Shri Smruti Ranjan Swain
Director of Accounts (Postal)
Subject:- Granting of 3% fitment benefit at the time of promotion to IP Cadre who have availed financial upgradation under MACP in lower Grade Pay.
A good number of Inspector Posts in Odisha Circle have joined in IP Cadre on promotion from the post of Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant who have been granted financial upgradation under MACP in lower Grade Pay. They were granted the benefit of additional increment i.e. 3% at the stage of fixation of Pay in their promotional post of Inspector Posts carrying higher grade pay of Rs.4,200/-.
Now they have been disallowed the benefit of additional increment at the stage of fixation of Pay in their promotional post of Inspector Posts with the observation that as per para 4 of Annexure-I to GOI DoP&T OM No.30534/3/2008-Estt(D) dated 19.05.2009 if the Government Servant gets his regular promotion in the hierarchy of his cadre after availing financial upgradation under MACP he will only granted the difference of grade pay without any additional increment.
In this connection this Association would like to bring your kind notice the clarifications issued vide Department of Posts (Postal Accounts Wing) letter No. 3(4)/10/PA-Admn)/475-496 dated 07-02-2013 and No. 3(4)/10/PA-Admn)/07 dated 05-04-2013 (copy enclosed) which inter alia states that “The promotional hierarchy of a Postal Assistant is LSG---HSG-II---HSG-I. PA can only become eligible for promotion to JAO (now merged as AAO) cadre by qualifying the relevant examination. Thus promotion of PA to AAO is not in its promotional hierarchy. The officers who have got MACP/regular promotion in different hierarchy will be eligible for the benefit of 3% fitment benefit at the time of fixation of Pay on regular promotion to AAOs cadre as the promotion to the cadre of AAOs is not in the hierarchy of PA” (Copy enclosed).
In similar analogy since one PA can only become eligible for promotion to Inspector Posts cadre by coming out successful in the relevant competitive examination, and therefore, the promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts is not in the hierarchy of PA. Thus the officers who have got MACP/regular promotion in different hierarchy will be eligible for the benefit of 3% fitment benefit at the time of fixation of Pay on regular promotion to Inspector Posts cadre like AAO.
Therefore, this Association urges your kind intervention to uphold the principle of equality, and to decide the cases of Inspector Posts in the light of clarifications issued in case AAO cadre vis-à-vis with the MACP Rulings.