O.M.No. 22011/3/2007-Estt(D)/Government of India/Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions/(Department of Personnel and Training)/Dated 18.2.2008
DPC Guidelines – Benchmark prescription for promotion at the level for JS and above – Revised Guidelines.
‘Benchmark’ for assessment of performance and the manner in which select panel has to be arranged on the basis of inter-se seniority, subject to achievement of benchmark, for promotion to various levels of post/grade.
The ACC has observed that the benchmark of ‘Very Good’, in terms of instructions issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, is applicable to all promotions at the level of Deputy Secretary and above. A natural corollary is that the benchmark prescription is adhered to rigorously as one goes up higher the ladder. Therefore, at the joint Secretary and Additional Secretary level, the requirement should be of meeting the ‘Very Good’ benchmark without fail.
The observations of the ACC have been examined in consultation with the UPSc. In order to ensure greater selectivity at higher level of administration, the DPC may ensure that for the promotion to the scale of Rs.18,400-22,400 and above, the prescribed benchmark of ‘Very Good’ is invariably met in all ACRs of five years under consideration.
The DPC, in terms of guidelines of this Department, is required to make its own assessment on the basis of entries in the CRs and not be guided merely by the overall grading. In cases where the assessment by DPCs are apparently not in line with the grades in the ACRs, the DPC should appropriately substantiate its assessment by giving reasons , so that the appointing authority could factor these while taking a view on the suitability of officer for promotion