Implementation of the Recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission Relating to Revision of Pay Scales of Posts in the Organized Group ‘A’ Services
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
[Implementation of Cell]
New Delhi, Dated June 30, 1999
O F F I C E M E M O R A N D U M
Subject:- Implementation of the Recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission Relating to Revision of Pay Scales of Posts in the Organized Group ‘A’ Services.
Based on the recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission [FCPC] r, revised pay scales in respect of certain common categories of staff and certain specified posts in individual ministries, departments and Union Territories were notified in part ‘B’ and ‘C’ of the First Schedule to the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 1997, promulgated in this Department’s Notification No. GSR 569(E) dated September 30, 1997. This Notification did not include the higher pay scales recommended by the FCPC for certain specified posts in various Organized Group ‘A’ Services and for Group ‘A’ posts in individual ministries and departments not included in any of the Organized Group ‘A’ Services. The recommendations in respect of these posts were to be examined separately and necessary orders issued.
2.The FCPC recommendations relating to Group ‘A’ posts included in the Organized group ‘A’ Services have now been carefully considered. The FCPC had recommended the upgradation of certain posts in different Services identified and specified by them and their placement in higher replacement scales of pay. These recommendations cover practically all the Organized Group ‘A’ Services with a few exceptions. In doing so, the Commission had inter alia, taken into account the following factors:
(a) the acute stagnation in most of the Organized Group ‘A’ Services;
(b) cadre structure of different Services;
(c) non-availability of adequate number of posts in higher levels;
(d) status of cadre reviews.
The intention of the Commission was to ensure the upgradation of a limited number of posts at senior levels as an interim measure with the objective of improving the career prospects of the Members of these Services pending detailed cadre reviews.
3.Posts in these Services covered by the FCPC recommendations may be broadly categorized as follows:
(a) posts which are to be placed in higher replacement pay scales, without involving the assumption of higher functional responsibilities;
(b) those which are to be encadred in one of the Organized Services and placed in higher replacement pay scales;
(c) posts for which only the normal replacement pay scales will apply but which are to be encadred in one of the Organized Services;
(d) those which are to be upgraded and placed in higher pay scales, necessitating the restructuring of cadres or redistribution of posts;
(e) posts that are to be revived and placed in higher pay scales.
4.The president is now pleased to decide that the posts listed in column 1 of Annexure 1 to this Office Memorandum may be placed in the higher revised FCPC scales of pay indicated in column 3 thereof. Placement of the posts and their incumbent in the higher replacement scales of pay now approved will be subject to the following conditions :
(a) According to the instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training in their O.M. No. 2201/10/84-Estt.I(D) dated February 14, 1992, where the upgradation of posts involves only the placement of existing incumbents in higher replacement scales without the assumption of any higher responsibilities or changes in eligibility criteria, the suitability of the incumbents to occupy such posts in the higher pay scales is not required to be assessed afresh. They can therefore be appointed to the posts in the higher pay scales with effect from the date notified by the Government giving effect to the recommendations of the Pay Commission. Accordingly, the applicable higher replacement scales of pay will be extended retrospectively w.e.f. January 1, 1996 only in respect of those posts not involving the assumption of higher responsibilities or changes in the eligibility criteria. Some illustrative examples of such posts are those of Member in the Postal Services Board, Members/Additional Director General in the Ordnance Factories Board, General Manages of Zonal Railways, Metro Railway, Railway Production Units etc. Officers on Special Duty in newly-established Railway Zones, Principal, Railway Staff College, Director General, Research & Development under the Ministry of Railways, etc.
(b) Implementation of the FCPC recommendations relating to posts which are to be upgraded and placed in higher pay scales will, however, necessitate the redistribution of posts presently in lower pay scales in the recommended higher scales, involving restructuring of the cadres. Besides, Incumbents of posts in identical scales of being interchangeable, it is not unlikely that juniors may be presently occupying posts that are to be placed in higher scales of pay in terms of the FCPC recommendations. The recommended higher pay scales cannot therefore be extended in situ to the present incumbents of such posts without duty observing the prescribed selection processes. In the circumstances, upgradation of posts involving the redistribution of posts of cadre restructuring will be effective only prospectively. Eligible officers will also be placed in the higher scales of pay only on completion of the formalities prescribed by the Department of Personnel & Training for appointments to posts in the applicable higher replacement pay scales and on their fulfilling the prescribed higher requirements. Financial benefits will consequently accrue to those appointed against th3ese posts only from the date(s) that they are so appointed on observance of the prescribed selection processes.
5.In so far as the FCPC recommendations relating to the encadrement of posts in one of the Organized Services are concerned, the administrative ministries and departments concerned may examine the relevant recommendations in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training and make available specific proposals for the encadrement of such posts as are considered justified.
6.Similarly, the administrative ministries and departments concerned may examine the FCPC recommendations relating to revival of department-specific posts that had been abolished or creation of fresh ones and make available, based on adequate functional justification, specific proposals for further consideration.
7.The FCPC recommendations relating to the upgradation of certain specified Group ‘A’ posts in individual ministries and departments not included in any of the Organized Services are being processed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate orders are being issued separately. Such of those ministries and departments which have not so far furnished the relevant department – specific proposals are requested to ensure that these are made available, after due examination of the relevant recommendations, expeditiously for further consideration.
8.Necessary Gazette Notificaiton covering the Group ‘A’ posts in the Organized Services is being issued separately.
9.Hindi version will follow.
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Enclosure : Annexure I