The conditions and terms of service of the Indian Civil Service differ in many respects from those of other services. Concessions made to the first-named Service, for example, in the matter of retirement on proportionate pensions, are applied to any other Service or Services if and as required, whether with or without modifications.
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he will state precisely what steps have been taken substantially to improve the conditions of the Indian Civil Service, which wore stated to be necessary in the Montagu-Chelmsford Report, other than the grant of overseas allowance, which was offset by the abolition of exchange compensation allowance and the fall in the exchange?
It is difficult to give the full information on this very important subject with which I am anxious to supply the hon. Member within the compass of an oral answer, and I propose, therefore, with his permission, to publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement showing the various improvements in question.
It is the case that the improvement in pay is to a large extent represented by the overseas allowance, but the statement that this is entirely offset by the abolition of Exchange Compensation Allowance is not accurate. The following table gives the Exchange Compensation Allowance admissible, with a 1s. 4d. rupee on various salaries, and the overseas allowance for the same salaries:
|Salary.||Exchange Compensation Allowance.||Overseas Pay.|
|* On superior scale, 150.|
|† 250 is drawn on salaries above 1,200 and 1,425 on junior and senior scales, respectively.|
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India why exchange compensation has been abolished in connection with the Indian Civil Service; whether he is aware that by its abolition the adjustments of pay on the time scale have brought practically no relief to any civil servant and have actually occasioned loss to many; and whether, under these circumstances, the exchange compensation will be restored?
Exchange compensation allowance has been withdrawn from the Indian Civil Service in common with other Services in India, in pursuance of the general policy of the Indian Government that the allowance should cease to be admissible on the occasion of a revision of pay of a Service previously entitled to the concession. In any case in which the effect of such withdrawal would have been to cause an actual reduction in the emoluments of an officer, a personal allowance sufficient to make up any deficiency has been granted. The answer to the last part of the hon. Member's question is in the negative.