November 10, 2015 12:50:07 am
Days after several officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) launched a campaign to preserve their privileged position over other Central services, a confederation representing officers from 20 civil services — including the Indian Police Service (IPS) — has now petitioned the Seventh Central Pay Commission claiming that the move by IAS officers “displays a caste prejudice”.
In its representation, the Confederation of Civil Service Associations (COCSA) talked about a “recent development” that “triggered a wave of anguish” among thousands of officers belonging to services which are part of the Confederation and many others. It also underlined that the development had a “potential to drive a wedge between services and cause irretrievable damage to esprit-de-corps”.
“No one disagrees that IAS occupies an important place and performs important function… But claiming that contribution of others, who face no lesser challenges, is inferior and insignificant and the intemperate language used to castigate and disparage other services to prove their point, is not acceptable and deserves to be condemned,” the COCSA stated.
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“We have to submit with all responsibility and humility, that it displays a caste prejudice which has no place in a country which accords equal treatment to all. It is a regressive thought antithetical to the mainstream thinking of the 21st century India, which our recently selected young colleagues represent,” the representation added.
Arguing that “mutual trust and sense of camaraderie is sine qua non” for successfully meeting the onerous challenges they face in their jobs, the representation further stated that the “fostering of feeling of superiority among young officers and attempt to run down members of other services, is quite unfortunate”.
IAS officers are typically promoted two years earlier than their counterparts in other services, receive two additional increments, and are empanelled for positions in Central ministries far earlier in their careers. The other services are seeking parity, saying they have specialist skills the IAS does not.
After IAS officers moved to stonewall any move to erode the edge given to them over other services, an ugly war of words recently played out between the two sides on social media.
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