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Saturday, March 29, 2008

IPS officers also upset with Pay Commission

New Delhi, March 28 : After the Armed Forces, it’s the turn of the Indian Police Service officers to come out against “unfair” recommendations that could impact the efficiency and motivation of the service. The underlying theme in the services’ response to the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission is that officers of the service are fighting against serious threats to internal security and they should be recognised for that.

After taking stock of the report, the Central IPS Association has concluded that the recommendations are “not very cogent” and “much below expectation”. A six-point critique refers to the recommendation that places Directors General of state police at disadvantage vis-à-vis DGs of Central paramilitary forces. DGs of Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Sashastra Seema Bal are in the pay band of Rs 80,000.

Arguing that the responsibilities and problems faced by DGs of several states are in no way less than those faced by the heads of Central paramilitary forces, the association has asked for equal pay — the apex scale of Rs 80,000 — for all DGs, whether in a CPMF or in a state. “The downgrading of the status of DGP who is the in-charge of internal security shall have its own repercussions — a DGP traditionally equates in status with Chief Secretary,” the association said after an emergency meeting on Thursday.

The service’s pet grouse, relating to the rank of Deputy Inspector General, has also found mention. The association has been demanding abolition of the “anomalous post”. Instead of doing this, the Pay Commission has put them at greater disadvantage vis-à-vis DIG-level officers from other services. The association’s demand: merge their rank with the higher band of Rs 39,200 to Rs 67,000, as officers at this level constitute the bulk of the supervisory level — from the 1986 to 1994 batches.

Other issues highlighted are parity in Grade Pay between IAS and IPS officers; a hardship or risk allowance on the lines of that recommended for the Army and pay parity to all ranks in all services. “Many of the recommendations are unfair and likely to violate the principle of equity and equitability between the services,” association secretary Manjari Jharuhar and joint secretary A P Maheshwari pointed out in a statement issued after the meeting.

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