Empowered committee of 7th Pay Commission challenged in court
Empowered committee of 7th Pay Commission challenged in court on the plea that IAS officers can’t decide the fate of other government employees. Such committee is against the law of Natural Justice. Committee should have representation of every class of central government employees.
LUCKNOW: Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur today moved Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging the secretary-level empowered committee formed by the Centre to study the recommendations made by the seventh pay commission.
“Chairman of the Commission Justice A K Mathur and member Dr Rathin Ray recommended equality in pay and other structures for (officers of) IAS, IPS and other services but retired IAS member Vivek Rae recommended that superiority of IAS shall remain,” Thakur said.
Noting that the committees studying the Commission’s report have nine out of 13 members who are IAS officers, Thakur said “it was against the principle of natural justice for any person to be a judge in one’s own cause.”
He said the IAS officers cannot be decision-makers as regards their service conditions vis-a-vis other services.
Thakur said he has requested that the committee should not decide over the comparative service condition of IAS, IPS and other services and this issue should be decided only by an independent committee having no member from these services.
Thakur was suspended by Uttar Pradesh government in July last year after he alleged that he was threatened by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.