Government promotions to be based on performance and feedback/rating

A new grading system is expected to come into play starting April, 2019.


The Government is all set to change the way employees receive promotions from 2019 onwards, as per media reports. The objective is to make employees more efficient and also deal with the ones that do not perform. The promotions will be based on performance and public feedback. Those members of staff who are given a high rating by the people will stand to gain. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will implement a grading system, which according to a Hindi daily, has been approved for implementation by the Prime Minister’s Office, w.e.f April 1 next year.

The grading of the employees will be very transparent and available on the public domain, with the grades assigned by the people determining the salary and promotion of the government employees.

The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) process has also been altered by the 7th Pay Commission, as people were not happy with the earlier process.

The remuneration will ensure that the employees are valued and given fair and just treatment, while those who have ceased to be useful will be discouraged from continuing in the system.

As per the Commission, employees unable to attain the benchmark (for MACP or normal promotion) within two decades of service will not receive their annual increments. With a view to improving efficiency of the staff, the MACP benchmark is also likely to be raised from ‘good’ to ‘very good’.

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