Haryana cadre Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers find themselves at the receiving end of the state government’s promotion policy. While IAS and IPS officers are never denied their rank and pay grade linked to the years of service, the same does not hold true for IFS officers.
This discrimination was evident in the recent promotions of IAS, IPS and IFS officers as well. While six IAS officers of 1991 batch (including Ashok Khemka) and IPS officers of 1990 batch were granted HAG (pay grade in the rank of Principal Secretary), IFS officers of 1984 batch were conferred that rank (HAG grade) 15 days back. This gap of six to seven years clearly shows that IFS officers are badly discriminated against their batchmates from IAS and IPS.