Vinay Kumar

Look forward to favourable recommendations from Committee of Secrataries

NEW DELHI: Top police officers across the country feel that they are being discriminated against with regard to the proposals of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Top officers of Central Police Organisations (CPO), the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Bureau of Investigation are keenly awaiting favourable recommendations from the Committee of Secretaries (CoS), which went into the “anomalies and disparities” suffered by them.

Cabinet decision

The CoS is learnt to have made a presentation before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Cabinet is likely to take a view on the Pay Commission proposals and give its nod in the next few weeks, informed sources in the government said.

Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are demanding pay parity for Director-Generals of Police with Secretaries, abolition of the post of Deputy Inspector-General of Police and promotion to the rank of Inspector-General after 16 years of service.

They are also seeking incentives for the constabulary and lower-rank personnel of the CPOs such as the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for doing hazardous duties.

Other demands include allowances for performing counter-insurgency, high-altitude and field area duties.

Pointing out that constables, sub-inspectors, inspectors and equivalent ranks in CPOs remain the cutting edge in policing, law and order duties, anti-terrorists and anti-naxal operations, the officers say it is crucial to keep their morale high, make them tech-savvy and train them in emerging aspects of internal security duties that have become more complex over the past decade or so.

Second choice

The officers say that the IPS is becoming the second choice of the successful civil service candidates after the IAS, but in terms of pay structure, the cadre has always suffered downgrade by at least two years over the IAS and Central services such as Defence Estate, Income Tax, Railways, Customs and Excise.

While the 1976 batch of the IAS is already in the pipeline for being appointed Secretaries, the IPS officers of the 1974 batch are yet to be taken as DGs, taking about 33 to 34 years to reach the rank of DG. At present, there are 91 officers of the DG rank in the country, whereas the number of Secretaries is stated to be 218, according to the sources.

“Representations in vain”

The senior police officers are resenting the way their cadre management is being done by the Home Ministry. “We did not even get the opportunity of arguing our case before the CoS. It was done by the Union Home Secretary. We have made representations to almost all important Central Ministers, including the Home Minister, pleading our case,” they said.

The IAS, through an order this January, ensured that its officers reached the rank of Joint Secretary/Commissioner after 14 years against 16 as stipulated in the Service Rules. However, their counterparts in the IPS make it to the IG rank in 18 years.

“This treatment is humiliating. Civil services papers are the same for both the IAS and the IPS, and with globalisation of crime and tech-savvy criminals and terror networks, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is more of a mind game for the police officers to perform their multifarious duties. So, why this discrimination,” the senior IPS officers ask.