7th Pay Commission – Decision on MACP performance grading taken without consulting Staff Side – Secretary of National Council, Staff Side Side JCM writes to Govt
As recommended by 7th Pay Commission, Govt has decided to enhance the performance grading relating MACP from “good” to “very good”.
On account of following two significant changes made in MACP Scheme applicable to Central Government Employees, their pay will be related to their performance after implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
Here is the text of acceptance by Govt with respect to changes made in MACP
Recommendation of the seventh central Pay Commission
Decision of the Government
MACP will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. In the new Pay Matrix, the employee will move to immediate next Level in hierarchy. Fixation of pay will follow the same principle as that for a regular promotion in the Pay Matrix. MACPS will continue to be applicable to all employees up to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) level except members of Organised Group ‘A’ Services. (Para 5.1.44 of the Report)
Benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial ungrdation under MACPS to be enhanced from “Good” to “Very Good”. (Para 5.1.45 of the Report)
Withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. (Para 5.1.46 of the Report)
In this connection, Shri.Shiva Gopal Misra, Secretary of National Council, Staff Side JCM, writes to Cabinet Secretary, Government of India to the effect that this issue was not discussed with the Staff Side, JCM, before taking a decision on this significant issue.
Shiva Gopal Misra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
For Central Government Employees
Dated: 28th July 2016
The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Rashtrapati Bhawan Annexie,
We wish to draw your kind attention towards the decision taken by the government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, especially with regard to Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS).
The government has accepted one of the adverse recommendations of the 7th CPC without holding any consultation with the Staff Side. The recommendation of the 7th CPC regarding benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS, to be enhanced from “Good” to “Very Good”, has been accepted by the government without considering its implication on the morale of the Central Government Employees. Similarly, another adverse recommendation of the 7th CPC for withholding of Annual Increment in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark, either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service has also been accepted by the government.
In our “Charter of Demands”, submitted to the Government of India on 9th February, 2016 on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM), we have categorically demanded that, the MACP should be treated as financial upgradation without any grading stipulation and the MACP should be provided on the basis of promotional cadre hierarchy of the concerned department. The Staff Side has demanded to reject the efficiency stipulation recommended by the 7th CPC. However, this issue was not discussed with the Staff Side, National Council(JCM) by the government before taking a decision on this significant issue as well as recommendation of the 7th CPC for withholding of annual increment in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark, either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.
You will appreciate that, in the government set-up it will be very difficult to assess the performance and talent of each and every employee since the government functions on a collective basis. Moreover, this decision of the government, if implemented, will result in favouritism and also victimization. This will also result in serious unrest at the workplace, which will affect the morale of the employees and will create division amongst the employees, which will ultimately reflect on the performance and productivity of each organization.
Therefore, we are of the firm opinion that, the government should reconsider their decision on the above issues and we request you to kindly withdraw the same and a discussion in this regard may be held with the Staff Side at the earliest.
With Kind Regards!
(SHIVA GOPAL MISHRA)