AIACE proposes re-designation of grades, clubbing of disciplines for promotion at CIL

  • The AIACE has proposed that semi-qualified employees, highest level non-executives be given a chance to be promoted to up to E3 grade on the basis of experience

  • The proposal, if implemented, will be able to arrest frustration among executives/non-executive employees regarding career growth, said the association

New Delhi: The All India Association of Coal Executives (AIACE) has proposed changes to Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) promotion process, re-designation of different grades and clubbing of disciplines for purpose of promotion from E5 to E6 grade onward along with redistribution of posts in various grades to infuse motivation among executives and staff of Coal India Ltd. In a letter addressed to CIL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pramod Agrawal, AIACE principal general secretary PK Singh Rathor said, “It may be appreciated that in today’s fast-paced world, if employees don’t see equitable career growth, they become de-motivated and productivity is reduced. While it may not be possible for each staff to be promoted at the same pace, employees should at least be given a chance to explore other roles within the organisation.”

AIACE seeks promotion up to E3 grade for semi-qualified employees

The AIACE has proposed that semi-qualified employees/ Tech A grade/ office superintendent and highest level non-executive be given a chance to be promoted to up to E3 grade on the basis of experience. The association has proposed that semi-qualified employees be promoted to E1 grade on DPC basis after seven years of service in that grade and E2 grade again after seven years of service in E1 grade. “This step will be beneficial to both employees and the organisation. In such condition, non-executive employees will be motivated for promotion and exert more in their works and also the organisation will be able to meet the requirement of lower level Executives from internal arrangement and from departmental employees. In this way, dedicated and talented employees will have opportunity to at least reach E2 /E3 grade before retirement,” said Rathor in the letter.

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The AIACE has suggested to continue the present arrangement of promotion of departmental candidates by clearing departmental exam and direct promotion to E2 grade. “These candidates are eligible to reach up to E6 level if the age permits. Only E1 level executives should be made eligible for departmental exam and non-others for promotion to E2 grade and for promotion in E1 grade minimum experience in the company should be 15 years,” the association said.

The pyramid of organisational structure

Adhering to the principle of pyramid of organisational structure, grade wise percentage of executive manpower and promotional avenues purely on vacancy basis may be kept as shown below, said the AIACE.

E1: 20% (By promotion from non-executives diploma holders in engineering, Inter ICWA/CA/CS and others) after serving at least 15 years in non-executive grade)
E2: 17% (7% by promotion from E1 grade after serving at least 10 years in E1 grade, 5% by promotion from E1 after clearing departmental exam and 5% through direct recruitment as Management Trainee)
E3: 15% (5% by promotion from E2 grade(diploma holders) having minimum 5 years experience in E2 grade, 5% by promotion from E2 who were promoted after clearing departmental exam and 5% from E2 who joined through direct recruitment as Management Trainee after one year of probation in E2 grade)
E4: 15% from E3 grade (direct recruits/those who were promoted through departmental exam) after completion of 5 years in E3
E5: 15% and promotion from E4 grade after completion of 5 years in E4
E6: 10% and promotion from E5 grade after completion of 5 years in E5
E7: 6% and promotion from E5 grade after completion of 5 years in E6
E8: 1.5 % and promotion from E7 grade after completion of 5 years in E7
E9: 0.5 % and promotion from E8 grade after completion of 1 year in E8

“… the above proposal, if implemented, will be able to arrest frustration among executives/non-executive employees regarding career growth. It will also create promotion avenue for semi-qualified employees (diploma holders in Engg and inter CA/ICWA/CS and others) up to E3 grade on the experience basis. As of now, the career of such employees is blocked which has created acute frustration and demoralisation in them,” said the AIACE.

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