Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Summary record of discussions held during the third meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPS held on 15th March, 2011 under the Chairpersonship of the Joint Secretary (Estt.) DOPT.

NO. 111112010-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(JCA Section)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 2oth April, 201 1


Subject:  Summary record of discussions held during the third meeting  of the Joint Committee on MACPS held on 1sthMarch, 2011  under the Chairpersonship of the Joint Secretary (Estt.) DOPT.

        The undersigned is directed to enclose herewith summary record of discussions held during the Third Meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPS held under the Chairpersonship of the Joint Secretary Establishment), DOPT on 15th March, 2011 for information and further necessary action.

Dinesh Kapila


1.  The third meeting of the Joint Committee constituted to examine the  anomalies pertaining to the MACP scheme was held under the Chairmanship of  Joint Secretary (Estt.) Department of Personnel & Training on 15Ih arch, 201 1. All  the members of the Committee were present in the meeting.

2.  The Chairperson welcomed the representatives of the Official Side and the  Staff Side and .stated that with respected item numbers 13, 21, 27, 28, 32, 38, 44, 50 & 58, suitable instructions had been hued vide this Department's O.M. dated  the 1'' November, 2010. She also informed that as per the decision taken in the second meeting of the Joint Committee, vide this Department's O.M. dated 10th  February, 2011, all concerned have been advised to review the cadre structure in a  time bound manner with a view to mitigate the problem of stagnation
3. Thereafter, the agenda items which were still pending were taken up for  discussion.

Item numbers 1.3.8. 9 & 29-Grant of financial up gradation in the promotional  hierarchy instead of Grade Pay hierarchy under the MACPS.

   The Staff Side reiterated their demand that the financial up gradations under  the MACP Scheme should be granted in the promotional hierarchy of posts instead of the Grade Pay hierarchy. The Staff Side stated that the erstwhile ACP Scheme  was implemented on the recommendations of the 5Ih CPC and, as such, has become a part of the service conditions of the employees. The Staff Side, therefore,  contended that the Government cannot impose the MACP Scheme thereby altering the service conditions to the detriment of the employees.

   The Official Side stated that the 6'h CPC recommended two financial  up gradations in the Grade Pay hierarchy after 12 and 24 years. However, the  Government improved upon the recommendations of the 6th CPC and has  implemented MACPS with three financial up gradations in the Grade pay hierarchy  after 10, 20 & 30 years. Referring to earlier discussions held in the matter, the  Official Side stated that the Government was willing to consider revision in para 13  of the MACP Scheme to the effect that organizations I cadres shall have the option to choose either the ACP scheme or  MACP Scheme. However, the Staff Side  pointed that such a dispensation will not be practical and hence there is a need to  explore other alternatives to solve the issue. After discussion, it was agreed that  there is no need to change the basic structure of MACP Scheme. However, there  is a need to separately examine those cases where MACP Scheme is less   advantageous than the ACP Scheme. Accordingly, it was decided that the Official  Side will write to the Ministry of Railways, Defence,Urban Development, Home and  the Department of Posts to forward information in respect of the specific categories  of employees where the MACPS is less advantageous than the erstwhile ACP  Scheme The Official Side also requested the Staff Side to collect and forward such  information to the Department of Personnel 8 Training for further necessary action.  I'n this connection, the Staff Side specifically pointed out the case of Technician category wherein under ACP (w.e.f 1.10.199) the staff got upgradation to Rs.4500-  7000 (V CPC) on completion of 24 years whereas under MACPS they get the same  benefit, i.e. Grade Pay of Rs.2800 afler 30 years.

Item Nos. 2,7,20 8 48-Date of Effect of MACP Scheme
  The Staff Side stated that many employees who retired between 1 .I,2006 and  31" August, 2008, have been deprived of the benefits of MACP Scheme and therefore, demanded that the MACP Scheme may be made effective from 1.1.2006.  The Official Side stated that the matter was discussed and finalized in the second  meeting of the Joint Committee and therefore, there was no reason to reopen the  matter. After discussions, it was decided that the matter may be treated as  finalised so far as the Joint Committee on MACP IS concerned and if required, the  Staff Side may raise this issue in the next meeting of the National Anomaly  Committee.

   The Staff Side stated that consequent upon the recommendations of the Fast  Track Committee, the highly skilled Artisan Staff of the Ministry of Defence was bifurcated in two categories, i.e., Highly Skilled -11 (with Grade Pay of Rs.24001-)and  Highly -Skilled-l (With Grade Pay of Rs.28001-). The Staff Side contended that this  bifurcation, in the first instance, may be treated as placement and not as promotion  for the purpose of MACP. The Official Side stated that as per the extant instructions  of the Department of Personnel 8 Training, where the whole of a cadre is placed in  a higher scale, such placement is not treated as promotion. However, when only a  part of a cadre is placed in a higher scale, then such placement is treated as  promotion for all purposes including MACPS. The Official Side further stated that  even under the erstwhile ACP Scheme similar practice was followed and there is no reason to deviate from that.

   The Staff Side cited a Supreme Court judgment in the case of Union of India  Vs V.K. Sirotia reported in 1999 Supreme Court cases (L&S) 938 that where certain  percentage of post are granted higher pay scales to seniors in the cadre will be  treated as placement and not promotion. The Staff Side also cited the Manual of  instructions for restructuring of cadres in 1.A & A.D (para 3.2.8) wherein it has been  stated that the Screening Committee in combined Audit & Accounts Offices besides selecting persons for transfer to audit offices will also decide on their  placement ( & not promotion) against the higher scale posts.

    After prolonged discussions, it was decided that the matter would be re-examined by the Department of Personnel & Training in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.
ltem Nos. 12.30 8 49 -Treatment of employees selected under LDCE Scheme / GDCE Scheme.

The Staff Side demanded that employees selected under the LDCE Scheme1 GDCE Scheme should be treated as a direct recruit and their earlier promotions and services rendered should be ignored for the purpose of MACPS as was being done in the ACP Scheme. The Official Side informed that treatment of such cases would generaly be same in MACP as was in the ACP Scheme. Ministry of Railways would be advised to examine the matter accordingly.

ltem Nos.ll. 8 51- Promotion in the identical Grade Pay

   The Staff Side raised the issue of promotions in the identical grade pay and  demanded that in such cases the benefit of one increment should be granted at the time of promotion. 'The Official Side stated that if regular promotion is to the same  grade pay, then MACP would also be granted to the same grade pay. On the issue of whether one increment is to be allowed in such cases, a reference has been  received in the Department of Expenditure from Ministry of Railways. Further action in the matter would be taken consequent upon receipt of certain information from  Ministry of Railways as called for by the Department of Expenditure.

4.   After discussion on the agenda items, the Staff Side stated that in many  instances the provisions of the MACP Scheme were being misinterpreted by various Ministriesl Departments thereby causing financial loss to the employees. The  Official Side stated that many Ministriesl Departments had sought various  clarifications regarding the provisions of the MACP Scheme which has been given.  In addition, many clarificatory Office Memoranda have also been issued by the  Department of Personnel & Training to allay the misgivings misunderstandings  regarding the Scheme. However, if certain misgiving misunderstandings were still  continuing, the respective Ministries/ Departments may be advised to refer the  matter to the Department of Personnel & Training for resolution of the same.
5. In the end, it was decided that the recommendations of the Joint Committee  on MACP Scheme along with the action taken report may be discussed in the next  -meeting of the National Anomaly Committee.
6. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.