In Railway Board's letter, RBE No. 155/2022 dated 17.11.2022, orders for upgrading the pay scales of 46 Group 'C' categories of certain departments were issued. Questions have been received from various field units regarding modalities to be followed while implementing the aforesaid orders. Only the whole number of posts may be taken for the purpose of upgrading a cadre to Level 8. Further probationers will not be eligible for the benefit of up gradation. A minimum residency period as prescribed for promotion to non-selection posts would be applicable for this purpose.
The inclusion of SSE Drawing/Design etc. in Civil and Electrical in the list is part of the upgradation as per RBE No. 155/2022. Since categories of Commercial Supdt. and Traffic Inspector in Level-7 has already been granted the benefit.
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
File No. PC-VII/2019/RSRP/3
New Delhi, dated: 01.12.2022
The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)
Sub: Clarification regarding upgradation of pay structure of certain cadres – reg.
Vide Board’s letter RBE No. 155/2022 dated 17.11.2022, orders for upgrading the pay scales of 46 Group ‘C’ categories of certain departments were issued.
2. Subsequently queries have been received from various field units regarding modalities to be followed while implementing the aforesaid orders. The queries have been examined in consultation with concerned directorates of Railway Board and clarified as under:-
|S. No.||Point||Clarification proposed to be issued|
|(i)||Modalities to be adopted while granting upgradation||There is no change in the classification or functional responsibilities/duties performed with respect to the upgraded posts in Level-8 and Level-9. As such, the upgraded posts may be classified as Non-selection and may be filled up on the basis of seniority, scrutiny of service records and Confidential Reports, without holding any written tests and/or viva voce. The extant instructions issued by Establishment Directorate in this regard may please be referred to.|
|(ii)||Whether Vigilance/D&A clearance will be applicable on upgradation in Level-8||The extant practice being followed for promotion in level 7 in respect of Vigilance/D&A Clearance will be applicable for upgradation from Level 7 to Level 8 and Level 8 to Level 9 as per extant instructions|
|(iii)||Provision of Reservation||
Reservation will apply as per extant rules.
|(iv)||While determining the number of posts for the purpose of upgradation, the entire cadre strength of a category has to be taken into consideration or not.||Yes, while determining the number of posts for upgradation, the permanent regular cadre strength of that particular category in Level-7 (excluding surplus & supernumerary posts) has to be taken into consideration.
As regards, counting of temporary posts for the purpose of determining the cadre strength, only those temporary posts which are in operation for at least three years may also be taken into account. This will be subject to certification that these posts are meant for regular activities which will continue and not for any sporadic requirements.
These orders will not be applicable to ex-cadre work-charged posts which will continue to be based on the worth of the charge.
|(v)||The procedure to be adopted for future direct recruitment.||Since all the posts in three grades remain in Group ‘C’ and there is no change in designation, for the purpose of calculation of -vacancies for Direct Recruitment, the vacancies occurring in all three grades i.e. Level-7, Level-8, Level-9 (non-functional) will be taken altogether. However, Direct Recruitment will only be made in the grade of Level 7.|
|(vi)||Whether any minimum services are required for upgradation to Level-8 which is being materialised w.e.f. 01.12.2022.||A minimum residency period as per extant rules as prescribed for promotion to non-selection posts would be applicable for upgradation to Level-8. Further probationers will not be eligible for the benefit of upgradation.|
|(vii)||Whether any rounding off posts is to be adopted while upgrading the number of posts.||Only the whole number may be taken for the purpose of granting upgradation.
To illustrate further, if the cadre is 675 posts while granting the upgradation to 50% posts the number comes to 337.5 posts. In this case, the number of 337.5 may not be rounded off to 338 but the whole number of 337 may be taken into consideration for operating in the upgraded Level 8 and the remaining 338 posts will be operated in Level 7.
|(viii)||Whether rounding off has to be adopted while deciding the matching saving.||While calculating the matching savings, the number of posts equivalent to the monetary value required is required to be surrendered.
To illustrate further, in case the number of posts required to be surrendered is coming in fractions (for example 7.2), if it is decided to surrender only 7 posts, the equivalent money value can not be arrived at. Hence, the figure may be rounded off to 8 and the surplus value generated against the surrender of 8 posts may be transferred to the vacancy bank for future utilization.
The illustration issued along with RBE No. 155/2022 stands modified to this extent.
|(ix)||If the number of posts equivalent to the monetary value are not available for surrender, whether upgradation can be granted||In this scenario, upgradation may be granted to the posts which are available for surrender. For granting the benefit of upgradation to the remaining posts, point 4(iv)(Annexure-II) under RBE No. 155/2022 may be referred to.|
|(x)||Inclusion of SSE Drawing/Design etc. in Civil and Electrical in the list.||It has already been mentioned in the letter RBE No. 155/2022 that certain categories exist in certain Railways only. Hence the identically placed categories under the broad designation of SSE such as SSE(Drawing/Design) etc. in Level-7 under Engineering Departments are part of the upgradation as per RBE No. 155/2022.|
|(xi)||Inclusion of Commercial Inspectors and Sr. Wagon Movement Inspectors working in Level-7.||It has already been specified in the letter RBE No. 155/2022 that certain designations exist in certain Railways only. Since categories of Commercial Supdt. and Traffic Inspector in Level-7 has already been granted the benefit, identically placed categories of Traffic/Commercial departments in Level-7 are part of the upgradation as per RBE No. 155/2022.|
|(xii)||Whether upgradation to Level-8 and further to Level-9 (non-functional) in terms of the Board’s instructions RBE No. 155/2022 are to be reckoned for the purpose of MACPS.||Yes. As every financial upgradation has to be counted and offset against the financial upgradation under MACPS in terms of extant instructions for the regulation of MACPS.|
3. This issue in consultation with Estt.(NG) and E(SCT) Directorate of Railway Board and with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(Jaya Kumar G)
Dy. Director/Pay Commission-VII & HRMS
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