Sub : Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees.

The Sixth Central Pay Commission vide Para 6.1.15 of its report has recommended Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS). The Government has considered the recommendatations of the Sixth Central Payh Commission on the Assured Career Progression and accepted the same with further modification to grant three financial upgradations under the revised Scheme at intervals of 10,20 and 30 years of continuous regular service and issued orders vide Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) OM No 35034/3/2008-Estt. (D) dated 19.5.2009. The Scheme is known as "MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME (MACPS) FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES" and which has come into operation w.e.f. 01-09-2008.

2. This scheme is in supersession of previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued there under. The scheme shall be applicable to all regularly appointed Group "A", "B", "C" Central Government Civilian Employees except officers of the Organised Group "A" service. The status of Group D employees cease and be treated as Group C. Multi-Skilled employees on their completion of prescribed training. Casual employees, including those granted 'temporary status' and employees appointed in the Central Government only on adhoc or contract basis shall not qualify for benefits under the aforesaid Scheme.

3. Department of Posts has its own scheme of Time Bound One Promotion (TBOP)/Biennial Cadre Review (BCR) for its employees. . Time Bound One Promotion was introduced w.e.f. 30.11.1983 vide letter No 31-26/83-PE.I dated 17/12/1983. Biennial Cadre Review was introduced w.e.f. 01.10.1991 vide Directorate Memo No 22-1/89-PE-1 dated 11.10.1991. The scheme was further extended to certain other categories of employees from different dates.

4. The scheme of TBOP introduced w.e.f 30.11.1983 and the BCR introduced w.e.f. 01.10.1991 and extended to other categories of staff on subsequent dates shall stand withdrawn w.e.f. 01-09-2008.

5. The postal Federations have given their consent for switching over to the MACPS. As regards drivers, they are governed by a structured promotion scheme & as the scheme is considered beneficial to this category of staff, the Postal Federations have requested to retain the existing structured scheme. It has been decided to continue to the existing structured promotion scheme for drivers.

6. On grant of financial upgradation under the scheme, there shall be no change in the designation, classification or higher status. However, financial and certain other benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by an employee such as HBA, Allotment of Government Accommodation shall be permitted.

7. The salient features of the MACP are given in Annexure- 1.

8. Before initiating action for placing the eligible employees under the MACPS, action may be taken to finalise all TBOP/BCR placements due for the period till 31.08.2008 by conducting meetings of Screening Committee and issuing necessary orders.

9. Screening Committees shall be constituted in each Division/Region/Circle to consider the cases of different levels for grant of financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. The Screening Committees shall consist of Chairperson and two members. The members of the Committee shall comprise officers holding posts which are at least one level above the grade in which the MACP is to be considered and not below the rank of Under Secretary or equivalent in PB-3 with GP of Rs 6600/-. The Chairperson should generally be of a grade above the members of Committee. The Screening Committees should keep in view of the benchmark prescribed for financial upgradations.

10. The recommendations of the Screening Committee shall be placed before the DPS/Director Accounts Postal/Head of the Region/Circle or Organisation/competent authority as the case may be for approval.

11. In order to prevent undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year - preferably in the first week of Januay and first week of July of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half. Accordingly, cases meturing during the fist-half (April-September) of a particular financial year shall be taken up for consideration of the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of the financial year shall process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same finanancial year.

12. Any interpretation/clarification or doubt as to the scope and mearning of the provisions of MACPS given by the Dept of Personnel and Training (Est-D) will be further communicated by the Establishment Division of the Directorate. The Scheme would be operational w.e.f. 01.09.2008 and financial upgradations as per the provisions of the earlier ACP Scheme (of August, 1999)/TBOP/BCR Schemes of the Department of Posts would be granted till 31.08.2008

13. No stepping up of pay in the pay band or GP would be admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme.

14. It is clarified that no past cases would be re-opened. Further, while implementng the MACP Scheme, the differences in pay scales on account of grant of financial upgradsation under the old ACP Scheme (of August 1999)/TBOP/BCR Schemes of Department of Posts and under the MACP Scheme within the same cadre shall not be construed as an anomoly.

15. It is requested that the OM may be circulated to all concerned and immediate action may be taken to complete the entire process as indicated in the OM.

16. This issues with concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vie their Dy. No 205/FA/09/CS dated 18.09.2009

Sd/. (A.K. Sharma), DDG (Establishment)