Major recommendations in 7th CPC report regarding MACP Scheme
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Nov 20, 20151comments
Frequency of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP)
7th PayCommissionis of the view that there isno justification for increasing the frequency of MACP and it will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before.
In the new Pay matrix, the employees will move to the immediate nextlevelin the hierarchy.Fixationof pay will follow the same principle as that for a regular promotion in the pay matrix.
MACP will continue to beapplicableto all employees up to HAGlevelexcept members of Organised Group `A’ Services where initial promotions up to NFSG are time bound and hence assured.
With regard to the benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP as well as for regular promotion,7th Pay Commissionhas recommended that in the interest of improving performancelevel, the same has to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good.’
In addition, introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the government.
Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers
There is a widespread perception that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course.
The perception is that grant of MACP, although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.
7th PayCommissionhas proposed that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.
TheCommissionhas proposed for 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.
This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees. However, since this is not apenalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not beapplicablein such cases. This will be treated as an “efficiency bar”.
Additionally, for such employees 7cpc has also proposed that there could be an option to leave service on similar terms and conditions as prescribed for voluntaryretirement.
Promotional hierarchy instead of Grade Pay hierarchy:
MACP Scheme introduced by 6th PayCommission, provided for career progression in next grade pay hierarchy irrespective of the fact that the next grade pay in hierarchy happens to be the same. The new pay matrix advocated by 7th PayCommissionmay rectify this inconsistency as 7th CPC observers that horizontal traversal in the pay matrix on promotion or MACP would take care of promotional hierarchy.