7th CPC MACP Anomaly, Pay Matrix Anomaly and Promotion Criteria for Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers- NFIR furnishes Additional Issues to DAC
Departmental Anomaly committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to : Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) &
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)
No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016
The Secretary (E),
Sub: Departmental Anomaly committee to settle the anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/1 dated 05/10/2016, 29/03/2017, 18/04/2017, ,03/05/2017 ,25/05/2017 & 06/06/2017
(ii) NFIR's letter No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016 dated 09/06/2017 .
In continuation of discussions in the first Departmental Anomaly Committee Meeting held on 20th June 2017 in the Railway Board on NFIR's Note dated 09/06/2017 containing anomalies, the Federation furnishes additional issues vide Annexures to this letter (ltem I to Item 3 in 5 pages) which are required to be dealt by DAC for rectification so far as Railway employees are concerned.
Yours faithfully,DA/5 Pages
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
Item No. 2 Anomaly in Pay Matrix levels of 7th CPC
Item No. 3 Sub: Seventh CPC pay structure - grave injustice done to Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers in Railways - Review urged.
NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to 11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749).
Vide Para 11.40.109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that “the next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through promotion".
In this connection, Federation points out that no promotions are presently available for SSEs on the basis of 1:1 ratio. The ground reality is that directly recruited Graduate Engineers to the post of SSE (6th CPC GP 4600/-) continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level for not less than 15 to 20 years. Federation also conveys that it would be incorrect to call them "Technical Supervisors" while their official designations are Sr. Section Engineers or Jr. Engineers.
It is further learnt that the 7th Central Pay Commission had relied upon the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad for denying the improved pay matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma Engineers. Para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad submitted to the 7th CPC is reproduced below:
"6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career Progression and Promotion Rules:
NFIR hopes that the Railway Board admits the truth that never promotions have been granted to the Graduate Engineers on completion of 4-years period to the post of Assistant Engineer and to the post of Divisional Engineer on completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. The IIM's distorted study report has done grave damage to the career growth of directly recruited Graduate Engineers in Railways. The wrong information given to the 7th CPC with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers recruited through RRB in Railways through IIM's study report has caused severe damage to their career resulting alround resentment among them.
It is sad to state that the Pay Commission has deviated its own principle as enumerated vide Para 4.1.19 of its report, which is reproduced below:-
“Historically, the qualification and skill set required as well as roles and responsibilities discharged at various levels in the overall hierarchy have been central to the basis for pay grading. The rationalization index has been applied keeping this principle in mind".
It is surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para 11.40.112 of the 7th CPC report) had strongly defended the continuation of existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the reality that the Railway Ministry in the year 2010 had proposed replacement of GP 4600/- with GP 4800/- for improving the career growth of SSEs etc. The Railway Board also failed to mention before 7th CPC of its decision to upgrade Apex Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group 'B' Gazetted (which is yet to be finalized). A serious anomaly has arisen as a result of misleading facts placed by Railway-Ministry before 7th CPC and also the totally incorrect study report of IIM, Ahmedabad presented to the 7th CPC as sought by the Commission.
NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review de-novo the entire issue and rectify all aberrations and anomalies arisen consequent upon the denial of improved pay structure and status to the Graduate Engineers as well as Diploma Engineers in Railways and also accord approval for time bound promotions to them.