Some of the Members have expressed doubts about granting of 5400 Grade Pay to ACP Inspectors and its effect on 3rd Financial Upgradation in view of the Govt. clarifying the NFG 5400 will be set off against one of the MACP. Under the circumstances the following points highlighted, for discussion of the cadre:
1. As per para 2 of MACP Scheme, 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 1 , Part-A of the first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. Thus the scheme recommends immediate next higher grade pay and delinked the grade pay of promotional post. It means there is no connection between MACP and next promotional grade therefore, what ever the immediate next higher grade pay available has to be given on MACP irrespective of whether it is immediate promotional grade or otherwise. Analyzing these aspects, it can be construed as follows:
i) On appointment: 6500 or 4200 in PB-2
ii) On ACP after 12/10 years 7500 or 4800 PB-2
iii) After 4 years in 4800( ie 12/10+4=16/14 years) 5400 PB-2(we have to fight for the grade pay of 5400 in PB-3 as given to Section officers)
iv) On completion of 20 years 6600 PB-3(ie immediate next higher grade pay available in case NFG of 5400 is not counted as MACP)
v) On completion of 30 years 7700 in PB-3(ie. immediate next higher grade pay available).
The above analogy is made in view of the clarification dated 29.9.2010 given by the CBEC in consultation with DOPT where it was categorically stated that the NFG of 5400 in PB-2 granted after 4 years, as well as the grade pay of 5400 in PB-3 are to be treated as separate grade pays for the purpose of MACPS.(para 8.1 of MACPS). Clarifications being made by some of the offices that MACP is required to be given from PB-2 5400 to 5400 in PB-3 is not correct, as it can be treated as only separate grade pay but not as immediate next higher grade pay.
The intention of creating 5400 in PB-2 by Pay Commission is only to upgrade the Group ‘B’ officers in 4800 after 4 years, and not as regular grade pay. It is only the Govt. which has changed it to PB-3 for some of the interested cadres.
Even as clarified by DOPT that the grade pay of 5400 given after 4 years is to be set off against one of the MACP, there is no loss to the cadre as you are going to get the grade pay after 16/14 years instead of 20 years with all the consequential benefits. Thereafter the next NFG(6600) has to be after 26/24 as stipulated in MACPS if not after 30 years as usual.
Therefore, there is only gain but not any loss under any circumstances to the cadre if NFG is granted to ACP Inspectors.