The undersigned is directed to refer to para.7.7.22 of the report of 7th CPC in which it has been suggested to revisit the instructions issued by DoPT in
the matter of cadre structure of EDP cadre.
2. In view of the above all Ministries/Departments are requested to furnish information on the following points:
I. Whether EDP cadre is existing, if yes, the hierarchy and the strength in each grade/level thereof;
II. Copy of the existing Recruitment Rules for all the levels.
III. Suggestions, if any, regarding the cadre re-structuring in the cadre.
IV. Comments on the recommendations of 7 th CPC.
Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Staff
7.7.18 Government of India, over the last few decades, has gone in for computerisation in a big way. While some departments ventured ahead in the 1960s
itself, by the 1980s the deployment was widespread. In the initial years the policy thrust was on creating “Management Information Systems (MIS)” and
“Decision Support Systems (DSS)” for development, planning and responsive administration government. These have been the genesis of the present day
7.7.19 The entry pay of EDP staff is in the GP 2400 with minimum qualification of Class XII with science and maths. The hierarchy reaches up to the level
of Director in the GP 8700.
Different levels in the hierarchy are filled through both promotion and direct recruitment (DR), with requirements of minimum qualification for DR going up
to Bachelors’ and Masters’ in Computer Applications.
7.7.20 The Associations of EDP staff have demanded a full-fledged All India EDP Service cadre for Group `A’ posts along with subordinate service cadre on
the lines of the Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service, to maintain uniform grade structure and improve career advancement. They have
demanded making NIC their nodal agency and Department of Information Technology their cadre controlling authority. A demand has also been made to implement
the Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme (MFCS) for these employees.
Analysis and Recommendations
7.7.21 The Commission has noted that EDP staff are spread across several ministries. In 2014, DoPT has notified the Model Recruitment Rules for various EDP
posts. This notification states that ministries/departments may review their extant RRs and modify these in accordance with the Model Recruitment Rules.
The notified hierarchy is given below:
Model EDP Personnel Structure
|Joint Director/System Supervisor/Principal System Analyst||7600|
|Senior System Analyst/Data Processing Manager||6600|
|Senior Programmer/Systems Analyst/System Security Officer/DEO Grade F||5400|
|Programmer/DEO Grade E||4800|
|Data Processing Assistant/Data Entry Operator Grade D||4600|
|Data Entry Operator (DEO) A||2400|
It is noted that there are five levels of Data Entry Operators in the model structure above. Over the years, with advancement in computing technology, data
entry as a large-scale activity has considerably diminished. Further, this is an area where outsourcing is very common. The Commission therefore suggests
that the DoPT may like to revisit its instructions and draw up a structure which is more in tune with the current technology. Regarding their pay,
replacement pay levels are recommended for these employees.