all officers of All India Services and Central Group `A’ Services participating in the Central Staffing Scheme who have put in 17 years of service will be eligible to apply for empanelment. They even proposed the screening process for empanelment should be carried out by a separate body, ideally consisting of the following:
a. Chairman, UPSC or, in his absence a Member nominated by him;
b. Two members at the Secretary level, one from the IAS and one from one of the other Central Services;
c. At least two subject experts
Chairman Mathur in a hard-hitting note says the following: “The main cause for resentment among services is that over a period of time IAS has arrogated to itself all power of governance and relegated all other services to secondary position. All posts covering majority of domains are today manned by IAS, be it a technical or administrative which is the main cause of grievance. It is time that government take a call that subject domain should be the criteria to man the posts and not a generalist. If fair and equitable treatment is not given to all Services, then the gap between IAS and other services will widen and it may lead to a chaotic situation and it will not be good for the governance and country.”
Currently, 73 out of 91 secretaries are IAS officers whereas as many as 249 out of 391 joint secretaries are IAS (As on September 2015).
But member Rae has written a dissenting note saying he does not agree with the observations and recommendations regarding empanelment and posting under the Central Staffing Scheme.
In fact, lack of consensus among the chairman and two members regarding pay parity and the edge that the IAS enjoys, has been the key takeaway of the 7th Central Pay Commission report.
On pay revision, however, there has been no dissenting voice at all, as the pay commission recommended the starting salary of IAS and Group “A” services officers at Rs 56,100 per month where for joint secretary, the proposed salary starts at Rs 1.82 lakh, for secretary it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh and for cabinet secretary at Rs 2.5 lakh per month. These figures don’t include allowances.
On the “edge” presently accorded to IAS (also IFS) at three grades mainly Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade and Selection Grade, chairman of the commission has recommended that the edge should also be extended to IPS and Indian Forest Service officers as well. Member Dr Rathin Roy has gone a step further saying that the financial edge accorded to the IAS should be removed altogether. But member Rae has written in a dissent note that the financial edge for IAS and IFS is fully justified and must be retained. Rae writes his note: “There is no doubt that the IPS, IFoS and other civil services are manned by highly competent, public spirited and well-motivated individuals. That, however, does not mean that they should be brought on par with the IAS in terms of the financial edge or anything else. The undersigned, therefore, does not agree with the proposal of Chairman, Seventh CPC in para 7.2.19 to provide two advance increments to IPS and IFoS on par with IAS till NFSG level, since the recommendation is based on untenable notions of parity…”