Kerala Considering Salary Increase for All-India Service Agents in State | Kerala News


Thiruvananthapuram: All-India service agents in Kerala face pay rise as state government seeks to tackle their grouse over high base salary envisaged for brand new service staff Administrative Council of Kerala (KAS) which came into being a month ago. Agents from the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service have increasingly pressured the state government to increase their salaries and decided to resort to non-cooperation tactics in order to respond to their request.

The All India Services consists of three public services: the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS).

A few days earlier, the Kerala cabinet decided to set Rs 81,800 as the base salary for KAS staff bypassing the finance department’s recommendation that it should be set at Rs 51,600. However, this recommendation was rescinded due to political intervention at the highest level.

The Association of IAS Officers claimed that if KAS officers received a higher salary than their junior officers, it would lead to arguments over the powers of officials. To address this issue, the secretary of the Association of IAS Agents, MG Rajamanickam, delivered a letter to the Chief Secretary on Friday demanding an increase of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 for IAS agents.

The Association requested special remuneration of 25,000 rupees for junior officers and 10,000 rupees for senior officers and junior administrative ranks. This should be paid for the first nine years and each year the amount should be revised.

The disparity in the structure of remuneration would upset the administrative equations, and the government should therefore carry out a comparative analysis of the salary scales of the AIS and the KAS, demanded the IAS association.

IPS secretary Harshita Attaluri also called on the government to reconsider the decision, saying its implementation would cause difficulties in the district’s administrative hierarchy. The IFS association also cited the same reason by opposing the Cabinet decision.

All-India Service (AIS) civil servants associations have even called on the Kerala government to reconsider the Cabinet decision setting Rs 81,800 as the base salary for KAS civil servants. The IPS Agents Association and the Kerala Section of the IAS and IFS Officials Associations raised the demand in separate letters to the state government.

The decision to award high salaries to agents in KAS and across India is expected to rock Kerala’s coffers.

What is KAS?
The Kerala Administrative Service, which was modeled on the Indian Administrative Service, was established on November 1. The Civil Service Commission issued the notice of appointment to 105 recruits. Enrollment under KAS is considered a nurturing category for the IAS. Once proven, KAS officers may qualify for the IAS after 10 years of service.

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