Government has approved fourteen senior IRS Offices to the rank of Principal Chief Commissioners to the top pay scale of Rs 80,000 per month, bringing them on par with top secretaries and DGPs thus meeting their long pending demand to bring their senior most officers on par with those in the IAS and IPS.
The Finance Ministry issued an order to appoint 14 Principal Chief Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise on last December 18. The top post in theIRS cadre in field formations till now used to be either a Chief Commissioner (CC) or a Director General which is equivalent to an Additional Chief Secretary rank officer but the government last year approved a massive cadre restructuring of the Customs and Central Excise department after which the senior most officers stand to get a pay scale on par with the DGPs and top secretaries of the government.
A total of 14 Chief Commissioners will be designated as Principal Chief Commissioners with a salary of Rs 80,000 per month and 38 Chief Commissioners will be upgraded Chief Commissioners under cadre restructuring with a salary of Rs 75,500-80000 from their present salary Rs 67000-79000.
An IRS cadre officer now can get salary on par with his bosses, Chairman and members of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), when he will be posted as Principal Chief Commissioner from October 15.
As the cadre restructuring of the Customs and Central Excise department is still being done by the CBEC, the 14 officers will officiate from their incumbent posting as there are no new charges to be held. All these officers will now be equivalent to the Special Secretary rank to the central government.
Sources said, close to a dozen more senior Chief Commissioners and Director Generals are expected to be appointed as the Principal Chief Commissioners shortly.