays in granting the recommended, and sometimes even the entitled, service benefits are becoming too frequent,” said the officer.