Career progression: ‘Assured’ financial benefits for government staff
By Bijoy Pradhan | Published: 10th February 2013 09:43 AM |
Here’s some cheer for those Government employees who have been stagnating in their posts without a single promotion even after three decades of service or till their retirement. The State Government has decided to implement a career advancement scheme called revised assured career progression scheme (RACPS) with effect from January 1, 2013.
“As per the RACPS, a Government employee will be entitled to three financial upgradations on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service in a single cadre without promotion,” said a resolution of the Finance Department.
The financial upgradation under RACPS will be admissible upto highest grade pay of Rs 7,600 in the pay band-3 of Rs 15,600 to Rs 39,100. Employees of a particular cadre having promotion hierarchy will get a raise of three percent of the total pay in the pay band with grade pay and the grade pay of the promotional post.
However, there will be no change in the designation, classification or status of an employee after financial upgradation under the scheme.
An employee has to get his/her pay fixed under the scheme after accrual of his next increment in the existing pay band with grade pay within one month, else the pay of he employee will be fixed from the date of effect of RACPS. The next increment of the employee will be due after 12 months from the date of fixation, sources familiar with the scheme said.
The scheme will be applicable to work charged employees of the State Government provided their service conditions are comparable with the staff of regular establishment.
The scheme will not be extended to employees of State PSUs, autonomous or statutory bodies under the administrative control of any department, the resolution said adding, prior approval of the Finance Department is mandatory for implementation of the scheme.
If a regular promotion in due course is refused by an employee before his entitlement for financial upgradation, the employee will lose his financial benefit under the scheme.
“No reservation orders/roster shall apply to RACPS. However, the rules of reservation in promotion shall be ensured at the time of regular promotion,” the resolution said. Pay drawn in the pay band and grade pay allowed under RACPS will be the basis for determining the terminal benefits for the retiring employees.
A screening committee will decide the eligibility of the employees for upgradation under revised scheme. It is not mandatory to associate members of the scheduled categories in the screening committee, the resolution said.