7th pay commission: Pay panel split on 4 recommendations

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New Delhi, Nov 20: The 7th Pay Commission was today split on continuing the supremacy of IAS and IFS over other services like IPS with its member and former secretary Vivek Rae differing with the recommendation of the chairman for parity.

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The 900-page report of the Seventh Pay Commission also lists four points where there was "no unanimity of view" between the members of the Commission. Besides Chairman Justice A K Mathur, other members of the commission are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch, and Rathin Roy, an economist. Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission.

Pay panel split on 4 recommendations

The first point where the Commission lacked unanimity include 'the edge' accorded to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) at three promotion stages from Senior Time Scale (STS), to the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and the NFSG is recommended by the Chairman, to be extended to the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). However, Rae was of the view that "financial edge is justified only for the IAS and IFS."

Rathin Roy was of the view that financial edge accorded to the IAS and IFS should be removed. With regard to 'Empanelment', the Commission's Chairman and Roy recommended that All India Service officers and Central Services Group A officers who have completed 17 years of service should be eligible for empanelment under the Central Staffing Scheme and there should not be "two year edge", vis-à-vis the IAS. Rae, however, recommended review of the Central Staffing Scheme guidelines.

As regards 'Non-functional upgradation for organised Group A Services', the Chairman was of the view that NFU availed by all the organised Group 'A' Services should be allowed to continue and be extended to all officers in the CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard and the Defence forces.

NFU should henceforth be based on the respective residency periods in the preceding substantive grade. Rae and Roy have favoured abolition of NFU at SAG and HAG level. With regard to 'Superannuation', the Chairman and Roy, recommended the age of superannuation for all CAPF personnel should be 60 years uniformly. Rae has not agreed with this recommendation and has endorsed the stand of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

PTI

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