Newspapers continuously update us with news about the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission which holds the highest expectation levels at present. From such sources, we come to know that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are going to be submitted on 31st of October and they may come to force from 1/4/2016.
Pay structure is very important and equally important is the promotion policy. Assured Career Progression (ACP) which was introduced in the 5th Pay Commission, provided some comfort for the employees who suffered from lack of promotions for long years. Before this, promotion was just an illusion. Labour Unions and Federations of the Central government employees got these benefits for us after much struggle.
In the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, which came after this, ACP was changed to MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression) and it provided an opportunity for employees who were not promoted for the last ten years to enter the next Grade Pay.
In this, the benefit was very small as 1800, 1900, 2000, 2400, 2800, 4200, 4600, 4800 (excluding 2800-4200). Many issues in this method of Grade Pay still lie unresolved before the National Anomaly Committee.
Hence, lakhs of Central Government employees expect a favourable change in MACP at least through 7th Pay Commission. During his or her service period, an employee must have at least five promotions. This has been an important plea of the Central Trade Unions.
The benefit of the first MACP has to be given after 8 years of continuous service and the benefit of the successive MACP has to be given after 7,6,5 and 4 years of continuous service.
If the benefits of MACP were such, certainly all the central government employees will be highly encouraged and will work hard to make all the Central Government plans and activities a great success.
This will definitely increase the productivity of the Central Government and the associated industries. Due to this, the relationship between the government and the employees will become more harmonious and there will be a peaceful working environment.