Introduction of New Assured Career Progression(ACPS) Scheme and Restoration of Old ACPS-Himachal Pradesh

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No.Fin (PR)B(7)-59/2010
Government of Himachal Pradesh
Finance (Pay Revision) Department

From

    Principal Secretary (Finance() to the
Government of Himachal Pradesh

To
1.All the administrative secretaries to the
Government of Himachal Pradesh
2. All Heads of the Department in Himachal Pradesh
3. All Divisional Commissioners in Himachal Pradesh
4. All Deputy commissioners in Himachal Pradesh

    Dated: Shimla -171002, the 9th August 2012.

Subject :  Introduction of new Assured career progression scheme on completion of 4,9 7 14 years of service in a cadre and restoration of old (8-16-24-32) Assured Career Progression scheme for Government employees

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Sir/Madam,
I am directed to invite a reference to the subject cited above and to the state that the matter regarding grant of Assured career progression scheme on completion of 4, 9 and 14 years of service in a cadre has been engaging the attention of the state Government for some time past.  The Governor, Himachal Pradesh, is pleased to introduce “Assured career progression scheme” on completion of 4, 9 and 14 years of service in a  cadre w.e.f. 27.8.2009 (i.e dated before which earlier scheme was in operation) which shall apply to all categories of State Government employees governed by Himachal Pradesh civil services (revised pay) rules 2009 except in respect of the following cases / categories.

(i)    Such categories of Government employees who have been allowed there or more grade structure of pay scales under the H.P. civil services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2009.

(ii)    Those categories of government employees for whom benefit of Career Progression is/was available under any other rules / instructions notified earlier.

(iii)    Those categories of government employees, whose pay scales are governed by MHRD/UGC guidelines, All India service officers, Judicial Service Officers etc., having different pay  structures.

2. This scheme is optional An existing employee including employee having less than four years service” will have the option either to continue in the existing Assured Career Progression Scheme after a service of 8, 16 24 & 32 years or to opt 4.9 & 14 years Assured Career Progression Scheme.  An employee who wants to opt this new scheme will have to exercise an option within two months from the date of issue of this letter along with an undertaking in the enclosed proforma through  a sworn affidavit that he wants to accept this scheme effective from 27.8.2009 and will not claim any arrears consequently on restoration of earlier Assured Career Progression Scheme (8-16-24-32)  in new pay structure w.e.f. 27.8.2009 an employee  may also exercise his option for the aforesaid  scheme, However, an employee who does not exercise any option within the above stipulated period of two months shall be deemed to have opted for continuance in the earlier (8-16-24-32) Assured career progression Scheme with effect from 27.8.2009.  Service in a cadre rendered by an employee in the same post before 27.8.2009 shall count for the purpose of grant of benefit under this scheme.

3(a)  After a service of 4, 9 and 4 years in a post or posts without any financial enhancement in the same cadre (hereinafter referred to as the same post) and service rendered in the same post in different Government  Departments, who is not promoted to a higher level on account of non availability of a vacancy or non existence of a promotional avenue in the cadre,  shall be granted the grade pay, which is next, higher in the hierarchy of grade pays given in the schedule annexed to Revised Pay Rules, 2009, upto the maximum grade pay of Rs.8900.  On placement in the next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of grade pays after a service of 4,9 and 14  years, the pay of an employees shall be fixed at the next higher stage in the pay band and he shall be allowed next increment had  he continued in the existing pay band.  If the minimum of higher pay band is higher than the stage arrived at, his pay shall be fixed at such minimum and text at such minimum and next increment shall be allowed after qualifying service of 12 months in higher pay band.

b) An employee who has completed four years service but  less than 8 years service in a cadre will be placed in next grade pay in the hierarchy of grade pays and his pay will be fixed at next higher stage in the pay band.  If the pay so fixed is less than he minimum of higher pay band than his pay will be fixed at the minimum of higher pay band.  The next increment in such cases will be given after qualifying service of 12 months in the higher pay band.

(c) An employee who has rendered 4 years of service but less than 9 years of service in the cadre and has availed benefit of placement in the next higher scale in the hierarchy of pay scales after eight years of service shall get nothing as he has already availed benefit of one increment and placement in the next higher pay scale under the existing Assured Career progression scheme of 8, 16 24 and 32 years of service.

(d) An employee who has competed 9 years of service but less than 14 years of service in a cadre in the same post and availed one placement in the next higher scale in the hierarchy of pay scales under the existing assured career progression scheme after a service of 8 years shall be placed in the next grade pay in the hierarchy of grade pays and his pay shall be fixed at the next higher stage in that pay band.

(e) An employee who has completed 14 years of service in a cadre but less than 16 years in the same post and availed one placement in the next higher scale in the hierarchy of pay scales under the existing assured career progression scheme  after a service of 8 years shall be allowed two placements in  the next  higher grade pays in the hierarchy of grade pays i.e. after 9 years and 14 years service and his pay shall be fixed at the next higher stage in that each pay band.

(f) An employee who has completed 16 years of service in a cadre but less than 24 years of service in the same post and has availed one placement in higher scale in the hierarchy  of pay scales and one benefit of proficiency step-up under the existing assured career progression scheme shall be placed in the next  two higher grade pays in the hierarchy of grade pays with benefit of one increment only and his pay shall be fixed at next  stage in the pay bands.

(g)  An employee who has completed 24 years of service in a cadre and has already availed benefit of one placement in the higher pay scale in hierarchy of pay scales and two Proficiency Step – ups under ACP scheme after 8,18/16 and 24 years of service, he shall only be allowed two placements in the next higher grade pays in the hierarchy of grade pays without any benefit  of increment as he has already availed benefit of three increments i.e. one on placement and two proficiency step ups under the existing  schemes.

4(a) An employee shall be entitled to a maximum of three placements in the next higher grade pays in the hierarchy of grade pays with benefit of one increment each at every placement under this scheme.  An employee who opts for this scheme but has already availed benefit of two  placements in the higher scales in the hierarchy of pay scales after 8 years and 32 years and two proficiency step ups after 16 and 24 years of service in a cadre under the existing Assured Career progression scheme of 8,16,24,32 years  of service and his pay will be refixed with w.e.f. 27.8.2009 accordingly

(b) The procedure for assessing the work and conduct for placement in the higher scale shall be the same as applicable to the case of promotion.  The Placement in the higher scale shall be the same as applicable to the case of promotion.  The placement in higher scale shall be allowed only to these employees whose overall service record during the span of satisfactory service, is adjudged as good and the employee is otherwise suitable for promotion Good record shall mean that more than 50% annual confidential   reports are good and out of last three years report at least two should be ‘Good’ For all the remaining years the benchmark may be Average

(c) on placement in next higher grade pay under this scheme, an employee would continue to do the same work with same designation and there will be no need for creation of any separate post(s) and the employee shall remain on the strength of the same cadre.

(d)  An employee who is dismissed or is under suspension or on leave will be allowed to exercise his option under this scheme within two months  from the date he/she joins duty.

(e) If the higher grade pay is not granted on account of unsuitability, it shall not be considered as punishment under the C.C.S. (C.C.A) Rules 1965 competent authority for grant pay shall be the same as in the case of promotion.  Representations / Appeals against the non-grant of higher grade pay under this scheme shall also lie in the same manner as in the case of promotion.

(f)  As a necessary corollary to this decision the existing system of assured career progression scheme shall undergo a change to the extent indicated above.  Other existing conditions governing the grant of proficiency step-up/ACP scheme already notified shall continue to be applicable mutuatis mutandis in a accordance with the above orders.  The cases of ACP/ Proficiency step-up which fell due prior to 27.8.2009, shall be  settled according to the then prevalent instructions.

(g) The progressions granted under this scheme shall be  purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his seniority position As such, the senior employees shall have no claim of parity of pay on the ground that the junior employee working on the same pos has got higher pay or pay under this scheme, while implementing this scheme, the difference in pay scales on account of grant of financial up gradation under the old  ACP scheme (15.12.98) and under this scheme within the same cadre shall not be construed as an anomaly.

(h) No stepping up of pay in the pay band and grade pay would be admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under this scheme.

(i) The benefits under this new Assured Career Progression scheme (4.9.14) and old assured career progression scheme (8-16-24-32) shall be granted on notional basis with effect from 27th August 2009 and on actual basis from the date of issue of these orders.

(j)  For interpretation / clarification / modification of the decisions contained in the circular letter, the finance departments shall be the final authority.

(k) The benefit gained by an employee under the existing scheme (8-16-24-32) will be adjusted in this scheme.

(L)  The competent authority for the grant of placement in the next  higher grade pay and grant of increment (s) shall be the same as in the case of promotion.

Yours  faithfully,

Joint secretary (Finance) to the Government
of Himachal Pradesh

Source: http://himachal.nic.in/finance/PayRevision/ACPSAug2012_A1b.pdf

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