In yet another silent move aimed at benefitting officers of the IAS, the Deptt of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has reduced the time frame for elevation to the Super-Time Scale (erstwhile Rs 18,300 - 22,400 / new 37,200 - 67,000 scale - equivalent to a Maj Gen's scale) from the earlier 16 years to 14 years for IAS officers.
This basically means that an IAS officer would be granted the pay-scale of a Maj Gen of the Army after merely 14 years of service. While this does not mean that an IAS officer with 14 years of service becomes equivalent in status to a Maj Gen, since only those IAS officers in the super time scale who are empanelled and holding posts of Joint Secy to Govt of India can be equated with a Maj Gen, still the monetary package granted to IAS officers with 14 years of service would be the same as Major Generals.
Hence the pay of an Army Officer with 33 years of service is now linked to the pay of an IAS officer with 14 years. What a tragedy !!!
One more thing that requires clarification is that many a times, civil officers in the Jt Secy GoI pay scale of Rs 18,400 - 22,400 claim an equation with Maj Generals. This is incorrect since according to the Warrant of Precedence (WoP-1979) only those officers of this pay scale can claim such equation who are actually empanelled and are holding the appointment of Jt Secy to Govt of India. Similarly, civil officers holding the pay scale of Rs 26,000 fixed have been claiming equation with GOsC-in-C and Vice Chiefs (Article 23 of WoP), but only those officers can claim equation to Army Cdrs and Vice Chiefs who are placed as Secy to GoI (including Ex-officio) and not others. An example would be the Chief Secretary of a State who is also in the payscale of Rs 26,000 fixed - he or she is equated with an Army Cdr / Vice Chief (Article 23) only when within own state. Outside his / her State, a Chief Secy is listed at Article 25 below even a Lt Gen who is on Article 24.