As per CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2008, Superintendents, Appraisers (Customs and Central Excise) who are in the pre-revised scale of Rs.7500-12000 are entitled for the Grade pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 corresponding to pre-revised scale of Rs.8000-12500, after 4 years of service. However, this statute was interpreted by many of the Administrative and Pay and accounts authorities to the effect that the officer concerned should have served 4 years in the grade pay of Rs.4800/ for getting the grade pay of Rs.5400. In fact, this interpretation impeded the intention of the Govt to grant non-functional financial upgradation to the Group B Officers after 4 years of service. Going by the interpretation of the administration, none of the superintendents / Appraisers would be eligible for the revised grade pay Rs.5400 till 1.1.2010.
Later, it was rightly clarified by the Ministry of Finance in consultation with Department of Expenditure in the letter dated 21.11.08 (F.No: A.26017/98/2008-Ad-IIA) to all Chief Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise that the 4 year period is to be counted with effect from the date on which an officer is placed in the pay scale of Rs.7500-12,000 (pre-revised).
Obviously, the Inspectors of Customs and Central Excise / Examiners / Preventive Officers who have been given the non-functional upgradation to the grade of Superintendents / Appraisers under Assured Career Program (ACP) prior to April 2004 would also be covered by this order as they are in the pay scale of Rs.7500-12000 since April 2004 and are entitled for all non-functional financial benefits allowed to the grade viz., Superintendents / Appraisers, in which they have been placed as per the provisions of ACP. But somehow in many of the Commissionerates throughout India, the clarification issued by the Ministry of Finance on 21.11.2008 was again misunderstood and ACP Inspectors who have completed 4 years as on April 2008 were ignored while granting grade pay of Rs.5400/- to the Superintendents/Appraisers.
However, in some Commissionerates, Ministry’s clarification dated 21.11.2008 was correctly understood and ACP Inspectors who have completed 4 years as on April 2008 have also been granted the grade pay of Rs.5400/-.
Now, the Chief Commissioner of Central Excise in charge of Jaipur Central Excise Commissionerate, one of the Commissionerates where the grade pay of Rs.5400 was denied to eligible ACP Inspectors earlier, has now come up with a categorical clarification (dated 30.1.2009) that the ACP Inspectors who have completed 4 years of service as on April 2004 are also eligible for the grade pay of Rs.5400.
We hope this order will be an eye opener to the administration in the other places also where this non-functional financial upgradation is being denied despite the clear cut clarification from the Ministry