ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
AUDIT LEKHA BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-13/2009 Date: 19th May 2009
Members of Women's Committee &
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE
BIGGEST DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE OVER, BACK TO SQUARE ONE
The elections to the 15th Lok Sabha is just over, by the time this circular reaches you Dr Manmohan Singh might have taken over oath as Prime Minister for a second term. Many may be happy, some may be sad over the outcome of the biggest democratic exercise that spanned over a month.
It is, after a long time, that a one party government – other allies/partners in the government being fringe players- has come to power. It is too early to predict how it is going to impact on the lives of the common man. Let us hope for a better tomorrow.
Because, for the time being, we have the liberty to hope only. The people have given a mandate for the outgoing government for another term. The government is free of left parties that were a 'hindrance' in the pension privatisation (ie enactment of PFRDA bill), foreign direct investment in retail sector, privatisation and 100% FDI in insurance and banking sectors, disinvestment of (ie privatisation of) public sector undertakings, outsourcing and contractorisation of functions of the government departments and total ban on recruitment.
It is too early to assess whether the new government would go ahead with these measures. The government can very well claim that the people have voted for continuance and acceleration of the economic policies. Naturally it means the people have no grudges on their PF and Pension funds being placed at the disposal of stock markets, to be at the mercy of big sharks that operate in the share market on the eve of their lives.
If the reports are to be believed, we have a cause to worry. The Times of India reports that more than 300 (out of 543) elected MPs are worth more than crore rupees. (We may ask a question: out of nearly 30 lakh Central Government employees, how many will be worth a crore? - undoubtedly we have to exclude few thousand Gr A officers, majority of whom would be worth crores).
These crorepatis will decide our fate, the fate of even those 70% of 110 crore population who hardly earns Rs 20/ a day. We have voted for them, elected them.
The employees and workers have to be vigilant. Ensuring that hard earned benefits are taken away to favour few greedy sharks is the duty of one and all.
ON DEPARTMENTAL FRONT
The classification of posts notified by DOPT has placed the Sr. Auditors & Sr Accountants in Gr B. CAG administration has confirmed that this will lead to a situation where Sr Auditors and Senior Accountants being deprived of benefits like Bonus, Festival advance etc. Moreover, this classification is not going to bring any other benefit to the cadres. Also, no cadre would be having gazetted status.
MODIFIED ACP ORDERS ISSUED
DOPT issued the orders on modified ACP Scheme today. The government has stuck to grant of ACP to the next Grade pay whether it is with in the departmental hierarchy or not.
The OM fated 19th May 2009 is "in supersession of previous ACP scheme and clarifications issued there under…"
As per this OM, all the SAs granted ACP before 1.1.2006 shall be entitled for Grade Pay of 4800/-. SAs granted ACP after 1.1.2006 shall be entitled for Grade Pay of 4600/- They have the option to get GP of 4800/ if they opt for new pay scale under SCPC from the date of ACP, foregoing the arrears of pay till then.
Units may go through the OM and bring to the notice of HQrs of any deficiencies that the beneficiaries confront on account of the modified ACP scheme.
Copy of the DOPT order is attached.
(M. S. Raja)