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Friday, April 11, 2008

IFS officers seek pay panel report review

The Indian Forest Service Association of Madhya Pradesh has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to review the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers to remove disparities.

In a letter addressed to Dr. Singh, the Association has suggested constitution of a committee, with representation from the IFS, so that parity intended by the pay panel at higher levels could be ensured.

“The Indian Forest Service in the whole country is now at the lowest ebb of its morale due to rampant stagnation at all levels. The recommendations of the Commission further demoralise the officers, resulting in far-reaching consequences for the forests, wildlife, environment and the humanity at large,” the latter signed by H.S. Pabla, president of the Association, said.

The IFS officers want the existing parity with Indian Police Service Officers at all levels to be maintained, the existing pay scale S-26 that is applicable to the Conservator of Forests to be included in Pay Band-4 with a grade pay of Rs. 9,000, as otherwise they will lag behind their counterparts in IAS by about 12 years.

Also, all heads of regional offices of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Central Forestry Research and Training institutions should be kept at the fixed apex scale of Rs. 80,000 and the Director General for Forests should be put in a fixed pay scale of Rs. 90,000, the letter said.

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