Parliamentary panel raps
Centre for not providing expenditure details on IAS, IPS, IFS
officers' salary and allowances
panel has expressed its "strong displeasure" to the government
for not providing details of the expenditure incurred on the
salaries and allowances of IAS, IPS and other officers.
The Committee on Estimates, in a recent report, suggested an
effective mechanism to assess the contribution of officers from
the all-India services — the Indian Administrative Service (IAS),
Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) — to
"The Committee express their strong displeasure (to the
government) for not providing the details of total expenditure
incurred on salary and allowances of the officers of all India
services in states and the Centre," said the report of the
panel, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.
It desired that the government furnish year-wise data to the
panel within three months on the expenditure incurred on
officers by the Centre and state governments.
The committee was
"dismayed" to note that no efforts had been made by the
government to assess the contribution of these services.
"Not only that, no study in regard has ever been made even by
some outside agency," reads the report on "Estimates and
performance review of all India services".
The panel noted that there was no mechanism to assess the
expenditure made on IAS, IPS and IFS officers by the Centre and
state governments and their contribution towards the country's
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in relation to the cost
incurred on their functioning.
"The Committee are of the strong view that the officers of all
India services should be fully committed to the citizens'
concern and public good and reflect the hopes and aspirations of
the public they serve and as such they should be held
accountable for accomplishment of the projects/programmes/policy
issues being handled as per their specific assignments
particularly when they are being paid from the exchequer's
money," the report said.
The panel emphasised the need for evolving an effective
mechanism with various parameters that are primarily
outcome-oriented and citizen-centric so as to assess the
contribution of the services to national growth, it said in the
report submitted to the Lok Sabha recently.
"They (committee members) also recommend that, if need be,
experts from premier institutions like IIMs, IITs, etc. may
either be involved or outsourced to carry out such assessment
for evolving an effective mechanism in this regard. The concrete
action on the suggested lines should be taken and the Committee
(be) apprise(d) accordingly," the report said.
The Ministry of Personnel was not able to furnish specific data
with regard to expenditure met on salary, allowances, pension,
perks as well as cost incurred on creating infrastructure such
as offices and furniture for the civil servants, it noted.
The government, however, furnished scattered data of salary and
allowances of these officers in respect of some of the
ministries as well as the percentage share of emoluments of
government employees at the Centre and in the states in the GDP
at current prices, the panel said. According to the data, the
share, which was 7.97 percent during 2011, increased to 8.15
percent in 2014-15, it added.
"From the overall position of expenditure met on government
employees, it can be stated that a huge expenditure is met on
wages of all India services officers besides the expenditure ...
on other infrastructure like offices etc. for bureaucracy," the
The total authorised cadre strength of the IAS in 1951 was 1,232
and grew to 4,599 during 1981. In 2016, the sanctioned strength
rose to 6,396.
The total authorised strength of the IPS and IFS was 4,863 and
3,152 respectively, as on 1 January, 2017.
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