Pay Parity: Indian Administrative Service and Civil Service Face to Face
Who decides the pay packages, ranks and pensions? Of course, there is a whole lot of people, procedures and time that decides what the pay package of a government employee is going to be. Like many other rumors about 7th pay commission, pay parity is on the top. This rumor has taken roots and now is causing some trouble.
What is cooking?
According to some news sources, 7th pay commission recommendations are going to bring pay parity recommendations between civil servants and Indian administrative service, IAS, officers –civil servants being on the low and IAS servants on the higher ranks. You should know that the passing civil service exam with top grades allows the civil officers to enjoy many benefits over others. Upon hearing about the pay parity, IAS officers could not help themselves and held many informal and formal meetings.
More than 200 IAS officers have shown their serious concern about the upcoming recommendations and have filed their representation to Cabinet Secretary and IAS officers association. The IAS officers deem this pay parity to be injustice. According to the officers, the gold medalists and back benchers with low grades cannot be equal.
All the IAS officers enjoy special benefits known as empanelment. These officers are top graders who pass civil service exams. These officers served various departments such as
Indian Foreign Service, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). According to secretary of IAS association, the IAS officers are really angry about this rumor, if true, because the new officers are likely to lose their benefits in empanelment. It should be noted that the total number of IAS officers all across India is 4,800. On the contrary, not all IAS officers share the same views. Some IAS officers say, there is no harm of pay parity, because the it should not bother any individual already enjoying 18 above grade.
The officers believe there should be a permanent solution to such problems instead of intermittent recommendations. These permanent changes are required to specialized, competitive and better work environment. There is still a perception among the people that IAS officers, though come forward by passing a very tough test, tend to provide limited service as the time go by. Through such actions there might be some change in the environment for the betterment of the country in the long run. Now we need to wait and watch what these recommendations bring.