Friday, April 11, 2014

CIRCULAR - 10/2014

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-10/2014                                                          Dated: 9th April 2014

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

Dear Comrades,
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

We are in the process to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. By the time this Circular reaches you, the voting in nearly 100 out of 542 Lok Sabha constituencies might be over. The great Indian democracy has seen many wonders, has produced spectacular results – defying all pollsters. Let us hope and try for that again this time.

Let us remember that the underprivileged always expressed very forcefully at the very first opportunity, through the ballot boxes. They react when their daily going gets bad to worse.

The central government employees should not get carried over some peripheral issues but should consider:

            1. The unprecedented price rise
            2. PFRDA act – that could be adopted with the active support of NDA
            3. Outsourcing and contractorisation of jobs
            4. Ban on recruitment and abolition of vacant posts
            5. Non functioning of all negotiating fora since 1998-99
            6. Restriction on compassionate recruitment since 1998-99

Privatisation of Pension is the biggest “contribution’ of the UPA-II. And we cannot forget that the PFRDA bill could be made into an Act of the Parliament only with the total support of NDA. Only the Left parties and Biju Janata Dal voted against the bill. There was unanimity between UPA and NDA when it came to robbing of government employees the only social security that they had all along. (‘It is our political commitment’ – this how Shri Yeshwant Sinha, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Finance responded when some of the leaders of our movement contacted him).

Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers organised a National Convention at Nagpur to finalise the approach towards the general elections based on the issues that confront us. The resolution adopted in the Convention is given below.

All India Audit & Accounts Association endorses the resolution adopted at the Nagpur Convention on 4th April 2014 and call upon every unit to fully involve in the implementation of the directive given there-in and also in the enclosed circular of Confederation.  Our Units may get the resolution translated into the regional language and distribute amongst the membership. We may also arrange meetings during the visit of all India leaders of Confederation or/and at the behest of local COC.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General

RESOLUTION  adopted at the  National Convention of Central Government employees on 4th April, 2014 at Nagpur

1.         The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its appreciation over the massive  and magnificent participation of the largest number of our members in the 48 hour strike on 12thand 13th Feb. 2014.  It was a great manifestation of the confidence the members had reposed in the organization and their determination to win the demands through struggles.  The reports, the Confederation CHQ received both from the affiliates and the State Committee indicate the massive participation of the employees in the strike action throughout the county.  In some of the affiliates, the participation had been cent percent.  This must embolden the Confederation to pursue the issue with determination and organize further action programmes to ensure that the demands are got settled.

2.           The Secretariat has noted that the Government had pretended to ignore the massive action of
the employees.  There had been no response from them so far.  In the wake of the strike action, it announced the composition of the 7th CPC disregarding the united demand raised by the Staff side of the JCM National Council for the inclusion of a labour representative.  The Government also chose not to convene the meeting the staff side to discuss the draft terms of reference submitted.  It did not make any announcement on the question of merger of DA, Interim Relief, and inclusion of GDA within the ambit of the Commission and rejected the demand for making the recommendation of the Commission effective from 1.1.2014. 

3.           On every issue, which is included in the 15 point Charter of demands, the Govt. continued with its nugatory attitude.   In the last session of the Parliament, they ensured that the PFRDA bill becomes an Act despite the strongest objection and resistance of the employees by eliciting and receiving the support and patronage of the dominant opposition party, the BJP.  Even on an issue like compassionate appointments, no positive response emerged.   The period witnessed increased outsourcing of governmental functions.  Almost a third of the workforce is presently casual and contract workers with abysmally poor wages taking advantage of the acute unemployment situation in the country.  There had been no settlement of any issue raised by the Staff Side in the National Council JCM.  The JCM scheme has been made ineffective as not a single meeting of the Council was held in the last three years and even the decision taken at the National Anomaly Committee was thwarted through political intervention.

4.           The plight of the three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department is highly deplorable.  They constitute almost half of the Postal work force. But for them, the functioning of the Postal system will come to a grinding halt.  Their service conditions are presently worse off than even a causal/daily rated worker. Despite the Supreme Court’s decisions that they are holders of Civil Post and consequently are entitled to the benefits and privileges of a civil servant, there had been no improvement in their service conditions worth mentioning.  In spite of repeated presentation of their case both inside and outside the Parliament by people from all walks of life irrespective of party affiliation, the Government had been silent to the pleading for bringing them within the ambit of the Pay Commissions.  Confederation is duty bound and determined to change the situation and to bring them within the purview of the 7th CPC.

5.          During its five year tenure the UPA II was in power, it intensified the neo-liberal reforms;  phased          out all welfare measures; accentuated the unemployment situation; divested the PSUs; allowed unbridled entry of Foreign capital to subjugate the Indian people; ruined the indigenous industry; destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers; allowed the prices of all essential food items to soar; privatised education and health care services; ensured that each of its decision was to favour the rich; granted huge tax concessions to the corporate; indulged in large scale corruption; squandered away the national wealth; siphoned off the poor man’s earning into the hands of a few rich in the country; sided with the entrepreneurs in all labour disputes;  took each and every political decision to sub-serve the interest of the imperialist powers especially the USA.  The pursuance of the neo liberal policies at the behest of the advanced capitalist countries drove the majority of Indian population to be below the poverty levels. In the comity of nations, India became the poorest and the last ranking in all fields. Indian youth were driven to be beggars at the doors of transnational corporations and developed countries.

6.           Those who were responsible in driving our country men to unprecedented deprivation have to now seek mandate, for their tenure is to end shortly.  No different is the approach of the major opposition party, BJP.  There is nothing to choose from these two political dispensations.  They were hand in glove together to demolish the sovereignty of the country; pauperisation of the people and supported every legislation to intensify the neo liberal exploitation of the common man.  They supported to the hilt the corporate houses.  But for the support extended by the BJP, the PFRDA bill would never have been made into a law.  The Act now provides for the extension of the new contributory pension scheme to those who were recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the existing pensioners.  Despite the refusal of the Government to accept their suggestion to guarantee minimum pension, the BJP unashamedly supported the Bill, for they were the proponents of the neo liberal economic policies.  They supported this Government to increase the FDI and FII in all sectors of economy and announced that they would intensify the reform process if elected to power.  The conglomeration of Corporates in the country has now appointed the leader of that party to be the next CEO to run the country.  They have no use for the discredited UPA howsoever subservient it could be.  They know in a democratic system demagogy can play a vital role.  They are certain that BJP and its allies if elected to power will be much more pliant and compliant.

7.         The Corporate controlled media has created an illusion to the effect that there exists a consensus across the political spectrum in the country that the neo liberal policies will spur economic growth and the only point to be clinched in the forthcoming election is as to which political combination, whether the UPA led by Rahul Gandhi or the NDA of Narendra Modi is more efficient in pursuing the IMF dictated economic policies vigorously.  Economic growth is not akin to development. In the initial years of the introduction of the LPG, no doubt, the economy grew phenomenally, but the large majority of Indian people suffered. It permanently halted the bringing up of an egalitarian society.  It only enlarged the scope for maximisation of profit of the corporate giants; opened up larger and bigger avenues for corruption at the top of administration, whereby the ruling party and its leaders could amass wealth.  The scams unearthed by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India during the last five years of UPA II Rule speak volumes of the cancerous growth of corruption in our country.  The 2G spectrum involving Rs. 1.76 lakh crores,  the Coalgate of the dimension of Rs. 1.86 lakh crores, the corruption involved in the commonwealth games, the Rs. 40,000 cr deal in the Delhi Airport Privatisation scheme, The KG Basin related Gas price deal with Reliance, topping with Rs 48 lakh crores are a few that surfaced during this period.

8.          As part of the economic policy, concerted and continuous efforts were made to the job killing process in all sectors, through contractorisation, casualisation, outsourcing, privatisation etc. Contract workers now constitute 80% of the total work force in the private sector.  After the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations about 35% of the workforce in the Governmental sector is either contract or casual workers.  They are paid quarter of or even less the wages of the regular workers. 

9.          This election is not only to decide who should govern this country but more so to determine for whom the governance is. UPA having been totally discredited in the eyes of the common man has no chance whatsoever.  NDA must not have a chance once again for it is bound to pursue the neo liberal policies more vigorously than even the UPA. That is the one and only reason why the Indian corporate houses and the corporate controlled media solidly back the BJP and the BJP led NDA. The Political combination outside the NDA and UPA has a predominant presence in the 15th Lok Sabha. They are capable of being the largest segment in the 16th Lok Sabha too.

10.         It is in this background that the workers must assess the political situation.  In the forthcoming electoral battle, every worker must discharge his salutary responsibility.  Since the present state of affairs is the product of the neo- liberal policies and since both the UPA and the NDA are the proponents of those policies, one must have clear vision and exercise the franchise effectively to ensure that a pro-worker, pro-people combination of parties is in governance.  In the forthcoming election to the 16th Lok Sabha, the Central Government employees must become a vehicle for change in the interest of the common people; rise above the divisive ideologies and misleading propaganda; identify their friends especially in the Left parties; and ensure the success of those who stood with them and fought for the cause of the workers and common people. 

11.         The Secretariat came to the inescapable conclusion that the settlement of the demands in the charter will only be possible through intensification of the struggles.  It recognised the need for larger unity. It will strive for bringing about such a united platform for joint action.  The inevitability of an indefinite strike action has to be emphasised.  The Confederation and its affiliates must prepare its members for such an eventual and unavoidable action, if the proposed 7th CPC is to really revise the wages.  It is needed to ensure the withdrawal of the pernicious contributory pension scheme.  It only will ensure that there are no casual or contract system of employment in Government service.   The Government employees must be bestowed with democratic rights and above all must enjoy the facility for collective bargaining and right to strike.  The Gramin Dak Sevak system is a colonial legacy and no civilised country must endure such brutal exploitation.  All is possible through united and sustained action.  The Confederation has proved beyond any iota of doubt that it has built up an organisation capable of carrying out such an action.

12.       To ensure that the Indian people have food security, the farmers are not driven to commit suicide, the workers do have decent job environment and emoluments, the prices of essential commodities do not soar, there is universal public distribution of essential food articles; India has an independent foreign policy, this great Nation is not enslaved by western imperial powers once again, all communities and people of different faiths are allowed to live in peace and harmony; no communal violence erupts; all able bodied people have jobs and livelihood, there must be a Government which exist for the sake of the poor inhabitants of this country.  Central Government employees must take an active role in the ensuing General election and strive with their best to bring about such a Government.

13.        This convention calls upon every worker of the Confederation to fan out and reach out to the rank and file of its membership, explain the stupendous task ahead; to work in consonance with the understanding depicted in this resolution and ensure that they become instruments for a great political change in our country. 

14.        The Convention authorises the National Secretariat to review the political situation emerging after the election and take appropriate decision to mobilise the rank and file of the workers for an eventual industrial action to seek settlement of the 15 point charter of demands.


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CONFEDERATION CIRCULAR

CONFEDERATION OF
CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
      1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
      Website: www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
            Email: confederationhq@gmail.com

Circular No: 15                                                                                                   Date: 5/4/2014

Dear Comrade,

                The National Convention of Central Government employees as scheduled was held at Nagpur on 4th April, 2014.  The convention was inaugurated by Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, National President, CITU and was addressed by Com. B.N.J. Sharma,  President, AITUC, Nagpur District Committee .
               
The Draft resolution prepared by the National Secretariat was presented to the house by Com. M.S. Raja, Working President, Confederation. Com. K.K.N. Kutty, President, read out the two amendments received at the CHQ.  In the deliberations that ensued thereafter 31 comrades participated. Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, summed up the discussion and indicated the acceptance of the suggestions made by the delegates who participated in the deliberations.  A copy of the final version of the resolution as adopted by the Convention unanimously is enclosed.  Before the adoption of the resolution in its final form by the house, Com. S.K. Vyas, Advisor, Com. Narasimhan, Vice President and Com. K.P. Rajagopal, Secretary, Confederation addressed the house.

                The National Secretariat of the Confederation met on the same day at 7.00PM.  It took the following decisions to carry out the directives of the Convention.

1.   The State Committees of the Confederation and its affiliated Federations will take steps to  
translate the resolution in the respective local languages immediately and ensure that the same is circulated amongst the members. 

2.   Meetings will be organised in all offices to explain the contents of the resolution adopted  
      by the National Convention.

3.   The National Secretariat members who are assigned the responsibility (as per the details in
      the annexure) will interact with the State Secretaries and ensure that the campaign  
      programme of reaching out to all members is carried out in all States.

4.   The State Committees will solicit and enlist the services of the Pensioners organisations to
      carry out the campaign amongst the mass of the people.

All affiliates and State Committees are requested to take immediate steps to carry out the above decisions of the National Secretariat. 

With greetings,
Yours fraternally, 


 M. Krishnan
Secretary General.
               



Name  of the Secretariat Member
State Assigned
 1
M. Krishnan and R.Seethalakshmi.
Karnataka and Kerala   
 2
Com . K.K.N. Kutty and Com. Duraipandian.
Tamilnadu
 3
Com. Narasimhan, Nageswara Rao and P.Suresh:
Andhra Pradesh
 4
Com. R.P.Singh and Com. P. Jayaraj.
Mumbai
 5
Coms. P.K. Das. Gurpreet Singh. & Nilesh Nasre
Vidarbha
 6
Com. Yeshwant Purohit and Com.T.K.R. Pillai
Madhya Pradesh.
 7
Com. T.N. Parashar & T. Satyanarayana
Gujarat.
 8
Com. Suresh.
Chattisgarh.
 9
Com. V. Bhattacharjee and Giriraj Singh.
Jharkhand.
10
Com. R.N. Dhall
Orissa.
11
V. Bhattacharjee and Giriraj Singh.
Bihar
12
Com.R.N. Parasar.
U.P.
13
Com. Somaiah, Ashok Kanojia.& K.P.Rajagopal
Haryana. And Punjab.   
14
Com. M.S. Raja.
H.P. and Uttarakhand
15
Com. S.K. Vyas and Com.N. Somaiah
Rajasthan
16
Com.R.N. Parashar, V. Bhattacharjee, A.K. Kanojia & Giriraj Singh
Delhi.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Circular-08/2014

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-08/2014                                                                                        Dated: 17th March 2014

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

Dear Comrades,
SHIMLA CWC -  
  • UPDATED THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS
  • CALLS FOR SUSTAINED AGITATION IN PURSUANCE OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS

The CWC meeting at Shimla on 12-13 March 2014 will be remembered for the direction that has been given to the organisation. It will also be remembered for how the warm hospitality could beat even the inclement weather, keeping the delegates and observers warm, happy and involved.

36 Units attended the CWC – the inclement weather and the ongoing Board exams notwithstanding. 11 National Executive Committee members, 5 Special Invitees, 36 delegates and 116 observers attended the meeting. Of the four NE members who did not attend the meeting, Com Kamalesh Choudhury is indisposed and just been out of hospitalisation, Com Anindya Mitra had to cancel the ticket at the last moment because of the sudden illness of his mother and Com Partha Guha because of some unexpected developments at home front. There was no communication from Com: Nina Kumari Kujur, Convener, Women’s Committee.

27 delegates participated in the discussion over the note on agenda items presented by the Secretary General while other units submitted detailed note on the issues concerning their units.

The CWC meeting updated the charter of demands and decided the following programmes in pursuance of the Charter of Demands. 

The updated Charter of Demands is:

         1.  i) Merge Auditor/Accountant with Senior Auditor/Accountant and grant the GP    of 4600 in PB 2.
    ii)  Grant the GP of 5400 in PB 2 to AAOs, GP of 6600 in PB 3 to AOs and 7600 to SAOs in PB 4
   iii) Revive the cadre of Record Keeper by de-merging from MTS and grant GP 1900 in PB 1.

         2.  Grant atleast 5 promotions in the career.
                         
   3.  i)  Fill Up all vacant posts through local recruitment
           ii)  Reassess the staff strength on scientific work norms
                                           
   4.  Permit Graduate MTS to negotiate SAS exam

   5. Re-designate DEO as Audit/Accounts Assistant; open up 100% promotion chances for DEOs as Auditor/Accountant.              

    6. Ensure equal opportunity in promotion to stenos of the same station.

    7.  Restore transaction audit to the fullest extent.

    8. Strengthen Audit & Accounts to Safeguard People’s Rights
        Stop down-sizing; Stop outsourcing & privatisation of Audit & Accounts; Scrap              Curtailment/shedding of Audit functions in the name of Audit Plan; ensure  continuance of the existing Accounting and Auditing methodologies and appropriate party days with scientific work norms; ensure effective Panchayati Raj Audit & Accounts by sanctioning adequate posts; revisit restructuring of Audit effected from 1..4. 2012.

         9.  a) Amend Company Law and DPC Act for Audit of Public Sector Undertakings &  Corporations even after reduction of Government share to below 50%.
    b) Amend Company Law to ensure the Audit by IA&AD of all Public Limited   Companies listed with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
     c) Enact necessary law to bring audit of all public Financial Institutions by IA&AD.               

 10.   a)  Vacate victimisation of Association activists.
           b) Allow democratic functioning of Association without interference from   administration

11.    i) Withdraw annual audit criteria introduced vide letter dt 27 January 2011.
          ii) Stop unilateral implementation of transfer policy in Commercial Audit & P&T Audit

 12.  Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale

 13. Declare placing as AAO on passing of SAS exam as direct recruitment and extend benefits of MACP to Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers.

  14. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness              promotion

15.  Remove differential treatment on pay fixation on promotion vis-à-vis direct recruitees in   all cadres

16. Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as     per TRAI regulations.

17.    Re-imburse hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.

18.    Restore unilateral transfer policy.

19.    Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit

     20.   Grant increment and Grade Pay of 4800 from the day of Passing of SOGE

     21.  Withdraw PFRDA Act and ensure statutory pension for all

22. Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit &   accounts cadres

The CWC decided the following programmes in pursuance of these demands:

                1. Campaign Week         : 28 April – 2nd May 2014

                2. Demands Day             : 4th June 2014

                3. Mobilisation Week     : 7th July -11th July 2014

                4. 24 hour fast by unit leadership: 21-22 August 2014

                5. 48 hour fast by Secretary General in front of CAG’s office

                6. Mass Dharna in front of CAG’s office

The dates for the programmes at 5 and 6 will be decided later. The campaign material on the charter of demands would be circulated later. All the Units are requested to ensure serious mobilisation on the charter of demands.  

IMPLEMENT JAC CALL FOR DHARNA ON 26 MARCH 2014

As decided by the joint NE meeting of apex JAC constituents on 11th January 2014,   the third stage of action ie Joint Dharna in every station is to be organised on 26th March 20-14 in pursuance of the following demands

1.       Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit & accounts cadres.
2.       i) Upgrade LDC as Audit/Accounts Assistant and merge Auditor/Accountant and SA
ii) Grant the following pay scales to Audit & Accounts Cadres
                                                                Audit/Accounts Asstt - GP 2400. PB 1
                                                                SA                                        - GP 4600, PB2
                                                                AAO                                - GP 5400, PB2
                                                                AO                                        - GP 6600, PB3
                                                                SAO                                 - GP 7600, PB4
iii) Grant ACP on departmental hierarchy basis
iv) Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs: - 5400 from the day of passing AAO/SOG examination
  v) Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.

         3. Implement Arbitration Award

All the units are requested to contact the constituents of the JAC in their station, revive the local JAC and prepare for the successful joint Dharna on 26th March 2014. Please send the report on formation of JAC in the station as well as about the implementation of the joint Dharna. JAC circular is attached.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)

Secretary General