The battle between IAS and other civil services over parity of pay and promotion took a fresh turn on Wednesday with the Confederation of Civil Service Associations (CoCSA), which represents 20 civil services, making a representation to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asking the government to ignore the comments made by pay panel member Vivek Rae.
It also asked the government to make sure that the committee to implement pay panel recommendations has adequate representation from various services and not just be dominated by IAS. The CoCSA has alleged conflict of interest on part of Rae, as he is a retired IAS officer and recorded his detailed comments in favour of the service.
The Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has recommended parity on pay and promotions among IAS, IPS and IFoS and equal opportunity for all services at the top posts. The recommendations have been opposed by Rae, with his dissent notes running into several pages.
The development comes amid speculation that the IAS could still have its way and retain its “edge” as it would be involved in the implementation process and could influence the government in its favour. In its representation, CoCSA has said that Rae “violated the principle of natural justice that no man should be judge in his own cause”.