|Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, Secretary of Central IAS Officers Association
New Delhi: About 20 central civil services, including IPS and IRS, have decided to petition Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) to seek job parity and career progression enjoyed by IAS officers.
A meeting of representatives of central civil services was held here recently and it was unanimously decided to petition the CPC to inform it about job-related anomaly, official sources said.
The petition, citing in detail the discrepancy, will soon be sent to the seventh Central Pay Commission. The purpose behind sending such a request is to have parity and to end IAS supremacy, they said.
The move assumes significance as a war of words is going on between officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and those belonging to other central government services over the issue.
Officers belonging to Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Railways and other such central services have been seeking pay parity and career benefits enjoyed by those in IAS.
Opposing this, about 200 IAS officers have written to Department of Personnel and Training, cadre controlling authority for their service, requesting it to stonewall any move that seeks to bring down the edge given to them over other services due to various reasons.
IAS officers get empanelled to a Joint Secretary-level post in 11 years while those belonging to IRS and other services get it after putting in at least 13 years of service.
The early empanelment gives an upper hand to IAS officer, in terms of higher pay and other pecuniary benefits, as compared to their batchmate of other services.
“There is a lot of frustration and resentment among the young officers. They have taken a conscious decision of joining IAS after viewing their career options.
“Some of them have left very good private sector jobs abroad and joined the civil services. Most of them were selected in other services but they chose to sit in exam again to become an IAS officer. The merit of these boys should not be ignored,” said Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, Secretary of central IAS officers’ association here.
“If there is no place for merit, then many meritorious aspirants may opt out of civil services,” Bhoosreddy said.
IPS officers’ association Secretary P V Ramasashtry said a service can plead for how much pay it should get but not what others should not get.
“When the pay commission is yet to finalise their recommendations, the move triggered by some IAS officers was premature and avoidable.
“A service can plead for how much pay it should get but not what others should not get. One cannot understand how extra two increments can be the sole motivation factor and removal of the same thoroughly demoralises an officer who claims himself superior to others?,” he asked.
Many comments are pouring on social networking sites like Facebook and micro-blogging portal Twitter by various officers of different services serving across the country on the issue.