7th Pay Commission Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme
The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme under the 7th Pay Commission is a promotional scheme designed for Central Government Employees. The ACP scheme was first introduced by the 5th Central Pay Commission, and the MACP scheme was later modified from the previous ACP scheme and recommended by the 6th CPC. The ACP scheme was applicable to employees who had not received any promotions between 12 and 24 years of service, while the MACP scheme was applicable to employees who had not been granted any promotions or upgrades in 10, 20, and 30 years of service.
7th Pay Commission Recommendations on MACP
The 7th Pay Commission has recommended modifications to the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme. The new formulation aims to address widespread dissatisfaction with the previous system, which was deemed inadequate in terms of career progression and gain through the MACP. The revised remuneration package aims to demonstrate to employees that they are valued and fairly compensated, ensuring that their pay is no less than someone similarly situated in another organization. It is important to note, however, that employees who have outlived their usefulness should not be retained within the system, and their continuation should be discouraged. Additionally, the Pay Fixation on Promotion after January 1st, 2017 has been addressed.
Demands on Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP)
The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) has been a subject of various demands to increase its frequency and financial benefits by many. However, the current pay structure has been rationalized by the abolishment of pay band and grade pay and the introduction of a matrix-based open pay structure to address the widespread resentment. Therefore, there is no justification for increasing the frequency of MACP, and it will continue to be administered at 10, 20, and 30 years as before. In the new pay matrix, employees will move to the immediate next level in the hierarchy, and fixation of pay will follow the same principle as that for regular promotion in the pay matrix. MACP will continue to be applicable to all employees up to the HAG level except members of Organized Group ‘A’ Services where initial promotions up to NFSG are time-bound and hence assured.
However, the Commission recommends enhancing the benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP and regular promotion from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ in the interest of improving performance levels. Furthermore, stricter criteria such as clearing departmental examinations or mandatory training before the grant of MACP can also be considered by the government. The rules and regulations of MACP, along with important supreme court judgments and Delhi High-count Judgment on MACP Scheme, will continue to be in effect.
MACP Rules Regulations
The MACP rules and regulations have been a topic of concern in the Commission due to the insufficient benefits provided by the current MACP formulation. When two promotions are earned under the 3rd MACP, an upward movement through the grade pay hierarchy is given, resulting in a financial benefit equivalent to one increment plus the difference in grade pay between the existing and next level. However, employees have expressed dissatisfaction with this amount, particularly when the difference in grade pay is as low as Rs. 100.
Furthermore, progression through the MACP scheme is only possible when ten years have passed since the previous promotion/MACP upgrade, which exacerbates the issue. Comparisons have also been made between the MACP introduced post-VI CPC and the ACP scheme introduced post-V CPC, with employees noting that the earlier ACP scheme provided significant monetary benefits as upgrades were given in the promotional hierarchy, despite being available with lesser frequency i.e., after the passage of 12 and 24 years of service. As a result, numerous demands have been received in the Commission to rationalize the progression of grade pay, increase the frequency of administering MACP, and make the progression follow the promotional hierarchy instead of the grade pay hierarchy.
Consolidated Guidelines on MACP Scheme
The MACP scheme has been addressed in the Consolidated Guidelines. It is perceived that annual increments and upward movement within the hierarchy are granted routinely. The MACP may be granted to an employee only if the performance threshold is met. The Commission proposes that employees who fail to meet the performance criterion should not be eligible for future annual increments. The Commission suggests withholding annual increments for those employees who cannot meet the benchmark for MACP or regular promotion within their first 20 years of service. This proposal aims to discourage complacency and inefficiency among employees. The withholding of increments will not be considered a penalty; hence, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases will not be applicable. This withholding of increments will serve as an “efficiency bar”. Employees who are unable to meet the performance benchmark may choose to leave service on similar terms and conditions as voluntary retirement. [Para 5.1.46 in 7th CPC Report]
7th CPC MACP Pay Fixation Illustration
The following is an illustration of the 7th CPC MACP Pay Fixation. Assume that Ms. ABC is currently at Level 4, receiving a Basic Pay of Rs. 28,700. If she is promoted to Level 5 through MACP or regular promotion, her salary will be fixed as follows: firstly, she will receive one increment in her current Level 4, resulting in her Basic Pay being increased to Rs. 29,600. Following this, she will be placed in Level 5 at a level equal to or above Rs. 29,600, which in this scenario is Rs. 30,100.
MACP Screening Committee
The Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) has released an important notification concerning the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP Scheme) on May 19th, 2009. According to the notification, all Departments of Central Government must form a Screening Committee to evaluate the case for allowing financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. The Screening Committee is composed of a Chairperson and two members, with the members of the Committee being officers holding positions at least one level above the grade in which the MACP is considered and not below the rank of Under Secretary equivalent in the Government. The Chairperson should generally hold a position above the members of the Committee.
The recommendations of the Screening Committee shall be presented before the Secretary in cases where the Committee is established in the Ministry/Department or before the Head of the organization/competent authority in other cases for approval. To prevent undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time schedule and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in January’s first week and July’s first week of a year for advance processing of cases maturing in that half.
Cases maturing during the first half (April / September) of a specific financial year shall be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in July’s first week of any financial year shall process the cases that would mature during the second half (October-March) of the same financial year.
However, to implement the MACP Scheme, Cadre Controlling Authorities must form the first Screening Committee within one month from the date of issue of these instructions to consider cases maturing up to June 30th, 2009.
5 Promotions in MACP
The NC JCM Staff Side is advocating for five promotions in the service career as part of the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP). A contented workforce is essential for an institution’s efficient functioning, and providing them with a systematic career progression is crucial. While emoluments, perks, and privileges are critical, a career progression scheme is equally important. The current system of career progression in All India Services and organized Group A Civil Services attracts many young, talented, and educated people to compete in the All India Civil Service Examination.
Similarly, the scheme available in the subordinate services enabled individuals to climb to managerial positions over time. However, stagnation has set in over the last two decades, and it takes decades to be promoted to the next higher grade in the hierarchy. To address the lack of promotional avenues, the 5th CPC recommended a time-bound two-career progression scheme. Nevertheless, the three-time bound scheme of MACP has been found to be less beneficial and has failed to address the problem of demotivation due to stagnation. Cadre reviews have not been carried out in most departments, and any review attempts have been limited to Group A services.
This has led to high levels of discontent among employees. Therefore, it is recommended that the VII CPC recommend cadre reviews wherever they have not been conducted to ensure that all employees receive five hierarchical promotions in their career, following the pattern obtained for Group A Officers.
Top Developments on 7th CPC MACP Scheme
- Benchmark for Regular Promotion and MACP June 8, 2023
- ACP-MACP: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme – Compilation of all relevant instructions June 2, 2023
- MACP Clarification for Casual Labour Service – 7th Pay Commission News February 18, 2023
- MACP Clarification on Benchmark Fit and Unfit based on APAR grading December 4, 2021
- MACP in Promotional Hierarchy – DoPT Clarification on 5 April 2021 April 6, 2021
- MACP to Station Master in Railways – NFIR writes to Railway Board March 25, 2021
- Clarification on MACP Grade Pay 4200 to 4600 Inspector Posts February 11, 2021
- MACP on completion of 10, 20, 30 Years of Service or 10 years of service after previous promotion November 12, 2020
- Grant of Benefits from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008 under the MACP – Dopt Order 30.9.2020 October 6, 2020
- 7th CPC Fixation of Pay on grant of benefit under MACP – Extension of benefit of entry level pay September 28, 2020
- Grant of 2nd ACP Scheme during 1.1.2006 to 31.8.2008 and 3rd MACP: ACP-MACP Clarification September 14, 2020
- Fixation of pay on grant of benefit under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) September 11, 2020
- Grant of financial upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme July 30, 2020
- Review of Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme (MFCS) July 7, 2020
- Officials who declined ad-hoc LSG promotion are eligible for financial upgradation under MACP June 11, 2020
- 7th Pay Commission Promotion and MACP Calculation Tool June 9, 2020
- MACP (on completion of 10, 20, 30 Years of Service or 10 years of service after previous promotion) to AAOs, Senior Auditor, Adr, Clerk, MTS May 25, 2020
- Grant of 3rd MACP in GP 6600 without counting NFG as one financial upgradation May 14, 2020
- Constitution of Screening Committee for MACP February 12, 2020
- Grant of Financial Upgradations under MACP – Screening Committee November 9, 2019
- 3rd MACP to Superintendent – Who were granted non-functional grade pay in GP 5400 in PB-2 October 30, 2019
- 7th CPC MACP Rules and Regulations – Latest Dopt Clarification on MACP Scheme October 25, 2019
- MACP Clarification as per rules and regulations 2019 October 13, 2019
- Latest Clarification on MACP Scheme – Jr. Cashier promoted from the post of Sr. Shroff October 6, 2019
- 3rd MACP in GP Rs. 4600 to Master Craftsmen (MCM) – NC JCM Staff Side September 30, 2019
- 7th CPC Pay Matrix Level-9 for Station Masters September 16, 2019
- Fixation of Pay on Regular Promotion and NFSG under MACP – DoPT August 29, 2019
- Clarification on ACP Benefit from GP 4200 to 4600 from 1.1.2006 – DoP August 27, 2019
- 7th Pay Commission MACP Scheme for CG Employees June 13, 2019
- Clarification on MACP Benchmark to Railway Employees – RBE No.86/2019 May 30, 2019
- MACP to SSE-Drawing (formerly Diploma Holder Tracers) appointed against DR quota vacancies as Assistant Draftsman May 22, 2019
- Grant of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Financial Up-gradation under MACP – PCAFYS Orders May 20, 2019
- Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) – Collection of DoPT Orders May 8, 2019
- MACP for Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Telecommunication Employees – Orders issued on 30.4.2019 May 8, 2019
- Pay Fixation on MACP from the DNI – Clarification Orders issued by MoD May 3, 2019
- MACP to Station Master category in Railway – NFIR April 15, 2019
- DoP Clarification on MACP Benchmark March 14, 2019
- GP 6600 after 20 years to ACP Inspectors – Hyderabad CCA March 9, 2019
- MACP Bench Mark – High Court of Delhi Circular March 7, 2019
- MACP Grading – Enhancement of Benchmark January 18, 2019
- Not feasible to extend the Benefits of MACP during Jan to Aug 2008 January 11, 2019
- 7th CPC MACP Anomalies- NFIR December 28, 2018
- Grant Non Functional GP 5400 to Inspectors under ACP/MACP – CBDT Orders dt.6.12.2018 December 8, 2018
- Upgradation of Pay – CAT Principal Bench Judgement November 30, 2018
- Bombay High Court Judgement dt. 15.10.18 on MACP 2022 November 22, 2018
- Bombay High Court Judgement On MACP October 23, 2018
- MACP in Promotional Hierarchy – AlCAEA October 12, 2018
- Option for Fixation of Pay on MACPS – Finmin Orders dt.18.6.2018 October 5, 2018
- MACP Option for Fixation of Pay on Promotion from DNI – Clarification order issued by Railway Board September 21, 2018
- Pay Fixation from DNI on MACPS – DOPT Clarification dt. 20.9.2018 September 20, 2018
- Clarifications regarding payment of Breakdown Allowance – RBE 138/2018 September 18, 2018
- ACP & MACP Schemes for the CG Civilian Employees including Railway employees August 27, 2018
- MACP Joint Committee: Implementing MACP Effect From Jan 2006 August 12, 2018
- MACP Benchmark – Clarification issued by MoD July 13, 2018
- MACP to Nursing personnel – Railway Board Order June 22, 2018
- Application of “Very Good” bench mark for grant of Financial upgradation under MACPS May 30, 2018
- Financial Upgradation and NFG to Pharmacists under MACP April 23, 2018
- MACP to teaching staff of KVs March 19, 2018
- Application of “Very Good” bench mark for grant of Financial upgradation under MACPS March 17, 2018
- Criteria of Benchmarking for MACP – AIRF & NFIR March 6, 2018
- Clarification regarding benchmark for MACP after 25.07.2016 February 7, 2018
- Grant of MACP to the SOMs/Sr. PWSs of the Civil Engineering Department – AIRF January 26, 2018
- Demands of Technical Supervisors is under consideration said Member Staff – IRTSA January 26, 2018
- MACP Scheme Effective from 1.1.2006 instead of 1.9.2008 – NC JCM Staff Side January 24, 2018
- Delhi HC Judgement on MACP January 5, 2018
- 7th CPC MACP Financial Upgradation for JCO/OR – Illustration December 9, 2017
- 7th CPC MACP Financial Upgradation for JCO/OR December 9, 2017
- Benchmarking for financial upgradation under MACPS – AIRF December 4, 2017
- Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme(MACP) for the Central Government Employees – DoPT Clarification on 13.7.2017 July 13, 2017
- Grant of MACP/ACP benefit to SAS qualified officers appointed to the post of Section Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer – CGDA Orders June 23, 2017
- Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification May 24, 2017
- Grant of financial upgradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy April 16, 2017
- Judgement on MACP – High Court of Madras 2022 March 28, 2017
- No ACP/MACP Promotional Scheme for KV Employees March 27, 2017
- MACP and National Anomaly Committee Issues – Confederation February 17, 2017
- Reckoning GP 4200 PB-2 as entry grade pay for granting financial upgradation under MACPS February 13, 2017
- MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good – Railway Board Orders December 25, 2016
- 4600 Grade Pay for Industrial Employees – MoD Order on 19.10.2016 October 20, 2016
- 7th CPC on MACP – NFIR opposes the benchmark ‘Very Good’ October 4, 2016
- Dopt orders on MACP – Benchmark to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good for all the posts October 2, 2016
- Granting of financial upgradation under ACP / MACP Scheme to Durwan of Ord & Ord Equipment Fys – BPMS September 27, 2016
- Grant of 6600 GP as 3rd MACP to Nursing Personnel in Railways – NFIR September 13, 2016
- MACPS benefits in the promotional hierarchy – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 17.5.2016 May 17, 2016
- MACP on Promotional Hierarchy – Requests the Hon’ble PM to Withdraw the SLP from Supreme Court May 7, 2016
- Clarification on ACP – MACP : BPMS March 8, 2016
- Demand for MACP in promotional Hierarchy has been dismissed – Dopt Orders March 1, 2016
- MACPS on Promotional Hierarchy – NFIR February 27, 2016
- Grant of 3rd MACP in GP 4600 for Record Supplier, Blue Printer in Defence Establishments January 22, 2016
- Grant of MACP benefit in the promotional hierarchy – Copy of the stay order passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court January 20, 2016
- Record Note of Discussions on MACP anomalies – Minutes published by Railway Board January 19, 2016
- Entitlement of financial up-gradation under ACP/MACP for Pharmacist – NFIR January 19, 2016
- Grant of financial up-gradation to JE/SSE under MACP – NFIR January 11, 2016
- Granting of 4600 GP who got 5000-8000 prior to 31.12.2005 under ACP-II – INDWF January 7, 2016
- Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS in the Promotional Hierarchy (instead of Grade Pay Hierarchy) – NFIR January 6, 2016
- MACP on Promotional Hierarchy – Written reply in Parliament December 24, 2015
- 7th CPC recommended to extend the benefit of MACP to DSC Personnel December 15, 2015
- MACP scheme for Defence Service personnel – No marked change in 7th CPC Report December 10, 2015
- Assessment of INDWF on 7th CPC Recommendations – Fitment, Annual Increment MACP and Cadre Review December 9, 2015
- MACP for Non-Gazetted Administrative Posts December 5, 2015
- Grand 1st, 2nd and 3rd MACP Upgradation under MACP – PCAFYS Circular October 14, 2015
- ACP – NON IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVT’S ORDER IN KV August 25, 2015
- Grant of 3% increment due to financial upgradation in the same Grade Pay – OFB Orders on 10.7.2015 July 13, 2015
- Grievances of Railway Staff on MACP anomalies – Railway Board meeting with AIRF & NFIR May 18, 2015
- Pay Fixation on MACP as per 6th Pay Commission – Some Illustrations May 15, 2015
- Why the 6th Pay Commission was so unique..? – CGEN.in Report April 13, 2015
- Clarification on MACP Scheme – Employees joining in Grade Pay of Rs.4600 on direct recruitment March 11, 2015
- Dopt Orders on MACP – Granting of MACP benefits as and when the employees become eligible February 18, 2015
- MACP scheme is a challenge for 7th pay commission January 28, 2015
- MACP on Promotion Hierarchy: Appeal to contribute for expenditure to fight the case in Supreme Court January 22, 2015
- Clarification on 2nd ACP to Senior Accountants of CCAS cadre – NFCAA January 21, 2015
- MACP Scheme – CGHS Facility – CPF to GPF to KVS Employees January 6, 2015
- MACP Clarification issued by Dopt – Regarding Recommendations of the Screening Committee December 11, 2014
- JCM (Staff Side) Secretary writes to Secretary of Dopt regarding financial upgradation in the next promotional grade Hierarchy under MACP September 4, 2014
- AN APPEAL FOR GRANTING MACP TO THE NEXT PROMOTIONAL HIRERCHY–TKR PILLAI August 11, 2014
- JCM National Council Secretary Stresses for Promotional Hierarchy under MACP June 12, 2014
- Implementation of 2nd & 3rd upgradation under MACP Scheme in Railways – AIRF May 8, 2014
- 5th CPC had ACP, 6th CPC had MACP; what does 7th CPC have? April 9, 2014
- MACP benefits on the basis of Promotional Hierarchy..! April 8, 2014
- Instructions given by Dopt on ACP / MACP to Ordnance Employees April 7, 2014
- Grant of MACP benefit to the eligible employees in the hierarchy of promotional grade: Compliance of CAT Principal Bench Directive on 12.03.2014 in OA No. 864/2014 – BPMS March 30, 2014
- Regular Promotion for Central Govt Employees – MACP Upgradation and Pay Fixation March 20, 2014
- Railway Board clarification orders on 3rd MACP after 20-year service February 8, 2014
- Grant of financial upgradation under MACP scheme-wrongful clarification issued by Railway Board – NFIR Letter January 5, 2014
- MACP-An Unsettled Issue Of Sixth Pay Commission Recommendation December 17, 2013
- CPWD Orders – Implementation of MACPS to the cadre of JEs of CPWD… November 27, 2013
Dopt Orders, Notifications and Clarifications in various topics:
MACP to Station Master category in Railway – NFIR
The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) has proposed a modification for granting financial upgradation to Station Masters under the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) in the Indian Railways. Specifically, they recommend that the entry Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 in Level 6 of the 7th CPC Pay Matrix be taken into account for this purpose. Further details can be found by clicking the provided link. [Click to read in detail]
MACP to Station Master GP 4200 Pay Level 6
On March 20th, 2021, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) submitted a letter to the Railway Board concerning the matter of granting Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) to Station Masters who are in Pay Level 6 with Grade Pay 4200. The NFIR urges the Railway Board to resolve this issue as soon as possible. To view the letter, please click on the provided link. [Click to read the letter]
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on MACP Scheme:
Is MACP a promotion?
Is the MACP considered a form of promotion? Initially, it provides a financial benefit along with an upgrade in grade. However, once an individual receives a regular promotion, the MACP will be regularized.
What is MACP?
The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme, commonly referred to as MACP, is a promotional program for employees of the Central Government. The scheme was recommended by the 6th Pay Commission and is designed to facilitate career growth and progression among employees. Essentially, MACP serves as an updated and enhanced version of the previously implemented ACP program.
What is the benefit of MACP?
Salary increment in the name of promotion. Those who are not getting any promotion in 10, 20 and 30 years of service, will get promotional benefits under MACP Scheme.
Who are eligible for MACP?
Employees who have continuously served the Central Government for a period of ten years or more without receiving any promotions are eligible for financial up-gradation under the MACP Scheme. This scheme applies to individuals who have not received promotions for 10, 20, and 30 years of continuous service.
What is the MACP Rule?
The MACP Rule refers to the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme, which is a scheme that offers career advancement opportunities to government employees who have not been promoted in ten, twenty, or thirty years of their long service. According to the scheme, those who have not received any promotion in ten years of continuous service will be granted the next higher grade along with all the financial benefits. In terms of the fixation of pay upon the grant of promotion or financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme, a Government servant has the option under FR22 (I) (a) (1) to have their pay fixed in the higher post or Pay Level either from the date of their promotion/upgradation or from the date of their next increment, which is November 21, 2022.
What is MACP in the 7th pay commission?
MACP or Modified Assured Career Progression is a provision recommended by the 7th pay commission, which addresses the long-standing demand of central government employees for promotions based on the pay hierarchy instead of the grade pay system. Prior to the implementation of the recommendations made by the 7th CPC, the financial benefits under this scheme were limited to the Grade Pay hierarchy. However, with the acceptance and implementation of this major recommendation, individuals can now receive financial up-gradation based on the pay hierarchy system.
How to download the consolidated guidelines on MACP?
Click the below link for the consolidated guidelines regarding MACP for Central Government Civilian employees – Click here to download PDF
What is the difference between ACP and MACP?
The distinction between ACP and MACP lies in the duration of service required for eligibility. ACP, which is a promotion plan proposed by the 5th pay commission, is intended for workers who have not been promoted in 12 or 24 years of service. On the other hand, the MACP is identical in nature but has a different period of service. Instead of 12 and 24 years of service, it has been revised to 10, 20, and 30 years of service.