National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055
Dated — 21-04-2011
Sub: MACPS Anomalies Summary record note of discussions held during the 3rd meeting of Joint Committee held on 15-03-2011 under the Chairpersonship of Joint Secretary (Estt., DoP&T)
NFIR invites Railway Board’s attention to its letter of even No. dated 08-11-2010 highlighting the anomalies of MACPS raised by Federation through various letters from October, 2009 onwards seeking quick redressal.
In the 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee on MACPS held on 15-03-2011 under the Chairpersonship of the Joint Secretary (Estt. DoP&T) the agenda items were discussed in detail. In this connection, summary record of discussions since circulated by Director (JCA) vide reference No.11/1/2010-JCA dated 20-04-2011 may be referred to. Relevant portions of the record note is reproduced below for proper appreciation and action:-
Item numbers — 1, 3, 8, 9 & 29 — Grant of financial upgradation in the promotional hierarchy instead of Grade Pay hierarchy under the MACPS.
“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/cadres shall have the option to choose either the ACP Scheme or the MACP Scheme. However, the Staff Side pointed out 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 & Training for further necessary action. In this connection, the Staff Side specifically pointed out the case of Technician category wherein under ACP (w.e.f 01-10-l999) the staff got upgradation to Rs.4500-7000(Vth CPC) on completion of 24 years whereas under MACPS they get the same benefit, i.e., Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- after 30 years.”
Item numbers — 12, 30 & 49 — Treatment of employees selected under LDCF Scheme/GDCE Scheme.
“The Staff Side demanded that employees selected under the LDCE Scheme/GDCE Scheme should be treated as a direct recruit and their earlier promotions and services rendered should be ignored for the purpose of MACP as was being done in the ACP Scheme. The Official Side informed that treatment of such cases would generally be same in MACPS as was in the ACP Scheme. Ministry of Railways would be advised to examine the matter accordingly.”
Item numbers — 11, 15, 22, 39, 47 & 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.
“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 Ministries/Departments thereby causing financial loss to the employees. The Official Side stated that many Ministries/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 misgivings/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.”
In the light of the above position, the Federation urges upon the Railway Board to take initiative for processing the issues for rectification of various aberrations / anomalies. As already suggested in our previous letters, a separate meeting may be convened for meaningful discussion and to redress the problems.