AFTER the 7th Central Pay Commission had failed to address the grievances of non-IAS officers, the Confederation of Civil Services Association (CoCSA) representing 20 civil services including IPS, IFoS, IRS, IIS, IRAS etc. has now demanded total civil services reforms in an “unbiased manner”. Without directly naming the IAS, the representatives of the association who last Friday met minister of state in the PMO and personnel Jitendra Singh, argued that the initiatives of civil services reforms could not be left to be decided by the very segment of civil services which are beneficiaries of status quo, according to…a press statement issued by the organization which also got circulated in the social media sites. The representatives of the non-IAS civil services further argued that the reforms called for a deviation from the status quo, but there is a tremendous resistance of change from a “particular” civil service.
The delegation wanted the Prime Minister’s intervention in carrying out reforms in civil services which they claimed have been functioning in long-established colonial mode.
It was further pointed out that the procedure followed so far has helped only a particular service and discriminated against all others, thereby resulting in monopolizing of posts at higher level by IAS officers.
The delegation of civil servants further demanded a “disruptive change” of the procedure adopted so far and put a new system where competent and suitable persons, irrespective to the services they belonged, are to be selected for appropriate posts.
The delegation which met the minister last week included the convener of CoCSA Jayant Misra, IRS-IT, PV Rama Sastry, IPS, Dr Anup K Srivastava, IRS (Customs and Central Excise), Alok Kumar, IRSE, Namita Mehrotra, Indian Railway Accounts Service, Jaykant Singh, Indian Trade Service, BP Yadav, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Shailendra Singh, Indian Forest Service, Anindya Sen Gupta, Indian Information Service, Ajay Shankar Singh, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Kashi Nath Jha, Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service and Sandeep Shankar, Indian Defence Accounts Service.
Despite the first and second administrative reforms commission, Surinder Nath committee, Hota committee, 6th and 7th Central Pay Commission etc. recommended various reforms, the civil services reforms have always been put in the back-burner. The delegation of the CoCSA argued that the reforms have been taking place in all other sectors, and Indian civil services alone can’t continue to be trapped in the colonial mode.