Thursday, March 13, 2014

Should the GRADE PAY STRUCTURE continue in the 7th CPC too?

Once every 10 years, the Central Government revises the pay grades of its employees. It is common knowledge that the Cabinet had ordered the formation of the 7th CPC (CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION) and has also given its approval to the TERMS OF REFERENCE. 

The Central Government has, until now, constituted six CPCs. The 6th CPC has the distinction of having introduced the GRADE PAY STRUCTURE. Until then, there was only the PAY SCALE. It was the 6th CPC that changed it to PAY BAND, GRADE PAY and PAY IN THE PAY BAND. It was then said that the reconstitution was made to reduce the number of categories in the PAY SCALE. They also explained how GRADE PAY was calculated. 

Until then, it was difficult to immediately deduce an employee’s BASIC PAY. It was often explained on the Government’s behalf that, after the 6th CPC, the BASIC PAY would amount to the sum of GRADE PAY and PAY IN THE PAY BAND.  

Since the difference between each GRADE PAY was not uniform, the employees came under lot of stress. Between 1900 and 2000, the difference was just Rs. 100. But, after Rs. 2800, the next GRADE PAY was Rs. 4200. These differences continue to remain unacceptable. 

‘GRADE PAY HIERARCHY’ was introduced as a crowning feature of it all. For years, each CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT has its own ‘PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY’ in place. Promotions were given only on the basis of this sequence. Based on their PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY, in the 5th CPC, each employee was given an ACP (ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION). ACP is a scheme under which those who didn’t get any promotions for 12-24 years were given financial upgradations. This didn’t create any big problem. 

The 6th CPC introduced MACP (MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION) in the place of ACP. A scheme was introduced to give FINANCIAL UPGRADATION to those who weren’t given any promotions in 10, 20 or 30 years. This was where the Government ordered that promotions should be given only on the basis of GRADE PAY HIERARCHY. 

The confusion that began with implementing the GRADE PAY HIERARCHY, which was common to all, instead of PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY for promotions continues, and remains unresolved until now.

There is no doubt that most of the anomalies created after the 6th CPC related to MACP stem from the ‘GRADE PAY HIERARCHY’. Central Government employees now wonder if the ‘GRADE PAY’ method is even required in the first place. 

14 comments:

  1. very true, the grade pay is beneficial to Gr A only. We are the victims of grade pay system & loosing 10000 per month. It should not be there. It has destroyed ACP scheme.

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  2. the grade pay for any post having entry level qualification as graduate should be ₹ 4200

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  3. The greatest mistake committed by the VIth CPC was merging the two pre-revised pay scales Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 and replacing the same by introducing the pay strucutre of Rs.9300-34800 with Grade Pay Rs.4200. This was done solely to bring parity between the scale of pay enjoyed by the Assistants in the Central Secretariat as well as Assistants/Head Clerks in the sub-ordinates offices. However, Assistants in the Central Secretariat were able to get more pay scale i.e. Rs.9300-34800 with Grade Pay Rs.4800. As a result, lot of confusion among seniors in the higher grades and juniors in the lower grades, which still persists. By doing this, the scale of pay of Office Superintendentsin the Central civil Departments has been down graded, though their pay scales were higher than than scale of the Assistants serving in the Central Secretariat. This disparity should be removed. In additiona, the Grade Pay concept should also be removed because it has become very difficult to compare tha pay of the junior and senior and to get stepping up of pay, wherever applicable.

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  4. The grade pay system should be removed in 7th pay commission

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  5. The worst Nightmare of 6CPC....The GRADE PAY... Should be removed immediately to remove all anomalies....

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  6. Its not possible to remove grade pay system at all in government department, because no one will agree to work in fix salary.

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  8. Dear My respected senior employees & Friends

    I have a request to all of you to give little attention to the matter of a Dearness allowance. I have not seen any of the Unions or Govt machinery discussing on this matter. Because the dearness allowance range is increasing drastically between the highly paid Highest post and the lowest paid entry Grade. Everyone should understand the meaning of the dearness allowance. I have an appeal that the Dearness allowance of the highest paid category person should not be permitted to draw a Gross Pay of an entry level employee of the lowest Grade Category. Example if a Lowest Grade employee Gross pay(including all allowances) is Rs.40000/- PM then a Highest post Category employee should not allowed to draw Dearness Allowance only more than Rs.40000/-PM at any cost. Because the DA is given to maintain the status not for extreme luxury. Therefore friends lets comments and let our voice reaches Parliament in this regard if found Genuine. Jai Hind.

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  10. I have a request to all of you to give little attention to the matter of a Dearness allowance. I have not seen any of the Unions or Govt machinery discussing on this matter. Because the dearness allowance range is increasing drastically between the highly paid Highest post and the lowest paid entry Grade. Everyone should understand the meaning of the dearness allowance.

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