The Kerala Forest Rangers Association has submitted a plea to the State government to “rectify the anomalies” made by the 9th Pay Revision Commission in the pay scale of forest ranger officers (RO).

A statement in this connection said the RO post was approved as a professional post by the 7th Pay Revision Commission and the pay scale was raised above that of a Circle Inspector of police. The same was retained in the 8th pay revision.

In the 9th pay revision, the salary of a Circle Inspector had been elevated to a higher scale than that of the RO. The area of jurisdiction of a RO would be more than that of a Circle Inspector. In many instances, it would be two to three times more than that of a Circle Inspector, the statement said.

Hazardous work

It said a ranger officer spent most of his/her duty time in dense forests in adverse circumstances and climate conditions. Considering the hazardous nature of the job, the wage structure should be recast.

Directly recruited ROs were graduates of Kerala Agricultural University, it said.

The 9th Pay Revision Commission had also placed the scale of Circle Inspector in the Excise Department, farm superintendent, agricultural officer, forest veterinary officer and senior veterinary surgeon above that of the RO.

The panel had not considered the professional skills required for and the risks involved in a ranger's job, the association said.