IAS bosses in various Central ministries. But a delegation of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) led by RK Ojha strongly pitched for their case of pay parity with IAS and other services when they met MoS in PMO and personnel Jitendra Singh on Monday. In a memorandum to the minister, the CSS delegation pointed out a number of anomalies and said that in certain cases, a deputy secretary of CSS who has put in more than 15 years of service neither gets the same pay scale nor promotion as joint secretary nor the non-functional upgradation (NFU).
CSS officers work at various ranks including under secretary, deputy secretary, director, joint secretary and additional secretary. Prior to the 6th Central Pay Commission, the only facility which was permitted to other organised Group ‘A’ services was provision of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) or Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG). But they argue, the 4th, 5th and 6th Pay Commission reports have never said that the benefits given to organised Group ‘A’ service will not be available to Central Secretariat Service. “Therefore, in the interest of harmonious relationship between different officers of same rank and different services, it is important to have a proper harmony and parity as far as environment and conditions of work are concerned”, the CSS delegation argued, according to an official statement issued by the personnel ministry.
Minister Singh gave a patient hearing and said the Central Secretariat Service is one of the earliest organised services in the country and an important constituent of the Central government machinery, according to the official statement.