Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: Officers of the Indian Police Service (IPS) are unhappy with the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission. They feel that the Justice Srikrishna report has downgraded their service.

The rank of Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) has been equated with a far junior rank of Director in the civilian cadre, as a result of which the men in uniform stand to lose financially, they said.

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), through a recent order, ensured that its officers reached the rank of Joint Secretary/Commissioner after 14 years against 16 specified in the Service Rules. However, their counterparts in the police forces reached the Inspector-General’s rank, its equivalent, in 18 years.

Also, the post of Special Director-General, equivalent to the Special Secretary, has been merged with the Additional Director-General with hardly any monetary benefits.

In the States, the situation is worse as the Chief Secretary is of the rank of Secretary while the Director-General will be of the rank of Additional Secretary, who will draw close to Rs 20,000 less, the police officers point out.

However, the Pay Commission has brought cheer to the differently-abled employees who got more than they expected.

But they wish the Commission had taken cognisance of Article 19 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Disabled that provides for personal assistance for those with severe disabilities.

Personal assistance can be given after assessing the needs of the individual, said one employee. This can help in increasing their productivity, efficiency and confidence.

The funds, he points out, could be diverted from the enhanced transport allowance. For some, even getting in and out of a vehicle is a major problem.