Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Circular-20

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012

Reference: AIA/Circular-20/2017                                                        Dated:  23rd August 2017

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

CWC MEETING – SALUTE TO ‘TEAM ALLAHABAD’

Everyone who attended the CWC meeting at Allahabad would give a ‘thumps up’ to the comrades of Allahabad who made the delegates and observers feel at home.

From receiving the delegates and observers at various Railway stations (and even at Varanasi airport) to seeing off every one was unprecedented experience. The needs of every delegate and observer were attended to.

The leadership of our Units at Allahabad deserves credit for ensuring the involvement and participation of all the central trade Unions and Federations for the successful conduct of CWC. It was the leaders and cadres of fraternal Trade Unions and even student front that did all the decorative part of arrangement such as festoons, stage, martyrs column, flag pole etc. Never have we seen a Chairman of Reception Committee like Com Harish Chandra Dwivedi who, though out, was taking care of each detail. Hats off to all of them!

In none of our Conferences or CWCs in the past we have seen such a participation of leaders of all Central Trade Unions in the inaugural session and in the conduct of the meeting – the lone exception being the 40th Conference in Thrissur in October-November 1993. The credit, of course, goes to leaders of our movement – the leading role and deep involvement of our comrades in the struggles of the working population of the city alone caused such a hearty reciprocation. All our Units have something to learn from Allahabad.

Right from day before the commencement of CWC, Com Vinod Dubey, President of All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association and Com Mushtaq Ahmed, General Secretary of AO/SAO Association, Allahabad were present helping the activists.

Team of Allahabad – i.e. team of Com Subhash Pandey – consisting of Comrades Manoj Kumar Shrivastava, Promod Kumar Mishra, Prakhar Shrivastava, Pankaj Shrivastava, Ashish Kumar Mishra, Akhilesh Shrivastava, Mayank Dubey, Sumit Verma, Amit Singh, Santosh Kumar Mishra, Rajesh Kumar Shrivastav, Imran, SK Singh, Arunesh Mishra, Naveen Dubey, Ramashray Rai, Tarun Banerjee, Rajkumar Yadav, Rajesh Kumar Shrivastav, Sushil Kumar Mishra, Manoj Kumar Pandey and others deserve all credit and congratulations for the wonderful arrangements and warm hospitality. It will not be wrong to say that the hospitality did defeat the humid weather on those days at Allahabad.

But for the total commitment and warmth shown by the comrades of Allahabad, the CWC would not have been able to cause an in depth analysis of the organisational structure, its strengths and weaknesses and come up with an approach that will take the movement forward.

Felicitation of Com KL Gautam by the host Unit presenting specially made Momento is quite praiseworthy. 

The task is to keep hopes alive and work dedicatedly to achieve the goals set.

Once again, KUDOS to Com Subhash Pandey and his team!

A Corrigendum

Inadvertently, name of Commercial Audit Staff Association, MABII, Kolkata was left out from the list of Units that attended the CWC meeting at Allahabad on 17-18-19 August 2019, though the Unit was mentioned in the list of participants in the discussion (Circular 19). Kindly add Commercial audit Staff Association, MAB II in the list of participants in the CWC. That will take the total number of Units that attended the CWC meeting at Allahabad to 39.

The error is regretted.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Circular-19

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012

Reference: AIA/Circular-19/2017                                                                 Dated: 22nd August 2017

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

                                                          ALLAHABAD CWC –
GRAND INAUGURAL FUNCTION & ARRANGEMENTS;
PURPOSEFUL DISCUSSIONS &
DECISIONS WITH AN TO FUTURE
           
The CWC meeting held at Allahabad started with the hoisting of the All India Audit & Accounts Association by Com Tapas Bose, President, All India Audit & Accounts Association. In his brief speech he invited the attention of all present to the situation prevalent in the country and the attacks on the working people and the need to build a resistant movement of all toiling masses.

The delegates and observers led by Com Tapas Bose, President, Com Harishchandra Dwivedi, Chairman Reception Committee and other senior leaders including former President Com Gautam Pramanick and former Vice President Com Kripashankar Shrivastava offered floral tributes at the specially erected Martyr’s Colum amidst thundering sloganeering.

INAUGURATION

Com Harishchandra Dwivedi, Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed the chief guest Shri Kunwar Revti Raman Singh, MP, guest of honour Com RN Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and other dignitaries. The inaugural session was presided over by Com Tapas Bose, President. Comrade Subhash Pandey, General Convener, Reception Committee introduced all the dignitaries to the house.

The CWC meet was inaugurated by Shri. Kunwar Revti Raman Singh, MP. Shri Kunwar Revti Raman Singh, in his inaugural speech, touched upon the various issues that the country is confronted with and the role of the working class in preserving the rights earned through bitter struggles in the past. He said the trade union of AG office in Allahabad has a high tradition and thus high standing in Allahabad. The leaders of the past and the present have faced many onslaughts and fought it back successfully. He expressed the hope that the Association would continue to lead the TU movement, especially the central government employees movement of Allahabad and UP in the days to come and assured his whole hearted cooperation in the days to come.

Com RN Parashar, Secretary General, NPFE spoke elaborately on the issues that have emanated from the recommendations of the 7 CPC and the betrayal by the group of ministers thereafter. He covered in detail issues that the workers and the common people of the country are faced with.

FELICITATION OF COM. SUBHASH CHANDRA PANDEY

The inaugural session was, then, converted into felicitation session for Com Subhash Pandey. Momento on behalf of the All India Audit & Accounts Association was presented to Com Subhash Pandey by Shri Kunwar Revti Raman Singh.

Almost all the Units joined the felicitation programme by garlanding and through presenting mementos to Pandey ji. Momento on behalf of Com Jagmohan Thakur, former Finance Secretary of All India Audit & Accounts Association was also presented to Com Pandey ji.

The following leaders graced and addressed the inaugural session cum Felicitation function.

1.      Shri Anugrah Narayan Singh, former MLA, 2. Shri Dharam Raj Patel, former MP, 3. Com. Subrato Banerjee, CITU, 4. Dr Kamal, AICTU, 5. Com. Shyam Surat Pandey, HMS, 6. Com Ram Sagar, AITUC 7. Shri Phool Chand Dubey, INTUC 8. Com Rajvendra Singh, AIUTUC 9. Jawahar Vishwakarma, All India Electricity Workers Union (AITUC), 10. Com. Vinod Kumar Dubey, President, All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association

Many leaders including Com Gautam Pramanick, former President, Coms Kripa Shankar Shrivastav and Jadgish Panchal former Vice Presidents, Com KL Gautam, former Additional Secretary General and Member, National Council, JCM & Com TP Mishra senior  leader  (of yesteryears) of NFPE graced the occasion.

Subject Committee

38 Units attended the CWC meeting. Units from NE region – Assam, Shillong and Nagaland - could not attend the CWC meet because of the last minute cancellation of trains from NE region due to flood. They had to cancel the tickets in the last minute. 11 members of the National Executive Committee also attended the meet. (Others had applied for leave of absence).

The Units that attended the CWC are;
1.      Accounts cat 2, Kerala, 2. Audit Cat 3 Kerala, 3. Accounts Cat 2, Chennai, 4. Audit cat 2, Chennai, 5. Audit Cat 3, Chennai 6. Accounts Cat 2 Bengaluru, 7. Accounts Cat 2, Bengaluru, 8. Accounts Cat 2, Hyderabad 9. Accounts Cat 3, Hyderabad 10. Audit Cat 3 Rajkot 11. Accounts cat 2 Mumbai, 12. Accounts Cat 3 Mumbai 13. Audit Cat 3, DGAC, Mumbai 14. Accounts Cat 2 Nagpur 15. Accounts Cat 3 Nagpur 16. Gwalior Accounts Association, 17. Audit, Cat 2, Rajasthan, Jaipur 18. Audit Cat 3, Rajasthan, Jaipur 19. Civil Audit Assn, Allahabad, 20. AAO Assn, Allahabad, 21. CAA, Delhi 22. Haryana Accounts Association 23. Punjab Accounts Association 24. HP Audit Assn Shimla 25. HP Asst Accounts Officer Assn, Shimla 26. HP Civil Accounts Assn, Shimla 27. P&T Audit Association, Nagpur 28. Odisha Accounts Association 29. Defence Audit Assn Kolkata 30. Accounts Cat 3, Kolkata 31. PAG Audit Cat III Kolkata, 32. DGAC Cat III Kolkata, 33. E Rly Audit Cat 2, Kolkata, 34. E Rly Audit Cat 3 Kolkata 35. P&T Audit Cat 2 Kolkata 36. P&T Audit Cat 3 Kolkata 37. Accounts Brotherhood Dehradun 38. Accounts Cat 2 Dehradun

28 delegates participated in the discussion on the note on agenda items presented by the Secretary General.

The following participated in the discussion -

1.      Com. Shankar Sahoo- Odisha Accounts Association, Bhubaneswar, 2. Com. Harish Julkha -Accounts Category-III Association, Shimla, 3. Com. G. Lakshmi Narshmhan -MCAA Category-III Association, Chennai, 4. Com. Sowmitra Bandapadhyay -Defence Audit Category-III, Kolkata. 5. Com. Rahul Ramtelha -Accounts Category-III Association, Nagpur. 6. Com. Premlata- Accounts Category-II Association, Mumbai. 7. Com. Bapi Das- P&T Audit Office Association, Kolkata. 8. Com. Sohan Lal- Haryana Category-II Association, Haryana. 9. Com. R. Rajendra Singh- Accounts Category-III Association, Hyderabad. 10. Com. K. B. Suresh Kumar- Audit & Accounts Association, Thiruvananthapuram. 11. Com. Vidya Sinha- Accounts Category-II Association, Bangalore. 12. Com. Sakyajyoti Banerjee- W.B.MTS Category-III Association, Kolkata. 13. Com. Bahadur Singh- Civil Accounts Association, Punjab. 14. Com. B. C. Dhyani- Accounts Category-III Association, Dehradun. 15. Com. Sajjan Trivedi- Audit Category-II Association, Jaipur, Rajasthan. 16. Com. A. B. Baurasi- Civil Audit Category-III Association, Rajkot. 17. Com. Suresh Chauhan -H. P. Civil Audit Association, Shimla. 18. Com. Asis Kumar Gayen -Eastern Rly, Metro Raly, RPO Audit Staff Cat.II & III Association, Kolkata. 19. Com. P. Ananthakumar -Accounts Category-III Association, Mumbai. 20. Com. M. R. Madhubalan -Madras Accounts Category-III Association, Chennai. 21. Com. G. K. Pannikar- Accounts Category-II Association, Nagpur. 22. Com. Tapas Kumar Sarkar- Accounts Category-III Association, Kolkata. 23. Com. Gouranga Malakar- Pr. Dir. Of Audit Central Category-III Association, Kolkata. 24. Com. Sunil Khanna-Civil Audit Category-III Association, Jaipur. 25. Com. Amitava Bhattacharyya- MAB-II Category-III Association, Kolkata. 26. Com. Manojkumar Shrivastava-Category-II Association, U.P Allahabad. 27. Com. Promod Kumar Mishra- Civil Audit Category-III Association, U.P. Allahabad. 28. Com. Balbir Suri- H. P. Civil Accounts Association, Shimla.

The discussion was summed up the Secretary General (please refer circular 18). The session concluded after the Presidential address by Com Tapas Bose. Com Anilkumar, Additional Secretary General offered vote of thanks to the host unit and the delegates and observers.

“GOVERNANCE AND THE MEDIA”
                                PRESENTATATION BY Shri URMILESH

On the second day of the CWC, i.e. on 18th August 2017, Shri Urmilesh, former CEO of Rajya Sabha TV made a very insightful and thought provoking presentation on “Governance and the Media”

Moving from the current scenario to the post Independence days and back, covering the period in between, Shri Urmilesh presented a true picture of the current day India where the media hide facts and news than reveal them. He very convincingly covered various social movements, its suppression from the public eye by the media and its relevance in the current day India.

FELICITATION OF LEADERS AND CADRES

The leaders of fraternal organisations, leaders and activists of host unit were felicitated after the closure of the Subject Committee meeting. Mementos were presented to each of them by Coms. MS Raja, Secretary General, Tapas Bose, president and KL Gautam, Member, NC/JCM.

MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

The delegates and observers as well as the guests were entertained by musical extravaganza organised by the Reception Committee, in the closing hours of the last day of the CWC meeting i.e., 19th August 2017. It enthralled all, soothing the serious tempo that was prevalent till then.
                       
With greetings,
Yours fraternally
Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General



Circular - 18

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012

Reference: AIA/Circular-18/2017                                                                    Dated:  21st August 2017

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,
ALLAHABAD CWC CALLS UPON TO:
                                                                                                           
  • STRENGTHEN ORGANISATION AT GRASS ROOT/FIELD LEVEL
  • EDUCATE AND ORGANISE THE MEMBERSHIP FOR STRUGGLES
  • ORGANISE NATION WIDE CAMPAIGN ON “STREGTHEN AUDIT & ACCOUNTS TO SAFEGUARD PEOPLE’S RIGHTS”
  • HOLD NATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE ABOVE SUBJECT
  • INDENTIFY WITH STRUGGLES OF EVERY SECTION OF WORKING PEOPLE
  • STREGTHEN COMMON STRUGGLES OF CG EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS

The Central Working Committee meeting of All India Audit & Accounts Association that met at Allahabad on 17-19 August 2019 and decided the following:

1.      To organise trade union classes in every station in local languages, with one or two NE leaders in attendance
2.      To conduct campaign amongst the rank file and also amongst the public at large on the curtailment of audit and negligence of accounts, harming the “Public Accountability”.
3.      To organise a National Convention with fraternal organisations on “Strengthen Audit & Accounts to safeguard People’s Rights” during second half of Budget session, say in February-March 2018.
4.      To demand cadre restructuring in IA&AD
5.      To Demand 5 time promotion to all from the entry cadre
6.      To organise the sustained agitations in the field offices culminating with a Dharna programme before CAG To office
7.      To participate in the 3 day Dharna called by Central Trade Unions and endorsed by Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers on 9-10-11 November 2017, in pursuance of the 12 point charter of demands.
8.      To participate in the indefinite strike called by Central Trade Unions as and when the date is decided, in pursuance of 12 point charter of demands.
9.      To take a active as well as leading role in the implementation of decisions and calls of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and NJCA on 7 CPC and related issues.
10.  To spear head the struggle against inclusion of Govt employees in NPS under the banner of Confederation along with All India State Govt Employee Federation (AISGEF) (and NJCA).
11.  To conduct intensive campaign in pursuance of the above decisions.
12.  To form Audit COC with All India Audit & Accounts officers Association in every office/Station.

The CWC meeting, further, adopted resolutions on the following subjects:

1.      Delay in Recognition of Civil Audit Association, Allahabad
2.      Denial of functional facilities and harassment of Association office-bearers of commercial Audit Association, Category III, O/o PDCA & MAB-1 Mumbai
3.      Denial of functional facilities to Associations in Bhubaneswar offices
4.      On support by CAG Admn. in the democratic functioning of Employees co-operative society and denial of facilities intervention by the Accountant General (A&E), Tamil Nadu
5.      Rationalisation of Staff Strength in Audit  
6.      Implications of Integrated Finance Management Scheme (IFMS) in IA&AD
7.      Placement of AAOs in Pay Matrix Level 9 on completion of 4 years service
8.      Expeditious notification of RR for SA and Auditor/Acctt opening up promotional avenue for DEOs.
9.      Grant of 5 time promotion from the entry cadre to all.
10.  On remittance of Special Fund to HQr
11.  Delay in grant of MACP benefit to erstwhile RK (GR D) granting GP 4200 on completion of 30 years
12.  Promotional avenues to Non HSC-MTS
13.  Participation in calls given by Confederation, NJCA and Central Trade Unions
14.  Filling up of vacancies in Departmental Canteens and notification of RR for canteen
15.  Reduction of intervals between two CPD exam to 3 years
16.  Counting of adhoc AAO service for Incentive and CPD exams
17.  Review of all rejected applications for compassionate ground appointment
18.  UN audit exam
19.  MTS recruitment
20.  Denial of promotion to eligible MTS
21.  On recruitment of local people
22.  Stoppage of direct recruitment of AAOs

With greetings,
Yours fraternally
                                                                                                                  Sd/-
M. S. Raja

Secretary General

Friday, July 7, 2017

CWC-NOTIFICATION

ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
CSV WARRIER BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Ph: 0120-2881727/98681 45667
                                                  E-mail: auditflag@gmail.com    

A-4/2017                                                                                                                  3rd July 2017


N O T I F I C A T I O N


It is here-by notified, under Article 9 D of the Constitution of All India Audit & Accounts Association, that the Central Working Committee of All India Audit & Accounts Association will meet at Allahabad on 17, 18 and 19 August 2017 to transact the following business.

Agenda

  1. To discuss organisational front

i)                    Functioning of Associations at Unit level and HQr level

ii)                  Financial position of the HQrs

iii)                Trade Union education of leaders and cadres

iv)                Steps to widen and deepen the reach of the Association

and to take appropriate decisions there-on.


  1. To Review Developments on Departmental Charter of Demands and to decide future course of action.


  1. To consider and concretise formation of Audit COC with Officers Association at all levels.


  1. To report on the developments on the common front of Central Govt Employees as well as on the joint movement on NPS with AISGEF.


  1. Any other matter with permission of Chair.


As per Article 9 D of the Constitution, Chief Executive of the Association (General Secretary) shall be the delegate. Observer(s) will not be allowed to participate in discussions, nor will have voting rights. 

Members of the National Executive Committee shall be delegates, being elected office bearers.

All the affiliates should clear HQr quota up to 31st July 2017 failing which the affiliated Association shall not be allowed to participate in the proceedings of the Central Working Committee meeting.

Name of the delegate and observer, if any, should be intimated to Association Head Quarter by 31st July 2017, with copy to Reception Committee.

The venue and other details shall be communicated by the Reception Committee.

Delegation fee of Rs 1,500/- shall be levied per delegate/observer.





                                                                                                                                                           Sd/-
                                                                        (M. S. Raja)
Secretary General



Circular - 17

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012

Reference: AIA/Circular-17/2017                                                                   Dated:  6th July 2017

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

The National Executive Committee that met at Chennai on 24th June 2017 after detailed deliberations decided

1.      To intensify agitations in pursuance of the Charter of demands the proposals for which shall be submitted to the next CWC to be held at Allahabad on 17-18-19 August 2017.

2.      To mobiles the employees on the issue of Unilateral transfer and local recruitment and to observe 20th July as restore Unilateral transfer and recruit locally day. (Circular already issued)

3.      To go for special fund for HQr once the revised allowances are notified.

4.      To organise Trade Union Camps in every station

5.      To organise Audit COC in every station with All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association. Joint visits would be undertaken, details would follow.

CWC MEETING ON 17-18-19 AUGUST 2017 AT ALLAHABAD

As stated above, the National Executive Committee decided to accept the offer of Civil Audit Association, Allahabad to host the next CWC meeting. The CWC shall be held on 17th, 18th and 19th July 2017. Notification for the CWC meeting is enclosed.

The venue of the CWC meeting shall be : Vigyan Parishad Hall, Allahabad University which is hardly 2 kms from our office.

The reception Committee will issue a detailed Circular.

All Units are requested to make travel arrangements without delay.

As per the Constitution of All India Audit & Accounts Association the Chief Executive (General Secretary) of the Association shall be the delegate. In case the General Secretary is unable to attend, the Executive Committee may nominate some other office bearer as delegate.

In addition to delegate, one observer could be allowed.

The delegation fee will be Rs 1,500/- per delegate/observer.

CONFEDERATION CALLS FOR PROTEST ACTION AGAINST ‘BETRAYAL ON HRA’

Confederation has called for protest action against the betrayal of the central government employees on HRA and other allowances – non restoration of the 6 CPC rates and denial of allowances from 1.1.2016 by burning the notification on HRA on 25th July 2017. Copy of the Confederation Circular is attached (soft copy only).

All our Units are requested to implement the call as decided by the local COCs. Mass involvement of employees may be ensured.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

 
                        Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General



PROTEST AGAINST BETRAYAL OF NDA GOVERNMENT

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS DECIDED TO ORGANISE

MASS PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AND BURNING OF HRA ORDERS ON 25TH JULY 2017 AT MAXIMUM CENTRES THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY

THOSE HANDS WHICH ARE AFRAID OF RAISING AGAINST INJUSTICES

THOSE TONGUES WHICH ARE AFRAID OF VOICING AGAINST INJUSTICES

ARE SYMBOLS OF SLAVERY AND SURRENDER.

Seventh Central pay Commission Report was submitted to Government on 19.11.2015. Most of the recommendations, especially in the case of Minimum wage, fitment formula, Pay scales of most of the cadres, Allowances, Advances, MACP, CCL, etc. are most retrograde. 7th CPC recommendations are the worst recommendations after the 2nd Pay Commission recommendations (1960). The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) comprising the National Council JCM Staff Side (mainly Railways, Defence and Confederation) gave notice for indefinite strike to Government on 09.06.2016, seeking modifications in the recommendations. Government refused to call the NJCA leaders for a negotiated settlement and unilaterally declared the decisions of the Cabinet on 29.06.2016. NJCA decided to go ahead with the indefinite strike. On 30.06.2016, Group of Cabinet Ministers including Shri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister and Shri Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister held discussion with the NJCA leaders. It was assured that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased and a High Level Committee will be constituted to submit recommendations in this regard to the Government. It was also assured that all other issues arising out of implementation of 7th CPC will be considered favourably. Four months time limit was also fixed for implementation of the assurances. Based on the above assurances the indefinite strike was deferred for four months.

Even after four months time limit fixed, no high level committee was constituted and all other issues remained unsettled. Government constituted committees after committee – Implementation Committee, Empowered Committee, Allowance Committee, Pension Option-I Committee, NPS Committee, Anomaly Committee etc. – but till this day no High Level Committee for increasing Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is constituted even though a Group of officers headed by Additional Secretary (Expenditure) held two meetings with the staff side without any discussion on Minimum Pay and fitment formula.

Committees were constituted to delay or deny the demands placed by staff side.

1.      Allowances Committee delayed its report for about ten months to deny increase in HRA rates and arrears from 01.01.2016.

2.      Pension Option-I Committee rejected the one and the only favourable recommendations of the 7th CPC i.e; Option-I parity for pre-2016 pensioners.

3.      NPS Committee categorically stated that withdrawal of NPS is not under the purview of the committee.

As the Government was not ready to honour its assurances given to the NJCA leaders, even after a lapse of four months, Confederation has requested the dominant organisations in the NJCA to revive the deferred indefinite strike. As there was no concensus in the NJCA regarding revival of indefinite strike or organizing any serious trade union action (for reason best known to all) against the betrayal of the Government, Confederation National Conference decided to organize independent agitation programmes. Accordingly Massive Parliament March with participation of about 15000 employees and pensioners on 15.12.2016, one day nationwide strike of about thirteen (13) lakhs Central Government employees on 16.03.2017, Mass dharna of about 3000 employees and pensioners in front of Finance Ministers office on 23.05.2017, Human Chain of Central Government employees and Pensioners at all major centres on 22.06.2017 were organized by Confederation for settlement of 21 points charter of demands which included the demands of all sections of employees and pensioners including Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual Contract workers and Autonomous body employees and pensioners.

After more than eleven months from the date notification of Revised (Pay) Rules 2016 (25.07.2016), Union Cabinet approved the revised allowances on 28.06.2017 without any major modifications, including HRA and Transport Allowances applicable to all section of employees. HRA rate was not increased from 24, 16, and 8%. The date of effect was fixed as 01.07.2017 instead of 01.01.2016.

Some of our friends, who are welcoming and supporting the Government’s decision on allowances are arguing that never in the past Revived Pay and Revised Allowances were given from the same date and for HRA etc. retrospective effect was not given. They consciously want to hide the fact that in the past revised allowances including HRA were granted from the month/next month of notification of Revised Pay Rules. Even if that practice is taken as a precedence, this time employees have every right to get Revised Allowance including HRA from 01.07.2016, as Revised (Pay) Rules 2016 was notified on 25.07.2016. Similarly, never in the past HRA rates were reduced by Pay Commissions. Those who support the Government’s decision are deliberately hiding this fact to somehow justify their stand and misguide the employees, because of their guilty conscience.

As the dominant organisations of the NJCA have left from the path of struggle for realization of the 7th CPC related justified demands raised in the July 11th indefinite strike charter, Confederation has decided to carry forward the struggle against the betrayal of the Government and non-implementation of assurances given by the Hon’ble Ministers. We have made it open that we strongly disagree and disown the stand taken by the Secretary, National Council JCM staff side, (Who is also the convenor of NJCA) by welcoming and thanking the Government for the decisions on Allowances including HRA. Confederation represents the sentiments of entire Central Government employees pensioners especially grass root level workers. It cannot be a party to any statement or action which the ordinary workers feel as betrayal of their cause. Confederation shall continue its struggle against the injustices meted out to the Central Government employees and Pensioners (including Autonomous body employees and pensioners, Gramin Dak Sevaks and casual, Contract workers) by the NDA Government.

Descending to the level of submitting to the dictates of the Government, compromising on the basic principles of trade Union, leaving away the path of struggle ignoring the of principles of collective bargaining, getting addicted to the JCM machinery of never ending, no-result-oriented discussions and consultations --- is not the tradition of Confederation. Confederation is a different organisation which our critics and enemies cannot understand.

We are fighting against a Government which is aggressively implementing neo-liberal reforms and we know that struggle path is tough and difficult and require sacrifices. Even then, we prefer, that path than the path of opportunism, surrender and compromises. Eventhough we have not won our battle in full, we firmly believe that whatever achievements and benefits the NDA Government was compelled to grant (Example – enhancement of Bonus ceiling to 7000, eligibility for gratuity to NPS employees. 5th Pay Commission recommended parity to pre-2016 pensioners (option-3), microscopic modifications in HRA at minimum level and some other allowances including enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance to Pensioners and retention of some of the allowances recommended for abolition etc.) is only because of the continuous nationwide campaign and struggle conducted by the Confederation and Confederation alone. Those who never participated in any strike or struggle and only enjoyed the fruits of the struggle and sacrifice of others can never understand the importance of struggle or strike. Empty vessels always go on making much noise, but we believe in action.

It is in this background, the National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has decided to intensify our struggle. To express the strong protest, anger and resentment of the employees, against the totally negative and indifferent attitude of NDA Government and also against the betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Government, Confederation calls upon the entire employees to organize mass protest demonstration on 25thJuly 2017 (25.07.2017 Tuesday) at all centres at centralized places and burn the orders on HRA issued by the Government. Wide publicity may be given to the programme through local print and electronic media and also social media.

The next phase of agitational programmes will be decided by the National Secretariat meetings of Confederation scheduled to be held at Bengaluru on 9th August 2017.

All affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to make the above programme a grant success.

Fraternally yours,

Sd/-
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General