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No more stagnation for babus

The Fifth CPC had first recommended the Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) for the general employees in the government, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2009 01:12 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

In order to streamline the existing promotion policy of the Central government civilian employees, the government has on May 19 introduced the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) by accepting some of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC).

The Fifth CPC had first recommended the Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) for the general employees in the government.

The ACPS envisaged three time-bound promotions for Group A posts after 4, 8 and 13 years of service. Two time-bound promotions were provided on completion of 8 and 16 years of service for Group B; 10 and 20 years for Group C; and, 12 and 24 years of service for Group D employees. The government has accepted this.

The scheme alleviated the problem of stagnation and also allowed higher rate of increments in the higher scale extended under it. However, it gave rise to many other problems. Employees working in organisations having more intermediate grades suffered because financial upgradation under ACPS placed them in a lower pay scale vis-à-vis a similarly placed employee in another organisation that has lesser intermediary grades.

The Sixth Pay Commission thus recommended suitable modifications to the ACPS, which have now been accepted by the government.

The new rules say, “There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years service respectively. Financial upgradation under the scheme will be admissible whenever a person has spent 10 years continuously in the same grade-pay.”

This shall be applicable to all regularly appointed Group A, B, and C Central Government Civilian Employees with certain exceptions. The status of Group D employees would cease on their completion of prescribed training, as recommended by the Sixth Central Pay Commission and would be treated as Group C employees.

The financial upgradations under the MACPS would be admissible up to the highest-grade pay of Rs 12,000 in the Pay Band (PB)-4.

To illustrate, in case a government servant joins as a direct recruit in the grade pay of Rs 1,900 in PB-l and he gets no promotion till completion of 10 years of service, he will be granted financial upgradation under MACPS in the next higher grade pay of Rs 2,000 and his pay will be fixed by granting him one increment plus the difference of grade pay (Rs 100).

After availing financial upgradation under MACPS, if the government servant gets his regular promotion in the hierarchy of his cadre, which is to the grade of Rs 2,400, on regular promotion, he will only be granted the difference of grade pay between Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,400. No additional increment win be granted at this stage.

The rules say, “1t will not get automatically extended to employees of Central Autonomous/ Statutory Bodies under the administrative control of a Ministry/Department. Keeping in view the financial implications involved, a conscious decision in this regard shall have to be taken by the respective Governing Body/Board of Directors and the administrative ministry concerned and where it is proposed to adopt the MACPS, prior concurrence of Ministry of Finance shall be obtained.”

If a financial upgradations under the MACPS is deferred and not allowed after 10 years in a grade pay — due to the reason of the employees being unfit or due to departmental proceedings — this would have effect on the subsequent financial upgradation.