The General Secretary of Indian National Defence Workers Federation (INDWF) ,Sri.R.Srinivasan has written a letter to Defence Minister on the issue of granting Grade Pay Rs.4200/- to MCM,and demanding early finalization of the Fast Track Committee decision in granting higher pay scale to Master Crafts Man (MCM).The content of the letter reproduced below.
The Hon’ble Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence
– 11001 New Delhi
Sub: Early finalization of the Fast Track Committee decision in granting higher pay scale to Master Crafts Man (MCM)
Master Craftsman in Defence were granted Rs.4500-7000 pay scale by Vth CPC where as in Railways, they were granted Rs.5000-8000 during 2000 w.e.f. 1.1.1996. This issue of parity in the pay scale of MCM was referred to VI CPC brought by bringing down the pay scale to MCM in Railways Rs.4500-7000 at par with Defence.
The demand was raised before the Govt. of India, and was agreed to refer to the Fast Track Committee to enhance the pay to PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + 4200 Grade Pay. Accordingly Ministry of Defence, Department of Expenditure issued Gazette Notification by amending the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 during july, 2009.
MCM – Rs.4500-7000 – Revised to Rs.5000-8000 - Grade Pay Rs.4200
HS – Rs.4000-6000 – HS – I Rs.5000-8000 - Grade Pay Rs.2800
HS – Rs.4000-6000 – HS – II Rs.5000-8000 - Grade Pay Rs.2400
The above revised 4 grades structure at par with Railways was worked out-by M of D by distributing ration between MCM, HS-I, HS-II of SK as 20.5%, 20.5% & 45% respectively. Also granting the revised enhanced pay scale effecting from 1.1.2006 and granting exemption for HS-I from Trade Test as one time relaxation.
The proposal was sent to Defecne (Finance) and in turn it was referred to DOP&T. The approval was received on 26.2.2010. The when referred to Defence (Finance), again the matter was referred to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Now pending at Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
Due to delay even after granting higher scales to MCM and HS Grade-I, MACPs granting financial upgradation w.e.f. 1.9.2008 is also pending. Many people are retiring. It is therefore requested that Hon’ble RM may intervene in this matter to get the clearance both from Ministry of Finance and Defence Finance and to issue necessary orders for implementation in this, there are about 60 to 70,000 employees are involved and awaiting eagerly.
This is submitted with reference to our (INDWF) discussions held with RM on 26.1.2010 at 16.00 Hrs. along with Shri. Ashok Singh, President INDWF, at your Office.