“Quantum of pay is never a consideration for IPS officers, but they expect that their importance to the governance should not get undermined through lower emolument structure compared to others in the civil service”. If the resolution of the IPS Association’s general body meeting, released on Sunday, is any indication, the IPS officers have reiterated their demand of pay parity with “others in civil services” — the others being none other than the IAS. Currently, IAS and…Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers are a step above the IPS as there exists a gap of two years between IAS, IFS one one side and IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) on the other with respect to promotion at higher level. IAS, IPS and IFoS are called All Indian Services (AIS).
In fact, two of the three members of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommended parity among All Indian Services in matters of pay, empanelment and opportunities to compete for senior positions. The resolution of the general body mentions how “after extensive study and stakeholder consultations, in a majority opinion (barring lone dissenting voice of a member who is a retired IAS officer) the Commission acknowledged the importance and challenges of work performed by the IPS officers and recommended parity among services in the matters of pay, empanelment and opportunities to compete for senior positions”.
A statement issued by IPS Association said that the principle of pay parity was subsequently endorsed by the cadre controlling authority, i.e. the ministry of home affairs (MHA) in case of IPS, and forwarded for final decision to the department of personnel (DoPT) where “it is still pending without any indication of any forward movement”.
The resolution further said that the Union Cabinet instructed the administrative departments concerned to examine the other parity issues. "…yet there is no progress on that front”.
“The GBM therefore resolved to submit a memorandum to the government for early implementation of remaining recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission”, the official statement said. It further reminded the government that IPS officers, particularly the young officers of SP rank who form 52% of the officer strength, and who are holding sensitive assignments across the country, are anxiously looking forward to early, just and objective decision.
The general body meeting also urged the IPS Association to take up delays in empanelment and denial of entitled Apex pay scale to the director general of some Central police organizations/ Central armed police forces and pursue the same with the government.