7th Pay Commission Latest News Today 2018: Media reports have recently claimed that the Union government will next year change the way employees are getting promotion as of now. The move is expected to improve efficiency of the government employees and also weed out non-performing officials. Under the new system of promotion, public feedback/rating will reportedly play a crucial role. Better promotion will be available for employees rated high by the people. For this, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is said to have prepared a full grading system and recently the government had received a proposal in this regard.
Early this month, Hindi daily Navbharat Times had reported that the DoPT has accepted the proposal on the direction of the Prime Minister’s Office and it may be implemented from 1 April 2019 onwards. As per the report, up to 80% weightage will be on public feedback for promotion and better apprasal of government employees in departments where they are directly involved with the public.
Under the new system, grading of officials by people and their experience during government work will be in the public domain. The grading received from people will likely determine the salary and promotion of the officials.
What 7th Pay Commission said
The proposed new system is said to be based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The pay panel had made several suggestions for improving and assessing the work of government officials.
The 7th Pay Commission had further Modified the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) process.
“The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme has been further modified. It is expected that the present formulation will address the widespread dissatisfaction prevailing in the earlier system, in which the gain or progression through the MACP was considered inadequate,” the 7th CPC report said.
“The remuneration package is such that employees would feel that they are valued and they are fairly paid and their remuneration is not less than a person who is similarly situated in another organisation. While addressing this aspirational need, we are also conscious of the fact that such employees who have outlived their utility, their services need not be continued, and the continuance of such persons in the system should be discouraged,” it added.
The Commission also proposed withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.
Also, in the interest of improving performance level, the benchmark for MACP was recommended to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’.