Sunday, March 26, 2017

Circular 09

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-09/2017                                                       Dated:  24th March 2017

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

Dear Comrades,


 As has been informed to all, Comrade Bhawani Pada Bhattacharjee, Secretary General of All India Audit & Accounts Association during 1991-93, Vice President from 1993 to 2000 and President from 2000 to 2004 (and Assistant SG from 1986 to 1991) breathed his last on 22nd March 2016. He was with his younger son at Bengaluru on his last days.

The last rites were performed at Bengaluru amidst slogans such as ‘Com Bhawani Bhattacharjee amar rahe’, ‘Comrade Bhawani da amar rahe’. Com Jayashree Raj, Convener, Women’s Committee represented the All India Audit & Accounts Association. Comrade S Radhakrishna, Vice President when Com Bhawani Bhattacharjee was Secretary General and Com Nagendra Reddy, former General Secretary of Civil Audit & Accounts Association, Hyderabad were present. Last tributes were paid by leaders of Accounts Cat 2 and 3 Association – Coms VM Rajeev, Ravindranath, KD Suresh & Raghavendra.

All the Units are requested to hold condolence meetings and send a copy of the condolence resolution to HQrs.

Units have intimated that memo has been issued to members who did participate in the strike on 16th March 2017. A draft reply is given along with this Circular.

As intimated earlier, the TU workshop – in Hindi medium – will be held at Shimla on 26-27 May 2017. The accommodation will be available from the afternoon hours of 25 May to morning of 28th May 2017. Those who want stay beyond 28th morning shall have to pay for that. Quota for each station is given below. The quota is in addition to the NE member(s).

                                 1. Jaipur: 4                  2. Bhopal: 2                 3. Gwalior: 2           4. Raipur: 2                        5. Mumbai: 2              6. Ahmedabad: 2   7. Rajkot: 2                  8. Allahabad: 4                  9. Dehradun: 4           10. Delhi: 6                  11. Haryana: 6          12. Punjab: 6
                                13. Jammu: 2              14. Nagpur: 3 + 1 (P&T Audit) = 4

                        Total: 48 + Host Unit + 15 (NE) + 13 (Spl Invitees, excluding from Host Units)

Non Hindi speaking states who want to participate may contact HQr immediately. The Units that may require more delegates for the workshop may also take prior approval. Last minute addition will not be entertained as it would put avoidable pressure on the Hosts.

The Units to whom quota has been allotted and who may not be able to attend may also intimate in advance.

Notice for the meeting is being sent separately.

The NE would meet after the workshop is wound up – till late night on 27th May.


The NE meeting held at Thrisur on 24-25 January 2017 had decided that all Units should remit the special fund on account of revised pay from 7 CPC by 15 April 2017. All Units are requested to make the remittance without fail.

Units are also requested to clear the HQr quota upto 31st March 2017.


The 47th Conference held at Nagpur decided to revise the rate of subscription of all Units to atleast Rs 30/ p.m. and the HQr subscription to Rs 12/- per member per month with effect from 1st April 2017.

All the Units are requested to take necessary steps to carry out the decisions of the 47th Conference.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally 
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Draft Reply to the Memo

Kindly refer to Memo vide no.

In this regard, I would like to submit as under.
The Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers had called for one day strike on 16th March 2017 in pursuance of 21 point charter of demands that included implementation of the assurances made by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016 to NJCA leaders with regard to minimum wage and fitment factor, exclusion of CG employees from NPS, restoration of HRA at 30%, 20% and 10 % etc.
All India Audit & Accounts Association which is an affiliate of Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers had called upon the members to participate in the strike. I being a member of the Association joined the strike.
I request that a lenient view may pl be taken on my participation. I have ensured that no pendency has been caused on account of my absence on 16th March 2017.
Thanking you
Yours faithfully

Wednesday, March 22, 2017













Friday, March 17, 2017

CIRCULAR - 5/2017

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-08/2017                                                                            Dated:  16th March 2017

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

Dear Comrades,

            HQr of All India Audit & Accounts Association congratulates all the leaders, activists and members who made the one day strike on 16th March 2017 a grand success in the respective stations. As per the reports received so far the strike position in various stations is as under:
            1. Jaipur – Audit – 80% Strike
            2.  Agartala – 100% Strike
            3. Kolkata – 60 % strike in A&E, Audit & DGAC,                           
                                Total in E Rly Audit, P&T Audit & MAB 2. Majority absent in Scientific Audit
            4. Nagpur, Accounts and P&T Audit – 50% strike
            5. Gwalior – EC members and activists on strike
            6. Delhi – EC members and activists on strike
            7. Hyderabad – Accounts – total strike
            8. Bengaluru – Accounts – 50 % on strike
            9. Chennai – Accounts – 25% on strike
                                  Audit – EC members and activists on strike
            10. Kerala – Strike -50% in Thiruvananthapuram & More than 70 % in Branches
            11. Shimla – EC members (numbering 50) on strike
            12. Allahabad – leaders and activists on strike.
            13. Mumbai – EC members on strike in Accounts and DGA Central
            14. Demonstration in Haryana, & Punjab (Chandigarh)

No action reported from Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Raipur, Bhopal, Lucknow and NE stations other than Guwahati and Agartala.

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally

M. S. Raja

Secretary General

Monday, February 27, 2017

CIRCULAR - 06/2017

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-06/2017                                                                                      Dated:  26th February 2017

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

Dear Comrades,

It is on 6th July 2016 that the NJCA decided to defer the proposed indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 after Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister met the NJCA and re-iterated the commitment made to the NJCA delegation on 30th June 2016 on revisiting of the minimum pay and fitment factor, stating that the commitment has the approval of the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

We all know that neither any Committee has been formed as assured nor any meaningful dialogue – leave aside negotiation – has taken place with Staff Side, JCM till date, forcing the employees and officers to feel deceived.

It is to register our strong protest against this backtracking from commitments and demanding honouring the commitments made to NJCA that the Confederation has decided to observe 6th March 2017 as BLACK Day. Confederation Circular is enclosed.

All the Units are requested to conduct effective campaign so that every employee wears the badge with                       
30th June & 6th JULY, 2016
written on it and maximum and participate massively in the demonstration during lunch hour.

We must remember that every action programme is to mobilise the employees so that the one day strike on 16th March 2017 becomes a resounding success.

Trade Union Camp in Hindi
As decided, we have started conducting Trade Union workshops – the first one, in English, was held at Thrissur, Kerala on 24-25 January 2017. At Thrissur itself, Shimla Units offered to host the Trade Union Workshop in Hindi.

Audit COC, Shimla has intimated that the TU Workshop could be held at Shimla on 26-27 May 2017 with accommodation from 25th noon to 28th noon. The HQr would soon intimate the quota for each Unit. Non Hindi speaking Units, if any one of them would like to attend, may intimate the HQr. well in advance.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

M. S. Raja
Secretary General


      1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001

February 18, 2017
Observe 6th March 2017

* Against the betrayal of Central Government employees and pensioners by Group of Ministers of NDA Government.
* Demanding increase in minimum pay and fitment formula

Dear comrades

We know that all of you are in the midst of hectic preparation and campaign for making the 16thMarch Strike action a great success.  As has been explained in the article, which we have placed on our website, the NDA Government, led by BJP has exhibited the worst anti-employee attitude in the post independent  era of our country.  This Government has treated its own employees as its worst enemy. The decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June, 2016 rejecting even the recommendations made by the high level committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary was unprecedented. Even the setting up of various committees was nothing but an eye wash. Nothing will come out of that.  Even the NPS Committee on which the young comrades had pinned some hope of at least  getting a minimum guaranteed pension will produce nothing.  The discussions at the JCM fora has been converted into mostly monologues i.e. the official side simply listening and not reacting.  The Government, it appears, has made the Pension department to reject the one and only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was considered to be positive i.e. Option No.1 for pensioners on the specious ground that the same is not feasible to be implemented. The allowances committee has dilly dallied its deliberation and would now submit its report after the extended period of 6 months expires on 22.02.2017. Even if they make any positive recommendation, which is seldom expected, the NDA Government would not act upon it.  They have very successfully postponed the payment of the revised allowanced for 15 months. 
                In the face of such terrible onslaught, betrayal and chicanery, which no Government in the past has every indulged in,  it is surprising that some of our friends who has a predominant role in the movement of the Central Government employees has unfortunately chosen to wait and watch.  It appears that they have chosen to wait endlessly hurting the cause of the workers. 
                We have no hesitation to affirmatively state the obvious that we have chosen the right path, the path of struggles, which can only the choice of the working class against tyrannical attitude of the employer, howsoever, powerful they may be. We must realise that those who are in the saddle of power today are not permanently posted there. We were witness to the abysmal downfall of persons who were arrogant personified.  It appears that the reasonableness, righteousness and patience we had exhibited have been taken as signs of cowardice. The undeniable fact is that those who fight only can win. We, therefore, appeal to you to carry on with conviction and courage.
                Eight months will be over on 6th March, 2017, when the Group of Ministers held out the assurance of revisiting the minimum wage and multiplication factor.  It is now crystal clear that that was an act of chicanery.  No committee was set up and no discussions were held to seriously consider the issue.  We, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that the day, i.e. 6th March, 2017 is observed as a day of betrayal and all our members are requested to wear a Black badge with the following words inscribed on it in bold letters and conduct demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices.
30th June & 6th JULY, 2016
6TH March 2017 must be yet another occasion to mobilize our members to ensure their participation in the 16th March, 2017 strike action and ultimately win all the demands in the charter. 

                We fight to win and we shall win.
                With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

(M Krishnan)
Secretary General

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-05/2017                                                     Dated:  13th February 2017

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

Dear Comrades,


            The 47th Conference decided to build up struggle on the departmental charter of demands. We had the first phase of programme on 15th November 2016 by adopting the charter of demands and submitting the same through proper channel.

            The second phase of the programme was decided for January 2016, later rescheduled to 21st February 2017.

            All the units are requested to organise Dharna by the Members of the Executive Committee with massive luch hour meeting. Campaign on the charter of demands may be conducted. A brief on the Charter of Demands is attached.

            While campaigning on the Charter of Demands, we should simultaneously focus on the demands raised by the Confederation and mobilise for the one day strike on 16th March 2017. We must keep in mind that the Common Charter of demands and the departmental charter of demands are complementary to each other and the struggles for achieving the demands cannot be separated.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Brief on Charter of Demands

   1.  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.

Founding fathers of the Constitution saw in the CAG a position that is equivalent or more important than judiciary. This was because of the nature of responsibilities that he has to discharge.
The developments in the recent past give an impression that the higher ups in the Department are more interested in having skeleton activities. The Drastic curtailment in regularity and propriety audit, overstressing on Performance Audit etc are nothing but an attempt to abdicate the constitutional responsibility vested with the CAG.
All these are used to reduce the manpower at lower level upto Sr Auditor/Accountant and the shortage of manpower is used to curtail audit further and introduce outsourcing of functions. The recent decision of CAG to rationalise the staff strength in audit offices have caused drastic reduction in the cadre strength of Auditor/Senior Auditor. Even the Auditor/Accountant & SA has been removed from the technical cadre category.
There is no visible move to strengthen PRI Audit. This itself raises doubt on the intention behind this demand – the Department is withdrawing from the role of a pro-active ‘Comptroller’ to a very superficial ‘Auditor General’ with no responsibility but with only power. This is an affront to the Indian Constitution. There is a reluctance to utilise the idle man power available or to pool the man power. Divide and rule rules.
It is therefore a must that the Department takes steps for widening and deepening the scope of the functions, audit as well as accounts including that of Panchayati Raj Institution, revisit the bifurcation of the office of Accountants General on functional grounds and develop a multi-skilled manpower from the lower level. Risk based Audit and Performance audit may be used as additional tools. Otherwise the whole audit edifice would be under risk.
Neither the executive wants to protect the people’s rights nor does the CAG want. What everybody wants is to somehow remain afloat. As far as CAG’s bureaucracy is concerned, the only concern is to create more posts at higher level at the cost of base level cadres. The performance vis-a-vis the accountability is very low today.
Only an overhauling as proposed in our proposal for cadre restructuring can bring about some desirable changes – the mandate that flows from the Constitution and the accountability there-upon should only be the concern.

       2.     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.    

These demands have become all the more important in the context of the Governments overdrive on privatisation and selling of family silver. Public-Private-Participation (PPP) is going to be the order of the day. This simply means handing over the national assets to the national and transnational corporates. The move to bring 100% FDI in Railways and 49% in Defence rings alarm bells for audit also.
Whenever we discuss with our administration, “global practice” is what is being played up. The department is not oblivious to the fact that in many of the “model” nations, whenever and wherever public money is involved or common man’s money is involved, it is brought under the scrutiny of Supreme Auditor of that nation. What we demand is the same.
From The topmost to any dick and harry in the government speaks of “globally  friendly’ atmosphere! This is nothing but allowing the transnational business conglomerates to loot the national wealth. This is where the role of CAG as the “watchdog of Indian finances” has to be seen and strengthened.

  3. Restructure the audit/accounts cadres as per note submitted by this Association & Grant the following Grades Pay to other cadres
                                Auditor/Accountant –  4200,
                                                             SA –  4600,
                                                          AAO  – 4800 & 5400 (PB2) on completion of 4 years,
                                                                        AO–  6600
                                                            SAO -  7600 
The issue of parity in Pay scale for SA with Assistants in CSS maintaining vertical relativity has been our long standing demand. Through struggles, we achieved it in the past, only to be disturbed again and again. The court cases filed by some disruptionists elements and its rejection by the Supreme Court caused immense damage to our demand, giving a handle to the 6th and 7 CPCs to reject the parity demand. The decision of the CAG administration to upgrade the SA cadre with 75% direct recruitment of graduates and to demand total parity with CSS for all cadres is the result of the consistent persuasion of the demand, supported by the sustained agitations – including the mass casual leave on 8th April 2010 – we conducted for long.
The first step would be to snatch what has been denied to us repeatedly and then we have to move forward for betterment of the service advancement of the entirety of the personnel.  

 4.   a)  Vacate victimisation of Association activists.
        b) Allow democratic functioning of Association without interference from administration
There is no station in IA&AD where gross misuse of authority against the employees, their Association and its leaders has not taken place. Many of the Accountants General does not meet the Association. The grievance redressal machineries have become defunct. The scars of Kerala, Rajkot, Allahabad & Kolkata are yet to be addressed, so also the wounds of vicitmisations on the wake one day mass casual leave on 8th April 2010.
The mutilated implementation of the CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 has created a mess in the Department. The recognition process is a never-ending, ever-continuing process in IA&AD.
Basic functional facilities like Special CL etc are questioned by the filed level administrations.

  5.             i)          Fill up all vacant posts through local recruitment, coming out of SSC if required;
         ii)         Reserve 80% posts for those from the respective territory.
It is stated by the CAG administration that 16000 personnel has been recruited during the last 4-5 years. With rate of retirement being at a faster and because of the vacancies that have  accumulated  over the years and above all, retention rate of those recruited being very poor, the man power availability at field level is much below the requirement – vacancy position being still above 30%.
IA&AD decided to refer the recruitment to SSC when the SSC was recruiting the personnel locally. Since the judgement of Supreme Court on Radhey Shyam and others vs UOI, the SSC is compelled to make the recruitment on all India plane. The result is that majority of the newly recruited are from out of the particular state having no the knowledge of local language. Lack of knowledge of the local language affects the functioning as State Govts do function on the regional language.
Further, the newly recruited personnel also face lot of difficulties, including the condition to qualify in the regional language and ban on unilateral transfer.
This recruitment policy also causes low rate of retention. In the changed circumstances, we demand that IA&AD should come out of SSC and go for own recruitment, statewise – this will ensure that the department gets enough number of recruits, enhancing the rate of retention.
Also we insist on revising of the rationalisation of staff strength in Audit side, leading to drastic reduction in the SA/Auditor cadre.

 6.    Stop unilateral implementation of transfer policy in Commercial Audit & P&T Audit
The audit criteria issued by the CAG in January 2011 is nothing but total abdication of constitutional responsibility to help the corrupt executive in the light of the audit report on the deal with Devas International on the allocation of S-band spectrum. The audit report was suppressed. It did not get the importance as in the case of 2G or coal. The new criterion was issued immediately after that, to ensure that such firms (though in Public Sector) are left scot free.

 7.      Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale
                  The award - granting parity in pay scales to SA with Assistants in CSS from 1.1.1986 notionally and actually from 12.11.2011 - given in August 2004 is still pending for implementation. The UPA government has even in its last days tried to move a resolution in the Parliament for its rejection. Only because of the timely intervention by Com Basudev Acharya ensured that it was not carried.

 8.   Permit all Employees in the GP of 1800 to appear for all Departmental Exams including SOGE
                  In the recent recruitment of MTS, many of those recruited are with qualification graduation and above. The promotional avenue for them is quite limited. These hands are of great asset to the department. (The spectre of unemployment has made them to come as MTS. It would be in the interest of the department that those who are graduates are permitted to negotiate the SAS examination directly, on completion of 3 years          

  10. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness           promotion in all wings
                  The Recruitments Rule (RR) for SA is about to be amended with direct recruitment of 75%. This is the pattern available for Assistants in CSS. The Assistants in CSS so recruited is entitled for promotion as Section Officer – 50 through Departmental Examination and 50% through seniority cum fitness.
                        In the Organised Accounts, 20% of the AAO post is earmarked for promotion of SA on seniority cum fitness. It should be extended same to the SA in IA&AD also. Further, present day Supervisor should be treated at par with AAO with channel for further promotion to AO/SAO opened up. There is no difference in the functions of AAO and Supervisor.

 11Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as     per TRAI regulations, widen scope of audit.
            We submitted this proposal in May 2007. The department has avoided discussion on the subject since then.

12.   Re-imburse hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.
In the pretext that personnel of Railway audit are covered by the TA rules of Railways, this is denied. It is the responsibility of the Department to ensure that our touring personnel get the entitled type of Railways accommodation or Railways arrange the entitled type of accommodation. Otherwise the Hotel Charges be re-imbursed, be it by the Railways or the Department.

13.   Restore unilateral transfer policy.
The system of unilateral transfer in cadres where provision for direct recruitment is there was in vogue in the Department from the very beginning. The scheme was suspended in 1995-96 for a short period and then re-introduced with certain stipulations.
But later on complete ban was imposed on unilateral transfer. This has caused great inconvenience to employees seeking unilateral transfer.

14.   Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit
The facility of metal pass to AAOs in railway audit is denied on the ground that AAO in Railway Accounts are not gazetted. Reply under RTI has stated that the AAO in Railway Audit with GP of 4800 is entitled for metal pass. But till date the department has failed to get it extended to our AAOs.

    15. Restore/Extend JCM facility to AAOs (who were part of the scheme uptil 1984)
            When the Scheme of Joint Consultative Machinery & Compulsory Arbitration was brought into effect from 1965, SAS Accountant/ Superintendent (later designated as Section Officer) were Gr C and hence part of the Scheme. But with the restructuring of cadres in IA&AD in 1984, 80% of the cadre was upgraded and were granted Gazetted status with the designation AAO, thus excluding them from the ambit of JCM scheme.
                The present cadre of AAO was essentially a part of JCM Scheme and hence it is unjustifiable to exclude it later only because the CPC/Govt. decided to restructure or upgrade the cadre on a later date.

    16.  Grant 5 promotions in the career
Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers, for the first time, raised the issue of stagnation due to lack of promotional avenues that are adversely affecting the morale of the employees in various departments with the 5th CPC. The result was introduction of the scheme of ACP which came into being from 1999. With the 6 CPC, the demand was to increase it to 3 which was conceded but with clever dilution – instead of cadre hierarchy Grade Pay hierarchy was introduced creating lot of disaffection and confusion.
The 7 CPC, though we persisted with demand for 5 promotions during the entire service – on the 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th and 4th year of the career-, it was not conceded. (Not only that the 7 CPC did not concede to make it 5 or on promotional hierarchy, it made it more stringent by making “very good’ as the bench mark). It is a fact that the personnel of organised Group A services are entitled to get 5 promotions. The personnel down below should also be entitled for the same hierarchical promotional avenues.
It means, in our department our demand is that: MTS should get a chance to reach up to AAO; ii) DEO up to AO and iii) SA (in the new format) up to one level above SAO.