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MACP CIRCULARS

August 23, 2013

MACP CIRCULARS

1)      Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees.

RBE No:  101/2009 R.B.No PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 10-06-2009

Subject:   Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission –Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees.

1. The Sixth Central Pay Commission in Para 6.1.15 of its report, has recommended Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS].  As per the recommendations, financial upgradation will be available in the next higher Grade Pay whenever an employee has completed 12 years continuous service in the same grade.  However, not more than two financial upgradations shall be given in the entire career, as was provided in the previous Scheme.  The Scheme will also be available to all posts belonging to Group ‘A’ whether isolated or not.  However, organized Group ‘A’ services will not be covered under the Scheme.

2.         The Government has considered the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission for introduction of a MACPS and has accepted the same with further modification to grant three financial upgradations under the MACPS at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service.

3.         The Scheme would be known as “MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME [MACPS] FOR RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.  This scheme is in supersession of previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued there under and shall be applicable to all regularly appointed Group ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ Railway employees except officers of the Organised Group ‘A’ service.  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.  Casual employees, including those granted ‘temporary status’ and employees appointed in the Railways only on adhoc or contract basis shall not qualify for benefits under the aforesaid Scheme.  The details of the MACP Scheme and conditions for grant of the financial upgradation under the Scheme are given in Annexure.

4.         A Screening Committee shall be constituted in each Department to consider the case for grant of financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme.  The Screening Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and two members. The members of the Committee shall comprise officers holding posts which are at least one level above the grade in which the MACP is to be considered and not below Senior Scale grade [PB-3, GP Rs.6600].  The Chairperson should be a grade above the members of the Committee.

5.         The recommendations of the Screening Committee shall be placed before the Secretary in cases where the Committee is constituted in the Ministry / Department or before the Head of the organisation / competent authority in other cases for approval.

6.         In order to prevent undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time-schedule  and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in the first week  of January  and first week ofJuly of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half.  Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half [April – September] of a particular financial year shall be taken up  for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January.  Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year shall process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half [October – March] of the same financial year.

7.         However, to make the MACP Scheme operational, the Cadre Controlling Authorities shall constitute the first Screening Committee within a month from the date of issue of these instructions to consider the cases maturing upto 30th June, 2009 for grant of benefits under the MACPS.

8.         The scheme would be operational with effect from 01.09.2008.  In other words, financial upgradations as per the provisions of the earlier ACP Scheme [ of October ,1999] would be granted till 31.08.2008.

9.         No stepping up of pay in the pay band or Grade Pay would be admissible with regard to junior  getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme.

11.       It is clarified that no past cases would be re-opened.  Further, while implementing the MACP Scheme, the differences in pay scales on account of grant of financial upgradation under the old ACP Scheme [of October, 1999] and under the MACP Scheme within the same cadre shall not be construed as an anomaly.

 ANNEXURE-I

MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME [MACPS]

1.        There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service respectively.  Financial upgradation under the Scheme will be admissible whenever a person has spent 10 years continuously in the same Grade-Pay.

2.        The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised Pay Bands and Grade Pay as given in Section-I, Part-A of the first schedule  of the Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2008.  Thus, the Grade Pay at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases where regular promotion is not between two successive grades,  be different than what is available at the time of regular promotion.  In such cases, the higher Grade Pay attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre / organization will be given only at the time of regular promotion.

3.        The financial upgradations under the MACPS would be admissible up to the highest Grade Pay of Rs.12000/- in the PB-4.

4.        Benefit of pay fixation available at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgradation under the Scheme.  Therefore, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation.  There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same Grade Pay as granted under MACPS.  However, at the time of actual promotion if it happens to be in a post carrying higher Grade Pay than what is available under MACPS, no pay fixation would be available and only difference of Grade Pay would be made available.  To illustrate, in case a Railway Servant joins as a direct recruit in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 in PB-1 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.2000 and his pay will be fixed by granting him one increment plus the difference of Grade Pay [i.e., Rs.100 ].  After availing financial upgradation under MACPS, if the Railway servant gets his regular promotion in the hierarchy of his cadre, which is to the grade of Rs.2400, on regular promotion, he will only be granted the difference of Grade Pay between Rs.2000 and Rs.2400.  No additional increment will be granted at this stage.

5.        Promotions earned /upgradations granted under the ACP Scheme in the past to those grades which now carry the same Grade Pay due to merger of pay scales / upgradations of posts recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting upgradations under Modified ACPS.

Illustration

The pre-revised hierarchy     [ in ascending order ] in a particular organization was as follows:

Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 & Rs.6500-10500.

[a]        A Railway servant who was recruited in the hierarchy in the pre-revised pay scale  Rs.5000-8000 and who did not get a promotion even after 25 years of service prior to 1.1.2006, in his case as on 1.1.2006 he would have got two financial upgradations under ACP to the next grades in the hierarchy of his organisation, i.e., to the pre-revised scales of 5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500.

[b]        Another Railway servant recruited in the same hierarchy in the pre-revised scale of Rs.5000-8000 has also completed about 25 years of service, but he got two promotions to the next higher grades of Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 during this period.

In the case of both [a] and [b] above, the promotions/financial upgradations granted under ACP to the pre-revised scales of Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500 prior to 1.1.2006 will be ignored on account of merger of the pre-revised scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 & Rs.6500-10500 recommended by the Sixth CPC.  As per Railway Services [RP] Rules, both of them will be granted Grade Pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band PB-2.  After the implementation of MACPS, two financial upgradations will be granted both in the case of [a] and [b] above to the next higher Grade Pays of Rs.4600 and Rs.4800 in the Pay Band PB-2.

6.         In the case of all the employees granted financial upgradations under ACPS till 01.01.2006, their revised pay will be fixed with reference to the pay scale granted to them under the ACPS.

6.1       In the case of ACP upgradations granted between 01.01.2006 and 31.08.2008, the Railway servant has the option under the  Railway Services  [RP] Rules, 2008 to have his pay fixed in the revised pay structure either [a] w.e.f. 0101.2006 with reference to his re-revised scale as on 01.01.2006; or [b] w.e.f.  the date of his financial upgradation under ACP with reference to the pre-revised scale granted under ACP.  In case of option [b], he shall be entitled to draw his arrears of pay only from the date of his option i.e. the date of financial upgradation under ACP.

6.2       In cases where financial upgradation had been granted to Railway servants in the next higher scale in the hierarchy of their cadre as per the provisions of the ACP Scheme of October,1999 but whereas as a result of the implementation of Sixth CPC’s recommendations, the next higher post in the hierarchy of the cadre has been upgraded by granting a higher Grade Pay, the pay of such employees in the revised pay structure will be fixed with reference to the higher Grade Pay granted to the post.  To illustrate, in the case of Jr. Engineer in CPWD, who was granted 1st ACP in his hierarchy to the grade of Asst. Engineer in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 corresponding to the revised Grade Pay of Rs.4200 in the Pay Band PB-2, he will now be granted Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in the Pay Band PB-2 consequent upon upgradation of the post of Asstt. Enggs. in CPWD by granting them the Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in PB-2 as a result of Sixth CPC’s recommendations.  However, from the date of implementation of the MACPS, all the financial upgradations under the Scheme should be done strictly in accordance with the hierarchy of Grade Pays in Pay Bands as notified vide Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2008.

7.         With regard to fixation of his pay on grant of promotion / financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, a Railway servant has an option under Rule 1313 [1] [a][i]  of the Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol.II, [Sixth Edition, 1987- Second Re-print -2005] {FR22[1] [a] [i]} to get his fixed in the higher post / Grade Pay either from the date of his promotion /upgradation or from the date of next increment viz., 1st July of the year.  The pay and the date of increment would be fixed in accordance with clarification no.2 of Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VI /2008/I/RSRP/1 dated 25.09.2008 [PC-VI/22, RBE No. 132/2008].

8.         Promotions earned in the post carrying same Grade Pay in the promotional hierarchy as per Recruitment Rules shall be counted for the purpose of MACPS.

8.1.      Consequent upon the implementation of Sixth CPC’s recommendation, Grade Pay of Rs.5400 is now in two pay bands viz., PB-2 and PB-3.  The Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 and Rs.5400 in PB-3  shall be treated as separate Grade Pays for the purpose of grant of upgradations under MACPS.

9.         ‘Regular Service’  for the purpose of the MACPS shall commence from the date of joining of a post in direct entry grade on a regular basis either on direct recruitment  basis or on absorption /re-employment basis.  Service rendered on adhoc /contract basis before regular appointment on pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning.  However, past continuous regular service in another Government/ Department in a post carrying same Grade Pay prior to regular appointment in a new Department, without a break, shall also be counted towards qualifying regular service for the purposes of MACPS only [and not for the regular promotions].  However, benefits under the MACPS in such cases shall not be considered till the satisfactory  completion of the probation period in the new post.

10.       Past service rendered by a Railway employee in a State Government /statutory body / Autonomous body / Public Sector organization, before appointment in the Railways  shall not be counted towards Regular Service.

11.       ‘Regular service’ shall include all periods spent on deputation /foreign service, study leave and all other kinds of leave, duly sanctioned by the competent authority.

12.       The MACPS shall also be applicable to work charged posts, if their service conditions are comparable with the staff of regular establishment.

13.       Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including in-situ  promotion scheme, /Staff Car Driver Scheme or any other kind of promotion scheme existing for a particular category of employees in the Railways, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Schemes, after necessary consultations or they may switch-over to the MACPS.  However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACPS.

14.       The MACPS is directly applicable only to Railway employees.  It will not get automatically extended to employees of l Autonomous / Statutory Bodies under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways.  Keeping in view the financial implications involved, a conscious decision in this regard shall have to be taken by the Governing Body /Board of Directors and  Ministry of Railways  and where it is proposed to adopt the MACPS, prior concurrence of Ministry of Finance shall be obtained.

15.       If a financial upgradation 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, etc., this would have consequential effect on the subsequent financial upgradation which would also get deferred to the extent of delay in grant of first financial upgradation.

16.       On grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme, there shall be no change in the designation, classification or higher status.  However, financial and certain other benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by an employee such as HBA, allotment of Government accommodation shall be permitted.

17.       The financial upgradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of Grade Pay within the PB-1.  Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS the benchmark of ‘good’ would be applicable till the grade of 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.

18.       In the matter of disciplinary /penalty proceedings, grant of benefit under the MACPS shall be subject to rules governing normal promotion.  Such cases shall, therefore, be regulated under the provisions of the Railway Servants  [Discipline and Appeal ] Rules, 1968 and instructions issued thereunder.

19.       The MACPS contemplates merely placement on personal basis in the immediate higher Grade Pay /grant of financial benefits only and shall not amount to actual/ functional promotion of the employees concerned.  Therefore, no reservation orders/rosters shall apply to the MACPS, which shall extend its benefits uniformly to all eligible SC/ST employees also.  However, the rules of reservation in promotion shall be ensured at the time of regular promotion.  For this reason, it shall not be mandatory to associate members of SC/ST in the Screening Committee meant to consider cases for grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme.

20.       Financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his seniority position.  As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior employees on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay/Grade Pay under MACPS.

21.       Pay drawn in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay allowed under the MACPS shall be taken as the basis for determining the terminal benefits in respect of the retiring employee.

22.       If the Group ‘A’ Railway employee, who was not covered under the ACP Scheme has now become entitled to say third financial upgradation directly, having completed 30 years regular service, his pay shall be fixed successively in next three immediate higher Grade Pays  in the hierarchy of revised pay –bands and Grade Pays allowing the benefit  of 3% pay fixation at  every stage.  Pay of persons becoming eligible for second financial upgradation may also be fixed accordingly.

23.       In case an employee is declared surplus in his /her organization and appointed in the same pay-scale or lower scale of pay in the new organization, the regular service rendered by him / her in the previous organization shall be counted towards the regular service in his /her new organization for the purpose of giving financial upgradation under the MACPS.

24.       In case of an employee after getting promotion /ACP seeks unilateral transfer on a lower post or lower scale, he will be entitled only for second and third financial upgradations on completion of 20/30 years of regular service under the MACPS, as the case may be, from the date of his initial appointment to the post in the new organization.

25.       If a regular promotion has been offered but was refused by the employee before becoming entitled to a financial upgradation, no financial upgradation shall be allowed as such an employee has not been stagnated due to lack of opportunities.  If, however, financial upgradation has been allowed due to stagnation and the employee subsequently refuse the promotion, it shall not be a ground to withdraw the financial upgradation.  He shall, however, not be eligible to be considered for further financial upgradation till he agrees to be considered for promotion again and the second  or the next financial upgradation shall also be deferred to the extent of period of debarment due to the refusal.

26.       Cases of persons holding higher posts purely on adhoc basis shall also be considered by the Screening Committee along with others.   They may be allowed the benefit of financial upgradation on reversion to the lower post or if it is beneficial vis-à-vis the pay drawn on adhoc basis.

27.       Employees on deputation need not revert to the parent Department for availing the benefit of financial upgradation under the MACPS.  They may exercise a fresh option to draw the pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay of the post held by them or the pay plus Grade Pay admissible to them under the MACPS, whichever is beneficial.

28.       Illustrations:

A          [i]          If a Government servant [LDC] in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 gets his first regular promotion [UDC] in the PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2400 on completion of 8 years of service and then continues in the same Grade Pay for further 10 years without any promotion then he would be eligible for 2nd financial upgradation under the MACPS in the PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800 after completion of 18 years [8+10 years].

[ii]         In case he does not get any promotion thereafter, then he would get 3rd financial upgradation in the PB-II in Grade Pay of Rs.4200 on completion of further 10 years of service i.e. 28 years [8+10+10]

[iii]        However, if he gets 2nd promotion after 5 years of further service in the pay PB-II in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200 [Asst. Grade/Grade’C’] i.e. on completion of 23 years [8+10+5 years] then he would get 3rd financial upgradation after completion of 30 years of 30 years i.e. 10 years after the 2nd ACP in the PB-II in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600.

In the above scenario, the pay shall be raised by 3% of the total pay in the Pay Band and Grade Pay drawn before such upgradation.  There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same Grade Pay or in the higher Grade Pay.  Only the difference of Grade Pay would be admissible at the time of promotions.

  1. If a Railway servant [LDC] in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.1900 is granted 1st financial upgradation under the MACPS on completion of 10 years of service in the PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2000 and 5 years later he gets 1st regular promotion [UDC] in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2400,  and the 2nd  financial upgradation under MACPS [ in the next Grade Pay w.r.t. Grade Pay held by Railway servant] will be granted on completion 20 years of service in PB-1 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800.  On completion of 30 years of service, he will get 3rd ACP in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200.  However, if two promotions are earned before completion of 20 years, only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible on completion of 10 years of service in Grade Pay from the date of second promotion or at the 30th year of service , whichever is earlier.

3 If a Railway servant has been granted either two regular promotions or 2nd financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme of October 1999 after completion of 24 years of regular service then only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible to him under the MACPS on completion of 30 years of service provided that he has not earned third promotion in the hierarchy.

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2)      Dynamic Assured Career Progression [DACP] Scheme for officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service

Railway Board Letter No:   PC-V/2008/ACP/2 dtd.07.01.2009 , RBE No:   05/2009

Subject:  Extension of Dynamic Assured Career Progression [DACP] Scheme for officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service.

1.          Recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission contained in para 3.6.7 of its report regarding Dynamic Assured Career Progression [DACP] Scheme for doctors had been under consideration.  The Government, while accepting the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission, have issued orders vide CHS Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s order No. A.45012/2/2008-CHS.V dated 29.10.2008 to extend the Dynamic Assured Career Progression  Scheme upto Senior Administrative Grade [Grade pay of Rs.10,000 in PB-4] to all officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service.

2.         The number of years of regular service required for upgradation to various grades upto SAG level under the DACP Scheme will be as under:

Promotions under DACP Scheme No. of years of regular service required for promotion.
From To
Grade Pay Rs.5400 in PB-3 Grade Pay Rs.6600 in PB-3 4 years in Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-3  including service rendered in the pre-revised scale of Rs.8000-13500
Grade Pay Rs.6600 in PB-3 Grade Pay Rs.7600 in PB-3 5 years in Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in PB-3  including service rendered in the pre-revised scale of Rs.10000-15200
Grade Pay Rs.7600 in PB-3 Grade Pay Rs.8700 in PB-4 4 years in Grade Pay of Rs.7600 in PB-3  including service rendered in the pre-revised scale of Rs.12000-16500
Grade Pay Rs.8700 in PB-4 Grade Pay Rs.10000 in PB-4 7 years in Grade Pay of Rs.8700 in PB-4  including service rendered in the pre-revised scale of Rs.14300-18300 or 20 years of regular service.

3.         The above mentioned promotions will be made without linkage to vacancies. Other conditions for effecting promotions will be governed by the provisions of Indian Railway Medical Service Recruitment Rules, 2000 as amended from time to time.

4.         Residency period of 4 years in JA grade is relaxable to 3 years in the case of those who have been promoted to JA grade after 10 years of regular service under the old scheme.   Such IRMS officers will be promoted to the Non-Functional Selection Grade after completion of a total of 13 years of regular service in Group ‘A’ .  For other residency period mentioned in para as per new scheme will be strictly followed.

5.         The Scheme of Dynamic Assured Career Progression  will take effect from the date of issue of these orders.

6.         Amendments to the Indian Railway Medical Service Recruitment Rules, 2000, wherever necessary, consequent upon these instructions, shall be made in due course.

7.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways

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 3)      Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme to Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level in respect of officers of IRMS

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2008/ACP/2 dated 24.08.2009   

RBE No:  140/2009

Subject:  Extension of Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level in respect of officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service

1.            Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide their OM No.A.45012/2/2008-CHS.V dated 21.07.2009 have issued certain clarification on the above subject in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.

2.         Pursuant to the above and in continuation to the Board’s letter of even number dated 7.1.2009, it is clarified that it was not the intention to straightaway grant Senior Administrative Grade (Grade Pay of Rs.10,000 in PB-4) to an individual on mere completion of 20 years of service even if he was still a Medical Officer or Sr. Medical Officer. In fact, for being eligible for upgradation under DACP Scheme, a doctor has to render minimum qualifying service in the immediate lower grade as prescribed in the letter dated 7.1.09 ibid. Therefore, the question of direct promotion under DACP to the Senior Administrative Grade from the grade Pays of Rs.5400, 6600 and 7600 in the Pay Band-3 does not arise.

3.         It has, therefore, been decided that at the time of initial implementation of the Scheme (i.e. as on 07.01.2009, the date of issue of the said letter), depending on the length of Service rendered by a Medical Doctor, he can be directly placed in the grade corresponding to his length of services prescribed by the letter dated 7.1.2009 subject to the condition that such placement will be done only upto NFSG Scale i.e. Grade Pay of Rs.8700/- in the Pay Band-4.

4.         To illustrate, at the time of initial implementation of DACP Scheme for doctors working in isolated Post/Cadres the following methodology may be adopted:

(a)       A medical Doctor with less than 13 but more than 9 years of service whether in the Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in the Pay Band-3, or in the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in the Pay Band-3 can be directly placed in the revised pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.7600 in the Pay Band-3.

(b)       A Medical Doctor with more than 13 years of service whether in the Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in the Pay Band-3, or in the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in the Pay Band-3, or in the Grade Pay of Rs.7600 in the Pay Band-3 can be directly placed in the NFSG Pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.8700 in the Pay Band-4.

(c)       A Doctor with more than 20 years of regular service and already regularly promoted as CMO-NFSG (Grade Pay of Rs.8700 in the Pay Band-4) on the date of initial implementation of the Scheme can be granted SAG pay structure of Grade Pay of Rs.10000 in the Pay Band-4 without rendering full 7 years of service in the NFSG grade.

5.            Having been granted financial upgradation under DACP in above manner at the time of initial implementation of the Scheme, thereafter, the Doctors would have to earn their next upgradation under DACP Scheme as per the eligibility of service prescribed in the letter of even number, dated 07.01.2009.

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4)      MACP Scheme to take into account 50% of the Temporary Status casual labour service.

RBE No:  215/2009 R.B.No PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 04-12-2009

Subject:  Extension of the benefit of MACP Scheme to reckon 50% of the Temporary Status casual labour service.

1.         Please refer to Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 regarding the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS).

2.         The issue regarding extension of the scope of the MACP Scheme so as to count 50% of temporary status casual labour service on absorption in regular employment for the purpose of grant of benefit under the MACPS had been under consideration.

3.         The matter has been examined and it has been decided that 50% of temporary status casual labour service on absorption in regular employment may be taken into account towards the minimum service of 10, 20 and 30 years for the grant of benefit under the MACP Scheme on the analogy that the same is also reckoned as qualifying service for pension.

4.         This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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 5)      Benchmark for MACP Upgradation

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 03.02.2010

RBE No:  25/2010

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for the Railway employees – Clarifications regarding

1.         References have been received from some of the Railways seeking clarification as to whether while implementing MACPS in terms of Board’s letter dated 10.06.2009, the benchmark prescribed in Para-17 of the Annexure has to be taken for the last three years or otherwise.  The matter has been examined in consultation with DOP&T and it is clarified that ACRs for the same period as required for DPC purposes are to be considered while granting the benefits under MACP Scheme.  Further, the practice of averaging ACRs ratings as followed in case of normal DPC be adopted with reference to the respective benchmark for MACP purposes.

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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6)      Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for the Railway employees Benchmark 

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 03-02-2010

RBE No:  25/2010

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for the Railway employees – Clarifications regarding.

1.References have been received from some of the Railways seeking clarification as to whether while implementing MACPS in terms of Board’s letter dated 10.06.2009, the benchmark prescribed in Para-17 of the Annexure has to be taken for the last three years or otherwise.  The matter has been examined in consultation with DOP&T and it is clarified that ACRs for the same period as required for DPC purposes are to be considered while granting the benefits under MACP Scheme.  Further, the practice of averaging ACRs ratings as followed in case of normal DPC be adopted with reference to the respective benchmark for MACP purposes.

2.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways. 

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7)      MACP Scheme to reckon entire Temporary Status service of substitutes

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 25-02-2010

RBE No:  36/2010

Subject:  Extension of the benefit of MACP Scheme to reckon entire Temporary Status service of substitutes

1.Please refer to Board’s letter of even number dated 04.12.2009 allowing 50% of Temporary status casual labour service on absorption in regular employment may be taken into account towards the minimum service of 10, 20 and 30 years for the grant of benefit under the MACP Scheme.

2.         Further, on demand from both the federations that the entire service of the substitutes  on their absorption in regular service may be reckoned for MACPS purposes, the  matter has been carefully considered by the Board.  It is found that unlike casual labour whose 50% of temporary status service counts for pensionary benefits, temporary status service in full of the substitutes counts for pensionary benefits.  It has, therefore, been decided that the entire temporary status service of substitutes followed by regularisation without break may be taken into account towards the minimum service of 10, 20 and 30 years for the purpose of grant of benefit under the MACP Scheme.

3.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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8)      Benchmark Required for MACPS and Promotion

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2/Pt.I dated 12.3.10

Subject:  Recommendation of the 6th CPC –MACPS for Railway employees

Telephone calls are still being received from Federations on misinterpretation of Board’s letter dated 03.02.2010 on the above subject.

It is clarified that the bench mark for awarding required MACP benefits cannot be higher to that of bench mark required for normal promotions.  Therefore, staff eligible for normal promotion should not be debarred for awarding MACP on account of Confidential Reports ratings.

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9)      Clarification of MACPS for Pharmacists Cadre

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20.04.2010

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railways Employees-Clarifications Regarding.

References from various zonal Railways have been received in Board’s office seeking clarification as to whether the placement of Pharmacists in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 in PB-2 on completion of 2 years service in the Grade pay of Rs.2800 in PB-1 (Entry Grade), is to be taken into account for the purpose of MACPS or otherwise.

The matter has been examined in consultation with DOP&T, the nodal department of Govt. for MACP Scheme, and it has been clarified that every financial upgradation has to be treated as an upgradation. Accordingly, the placement of Pharmacists in Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 in PB-2 on completion of 2 years regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs. 2800 in PB-1(Entry Grade) has to be counted/treated as one upgradation under the MACP Scheme.

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10)          Benefits consequent to upgradation under DACP for officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2008/ACP/2 dated 07.07.2010

RBE No:  96/2010

Subject:  Dynamic ACP Scheme for the officers of the Indian Railway Medical Service

1.             With reference to Board’s letter of even number dated 7.1.2009 on the above subject, and pursuant to several references received from IRMS officers seeking clarification regarding the admissibility of benefits associated with the higher grade allotted to them under the DACP Scheme, such as issue of Silver Pass, etc. the matter has been examined and it is clarified that since an upgradation earned by the IRMS officers under the Dynamic ACP Scheme has all the attributes of a regular promotion, all benefits (including Silver Pass) which are available to IRMS officers on regular promotion, may also be allowed to them on grant of higher Grade Pay earned under the DACP Scheme.

2.   This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Dte. of the Ministry of Railways.

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11)          Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for Staff Car Drivers

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 18-08-2010

 RBE No:  122/2010

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for the Railway Employees – Clarifications.

1..              Reference is invited to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 regarding the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] to Railway employees.  Para-13 of annexure of the scheme provides that the existing time-bound promotion Scheme, including in-situ promotion Scheme, Staff Car Driver Scheme or any other kind of promotion Scheme existing for a particular category of employees in Railways, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Scheme, after necessary consultations or they may switch over to the MACP Scheme.  However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACP Scheme.

2.         In pursuance of the decision taken in the meeting of the Departmental Council [JCM] of Department of Personnel & Training held on 08.05.2010 in respect of Agenda item No. 57.31, it has been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, that the benefits of the MACPS shall also be extended to the regular Staff Car Drivers of the Railways, as a fall back option, if they are unable to get promotion within the percentage based present system.

3.         Para 13 of the annexure of the MACPS accordingly stands modified to this effect.  In other words, the Staff Car Driver Scheme and the MACPS shall run concurrently.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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12)          Modified ACP Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees Clarifications

RBE No:  143/2010 Board’s ltr. No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 29.09.2010

Subject:  Modified ACP Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees – clarifications

In continuation to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 notifying the Modified ACP Scheme for Railway employees, point-wise clarifications on certain issues pertaining to the MACPS, as received from the Department of Personnel & Training are indicated below:

S.No. Point of doubt Clarification
1  Whether the Pay Band would change in the hierarchy of Pay Bands & Grade Pay on grant of the benefits under MACPS? The upgradations under MACPS are to be granted in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay as prescribed in the RS[RP] Rules, 2008
2 Whether the benefits of MACPS would be allowed to the Railway servants who have been later on inducted in the Organized Group “A” Service No. The benefit under MACPS is not applicable to Group ‘A’ officer of Organised Group ‘A’ Services, as the officer under Organized Group ‘A’ Services have already been allowed parity of two years on non-functional basis with the officers of Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
3 How will the benefits of ACP be granted if due between 01.01.2006 and 31.08.2008? The new MACPS has come into existence w.e.f. 01.09.2008. However, the pay structure has been changed w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Therefore the previous ACPS would be applicable in the new pay structure adopted w e f . 01.01.2006. Para6.1 of Annexure-1 of MACPS is only for exercising option for coming over to the revised pay structure and not for grant of benefits under MACPS.The following illustrations would explain the position:(A) In the case of isolated post:
Date of appointment in entry Grade in the     pre-revised pay scale of Rs. 4000-6000: 01.10.1982
1st ACP granted on 01.10.1999 : Rs. 4500-7000 (pre-revised)

2nd ACP due on 01. 10. 2006 : Rs. 5000-8000 (pre-revised)
[revised PB-2 Grade Pay of Rs. 4200]

3rd financial upgradation under the MACPS would be due on 01.10 2012 (on completion of 30 years of continuous regular service) in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay i.e. Grade Pay of Rs.4600 in PB-2.

(B) In the case of normal promotional hierarchy:
Date of appointment in entry Grade in the pre-revised pay scale of  5500-9000: 01.10.1982
1st ACP granted on 01.10.1999 : Rs. 6500-10500 (pre-revised)

2nd ACP due on 01.10.2006 (as per the existing hierarchy): 10000-15200 (pre-revised). Therefore, 2nd ACP would be in PB-3 with Grade Pay of Rs. 6600 (in terms of hierarchy available):
3rd financial upgradation under MACPS would be due on 01.10.2012 in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised pay band and grade pay of Rs.7600.

4 Whether the benefits of MACPS would be granted from the date of entry grade or from the date of their regular service/approved service counted under various service rules? The benefits under MACPS would be available from the date of actual joining of the post in the entry grade.
5 In a case where a person is appointed to an ex-cadre post in higher scale on deputation followed by absorption, whether the period spent on deputation would be counted as continuous service in the grade or not for the purpose of MACPS (i)          Where a person is appointed on direct recruitment/deputation basis from another post in the same grade, then past regular service as well as past promotions/ACP, in the earlier post, will be counted for computing regular service for the purpose of MACPS in the new hierarchy.(ii) However, where a person is appointed to an ex-cadre post in higher scale initially on deputation followed by absorption, while the service rendered in the earlier post, which was in a lower scale cannot be counted, there is no objection to the period spent initially on deputation in the ex-cadre post prior to absorption being counted towards regular service for the purposes of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS, as it is in the same Pay band/grade pay of the post.
6 Whether the pay scale /grade pay of substantive post would be taken into account for appointment /selection to a higher post on deputation basis or the pay scale /grade pay carried by a Railway servant on account of financial upgradation[s] under the ACP/MACP Scheme? The pay scale /grade pay of substantive post would only be taken into account for deciding the eligibility for appointment /selection to a higher post on deputation basis.
7 In a case where 1st/2nd~ financial upgradations are postponed on account of the employees not found fit or due to departmental proceedings, etc. whether this would have consequential effect on the 2nd/3rd financial upgradation or not. Yes. If a financial upgradation has been deferred/postponed on account of the employee not found fit or due to departmental proceedings, etc.. the 2nd/3rd financial upgradations under MACPS would have consequential effect. (Para 18 of Annexure-1 of MACPS referred).
8 In a case where the Railway servant has already earned three promotions and still stagnated in one grade for more than 10 years, whether he would be entitled for any further upgradation under MACPS? No. Since the Railway servant has already earned three promotions, he would not be entitled for any further financial upgradation under MACPS.
9 Whether the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.2750-4400 in respect of Group ‘D’ non matriculate employees, would also be taken as merged to grade pay of Rs. 1800 for the purpose of MACPS in view of merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs. 2550-3200, Rs. 2610-3540, Rs. 2610-4000 and Rs. 2650-4000, which have been upgraded and replaced by the revised pay structure of grade pay of Rs. 1800 in the pay band PB-1. Yes
10 If a Railway  Servant on deputation earns upgradation under MACPS in the parent cadre, whether he would be entitled for deputation (duty) allowance on the pay and emoluments granted under the MACPS or not? No. While eligibility of an employee for appointment against ex-cadre posts in terms of the provisions of the RRs of the ex-cadre post will continue to be determined with reference to the post/pay scale of the post held in the parent cadre on regular basis (and not with reference to the higher scale granted under ACPS/MACPS), such an officer, in the event of his selection, may be allowed to opt to draw the pay in the higher scale under ACP/MACP Scheme withoutdeputation allowance during the period of deputation, if it is more beneficial than the normal entitlements under the existing general order regulating pay on appointment on deputation basis.
11 Since the pay scales of Group “D” employees have been merged and placed in the Grade Pay of 1800, whether they are entitled for grant of increment @ 3% during pay fixation at every stage. Yes. On the analogy of point 22 of Annexure-1 of MACPS, the pay of such Group “D” employees who have been placed in the Grade Pay of `1800 w.e.f. 01.01.2006 shall be fixed successively in the next three immediate higher grade pays in the hierarchy of revised pay bands and grade pays allowing the benefit of 3% pay fixation at every stage.

2.         The MACPS should strictly be implemented in keeping with the instructions issued vide Board’s letter dated 10.06.2009 ibid read  with the aforesaid clarifications.

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13)          Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of 4200/- on completion of 2 years service

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-VI/2010/IR-N/2 dated 19.11.2010

RBE No:  165/2010

Subject:  Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry Grade Pay of 4200/-(NFG) on completion of 2 years service in the Grade Pay 2800/-

1.      In terms of Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2009/1/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010, the Pharmacists (Entry Grade) in the pre-revised scale Rs. 4500-7000 have been granted Grade Pay Rs. 2800 in Pay Band-1 (Rs. 5200-20200) w.e.f.01.01.2006. On completion of two years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs. 2800, the Pharmacists (Entry Grade) in PB-1 (Rs. 5200-20200) are eligible to be granted non-functional upgradation to the next higher Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 in the Pay Band-2 (Rs. 9300-34800).

2.         A reference has been received from NFIR stating that some of the Zonal Railways are insisting on rendering of two years service by the Pharmacists in Grade Pay rs. 2800 for being placed in Pay Band-2, Grade Pay Rs. 4200 in the revised pay structure ignoring the service rendered by them in the pre-revised pay scale Rs. 4500-7000 and requested for issue of suitable clarification to the effect that the service put in by them in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 4500-7000 which corresponds to Grade Pay Rs.  2800/-should also be taken into account for counting two years service in Grade Pay Rs. 2800 stipulated in Board’s letter No.PC-VI/2009/I/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010.

3.         The matter has been considered in Board’s Office and it is clarified that the regular service rendered by the Pharmacists in the pre-revised scale Rs. 4500-7000 should be counted as service in Grade Pay of Rs. 2800 for being placed in Non-functional Grade of Pharmacists in Pay Band-2 (Rs. 9300-34800), Grade Pay Rs. 4200 in terms of Board’s letter No.PC-Vl/2009/I/RSRP/10 dated 30.03.2010.

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 14)          MACPS for the Railway Employees Clarification regarding New organization

Railway Board Letter No:  Bd’s ltr No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 28.12.2010

RBE No:  188/2010

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for the Railway employees – Clarifications regarding.

1.Subsequent to the issue of Board’s instructions dated 10.06.2009 regarding  MACP Scheme a  Joint Committee is set up to examine the anomalies pertaining to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] vide Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 11/1/2010-JCA, dated 03.05.2010.

2.         During the Joint Committee meeting it was pointed out by the Staff Side that the word ‘New Organisation’  of the last line of Para-24 of annexure of MACPS dated 10.6.2009 was not in consonance with the spirit of the Scheme.  The issue has been examined and it is clarified that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organization/ office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization /office for the purpose of getting financial upgradation under the MACPS.  However, financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be allowed in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of revised pay bands as given in Railway Services [Revised Pay] Rules, 2008.  Para-24 of MACPS stands amended to this extent.

3.         The Staff Side also raised an issue on the ‘Benchmark’ for  MACPS as given in Para-17 of annexure of MACPS dated 10.06.2009 which provides that the financial upgradation would be on Non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of grade pay within the PB-1.  Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS, the bench 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.  It was pointed out that in some cases the promotion to the next higher grade was made on the basis of ‘fitness’ as the method of promotion as specified in the relevant recruitment rules, was non-selection.  Therefore,  in such cases benchmarks should not be insisted upon under the MACPS.  The issue has been examined and it is clarified that where the financial upgradation under 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 ibid, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also.  This instruction is in continuation of Board’s earlier instruction of even number dated 03.02.2010.

4.         This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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15)          Entitlement of Pass facilities & MACPS

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 Dated 12/01/2011

RBE No:  06/2011

Subject:  Entitlement of Pass facilities under MACPS-Clarification

Ref :  Board’s letter of even number dated 10.06.2009 (RBE No. 138/2009.)

1. The issue regarding the entitlement of privilege and other passes in case of employees who have been granted financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme has been under consideration.

2. In terms of Para 16 of Annexure of Board’s letter referred to above, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme is personal to the incumbent and entitles the employee to certain benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by the employee. Hence, the benefit of Passes/PTOs corresponding to the next higher Grade Pay granted under the MACP Scheme will be available to the employee. It is also reiterated that the grant of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme does not entail any change in the designation, classification and status of an employee. Accordingly, the benefits related to higher status inherent in the higher Pay Band and/or Grade Pay is not available to such an employee who has been granted higher Grade Pay under the MACP Scheme.

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16)          MACPS benefit to Guards

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2010/MACP/7/ECR dated 10.2.2011

Subject:  Grant of MACPS benefit to Guards category-clarification-reg

Ref :  Railway Board’s letters dt. 10-6-09 (RBE No. 101/2009) & dt. 11-9-08 (RBE No. 108/2008)

With reference to the letter above, it is stated that the matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training and it is clarified that every financial upgradation is to be counted as upgradation and offset against the financial upgradation under MACPS in terms of Board’s letter dt. 10-6-09 (RBE No. 101/2009). Therefore, the placement/grant of higher Grade Pay from Goods Guard to Sr.Goods Guard on Non-functional basis should be reckoned as upgradation for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

Further, the categories of Passenger Guard (5000-8000/-) & Sr. Passenger Guard (5500-9000/-) have been merged and allotted Grade Pay of 4200/- in PB-2 vide Board’s letter dt. 11-9-08 (RBE No. 108/2008). In terms of Para-8 of the Board’s letter dt. 10-6-09 the promotion from Sr. Goods Guard to Passenger Guard should be counted for the purpose of MACPS and in terms of Para-5 of the said letter, the promotion from Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard should be ignored for MACPS. Therefore, an employee appointed as Goods Guard has earned following three promotions/financial upgradations till he reaches Mail/Express Guard, viz:-

(i) From Goods Guard to Sr. Goods Guard.

(ii) From Sr. Goods Guard to Passenger Guard.

(iii) From Sr. Passenger Guard to Mail/Express Guard (Passenger Guard to Sr. Passenger Guard to be ignored).

Thus, such employees are not entitled to any further financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

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17)          Staff Benefit Fund (SBF) for staff receiving benefit of MACP Scheme

Railway Board Letter No:  E(W) 2010/FU-1/4 dated 15.02.2011

RBE No:  22/2011

Subject:  Staff Benefit Fund-Continuance of benefits to staff receiving benefit of the MACP Scheme

1. Some of the Zonal Railways have sought clarification as to whether the staff in Grade Pay ` 1,800 and below and eligible for benefits of scholarship for higher education and relief of distress/sickness etc. under Items I(i) (a)(2), I(i) (a)(3) and I(i)(d)(2) of this office letter dated 26.04.2010 ibid are entitled for these benefits even after being placed in higher Grade Pay under the MACP Scheme. .
2. The matter has been considered and it is clarified that since even after placement in higher Grade Pay under the MACP Scheme the employee continues to retain the classification of his/her basic post, such staff continue to be eligible for these benefits under SBF. The grant of these benefits shall, however, be subject to the staff in the lower Grade Pay being given precedence.
3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry of Railways.

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18)          MACPS Clarification – MACP available to new HAG scale also

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V//2009/ACP/2 dated 25.03.2011

RBE No:  39/2011

Subject:  Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railways Employees- Clarifications Regarding

Please refer to Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009 wherein the financial upgradation under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) has been allowed upto the highest Grade Pay of ` 12000/- in the Pay Band-4. Consequent upon introduction of the new HAG scale of ` 67000-79000 in replacement of ` 37400-67000 with Grade Pay of ` 12000 in PB-4, it is clarified that the benefits of financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be available to the aforementioned HAG scale also.
2. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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19)          Writing the APARs of IRMS officers Promoted to SAG under DACPS

Railway Board Letter No:  2010/SCC/3/5 dated 08.04.2011

Subject:  Procedure for writing the APARs of IRMS officers Promoted to SAG under Dynamic Assured Career Progression Scheme

  1. In supersession to Board’s letter of even number dated 23.03.2010 on the above subject, it has been decided that APARs for the year 2010-11 onward in respect of IRMS officers promoted to SAG under DACP Scheme would be prepared on APAR Form No. II, which is used for railway officers in Senior Administrative Grade.
    2. The following shall be the procedure for writing the APARs of IRMS officers promoted to SAG under DACP Scheme:-
    Place of posting Reporting Officer Reviewing Officer Accepting Officer
    In Divisions HOD*/DRM DRM/PHOD GM/Head of Unit
    At Headquarters Immediate Superior PHOD GM/Head of Unit
    * In Divisions, in case APAR is initiated by HOD (CMS, etc.), it shall be reviewed by DRM with countersigning remarks by PHOD (i.e., CMD) and accepted by GM/Head of Unit. In case, the APAR is initiated by DRM, it shall be reviewed by PHOD (CMD) and accepted by GM/Head of Unit.
    3. APARs for the year 2010-11 in respect of IRMS officers promoted to SAG under DACP Scheme finalized in Form-I as per Board’s letter of even number dated 23.03.2010 need not be re-written.
    4. APAR dossiers of IRMS officers promoted to SAG under DACP Scheme would continue to be maintained by the respective Zonal Railways/Production Units.

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20)          Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the direct recruit Graduate Engineers of drawing Cadre

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20.06.2011

RBE No:  93/2011

Subject:  Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the direct recruit Graduate Engineers of drawing Cadre

1. Kindly refer to Board’s letter dated 28.9.1998 (RBE No. 223/98) regarding allotment of pay scales to Drawing Design and Estimating Staff, wherein inter alia, instructions were also issued stating that Engineering Graduates recruited in the scale of Rs. 5500-9000 be promoted to the scale of Rs. 6500-10500 against 20% DR quota on the basis of LDCE.
2. Subsequent to the introduction of the MACP Scheme, the issue regarding grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to the Engineering Graduates recruited in pay scale of Rs. 5500-9000 prior to 01-09- 08 at par with Engineering Graduates recruited in pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 has been under examination in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), the nodal of Government on MACP Scheme.
3. In this connection, it is clarified that Engineer Graduates recruited initially in the grade of Rs. 5500-9000 & promoted to Rs. 6500-10500 against the 20% DR quota in terms of Board’s letter dated 28-9-98 ibid be treated at par with the fresh recruits in the scale of Rs. 6500-10500 w.e.f the date they were promoted to the pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

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21)          Grant of Transport Allowance (TPA) on grant of higher Grade pay under DACP

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2008/ACP/2 dated 08/09/2011

Subject:  Regarding grant of Transport Allowance @ 7000/-+ DA thereon on grant of higher Grade pay earned under DACP Scheme.

Ref :  Board’s letter No. E(G)95AL4-9, dated 06-11-1995 & letter dated 12/09/2008 (RBE No. 111/2008)

Reference have been received from some Zonal Railways seeking clarification as to whether the officers who have been promoted in SAG on Non-functional basis under the Dynamic Assured Career Progression Scheme (DACPS) drawing Grade Pay of ` 10,000/- are eligible for Transport Allowance @ 7000/-+DA thereon.
The matter has been examined and it is clarified that in terms of para-3 of Board’s letter dated 12-09-08 (RBE No. 111/2008) officers drawing Grade Pay of 10000/- and 12000/- & those in HAG + scale who are entitled to the use of official car in terms of Board’s letter No. E(G) 95AL4-9, dated 06-11-1995 shall be given an option to avail the existing facility of staff car or to draw the Transport Allowance @ 7000/- plus DA thereon. Evidently, officers who are not entitled to the use of official car in terms of Board’s letter No. E(G) 95AL4-9, dated 06-11-1995 are eligible to get Transport Allowance at normal rates as mentioned in para-1 of Board’s letter dated 12-09-2008 (111/2008).

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22)          MACPS to Loco Running Staff who got promotion to LP bypassing Shunter Grade

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/3/SECR dated 05-10-2011

Subject:  Extending the benefit of financial upgradation under MACPS to Loco Running Staff

Ref :  SECR’s letter No. P-HQ/RUL/105/9/893, dated 06-02-2011, 20-06-2011 & 12-08-2011

With reference to the above, it is stated that the promotions earned by the employees in question from ALP II (GP-1900) to LPG (GP-4200) directly bypassing Shunter grade in such a manner neither fall in the line of AVC nor in Recruitment Rules of Loco Pilot categories. This special dispensation has only been granted due to non-availability of Shunters. As a result on the said special dispensation the concerned employee has progressed to two next higher stages/grades as per the cadre hierarchy/AVC of Loco Pilots category.

Therefore, in such situation the employee should be treated as having earned two promotions. It is therefore, advised that MACP Scheme in respect of such employees may please be regulated in light of the above position.

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23)          MACPS to Loco Running staff

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/3/SECR dated 05-10-2011

Subject:  Extending the benefit of financial upgradation under MACPS to Loco Running Staff.

Ref :  SECR’s letter No. P-HQ/RUL/105/9/893, dated 06-02-2011, 20-06-2011 & 12-08-2011.

With reference to the above, it is stated that the promotions earned by the employees in question from ALPII (GP-1900) to LPG (GP-4200) directly bypassing Shunter grade in such a manner neither fall in the line of AVC nor in Recruitment Rules of Loco Pilot categories. This special dispensation has only been granted due to non-availability of Shunters. As a result on the said special dispensation the concerned employee has

progressed to two next higher stages/grades as per the cadre hierarchy/AVC of Loco Pilots category.

Therefore, in such situation the employee should be treated as having earned two promotions. It is therefore, advised that MACP Scheme in respect of such employees may please be regulated in light of the above position.

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24)          Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme for MACP Scheme

Railway Board Letter No: PC-V/2009/ACP/2 Dated 12 /09/2012

RBE No:  100/2012

Subject:  MACP Scheme for Railway servants – treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme – clarification reg.

References have been received from Zonal Railways seeking clarification regarding grant of benefits under MACPS in respect of the employees qualifying through LDCE/GDCE. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), the nodal department of Government on MACPS and it has been decided as under:-

(i) if the relevant RRs provide for filling up of vacancies in a grade by Direct Recruitment, induction of an employee to that grade through LDCE/GDCE may be treated as Direct Recruitment for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACPS. In such cases past service rendered in a lower pay scale/Grade Pay shall NOT be counted for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

(ii) if the relevant RRs prescribe a promotion Quota to be filled on the basis of LDCE/GDCE, such appointment would be treated as promotion for the purpose of benefit under the MACPS and in such cases, past regular service shall also be counted for further benefits, if any, under the MACP Scheme .

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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25)          MACP cannot be to higher Grade Pay than that can be allowed on normal promotion

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 13/12/2012

RBE No:  142/2012

Subject:  Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme-Clarification reg.

References have been received from Zonal  Railways seeking clarification as to what Grade Pay would be admissible under  MACP Scheme to an employee holding feeder post in a cadre where promotional post is in the same Grade Pay. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), the nodal department of the Government on MACP Scheme and it is clarified that ACP/MACP Schemes have been introduced by the Government in order to mitigate the problems of genuine stagnation faced by employees due to lack of promotional avenues.

Thus, financial upgradations under ACP/MACP Schemes CANNOT be to higher Grade Pay than what are be allowed to an employee on his normal promotion. In such cases financial upgradation under MACP Scheme would be granted to the same Grade Pay.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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26)          Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees- Seniority and Grade. 

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2004/ACP/1 dated 14/01/2013

RBE No:  01/2013

Subject:  Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) for the Railway Employees -regarding.

Please refer to Board’s letter No. PC-V/99/I/1/1, dated 01-10-1999 on the above subject Para-8 of the Annexure-1 of Board’s above cited letter dt. 01-10-1999 provided as under:
“8. The financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme shall be purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his/her seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior employee on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay-scale under the ACP Scheme.”

2. The ACP Scheme was applicable upto 31-08-2008 and was replaced by the Modified Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) with effect from 01-09-2008. As the revised pay scales are applicable w.e.f 01-01-2006, those employees who received ACP between 01-01-2006 to 31-08-2008 got financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in the revised pay scales.

3. Instances of senior employees who got benefit under ACP Scheme prior to 01-01-2006 and are drawing. less pay than their juniors who got benefits under ACP Scheme after 01-01-2006 (i.e. between 01-01-2006 and 31-08-2008) have been considered in consultation with DoP&T and it has been decided to allow stepping up of pay in such case where the senior, but for the pay revision on account of 6th CPC, would have continued to draw higher pay, subject to the following conditions:-

i. Both the junior and the senior Railway servants should belong to the same cadre and the posts in which they have been promoted/financially upgraded should be identical in the same cadre.

ii. The pre-revised scale of pay and the revised grade pay of the lower and higher posts in which they are entitled to draw pay should he identical.

iii. The senior Railway servant should have been drawing equal or more pay than the junior before receiving ACP/Promotion.

iv. The stipulations as contained in DOPT’s O.M. No.4/7/92-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 04-11-1993 circulated vide Board’s letter No.F(E)-11/94/PAI/2, dated 07-12-1994 (RBE No.108/94) along with revision of pay scales may be observed while granting such a stepping up of pay.

4. This Issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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27)          Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme [MACPS] for Railway employees-   Grade Pay.

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 13/12/2012

RBE No:  142/2012

Subject:  Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme-Clarification reg.

References have been received from Zonal  Railways seeking clarification as to what Grade Pay would be admissible under  MACP Scheme to an employee holding feeder post in a cadre where promotional post is in the same Grade Pay. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), the nodal department of the Government on MACP Scheme and it is clarified that ACP/MACP Schemes have been introduced by the Government in order to mitigate the problems of genuine stagnation faced by employees due to lack of promotional avenues.

Thus, financial upgradations under ACP/MACP Schemes CANNOT be to higher Grade Pay than what are be allowed to an employee on his normal promotion. In such cases financial upgradation under MACP Scheme would be granted to the same Grade Pay.

This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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28)          MACP in case of unilateral transfer and benchmark for MACP

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 31/01/2013

RBE No:  08/2012

Subject:  Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees – Clarification – regarding.

1. Reference is invited to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009 regarding the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) to Railway Employees. Pursuant to the discussions in the meeting of National Advisory Committee held on 17-07-2012 and subsequent meeting on 27-07-2012 held with the Staff side and in continuation to the clarifications issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010, it is further clarified as under:-

2 (i). Financial upgradation under MACPS in case of staff who joined another unit/organization on request.

Railway  Board’s letter of even number dated 28- 12-2010 provides that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organization/office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization/office for the purpose of getting financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. However, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme shall be allowed in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Bands as given in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. It is now further clarified that wherever an official, in accordance with terms and conditions of transfer on own volition to a lower post, is reverted to the lower post/Grade from the promoted post/Grade before being relieved for the new organization/office, such past promotion in the previous organization/office will be ignored for the purpose of MACP Scheme in the new organization/office.  In respect of those cases where benefit of pay protection have been allowed at the time of unilateral transfer to other organization/unit and thus the employee had carried the financial benefit of promotion, the promotion earned in previous organization has to be reckoned for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

2 (ii). Benchmark for MACP Scheme:

Para 17 of Annexure-1 of Railway Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 provide that financial upgradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of Grade Pay within the PB-1. Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS, the 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. Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010 provides that where the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happens to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefit under the MACPS as  mentioned in Para 7 ibid, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also. It is now further clarified that wherever promotions are given on non-selection basis (ie, on seniority-cum-fitness basis ), the prescribed benchmark as mentioned in Para 17 of Annexure-1 to Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 shall not apply for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

3. The instructions issued on MACP Scheme vide Board’s letter of even number dated10-06-2009 stands modified to the above extent.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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29)          Treatment of employees selected under LDCE /GDCE Scheme as Chargeman

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2011/M/3/AIRF dated 05/02/2013

Subject:  Treatment of employees selected under LDCE Scheme/GDCE Scheme

The undersigned is directed to refer to AIRF’s letter No.AIRF/MACP (9), dt. 08/01/2013 on the above subject and to state that on perusal of para 140(i) of IREM Volume-I, it has been observed as under-

1. 75% of the posts in the category of Chargeman ‘B’ in scale Rs.1400-2300 in Mech. & Elec. Eng., Deptts. & in the cadre of Draftsmen in these Departments will be filled by induction of Apprentice Mechanics as under:—-

(i). 50% plus shortfall, if any, against inter apprentice quota as at (ii) below, from open market through Railway Recruitment Board, and

(ii) 25% from serving employees fulfilling the following qualification:-

(a) Must have passed ITI Act Apprenticeship in the relevant trade or 10+2 in science stream.

It is evident from the above position of IREM that it prescribes 50% quota in chargeman ‘B’ grade to be filled from open market i.e by direct recruitment and another 25% quota has been earmarked to be filled from amongst serving employees. As such only those employees who have been appointed as chargeman ‘B’ against 50% quota prescribed to be filled from open market can be treated as direct recruits in that grade and the case of employees selected against 25% quota earmarked to be filled from serving employees shall be treated as promotion for MACP purposes.

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30)          MACP in case of unilateral transfer and benchmark for MACP

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 31/01/2013

RBE No:  08/2012

Subject:  Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway Employees – Clarification – regarding.

1. Reference is invited to the Board’s letter of even number dated 10-06-2009 regarding the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) to Railway Employees. Pursuant to the discussions in the meeting of National Advisory Committee held on 17-07-2012 and subsequent meeting on 27-07-2012 held with the Staff side and in continuation to the clarifications issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010, it is further clarified as under:-

2 (i). Financial upgradation under MACPS in case of staff who joined another unit/organization on request.

Railway  Board’s letter of even number dated 28- 12-2010 provides that in case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organization/office shall be counted along with the regular service in the new organization/office for the purpose of getting financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. However, financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme shall be allowed in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of revised Pay Bands as given in Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. It is now further clarified that wherever an official, in accordance with terms and conditions of transfer on own volition to a lower post, is reverted to the lower post/Grade from the promoted post/Grade before being relieved for the new organization/office, such past promotion in the previous organization/office will be ignored for the purpose of MACP Scheme in the new organization/office.  In respect of those cases where benefit of pay protection have been allowed at the time of unilateral transfer to other organization/unit and thus the employee had carried the financial benefit of promotion, the promotion earned in previous organization has to be reckoned for the purpose of MACP Scheme.

2 (ii). Benchmark for MACP Scheme:

Para 17 of Annexure-1 of Railway Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 provide that financial upgradation would be on non-functional basis subject to fitness, in the hierarchy of Grade Pay within the PB-1. Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS, the 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. Railway Board’s letter of even number dated 28-12-2010 provides that where the financial upgradation under the MACPS also happens to be in the promotional grade and benchmark for promotion is lower than the benchmark for granting the benefit under the MACPS as  mentioned in Para 7 ibid, the benchmark for promotion shall apply to MACPS also. It is now further clarified that wherever promotions are given on non-selection basis (ie, on seniority-cum-fitness basis ), the prescribed benchmark as mentioned in Para 17 of Annexure-1 to Board’s letter dt. 10-06-2009 shall not apply for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme.

3. The instructions issued on MACP Scheme vide Board’s letter of even number dated10-06-2009 stands modified to the above extent.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

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31)          Granting 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme

Railway Board Letter No:  PC-V/2009/ACP/20/CLW dated 05-03-2013

Subject:  Granting 3rd financial upgradation under MACP Scheme-Clarification regarding.

Ref :  CLW’s letter No.CMA/Ruling/453, dated 19-02-2013

With reference to CLW’s above cited letter, it is stated that Board’s letter dt. 13-12-2012 has been issued as a sequel to the instructions contained in para-8 of Annexure to Board’s policy instruction on MACPS dt. 10-06-09 (RBE No.101/2009) and therefore has to be viewed in context thereof only. Further, while implementing MACP Scheme these instructions i.e. para-8 of Annexure to Board’s instruction dt. 10-06-09 and Board’s letter dt. 13-12-2012 has to be seen in light of the cadre structure/hierarchy of progression that has emerged as a result of implementation of 6TH CPC pay structure.

As regards example No.1 (a), it is stated that a Technical Supervisor, who has joined in GP-4200 on direct recruitment basis and have earned promotion to next post in Grade Pay of RS4600 is entitled to be considered for grant of 2″ and 3rd financial upgradations to GP-4800 and GP-5400 of PB-2 respectively under MACPS subject to fulfilment of terms & conditions relating to the Scheme.

As regards example No.1 (b), it is stated that a directly recruited SSE in GP of RS 4600 is entitled „to be considered for grant of lst, 2″ and 3rd financial upgradations to the GP-4800/PB -2, GP-5400/PB-2 and GP-5400/PB-3 respectively under MACPS subject to fulfilment of terms & conditions relating to the Scheme.

As regards example No.1 (c), the point on which clarification has been sought is not clear.

As regards example No II (a), it is stated that the next promotional post for chief Matron’s post is Assistant Nursing Officer (ANO) in same Grade Pay of RS 5400/PB-3, therefore, Chief Matron entitled to be considered for .3rd financial upgradation- to the same Grade Pay of RS 5400 in PB-3 in terms of Board’s letter dated 13-12-2012 (RBE No.142/2012).

As regards example No.II (b), a Staff Nurse directly recruited in GP-4600 is entitled to be considered for .3rd financial upgradation under MACPS to the Grade Pay of RS 5400 in Pa:3 in terms of the provisions contained in para-8.1 of Annexure to Board’s letter dt..10-06-09 (RBE No.101/2009).

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