Sixth Central Pay Commission

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Sixth Central Pay Commission
Agency overview
Formed 5 October 2006
Dissolved 24 March 2008
Jurisdiction India Government of India
Headquarters New Delhi
Agency executives B. N. Srikrishna, Chairman
Prof. Ravindra Dholakia, Member
J.S.Mathur, Member
Sushama Nath, Member-Secretary
Parent agency Ministry of Finance, Government of India

The Sixth Central Pay commission was set up by Union Cabinet of India on 5 October 2006. The Commission, headed by Justice B.N.Srikrishna, submitted its report to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on 24 March 2008. The Other members of the commission were Prof. Ravindra Dholakia, Mr. J.S.Mathur and Member-Secretary Ms Sushama Nath, IAS.[1]:para 1.1.5

Sixth Central Pay Commission, unlike the earlier Central Pay Commissions(CPC), was given wide remit. Its Terms of Reference, were expansive and went well beyond recommending "a proper pay package for the Government employees". It included making recommendations rationalizing the governmental organization and structure to make them more "modern, professional and citizen friendly entities that are dedicated to the service of the people".[1] :para 1.1.6–7


The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government headed by Manmohan Singh, approved the Sixth Pay commission recommendations with some modifications on 14 August 2008. Revised pay were implemented with effect from 01.01.2006 and allowances with effect from 01.09.2008. The report led to a 6% increase in dearness allowance for central govt employees from 16% to 22%.[2]

Financial Implication[edit]

The 6CPC estimated that that financial implication of its recommendations would be "Rs.7975 crore for the year 2008-09, and an additional, one-time burden of Rs.18060 crore on payment of arrears". [1]:p 649, para 11.52


Ranks and Grade Pay[edit]

The sixth pay commission, in a departure from earlier pay commission, created 20 distinct pay grades or ranks in the Government hierarchy , with intent to determine the status,[3]:p 1–2 and the Seniority of a post.[1]:para 2.2.11 The Pay grades were also intended to make "Pay scales ..irrelevant for purposes of computing seniority".[1]:para 2.2.13 [3]:p 1–2 The highest grades/rank of the Secretary/equivalent('apex scale'), and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent, were outside the grade pay gradation, and were assigned a fixed scale of pay.[3]:p 1–2

Running Pay Bands[edit]

The 6th Pay Commission recommended four running pay bands (excluding -1S) containing 20 grades for civilian employees as well as for the Defence Forces.[1]:para 1.1.8The commission explained that the pay-band would (a) ease stagnation,by opening "promotional avenues...even though no functional justification for higher posts may exist" (b)ease problems of 'pay fixation' and remove "many of the pay scale related anomalies". Another innovation, was the creation of "additional separate running pay band... the scale of Rs.18400-22400 in higher administrative grade".[1]:para 1.2.8–9

Time bound Promotions[edit]

Following the 6CPC the UPA Government made promotions in the Indian Police Service and other Civil Services time bound. For instance, Indian Police Service officers are promoted on fixed time table, more or less independent of functional requirements or span of responsibility , upto the level of Inspector Generals of Police. Promotions are mandated on completion of 4, 9, 13, 14, and 18 years of service as tabulated below. [4]:p 155-56, section 3 Time bound promotion have led to police organizations becoming top heavy, and unwieldy. For instance, Delhi Police, which had one Inspector General (IG), till the seventies, now has 12 officers in the apex and HAG grades, a pay grade higher than that of most Lt Generals of the Indian army. in addition it has several dozen IGs, as it is a time bound rank to which all officers on completion of 18 years service are automatically promoted. Most IG's functions and responsibilities are no different from that of earlier era DIGs and Superintendents of police. [4]:Senior Duty Posts under Government of Delhi, p 177

Designation of Post: Police Ranks[4]:p 155-56, section 3 (Civilian Designation)[5]:page 20 and 34 Completed Years of service for promotion after the 6CPC Pay band Grade Pay Police badges of rank.

The Police in India, including the Central Armed Police, wear army style uniforms, similar badges of rank, fly flags, display stars on cars, uses sirens, red flashing beacon lights, escort cars etc

Junior Scale/Assistant Commissioner of Police 1-4 Pay-Band - 3 15600-39100 5400 pay grade of army Lieutenant, wear army Lieutenant/captain's badges of rank.
Senior Scale, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Under Secretary) 4 Pay-Band - 3 15600-39100 6600 pay grade of army captain, but wear Major badges of rank
Junior Administrative Grade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Deputy Secretary) 9 Pay-Band - 3: 15600-39100 7600 pay grade of Major, but wear Lt Colonel badges of rank
Selection Grade (Director) 13 Pay-Band - 4 37400-67000 8700 time scale rank corresponding to army Lt Colonels, but wear Colonel's badges of rank
Super Time Scale: Deputy Inspector General of Police/Additional Commissioner of Police (Director) 14 Pay-Band - 4 37400-67000 8900 time scale to which 100 percent IPS are promoted. DIG's with 14 years service of service wear Brigadier badges of rank, and are in same pay grade as brigade commanders, with, on an average, 24-28 years of service.
Super Time Scale: Inspector General of Police/ (Joint Secretary) 16 for IAS[5]:page 20 -18 for IPS Pay-Band - 4 37400-67000 10000 time scale, to which 100 percent IPS are promoted. IG's wear Major General's badges of rank, and are same pay grade as General Officers Commanding of infantry and Armoured Divisions, with, on an average of 32 years of service.
Additional Director General of Police (Additional Secretary) 24 Pay-Band - 4 37400-67000 1200 Almost time scale rank with almost assured promotion for IPS officers.Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) wear Lieutenant General badges of rank, and are in same pay grade as corps commanders.
HAG + Additional/Special Director General of Police (Special Secretary) 26-32 75500- (annual increment@ 3%)-80000 nil Significant number of IPS officers are promoted to Special DG, who also wear Lieutenant Generals badges of rank, especially after the large up-gradation of police ranks by the UPA Government of Manmohan Singh, Prime minister.
Director General of Police (Secretary/ special secretary) 32 80000 (fixed) nil Age permitting, most IPS officers can hope to reach the DG/equivalent pay grade, ie, apex grade. DG wear Lieutenant General badges of rank, and are in same pay grade as Army Corps commanders. Following the UPA Governments creation of approximately 30 new post for police officers in the apex grade, in 2008, most police Officers can hope to retire at the highest pension.

Up Graduation of heads of Central and State Police Forces[edit]

Following the sixth Pay Commission report, the UPA Government, in recognition of the growing role and influence of Ministry of Home(MHA), India's Interior Ministry, promoted the heads of the five police led Central Para Military Forces, to the highest grade pay, or the apex scale, with pay scale of Rs.80,000 (fixed). The promotions to apex grade includes not only the heads of the bigger forces like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Border Security Force (BSF), but also the smaller MHA Forces, like the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) (CISF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). [1]:page 645-46 [1]:para 3.2.12 [1] In addition to these promotions, the Government also promoted the Director General of The Railway Police, to highest grade pay, or the apex scale of Rs 80,000(fixed). In addition to promotions in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), the Government, prompted by political considerations, also approved the promotion of Director General of Police of States to the highest grade pay, or the apex scale of Rs 80,000(fixed). This made the Director Generals(DG) of these Central and state Forces at par in rank, pay, and status with secretaries to the Government of India, Armed Forces senior most Lieutenant Generals, Air Marshals and Vice Admirals. In sum, the government taking its cue from Sixth Pay Commission, promoted several dozen officers from the Indian Police service to the highest pay grade tenable in the civil-military hierarchy. [6] The only MHA Armed Forces left out from up gradation to the higher grades was the Assam rifles, which is headed by an army Lt General, and the National Security Guard (NSG), which has a sizable army component.

Non-Functional Promotions[edit]

The UPA Government, in the wake of 6CPC, to placate the MHA's police led Armed Forces, and Indian Police Service officers, implemented "Non Functional " ranks. According to this "whenever any Indian Administrative Service officer pay band 3 or pay band 4, is promoted, members of the Indian Police service and other All India Services (AIS), senior to such officers will be automatically be eligible to be "appointed to the same grade on non-functional basis from the date of posting of the Indian Administrative Service officer in that particular grade". This rule, although welcomed by the AIS, is source of sloth, and waste. As almost all members of the IAS, in time, are 'promoted' to apex grades, all the officers of the Government, except India's Defense service officers, in time, get promoted to the highest pay grade irrespective of their responsibilities or span of control.[6]:p 156 note 3, and Annexure -I, p 319


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  4. ^ a b c "INDIAN POLICE SERVICE (PAY) RULES, 2007" (PDF). DOPT. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (20 September 2008). "Revision of the pay scales of Indian Administrative Service officers on the recommendations of the 6 th Central Pay Commission - Amendment to IAS (Pay) Rules." (in English). Department of Personnel and Training North Block, New Delhi. p. p20, 34. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT). "INDIAN POLICE SERVICE (PAY) RULES, 2007" (PDF). Government Of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & ... Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT). Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

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