ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
AUDIT LEKHA BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-16/2009 Date: July 23, 2009
Members of Women's Committee &
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE
BRACE UP TO FACE CHALLENGES–
NE MEETING RE-ITERATES THE CALL FOR
VIBRANT, DEMOCRATIC FUNCTIONING AT ALL LEVELS
The National Executive Committee of the Association met at New Delhi on 19, 20 and 21 July 2009. The meeting reviewed the developments since its meeting at Thiruvananthapuram in February 2009 and concluded that the decisions taken in the last one year has not been implemented uniformly throughout the country in the desired manner.
The meeting noted that the first meeting of the National Executive (after 44th Conference at Chennai) held in March 2007 at New Delhi had called upon the units to re-orient the functioning by developing organisational machinery through section activists and regular interaction with these section activists. It was also suggested (and re-iterated in all the meetings of the NE held thereafter) that all units should subject the circulars issued by Head Quarters as well as Auditlekha Samanvay for discussion in the Executive Committee meetings as well as activists meeting. The feed back received in these meeting should be communicated to Head Quarters was also decided.
In the month of February and March some units were visited by Secretary General holding detailed discussions in the respective Executive Committee meetings. Though certain decisions were taken in all the units as a result of detailed interaction, the NE assessed that these decisions taken during the visit of Secretary General have not been put into practice in any of these units.
The NE noted that drastic reduction of employees at all levels, abolition of Gr D posts, contractorisation of functions etc have adverse impact on the discharge of functions.
A concerted attempt is made by the top bureaucracy of IA&AD to blame the employees and officers for the fall in standards when it is caused because of the policy deviations, total subversion of time-tested audit methodologies and more over by the degeneration of IA&AS officers who indulge in unethical means which was unheard of in the department even forcing subordinates to do such things for their gratification.
When certain serious allegations this nature crop up and reported to the HQr office, these officers are simply transferred. Even on serious charge like attempted rape (that also against a fellow woman IA&AS officer!), the concerned IA&AS officer is merely suspended for few months followed by re-instatement and lucrative posting.
This will have to be compared with dismissal of Com Manuel in Kerala on trumped up charges, continued suspension of Com PC Parikh, President, Civil Audit Association, Rajkot on flimsy grounds and chargesheet under Rule 14 to Com Gautam Pramanick, former President on the eve of his retirement and statements that no demonstration would be permitted. (In all disciplinary cases in Kerala, on appeal, the DAI have upheld the charges stating that demonstration is violative of rules).
If these challenges are to be met squarely and defeated, the organisation has to be of steely content with personnel of conviction. The leadership has to take measured and calculated step to develop the organisation into a vibrant, democratic one with multi-tiered functioning and decision making mechanism.
The National Executive after detailed deliberation came to the conclusion that extensive touring by CHQ leaders is a must to restore the democratic functioning of the Associations in many of the field offices so as to involve the cadre into the decision making process and day-to-day functioning.
The task would be to re-vitalise the organisation through struggles on the issues that confront the employees and officers including the right to have full functional facility without interference from administration. The issues confronting the employees and officers as well the IA&AD would be the focal point around which the movement would have to be built up and sustained.
Vacate Victimisation Day on 18th Aug
Under the circumstances, we are left with no recourse but to reinforce our determination for a long sustained struggle. It is our bounden duty to fight back these authorities to bring back our comrades who have made their service sacrificed for the betterment of other members in the Indian audit and accounts department. Therefore it has been decided to observe the Vacate Victimisation Day on 18th Aug. 2009 by holding General body meeting passing resolutions. Please send a detailed report of implementation of the programmed promptly to Head Quarters for review and take future course of action.
JOINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS WITH AO'S ASSOCIATION FINALISED
This objective in the mind, the National Executive decided to revive the activities of Co-Ordination Committee with All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association. Coms S Mohan, Secretary General and P Prabhakar, Asstt Secretary General, All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association attended the National Executive so that a detailed discussion could be held and a common approach also could be evolved. The meeting adopted a Joint Charter of Demand and decided to observe 28th September 2009 as Demands Day by holding joint general body meetings and adopting the Charter of Demands
The Charter of Demands adopted by the National Executive is given below:
1. Vacate victimisation; Restore Trade Union Rights
2. Fill up all vacant posts including Gr D, No matching savings at the cost of Gr B, C & D cadres
3. Regularise all casual, temporary, contract, daily wage workers
4. Permit self certification for TA/DA claims
5. Upgrade LDCs by re-designating them as Acctts/Audit Assistants and grant following pay sales to different cadres-
Accounts/Audit Assistant PB-1 with Grade Pay Rs.2400
Accountant/Auditor/ Steno Gr.II PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs.4200
Sr. Accountant/Auditor/ Steno Gr.I PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs.4600
SO/JAO/AAO/PS PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs.4800
PB-3 with Grade Pay Rs.5400
On completion of 4 years.
Accounts/Audit Officer PB-3 with Grade Pay Rs. 6600
Sr. Accounts/Audit Officer PB-3 with Grade Pay Rs. 7600
6. Remove age restriction for induction to IA&AS; Increase promotional quota to IA&AS from 331/3rd % to 50 %.
7. Stop down sizing, outsourcing and privatisation of any function in IA&AD
8. Restore unilateral transfer policy
9. Earmark 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness promotion (supervisor)
10. Restore traditional auditing and accounting methodologies and sanction appropriate party days on scientific work norms
11. Remove differential treatment on pay fixation on promotion vis-à-vis direct recruitees in all cadres
12. Re-imbursement of hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.
The campaign and mobilisation of employees and officers would be given an impetus with the visit of CHQ leaders in September 2009. The tour programme would be circulated separately.
(M. S. Raja)