The Secretary (Post)
Department of Post
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
No. CHQ/POA/1-23/2017-18 Dated 15.02.18
Sub: Fixture of pay of Group ‘B’ officers w.e.f. 1-1-2006 to remove anomalies cropped up due to placing IPs and ASPs in the identical GP of Rs. 4600/- .
Postal directorate vide letter number 2-12/2013-PCC dated 24-10-2017 had issued orders revising the GP of Inspector Posts from 4200/- to 4600/- but without resolving the anomalies taken place in the hierarchy. In view of this proviso Postal officer Association had already requested your kind honour to issue orders for grant of one increment to other officers who had worked as ASP as on 1-1-2006, besides revision in ACP/MACP to maintain hierarchical balance. But no specific orders for Group B officer who were at that time working as ASPs or PS Group B officers have been issued along with above orders despite our demand for issuing simultaneous orders in chain of command.
It is reiterated that under 5th pay commission IPs were in the pay scale of 5500-175-9000, the ASPs in 6500-10500 and PS Group B officers in 7500-250-12000. On merger of three scales, IPs were given GP of Rs.4200/-, ASPs 4600/- which was replacement of upgraded scale of 7450-225-11500 and PS Group ‘B’ 4800/- coupled with GP of Rs. 5400/- after four years. Though pay scale of ASPs was upgraded to 7450-225-1150 from 6500-200-10500 facilitating placement of ASPs in GP of 4600/- yet no financial benefit of this up-gradation was conferred to ASPs as on 1-1-2006. Now consequent upon grant of GP of Rs. 4600/- to IPs w.e.f 1-1-2006 with consequential benefit of fixture of pay at the minimum of 17140/- the equation has changed. As such keeping ASPs at the same GP of Rs.4600/- without financial benefit of addition of increment or fixture of pay given under the rules is great injustice to senior officers after who put heart and soul before department. It is otherwise also arbitrary, illogical and discriminatory.
Moreover as provided in MOF OM No. 10/2/2011.E.III/A dated 7-1-2013(copy enclosed), the fixation of pay on promotion from one post to another where promotional post carries the same GP as the feeder post, in such cases fixture of pay will be done in the manner as prescribed in Rule 13 (i) of CCS (RP) rules 2008. Apparently the officer who were working as ASPs as on 1-1-2006 are also eligible for fixture of pay w.e.f 1-1-2006 in the identical scale for two different cadres after giving benefit of increment and bunching.
Furthermore, since ASPs and IPs have been placed in the same scale so provision for grant of MACP or ACP will have to be redefined in view of the clarification issued on ACP scheme vide DoPT OM No. 35034/1/97-Estt (D) (Vol. IV) dated 12.02.2000 and 18.7.2001. Obviously, the promotion granted to the post of ASP from the lower pay scale of IP is required to be ignored. As also provided in postal directorate letter no.4-7/(MACPS)/2009/PCC dated 18-9-2009 promotion earned /up-gradation granted under the ACP schemes in the past to those grades which now carry the same GP due to the merger of the scales/ up-gradation of posts recommended by the sixth pay commission shall be ignored for the purpose of up-gradation under Modified ACPs.
Apparently the above feature of MACP scheme, the pay fixture benefit to those ASPs who were promoted prior to 1-1-2006 from IPs or who got financial up-gradation on account of ACP applicable prior to 1-1-2006 get submerged. Hence, as per features of para 5 of MACP scheme, all IPs who got promotion to the cadre of ASPs or got financial up-gradation under ACP scheme prior to 1-1-2006 are eligible for 3rd MACP with GP of Rs.5400/- on completion of 30 years of total service.
In the light of above submissions and the fact that cadre of Inspector Post (Non-Gazetted) and ASP (Gazetted) have been placed in the identical GP of Rs. 4600/-, it is most humbly prayed that pay of the all PS Group B officers may kindly be ordered to re-fix w.e.f 1-1-2006 by giving addition of one increment and redefined the prevision of MACP/ACP as explained above. This will meet the end of justice.
With profound regards.