“In the recent days, there has been a spurt of letters being forwarded across social media from our brethren services who have this world view that they represent the premier civil service of the country and this must not be undermined by the 7th CPC.
I have nothing to represent to the 7th CPC that has not been done by my organization, Central IPS Association (CIPSA) and I do not believe it right either that members of a service should individually trouble the Commission. But these letters and the stinging remarks made there in have caused so much anguish to me (as it has, I am sure to young officers of every other allied and AIS) that I simply wish to state some of my concerns.
In times when we (meaning every government service) is moving towards the attitude that our existence is for the delivery of service to the people and "the people" being paramount in the scheme of things, why do my brethren consider themselves as the "premier" service, thus explaining what the remaining services of the country are thought about in the so-called premier service circles. If the most coveted services of the country, with maximum authority and responsibility, consider themselves to be above their brethren services itself, how can we even talk of being public "servants".
I reiterate here that I have no qualm about my service or its status and position in the hierarchy of things, nor is that the reason I write here, but what hurts the most is that we are fighting among ourselves, taking names and slighting the very service whom we call our brethren services on the one hand and humiliate on the other. I don't wish to go into individual examples and grievances being made in such letters to ascertain the supremacy of one particular service because I am sure if I asked, every government service can come up with "n" number of legitimate and valid reasons why it should have pay parity with every other service. If I had intended to go into it, I could have easily cited IPS officers working in the Naxal-infested states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha leading combat operation and making the supreme sacrifice for the nation. I could have easily cited my brothers in insurgency-infested North-Eastern states who work in areas that would put the word "hard posting" to the shame. I could have mentioned my sisters who rough out the stone pelting and protests every day in the valleys of J&k. Not to mention, I could have given example of the extreme working conditions that almost any and every police officer does because it is the nature of his/her job.
But I don't believe that because we all do this, we are above anything else. Nor do I believe should be any other service. If hard posting were a criteria, we could throw down harder than Muhammad Ali. If anyone really believes that two increments and an edge in empanelment is the motivating force for the "premier civil service" of the country, then why is it not mentioned as a motivating factor anywhere else except in representations to the successive pay commissions?
Sir, I don't write this letter to counter any other letters that may have reached you. I do not write this letter to implore you for pay parity and removal of the empanelment edge. I have immense faith in the representation made by my Central IPS Association and in your judgment to discern what's best. I only ask that you make your decision on the real merits of the case. Most importantly, I don't wish to seek anything just because I am a young officer of the Indian Police Service (which I am) but only because it is the right thing.