The structure of Technical Supervisors in Railways and Defence, (Defence Ordnance Factories) being industrial / establishments had been identical and same, when the 6th CPC recommendations were accepted and implemented. The 7th CPC in para 11.12.105 have created the following structure in Defence Ordnance Factories (Page 519 of the 7th CPC report)
“Of the total pool of posts in GP 4200 and GP 4600, ten percent should be earmarked to be placed in GP 4800.
ii. The posts in GP 4800 should be filled up from personnel in GP 4200 and GP 4600 in the following manner:
· 70 percent of such earmarked posts should be filled up through promotion from GP 4600;
· 30 percent should be filled up through a Limited Departmental Competitive
Examination in which employees from both GP 4200 and GP 4600 would be eligible to compete. This will enable deserving and meritorious employees at GP 4200 too jump GP 4600 and go directly to GP4800 (level 8)
iii. 80 percent of the employees in GP 4800, will be eligible for non-functional upgrade to level 9 [GP 5400 (PB-2)] upon completion of four years in level 8, on a seniority cum-suitability basis”.
This recommendation by not extending to Railways Technical Supervisors have disturbed the horizontal relativities. There are no levels sanctioned in Railways beyond Grade Pay equivalent of Rs. 4600. The S/S demands that the structure recommended in the case of Defence may be adopted in the Railways to maintain the relativities that were in existence.