7th CPC Pay Matrix Anomaly, MACP Benefit in 7th CPC, Graduate & Diploma Engineers Promotion Policy: 3 new issues for Deptt Anomaly Committee by NFIR

7th CPC Pay Matrix Anomaly, MACP Benefit in 7th CPC, Graduate & Diploma Engineers Promotion Policy: 3 new issues for Deptt Anomaly Committee by NFIR

7th CPC Pay Matrix Anomaly, MACP Benefit in 7th CPC, Graduate &
Diploma Engineers Promotion Policy: 3 new issues for Deptt Anomaly
Committee by NFIR


National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016

Dated: 16/08/2017

The Secretary (E),

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies arising out
of the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission’s


Ref: (i) Railway Board’s letter No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/1 dated 05/10/2016,
29/03/2017, 18/04/2017, 03/05/2017, 25/05/2017 & 06/06/2017

(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/DAC/7 CPC/2016 dated 09/06/2017.

In continuation of discussions in the first Departmental Anomaly Committee
Meeting held on 20th June 2017 in the Railway Board on NFIR’s Note dated
09/06/2017 containing anomalies, the  Federation furnishes additional issues
vide Annexures to this letter (Item 1 to Item 3 in 5 pages) which are
required to be dealt by DAC for rectification so far as Railway employees
are concerned.

Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary 

Item No.1 MACPS anomaly as a result of implementation of 7th CPC Pay Matrix level 


NFIR gives below an illustration relating to no benefit in certain
situations where the employee is granted MACP – rectification requested.

In the existing pay matrix the stages of pay are same in most of the levels
such as level 2& 3, 6&7,7&8 etc. In this situation, if an
employee is upgraded under MACP from one level to another level, his pay
will be almost (Exactly) same as he may have drawn even without receiving
the benefit under MACP.


Existing pay level 7
Existing pay in pay level 7 (cell 11) 60400
MACP Pay level 8
MACP Pay fixed in level 8 (cell 10) 62200
Pay in level 7 with one inc. (Cell 12) 62200

Item No.2 Anomaly in Pay Matrix level of 7th CPC

NFIR points out that an anomaly has arisen due to non-grant of 3% of pay
towards annual increment, pursuant to implementation of 7th CPC pay matrix
levels as explained below:-

(a) Clause (c) of terms of reference of the National Anomaly Committee says
that the Official Side and Staff Side are of the opinion that any
recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy
enunciated by the 7th CPC itself without the commission assigning any
reason, constitutes an anomaly.

(b) The recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Annual Increment are as

(i) 7th CPC Report -Highlights of recommendations-Annual Increment- The
rate of annual increment is being retained at 3%.

(ii) 7th CPC Report Forward:-Para 1.19- The prevailing rate of increment is
considered satisfactory and has been retained.

(iii) 7th CPC Report-Chapter 4.1-Principles of pay determination
:-Para-4.1.17 -The various stages within a pay level moves upwards at the
rate of 3% per annum.

(iv) 7th CPC Report -Chapter -5.1 -Pay structure (Civilian employees)Para
5.1.38-Annual Increment.

“The rate of annual increment is being retained at 3% “

Para 5.1.21-The vertical range of each level denotes pay progress within
that level. That indicates steps of annual financial progression of 3%
within each level.However, contrary to the above principle laid down by 7th
CPC, the actual increment rate in the following pay level of the pay matrix
are less than 3% as illustrated in the following table.


S.No Pay level in The pay

level (Cell)
Basic pay in the revised scale Next above basic pay after adding 3% increment Next above basic pay after fixed as

per pay matrix
Amount of loss to the

Actual increment rate 3%
1 12 24900 25647 25600 (Cell 13) 47 2.81
2 2 20500 21115 21100 (Cell 3) 15 2.92
3 9 27600 28428 28400 (Cell 10) 28 2.89
4 11 34300 35329 35300 (Cell 12) 29 2.91
5 10 38100 39243 39200 (Cell 11) 43 2.88
6 9 44900 46247 46200 (Cell 10) 47 2.89
7 13 64100 66023 66000 (Cell 14) 23 2.96
8 9 60400 62212 62200 (Cell 10) 12 2.98
9 18 87700 90331 90300 31 2.96

(d) From the above table it can be concluded that:

1. The recommendations of 7th CPC regarding increment rate is in
contravention of the principle or policy enunciated by 7th CPC, hence it
constitutes an anomaly.

2. In many stages even though the increment rate shown is 3%, it is rounded
off to next below amount causing financial loss to the employees.3. In the
6th CPC, while calculating increment, if the last digit as one or above, it
used to be rounded off to next 10. So in this pay matrix, if the amount is
10 and above, it should be rounded off to next 100.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to take necessary action for
rectification of anomaly so as to ensure that the increment @ 3% of pay is
granted to employees in whose cases where the actual amount is less than

Item No. 3 Sub: Seventh CPC pay structure – grave injustice done to
Graduate Engineers and Diploma Engineers in Railways – Review urged.

NFIR invites kind attention of the Railway Board to Para 11.40.104 to
11.40.115 of the 7th CPC report (Page No. 747 to 749).

Vide Para 11.40.109 of the 7th CPC report, it has been stated that “the
next post in the hierarchical structure for Technical Supervisors is the
post of Assistant Engineer. There is a 1:1 ratio between the posts of
Assistant Engineer filled by Direct Recruitment and those filled through

In this connection, Federation points out that no promotions are presently
available for SSEs on the basis of 1:1 ratio. The ground reality is that
directly recruited Graduate Engineers to the post of SSE (6th CPC GP
4600/-) continued to remain in the same Grade Pay/Pay Level for not less
than 15 to 20 years. Federation also conveys that it would be incorrect to
call them “Technical Supervisors” while their official designations are Sr.
Section Engineers or Jr. Engineers.

It is further learnt that the 7th Central Pay Commission had relied upon
the study report given by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for
denying the improved pay matrices for Graduate Engineers as well Diploma
Engineers. Para 6.16.2 of the study report of IIM, Ahmedabad submitted to
the 7th CPC is reproduced below:

“6.16.2 Sector-Wise Career Progression and Promotion Rules:

Table 6.16.2: Career Progression for Graduate Engineer
through RRB in Railways
Job Role: Graduate Engineer Designation/Post Promotion Criteria
Entry Level Graduate Engineer through RRB in Railways
Entry + 1 Level Assistant Engineer Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per R/Rs
is 2 years in the previous level. Actual average period of
promotion is 4 years.
Entry + 2 Levels Divisional Engineer Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per R/Rs
is 4 years in the previous level. Actual average period of
promotion is 6 years.
Entry + 3 Levels Sr. Divisional Engineer Period prescribed for promotion to this level as per R/Rs
is 4 years in the previous level. Actual average period of
promotion is 4 years.
Source: Based on data provided by the Seventh Central Pay

NFIR hopes that the Railway Board admits the truth that never promotions
have been granted to the Graduate Engineers on completion of 4-years period
to the post of Assistant Engineer and to the post of Divisional Engineer on
completion of 4-years in the previous pay level. The IIM’s distorted study
report has done grave damage to the career growth of directly recruited
Graduate Engineers in  Railways. The wrong information given to the 7th CPC
with regard to career progression and salary details of Graduate Engineers
recruited through RRB in Railways through IIM’s study report has caused
severe damage to their career resulting abound resentment among them.

It is sad to state that the Pay Commission has deviated its own principle
as enumerated vide Para 4.1.19 of its report, which is reproduced below: –

“Historically, the qualification and skill set required as well as
roles and responsibilities discharged at various levels in the overall
hierarchy have been central to the basis for pay grading. The
rationalization index has been applied keeping this principle in mind”.

It is surprising to note that the Railway Ministry (as recorded vide Para
11.40.112 of the 7th CPC report) had strongly defended the continuation of
existing arrangements on functional grounds, ignoring the reality that the
Railway Ministry in the year 2010 had proposed replacement of GP 4600/-
with GP 4800/- for improving the career growth of SSEs etc. The Railway
Board also failed to mention before 7th CPC of its decision to upgrade Apex
Level (GP 4600/-) posts to Group ‘B’ Gazetted (which is yet to be
finalized). A serious anomaly has arisen as a result of misleading facts
placed by Railway Ministry before 7th CPC and also the totally incorrect
study report of IIM, Ahmedabad presented to the 7th CPC as sought by the

NFIR, therefore, urges upon the Railway Ministry to review de-novo the
entire issue and rectify all aberrations and anomalies arisen consequent
upon the denial of improved pay structure and status to the Graduate
Engineers as well as Diploma Engineers in Railways and also accord approval
for time bound promotions to them.

Source : NFIR

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