Promotion earned through Departmental Exam is to be treated at par Direct Recruits -Clarification on MACP Scheme

Ministry of Communications, Dept of Post has issued clarification on receipt of various representations seeking the benefit of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme by treating promotion earned through limited departmental competitive examination (LDCE) at par Direct Recruitment in terms of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment dated 16.08.2016 in Special Leave Petition to Appeal (C) No. 4848/2016 in the case of D.Sivakumar.

The Postal Directorate has mentioned in their cclarification that, “ Hon’ble Supreme Court had left the question of law open in D.Shivakumar case hence; the Hon’ble Apex Court has not decided the issue on merit. Therefore, there is no question of any binding precedent laid down by the Supreme Court.

They have also mentioned that,  since the question of law on the issue as to whether the promotion earned through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) is to be treated at par Direct Recruits or otherwise, is still under consideration before Hon’ble Supreme Court in various similar tagged cases vis CA 4432/2019 Union of India Vs E. Sreeramulu, SLP (C) No. 023649/2019 Union of India Vs. K.Ranganatha Pillai, S.L.P. (Civil) No. 26561 of 2019 Kharati Lal & Others Vs UOI and SLP (C) No. 11997/2019 Dev Karan Mahala Vs UOI etc., the similar cases are to be defended on their merits on the basis of grounds provided vide Postal Directorate letter of 15.11.2019.

Based on the statement above they have instructed that each and every case must be dealt on its merits as per the instructions of MACP Scheme. However, in order to make a better understanding on the issue vis-a-vis clarification issued vide Postal Directorate OM of even No. dated 06.09.2021, the following symbolic illustrations are mentioned below:-

(a)   If a Central Govt. employee, who was appointed (direct entry) as Postman, earns regular promotion to the post Postal Assistant (through LDCE), granted TBOP and then earns another promotion to Inspector Posts cadre (through LDCE), no financial upgradation under MACP Scheme shall be admissible to him/her. The modalities for financial upgradation and pay fixation thereon shall be as follows:-

EventW.e.f.Pay ScaleRemarks
Postman01.01.1989825-1200Entry Grade.
Postal Assistant01.01.19924000-6000Regular promotion through LDCE. Pay fixation under FR-22(I)(a)(l). Reckoned as 1st offset MACP
TBOP01.01.2008GP Rs.2800Pay fixation as per FR-22(I)(a)(l). Reckoned as 2nd offset MACP.
Inspector Posts01.0 1.2009GP Rs.4600Regular promotion through LDCE. Pay fixation under FR-22(I)(a)( l). Reckoned as 3rd offset MACP.

(b)   If a Central Govt. employee, who was appointed (direct entry) as MTS, earns three regular promotions to the posts vis 1st Lower Division Clerk (LDC), 2nd Junior Accountant, 3rd Senior Accountant in Postal Accounts Offices before completion of 30 years of service from direct entry grade, no financial upgradation under MACP Scheme shall be admissible to him/her. The modalities for financial upgradation and pay fixation thereon shall be as follows:-

Eventw.e.f.Pay ScaleRemarks
MTS /Sorter01.01.1987825-1200Entry Grade.
LDC01.01.19963050-4590Regular promotion through LDCE. Pay fixation under FR-22(l)(a)(l). Reckoned as 1st offset MACP.
Jr. Accountant01.01.2006GP Rs.2800Regular promotion through LDCE. Pay fixation under FR-22(I) (a)(l). Reckoned as 2nd offset MACP.
Sr. Accountant01.01.2010GP Rs.4200Regular promotion . Pay fixation under FR 22(I)(a)(1). Reckoned as 3rd offset MACP.

It has been communicated in the clarification that the competent authority has advised to all administrative units to ensure timely review and disposal, thereon, of all the pending representations/cases on the issue in the light of the clarification dtd  29.09.2021 as well as that of issued vide Postal Directorate OM of even No. dated 06.09.2021.

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