Grievances of Railway Staff on MACP anomalies – Railway Board meeting with AIRF & NFIR
MACP Anomalies: Agenda of Railway Board meeting with AIRF & NFIR to be held on 19-05-2015
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
New Delhi: 12.05.2015
The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation,
4, State Entry Road,
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi-l 10055.
Subject: Grievances of Staff – MACP anomalies.
Ref.: Board’s letter No. 2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18.02.2014.
In the above connection, a meeting of the Federations with Board (MS and FC) has been fixed for 19.05.2015 at 15.00 hrs. in the Committee Room (Room No. 237). A list of issues to be discussed is enclosed.
3. President and General Secretary of the Federations are requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the above meeting.
Dy. Director, E(LR)-l
Enclosure to Railway Board’s letter No. 2014/E(LR)II/1/4 dated 12.05.2015.
(1) Financial up-gradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Graduate Engineers Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4,600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres.
(2) Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment whichever is earlier?
(3) Grant of financial tip-gradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy – (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) – as per judgment of various Courts.
(4) MACPS benefits to railway employees – cases of employees joining another unit/ organization on request.
(5) Provision of all..b.enefits on financial upgrading under MACPS – including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.
(6) Non-grant of benefit of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.
(7) Grant of Financial Up- gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years.
(8) Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of up-graded PayScale with revised designation Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) – Clarification on entry Grade Pay.
(9) Non-grant of benefit under MACP Scheme to the Stock Versifiers working in Zonal Railway/ Production Units.
(10) Grant of financial Up-gradation under MACP Scheme – Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.
(11) Grant of Transport Allowance to the employees availing the facility of Workmen Trains.
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What says FR & SR Rules regarding increment..!
The annual increase in pay is drawn as a matter of course from the 1st of July every year, except when it is withheld as a statutory punishment. If a Government employee is on leave or is availing joining time on the 1st July, the increased pay will be drawn only from the date on which he resume duty and not from the first of July…
The annual increment will be 3% of total pay in the running pay band and corresponding grade pay rounded off to next multiple of 10. While rounding off, paisa would be ignored but any amount of a rupee or more would be rounded off to next multiple of 10.
The annual increment in pay will be drawn as a matter of course from the first of July every year, except when it is withheld as a statutory punishment. If a govt. servant is on leave or is availing joining time on the first of July, the increased pay will be drawn only from the date on which he resumes the duty and not from first of July.
The officiating service in a higher grade shall count for increments in an officer and other employee’s substantive grade as well as in the higher grade in which he is officiating and, if there is an intermediate grade between the two in which he would have officiated had he not been appointed to officiate in the higher grade, also in the intermediate grade, but the period during which an officer and other employee is on leave without pay shall not count for increment unless so authorized by the Authority for reasons to be recorded in writing.
The sanction to draw increments shall be given by the competent authority:
Provided that no increment shall be withheld except as a disciplinary measure under these regulations and each order withholding an increment shall state the period for which it is withheld and also whether the postponement shall have the effect of postponing future increments.
National Anomaly Committee Meeting will be held on 29.5.2015 – Agenda Points
NFIR published the order issued by the DoPT to convene a meeting of National Anomaly Committee on 29th May 2015 and also attached agenda points…
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 12th May, 2015
Subject: Meeting of the National Anomaly Committee – 29th May, 2015 at 3.00 P.M.
The undersigned is directed to say that a meeting to discuss the items which were discussed in the last National Anomaly Committee Meeting held on
17.07.2012 and required separate examination (as annexed) is scheduled to be held under the Chairpersonship of Joint Secretary (E) on 29th May, 2015 at 15.00 Hrs in Room No.119, North Block, New Delhi.
2. It is requested to kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.
ALL STAFF SIDE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE. (List attached).
1. Secretary, Staff Side Council (JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi
2. General Secretary, AIRF, 4 State Entry Road, New Delhi.
3. General Secretary, NFIR, 3, Chemsford Road. New Delhi.
AGENDA FOR THE ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 29.5.2015.
Review of MACP to Grade pay of Rs. 2000/- where there is no such grade
pay in Railway.
ITEM No. 2
Additional Pay to Loco & Traffic running Staff.
ITEM No. 3
Teatment of employees selected under LDCE SCheme / GDCE Scheme
ITEM No. 4.
Grant of minimum entry pay meant direct recruit to promotes.
Pay Fixation on MACP as per 6th Pay Commission – Some Illustrations
Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS)
MACP clarifications is given with useful illustrations for Defence Civilian Employees. This type of explanations is very useful to know and clarify the doubts of the new scheme. Wittingly to clear in the particular subject, because it is connecting with lifetime promotion of every employee.
This scheme for career upgradations to Central Govt. employees was introduced with effect from 1-09-2008 with introduction of revised pay rules 2008.
This scheme has replaced earlier scheme of Assured Career Progression Scheme of August 1999.
Under this scheme, an employee would get at least three career upgradations during his entire service on completion of 10,20 and 30 years of service.
Under this scheme an employee would be placed in next higher grade pay on completion of 10 years in previous grade and in case of no promotion has been offered to him.
a. Illustrations of Grant of MACP – Illustration – 1
In case of recruitment of an individual in Grade Pay (GP) of Rs.4200 with no promotion for 10 years,
1st financial upgradation after 10 years with GP-Rs.4600;
2nd financial upgradation after (10+10) 20 years with GP- Rs.4800;
3rd financial upgradation after (10+10+10) 30 years with GP- Rs.5400.
Illustration – 2
In case of recruitment of an individual in Grade Pay (GP) of Rs.4200 with first promotion after 5 years with GP of Rs. 4600,
The promotion will be considered as 1st financial upgradation;
2nd financial Up gradation after (5+10) 15 years with GP-Rs.4800;
3rd financial up-gradation after (5+10+10) 25 years with GP-Rs.5400.
Illustration – 3
In case of recruitment of an individual in Grade Pay (GP) of Rs.4200 with 1st promotion in 5 years with GP-Rs.4600 and 2nd promotion after 8 years,(5+8=13 years) with GP of Rs.4800,
He will get only 3rd financial up-gradation after (5+8+10) 23 years with GP-Rs.5400.
b. Norms for grant of MACP
The financial up gradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness in the hierarchy of pay band and grade pay.
The only benchmark of “Good” would be applicable till the grade pay of Rs.6600 in PB-3.
The benchmark will be “Very Good” for financial upgradation to the grade pay of Rs.7600 and above.
However, if the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happen to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefits under MACPS as mentioned in Para 17 of the scheme, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACP also.
c. Clarifications on MACP
If the promotional hierarchy as per recruitment rules is such that promotions are earned in the same grade pay, then the same shall be counted for the purposes of MACP.
Only the continuous regular service is counted towards qualifying service and the regular service shall commence from the date of joining in direct entry grade on the MACP envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher grade pay as given in Section1, Part A of first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2008.
Financial upgradation will also be admissible whenever a person has spent 10 years in the same grade pay.
Only regular service rendered in the Central Government Department/Office would be counted for the purposes of grant of MACP.
All tenures spent on deputation, Foreign Service, study leave, all kind of leave, shall be included in the regular service.
d. The benefits of MACP are admissible upto HAG scale of Rs. 67000-79000.
All cases of grant of promotions/ACPs under pre-revised pay scales of Rs. 5000-8000, Rs. 5500-9000, Rs. 6500-10500 and Rs. 7400-11500 and if those merged w.e.f. 1-1-2006 would be ignored for purpose of grant of financial upgradation under the scheme.
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6th CPC INTRODUCES NEW METHOD OF CALCULATION FOR INCREMENTS
6th CPC has the honour of introducing a number of new changes.
Some of the most important changes introduced by the 6th CPC are GRADE PAY STRUCTURE, 3% INCREMENT, CHILDREN’S EDUCATION ALLOWANCE, and announcing July 1 as INCREMENT DAY FOR ALL. In addition, it also created new regulations to avoid smaller calculations – the method of “ROUNDED OFF TO THE NEXT MULTIPLE OF TEN.”
Even as the 7th CPC is fast approaching, doubts about the Increment Calculation on the basis of the 6th CPC persists, especially about the “ROUNDED OFF TO THE NEXT MULTIPLE OF TEN” method. It is obvious that doubts persist.
In order to avoid decimals, it is a usual practice to round off anything over 50 as 1, and less than 50 as 0. But, according to the Revised Pay Rules 2008 of the 6th CPC, 100.90 is to be taken as 101, and, 101 is to be rounded off as 110.
Let us assume that a person’s increment calculation results in 510.90. That has to be taken as 510. But, if the number is 511, then it has to be taken as 520.
Let us get to the interesting part of this concept:
For those with Band Pay higher than 7440, there are chances that Transport Allowance would rise from Rs. 400 to 800 or from Rs. 600 to 1600. There are possibilities that even 10 Paise could make a big impact.
The difference between Rs. 7430 and Rs. 7440 is huge..!
Many would have found themselves in critical junctures where these small differences would result in differences of Rs. 1000 per month, adding up to Rs. 12000 per year. That could be one of the reasons why some employees are upset with these calculations. The ones who had to lose due to these calculations will remember it for a very long time.
In the beginning of 2009, a few departments didn’t understand these calculations properly. They went about rounding off 50 Paise as Re. 1 and calculated increments on that basis.
Even when 6th CPC tried to remove the impact of Paise in the calculations, it somehow continues to have an effect!
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Increment benefit comparison between 5th & 6th Pay Commission – An overview about Central Government Employees’ Increment
‘Increment’ is definitely one of the most popular words in the Central Government employee’s dictionary. It is a known fact that each year, without fail, increment brings considerable raise in salary for Central Govt employees. Until about the 5th CPC, there was no major change in the increment system. But, the 6th CPC brought in landmark reforms in the increment system.
Until then, increments were given in the form of a consolidated amount. The 6th CPC recommended that it be calculated on percentage basis. The Central Government ordered that it be calculated at 3% of the employee’s basic pay with effect from 1.1.2006.
The CG employees didn’t realize how useful this was going to be. They thought it wouldn’t amount for much. It was Rs.75 for Rs. 3050 and revised to Rs. 210 for Rs.7000 with simple calculation.
But that was not the end of the story. It was only after a number of years that they realized the true impact of this reform. Let us explain the benefits with an example:
Let us consider the examples of A, and B, two employees who had joined the Central Government services: In five years of getting recruited, B gets a promotion. A gets a promotion three years after B.
On the basis of the 6th CPC :
[BP-Basic Pay, Inc.-Increment, GP-Grade Pay, BP-Pay in Pay Band]
Can you understand the difference now?
In 6th CPC the difference between ‘A’ and ‘B’ will be Rs.70 only, whereas in 5th CPC it will be Rs.300.
The Junior doesn’t have to worry that the senior has a tremendous advantage over him. In the past, the Junior wouldn’t be able to attain the Senior’s basic pay until retirement.
Increment issues – Why is Annual Increment denied to employees retiring in June?
Why is Annual Increment denied to employees retiring in June?
Until 01.01.2006, the date of implementing employee’s annual increment was fixed on the basis of his/her date of appointment or promotion option. After the 6th CPC, it was decided that 1st July of each year would be the uniform date of implementation of annual increment for all Central Government employees.
Employees who are appointed after January 1st are not eligible for that year’s annual increment on July 1. They qualify for annual increment only the next year.
The revised pay rules said that “If an employee is on leave or is availing joining time on the 1st of July, the benefit of annual increment in pay will be drawn only from the date on which he resumes duty and not from the first of July. Each year, employees who retire in the month of June are not given the annual increment of the year since they do not report to work on 1st July. Only those employees who resume duty on July 1st are eligible to receive the annual increment. Or, the day they report back to work is taken as the date for implementing the annual increment. Since there are no possibilities for the retired employees to return to work, they are not considered as qualified to receive the annual increment.
The revised pay rules states that only those who have been receiving the same basic pay continuously for 6 months are considered as qualified for annual increment. According to the another rule of qualification for increment, the person should have complete one year in service after receiving the annual increment. Therefore, despite being qualified, these employees are denied their annual increment.
There is an order that states that those who retire on July 1st should complete the retirement formalities in the month of June.
Instead of strictly looking into such technicalities, it would be a nice gesture on the part of the Government to extend the benefits of annual increment to those senior employees too who retire from service in the month of June.
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Cadre Restructuring Proposal for Group -C Cleared by MOC & IT
The Cadre Restructuring for Group -C Employees has been signed by the Ministry and forwarded to DOPT for Final Approval on 13.05.2015.
It is expected that the proposal would be approved by DOPT after various formality checks and clearance from Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance.
The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :
1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.
1. The Post of SPM in Single and Double Handed Post offices will be placed under 2800/- Grade Pay ie All LSG and I MACP officials would man the offices.
2. The Post of SPM in Triple Handed and LSG Post offices will be placed under 4200/- Grade Pay ie All present HSG II / MACP II officials would man the offices and Posts.
3. The Post of HSG I and HSG II would be merged and placed under Grade Pay of 4600/- and be granted 4800/- on non functional basis after 4 Years.
4. The Post of Existing Postmaster Cadre officials will be modified in light of the same on approval of the Cadre Restructuring…
The Present Postmaster Grade -I Offices are likely to be placed under the Grade Pay of 4200/-
The Grade I Posts are likely to get ungraded to Grade II , creating wide opportunity for the Postmaster Cadre Official to get promoted to Grade II and Placed within the same division.
The Present Grade II offices are likely to be placed under 4600/- Grade Pay creating more number of offices for HSG I and II officials.
The Norms of the Postmaster Grade III Offices would be modified so as to identify 1/3rd of the merged HSG I and II for Postmaster Grade III.
Copy of the earlier agreement signed with Union
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Rounding off the amount of Increment to next multiple of 10
Rounding off the amount of Increment to next multiple of 10 : Clarification regarding.
Attention is invited to this HQrs Circular No. AN/XIV/14162/6th CPC/Circular/Vol.IV, dt. 29/0212012 wherein it was directed to adopt the methodology stipulated in Rule 7(Note 2A), Rule 9 and Rule 11 of GoI, MoF notification, dated 29/08/2008 (RPR 2008) for rounding off at the time of fixation of pay while granting annual increment for the year 2006, 2007 and 2008 and implement the revised instructions issued by MoF, Department of Expenditure vide their OM, dated 29/01/2009 only for annual increments granted on or after 07/2009.
2. In this regard, a reference has been made by one of the controller offices bringing out the anomaly caused due to adoption of different methodologies by different controller offices in rounding off the amount of increment while carrying out refixation of pay due to implementation of MoF, Deptt. of Expenditure OM dated 19/03/2012.
3. To avoid any anomaly, it is reiterated that the instructions laid down under this HQrs circular dated 29/02/2012 are to be followed in-toto while refixation of pay on account of implementation of MoF, Dept. of Expenditure OM dated 19/03/2012 also. Accordingly, the instructions issued by MoF, Dept. of Expenditure vide their OM dated 29/01/2009 to round off any amount of a rupee or more to the next multiple of 10 is to be implemented only for calculation of increment under revise pay structure granted on or after 01/07/2009.
This is for your information, guidance and necessary action please.
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PCDA Clarification on Dearness Relief to re-employed Ex-servicemen
Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension),
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014
Sub: Payment of Dearness Relief to re employed pensioner: Clarification thereof.
As per para l(a) of MOD letter No. 7(1)/95/D(Pen/Services) dated 28.8.2000, entire pension admissible to ex-servicemen who held post below commissioned officers (PBOR) at the time of retirement, is ignored and their pay on re-employment is to be fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which they are re-employed. Such pensioners will consequently be entitled to dearness relief on their pension.
Deptt. of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, vide their UO No.41/42/2007/P&PW(G) dt. 03.04.2008, reproduced under this office circular No. 386 dt. 19.06.2008, further clarified that if the pay is fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of last pay drawn is given, the pay should be treated as fixed at a minimum only for the purpose of ignoring the entire pension and allowing dearness relief on pension. For availing this benefit the ex-servicemen would have retired at post below commissioned officers Rank (PBOR) before attaining the age of 55 years.
Now representations from the banks, where number of ex-clarify the elements to be taken into account for assessing the last pay drawn by the ex-servicemen for the purpose of last pay protection.
The dearness relief on re-employment should be regulated by the Pension Disbursing Agencies on the basis of certificate issued by re-employer, clearly stating whether benefit of last pay protection has been given or not. However, on examination of cases submitted by the banks it has been found that pay scale in banks are still on old pattern, whereas ex-servicemen have been retired with Pay in Pay Band, Grade Pay, MSP, Group Pay etc. In such cases it is clarified that for the purpose of assessing the last pay drawn for last pay protection, the elements to be taken into account should be last pay in pay band i.e. Band Pay plus Grade Pay, last drawn before retirement as envisaged vide MOP, PG & P, DOPT OM NO. 3/19/2009 Estt. Pay II dt. 8th Nov 2010 and no other elements should be taken for this purpose.
In view of the above, it is advised that all the cases of dearness relief where pay of ex-servicemen has been fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments may be reviewed and regulated accordingly.
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