As regular readers would know, non-functional financial upgradation was implemented in the civil services after recommendations to the said effect by the 6th CPC. The said scheme essentially involves the grant of a higher grade pay (and pay band, if applicable) with two years’ difference vis-à-vis IAS officers of the same batch in conjunction with the central staffing scheme. For example, if an IAS officer is empanelled as Director to Govt of India in Pay-Band-4 with Grade Pay of Rs 8700 after 15 years of service, then other Group-A civil service officers would also be placed in Pay-Band-4 after 17 years of service on a non-functional basis, meaning thereby that they shall be granted higher pay but not status.
Problems were however being faced by officers in the Junior Time Scale (Pay-Band-3 Grade Pay 5400) of some civil services since the empanellment of IAS officers is almost non-existent at the Senior Time Scale (STS) level (Pay-Band-3 Grade Pay 6600). Since hence there is no point of comparison at STS level, the govt has decided to grant Grade Pay of Rs 6600 on a non-functional basis to all those Group-A officers of the organized civil services who complete 7 years in Group-A.