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The Central government employees were earlier grouped in to four classes viz. Class I, Class II, Class III and Class IV. Sometimes the classification was as Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D. ICS/ IAS, IFS, IRS, ITS etc. all India services were in a higher rank starting from Class I/Group A.

After the VI Central Pay Commission, the Group D/ Class IV in Central Services is being eliminated by upgrading eligible officials to Group C/Class III and no further recruitment in class IV/Group D.

In Public Sectors like BSNL, MTNL etc. the classification is Group A, Group B (Executives) and Non-Executives (which comprises of the earlier Group C & D).

Thus the Group D & C are merged in to one, the non-executives, which is a correct decision. Now, the question arises: Whether there is any need for a division between the executives and non-executives.

The name non-executive itself is a negative one – it means one who is not an  executive. But the fact is that they are employees/workers, who also execute work. In fact they are not non-executives, but executives only. There is full justification that the division of names in to executives and non-executives should go. This discrimination is part of the British oriented superiority cult which has been continued by the Government of India. It is just like the khaki uniform supplied to the Class IV earlier to show that they are inferior. Now in the PSUs, all the officials from the top to the bottom are wearing the same uniform. It is so in many corporate concerns.

In such a situation, is it necessary to continue the name of non-executives? It is time for the government, PSUs, Private sector etc.to drop the name non-executive and have a common name for all the workers/employees.