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ACP/MACP DISPUTE ..TIME TO KEEP PATIENCE AND REMOVE BAD BLOOD – P.R.CHARAN BABU, Gen Secy

Dear Comrades/friends,

Of late much communication is seen among many members on our website/blogpage mainly with regard to ACP/MACP dispute. Naturally all junior members who could not get Rs.6600/- GP before 31.08.2008 want ACPS to be restored without any attached conditions as it is beneficial to everyone in the long term. And senior members who were lucky to get the 2nd promotion as EE or who could get Rs.6600/-GP before 31.08.08 want to get the 3rd upgradation to Rs 7600/- GP since there can be a considerable increase in their salary and pension after retirement, as they are not hopeful of any other career advancement before retirement.

There is no doubt that both are justified in their view point. All these years we are hopeful of some amicable solution to this dispute and many permutations and combinations like a) All 3 upgradations as per promotional hierarchy, b) First 2 upgradations as per old ACPS in the promotional hierarchy and 3rd upgradation as per MACPS in the grade pay hierarchy, c) Individual option to every one to opt either ACPS or MACPS etc were proposed even at the level of JCM in the Anomaly Committee. But despite many meetings of the Anomaly Committee and Joint Committee on MACPS in the Govt. no fruitful solution was arrived at. At one time the Govt. was ready to consider Cadre/Organisation Option to be given but later on that was also felt not practicable and some other alternative was needed to be thought of.

Based on the information recd from DoPT and considering the view points of all concerned, the UD Ministry has suggested SCPS as specific scheme to CPWD engineers and similar officers in which 12,24 and 30 years scheme was mooted which is akin to the option no 2 by the JCM as cited above. However, DoPT in consultation with Finance Ministry is not agreeable to the same and going back on their original decision, they are forcing us to opt for either ACP or MACP in TOTO and not any scheme which is an amalgamation of both schemes and also stating that both the schemes can not run concurrently.

We have foreseen such a situation during the earlier Apex meeting at Chandigarh during Feb’2011 and decided to opt for ACPS only if asked by the Govt to choose between two schemes, as that is beneficial to majority of members in the long run. However due to our concerted efforts as decided in the same Apex we forced the Govt. to issue at least one list of MACP orders during Feb’2012 to establish the vested rights of senior members for future battle, since we can fight organisationally and also legal cases to protect the same as many juniors were granted the same and seniors were left out. When the issue was discussed in the latest Apex meeting at Gangtok, our earlier stand to opt for ACPS was reiterated but the demand for option to MACPS by those who already got 2 upgradations was approved. It is very clear that without 2 upgradations under ACPS the 3rd upgradation under MACPS would have been impossible and we should protect that basic right to reach Rs 6600/- GP for all after 24 years.

But of late it is seen that much bad blood is running among our members on this issue many unfortunate arguments and comments are seen on our blog page, some of which are directly accusing each other. It has gone to such an extent that some members even expressed doubts over the intentions of the Apex Committee members and questioned the central leadership by calling names like “so called dynamic leadership” etc. It is very unfortunate to any cadre when some members express doubt over integrity of their own leaders elected by them who had to endure a very tight rope walk. We firmly believe that this issue is having potential to break the cadre vertically if not handled with patience and flexibility. The decisions of our Bangaluru Zonal Office Bearers to resign en-mass stating that the Central Committee has backtracked on MACPS and there is a sudden change in the stand to restore ACPS is a classic example. Every one is well aware of the decision of Chandigarh Apex taken in Feb’2012 which is well circulated and also aware of our plan to get atleast one list of MACPS issued to fight in future for others when we fought tooth and nail for the list. But if leaders conveniently ignore the predicament of the cadre and try to force their view point only it is painful as we can understand if the same is done by ordinary members.

It is heard that some leaders and members at Kolkata and Mumbai are now agitated that why we demanded for an option instead of straightaway asking for ACPS only. They are also not happy that we have placed the demand for time bound grant of 7600/-GP for all eligible AEs and EEs. It is not understood that under the circumstances what is the way out except for demanding as we did. If only ACPS is restored without any option clause, the Diploma AEs who shall join our cadre after the new RRs are notified in near future (stipulating minimum Degree in Engg as qualification for promotion to the EE post) may not be get promoted nor they will get 2nd upgradation under ACPS unless they obtain Degree, as ACP upgradations under old scheme were granted as per RRs only. If they have an option, they can exercise the same. This of course subject to our success in getting the higher scale for AEs or any other time bound promotion scheme.

It is our earnest request to both seniors and juniors to maintain some camaraderie and flexibility in their approach to accommodate the genuine demands of the others. It is foremost request to keep faith in the leadership, which is a perfect blend of juniors and seniors who can represent both the aspirations in true spirit. If any one doesn’t believe in their own representatives’ commitment and integrity and want to force through their side of argument only, it doesn’t forebode well for our cadre.

HENCE OUR APPEAL TO EVERY ONE TO HAVE PATIENCE AND REMOVE BAD BLOOD AMONG THE MEMBERS AND ALSO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR LEADERSHIP WHICH IS STRIVING HARD TO BENEFIT ALL.

Thanks and regards

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