Friday, March 5, 2010

Circular 09-2010

Comrades,

Please find Circular 09-2010 posted below.

Raja

ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
AUDIT LEKHA BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667
E-mail: auditflag1923@gmail.com
Website: www.auditflag.blogspot.com

Reference: AIA/Circular-09/2010
Dated: 5th March 2010


Dear Comrades,

MASS CL ON 8TH APRIL 10

Hope all of you might have started preparing in the right earnest for
the Mass Casual leave programme on 8th April 2010 in pursuance of the
Charter of Demands adopted by the Conference.

As per the decision of the Apex JAC adopted by the Conference, 15-31
March, 2010 is to be observed as Mobilisation of Casual Leave
fortnight during which period all the units shall collect the Casual
Leave application from the membership and keep it with them for
submitting to the group officers on 7th April 2010.

The format for the CL application is given along with the enclosed
JAC circular.

To help the units in the mobilisation for successful implementation
of Mass Casual Leave agitation, visit of HQr leaders to various units
are planned. The detailed tour programme is given below.
TOUR PROGRAMME

Station Name of the visiting leader – Com: Date(s) Onward journey to
Chennai VS Jaitha
R Venkataraman
K. Udayakumar 16-17 March 10 Thiruvananthapuram
Nagpur V Nageswara Rao
KC Mathai
RK Sahani 24 March 10 Hyderabad
Mumbai SK Vyas 22-24 March 10 Gwalior
Bangalore M Duraipandian
BV Harisha 17 March 10 Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram M Duraipandian
V Sreekumar
VS Jaitha 18-19 March 10 Chennai
Dehradun MS Raja
Subhash Pandey
BC Dhyani 22-23 March 10 Lucknow
Lucknow MS Raja
Subhash Pandey
Virendra Kr Shukla 24-25 March 10 Bhopal
Allahabad
Agartala Tapas Bose 25,26 March 10 Kolkata
Shillong GK Gohain 24 March 10 Guwahati
Kohima GK Gohain 29 March 10 Guwahati
Punjab Jagmohan Thakur
Noel Riphat 25 March 10
Haryana Jagmohan Thakur
Noel Riphat 26 March 10 Shimla
Rajkot MS Raja
VK Bhambhi 16-17 March 10 Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad MS Raja
VK Bhambhi 18-19 March 10 New Delhi
Gwalior SK Vyas
Hemant Shrivastava 25-26 March 10 New Delhi
Bhubaneswar, Puri MS Raja
NK Mohanty
Ninakumari Kujur 29-30 March 10 New Delhi
Jammu MS Raja
Jagmohan Thakur 2 April 2010 New Delhi
Raipur KC Mathai 22 March 10 Nagpur
Bhopal MS Raja 26 March 10 New Delhi
Jaipur MS Raja
SK Vyas 9-10 March 10 New Delhi


All units shall inform the HQr on 31st March 2010 evening itself
about the number of CL applications collected by each Unit and the
percentage there-of.

With regards

Yours fraternally

(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General


JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OF
ACCOUNTS & AUDIT EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS ORGANISATIONS
AUDIT LEKHA BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA, DT. GHAZIABAD, U.P, 201012
Ph. 0120-2881727/011-2578 5070
E-mail: auditflag1923@gmail.com/ v_aicaea@yahoo.co.in

No: JAC/Circular – 04/2010
Dated 4th March, 2010

To
Chief Executive of Constituent Organizations
and Conveners, Local JACs,

Dear Comrades,

We are sure; all of you have been preparing well for the
Mass Casual Leave on 8th April 2010 and implemented the campaign week
programme from 24th to 26th February 2010 to popularize the demands. A
detailed report on the observance of campaign week may be forwarded to
JAC headquarters.

We are enclosing herewith the campaign material on common
issues relating to JAC for educating the membership. All constituents
of apex JAC are requested to send campaign material in respect of the
respective departmental demands to their Units/Branches and endorse a
copy of the same to JAC headquarters.

It was decided in the apex JAC meeting of 1st February
2010 that centralized posters shall be printed and constituents shall
send their requirements to apex JAC headquarters by 28th February
2010. .However, the posters are being printed centrally and all
constituents are requested to send their requirements to Convener
through SMS.

Since the Mass Casual Leave applications are to be
collected from 15th March onwards and completed within 31st March
2010, the format for the application is annexed to this Circular.

All Constituents/local JACs are requested to send the consolidated
the report on the number/percentage of applications received till 31st
March 2010 to the apex JAC Headquarters on 1st April 2010 without
fail.

The apex JAC, in consultation with the Chief Executive of
its constituents shall identify the weaker spots and take steps to
visit those spots jointly. The tour programme of apex JAC leaders is
being circulated shortly.

NEGIOTIATION ON ARBITRATION AWARD
We have already informed through Circular No-2 that, a
delegation of JAC had met the Minister of state for Finance on 18th
January 2010 and requested him to settle the issue implementation of
arbitration award on grant of higher Pay Scale to Sr. Accountants and
Sr. Auditors notionally from 01/01/1986 and actually from 01/01/2006.

It has now been learnt that the issue has been reopened by
Shri Nomonarayan Meena, Minister of state for Finance. We have also
learnt that, the information has been sought from the Office of
Secretary Expenditure.

(V.Bhattacharjee)
Convener
CL application Format

To

DAG/DDA/DCA/PAO
………

Sir/Madam
………….Association has called upon every member to avail one day
Casual Leave on 8th April 2010 in pursuance of the Charter of Demands
submitted by the Association to CAG/CGA/ DGPostal/Member Finance,
Railways (delete what is not applicable).
I being a member of the Association, here-by submit my
application for one day Casual Leave on 8th April 2010.
I request you to kindly sanction the leave.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully

Sign…..


Name
Place
Date
CAMPAIGN METERIAL FOR 8TH APRIL 2010 MASS CASUAL LEAVE

1. Implement Arbitration Award by granting higher pay scale notionally
w.e.f 1-1-1986 and effectively w.e.f. 1-1-2006

The Central Board of Arbitration gave the following award on 24th
August 2004 on CA Ref No 3/2001.
"The Government is directed to grant upgraded Pay Scales same as to
the Assistants of Central Secretariat Services of 1640-2900 (5500-9000
with effect from 01.01.1996) to all Senior Auditors/Sr
Accountants/Accounts Assistants of Railways with effect from
01.01.1986 notionally and actual payment from 12.11.2001, the date of
reference of arbitration to the board."
The government had been taking a stand in the Standing Committee of
JCM that as the outgo on account of arrears is more than Rs 600
crores, it is not in a position to implement the award. The staff side
initially proposed a mutually acceptable date for implementation.
There after the Staff Side has given in writing that they are ready to
accept the actual implementation of the award from 1.1.2006, the date
of implementation of SCPC recommendations. Still the government is not
ready to implement the award. There has been no discussion on the
subject after 2007.
A delegation of JAC had met the Minister of state for Finance
on 18th January 2010 and requested him to settle the issue of
implementation of arbitration award on grant of higher Pay Scale to
Sr. Accountants and Sr. Auditors notionally from 01/01/1986 and
actually from 01/01/2006. But no response has been given by the
Government even against such a reasonable approach of the JAC

2. Upgrade all LDC to PB 1 GP 2400 (4000-6000 pre-revised) as
Audit/Accounts Assistant and grant the following pay scales to other
cadres

Auditor/Accountant : PB2, GP 4200
Sr. Accountant /Auditor/Steno Gr I : PB2, GP 4600
AAO/Private Secretary
: PB2 GP 4800,
PB3, GP 5400 on completion of 4 years
AO : PB3, GP 6600
Sr.A.O : PB3, GP 7600
The Accounting and Auditing Departments are not administrative offices
and in these departments, all items of work are of technical nature.
Like administrative offices there is no method of receiving
dak/letters and dispatch of those in the Accounts Organization or in
any other departments of Accounts and Audit. Instead the existing
persons who are designated as LDCs in these departments are basically
handling the Bills, different types of Accounts and Audit related
documents, Bank Statements, Cheques/ Demand Drafts/Bankers Cheques,
Challans, receipt and payment vouchers, ledgers and Broadsheets etc.
After computerization, their duties have become more complex,
sophisticated and important as they are to record those documents
electronically, generate tokens and even process them in the
computers. Virtually the designated LDCs in the Accounts and Audit
Departments are discharging technical responsibilities and performing
the duties of Accounts Assistants.
Therefore, the cadre LDC in the Audit and Accounting formations should
be upgraded as Accounts/Audit Assistants and placed in PB-1 with Grade
Pay Rs.2400.
Right from the 1st to VI CPC, the organisations representing
Auditors/Accountants (designated as UDCs upto 3rd CPC) have been
demanding that their pay scale should be upgraded to bring them on par
with the Assistants of Central Secretariat Services (CSS).
It was the first time that the 3rd CPC got a job evaluation of the
posts of Auditors/Accountants and the post of Assistants of CSS
through experts of the Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad. This
exercise revealed that Auditors/Accountant posts were evaluated to
carry even higher (average) Point Rating of 563 than the Assistants of
CSS who were evaluated to carry lower (average) Point Rating of 556.
In the light of this evaluation, the 3rd CPC should have recommended
the same pay scale, if not higher for Auditors/Accountants which
assigned for the Assistants of CSS. For reasons not given, the 3rd CPC
totally ignored the above hob evaluation and recommended the pay scale
of UDCs of Central Secretariat i.e. 330-560 for Auditors/Accountants
(then designated as UDCs). Even the scheme of 4 advance increments for
them on qualifying in the Departmental Confirmatory Examination was
withdrawn on the plea that there should be complete parity with the
UDCs of CSS and else where.
It was the V CPC which distinguished the UDCs (designated as Senior
Clerks) in the Ministerial cadre of Railways and assigned higher Pay
Scale of 4500-7000 (pre-revised Pay Scale of 1400-2300) on the
consideration that in the cadre of Senior Clerks there was an
induction (direct entry) of 1/3rd by the graduates where as UDCs of
CSS & other offices were promotees from LDCs who were matriculates
only. The said Commission however did not recommend the Pay Scale of
4500-7000 for Auditors/Accountants in which cadre there was induction
of graduates to the extent of 50% to 80%.
Government of India took note this omission on the pay of V CPC and
upgraded the Pay Scale of Auditors/Accountants to 4500-7000 only
notionally with effect from 01.01.1996 and actually with effect from
19.02.2003, ie after a lapse of more 7 years.
The VI CPC, conceding the principle parity between Field and
Secretariat office, has given the following existing and revise
structure in Field Organisation vide Table below Para 3.1.14 of VI CPC
Report:
Post Present Pay Scale Recommended Pay Scale
Recommended
Pay Band Grade Pay
Head Clerk/Assistant
Steno Gr II &
Equivalent
4500-7000 ) 6500-10500
5000-8000 )

PB-2 4200

The term "Equivalent" should mean to include Auditors/Accountants in
the field offices of IA&AD and Organised Accounts. This is inferred
also from the fact the nowhere else the VI CPC has recommended the
revised Pay Band and Grade Pay for Auditors/Accountants.
In the light of these, Auditors/Accountants have to be granted the
Grade Pay of 4200 in PB-2 and not Grade Pay of 2800 in PB-1 as because
at last the parity in Pay Scale with that of Assistants of CSS has
been recognised and extended by the VI CPC to Auditors/Accountants.
As a result of job evaluation done by the Administrative Staff
College at Hyderabad at the instance of III CPC in which
Auditors/Accountants has edge over Assistants grade (of CSS), a solid
justification for grant of Pay Scale of Assistant grade to the
Auditor/Accountant post had been laid down. In 1984, Government
themselves upgraded the Pay Scale of 80% Auditors in the Pay Scale of
Assistant grade (425-800) thus granting parity in Pay Scales amongst
them. The IV CPC not only clubbed the posts of Auditors and Assistants
and recommended the pay scale of 1400-2600, but also extended the same
pay scale to Accountants in Indian Audit & Accounts Department and
Organised Accounts which was implemented with effect from 01.04.1987.
However, this parity in Pay Scale of Auditors/Accountants and
Assistants of CSS was disturbed when in the year 1990 the Government
of India revised the pay Scale of Assistants alone to 1640-2900
retrospectively with effect from 01.01.1986 and thus annulling the
clubbing of the two posts as done by IV CPC.
The V CPC has elaborately discussed this issue of disparity in their
Chapter 102 on IA&AD, paras 102.6, 102.7, 102.17 containing the
observations V CPC are reproduced in the Annexure II. However, in para
102.18 the Commission stated that-
"We have separately clarified to the Government that it is not our
intention to reopen the past cases or to rectify retrospectively
anomalies that might have arisen in the past…. We would therefore
refrain from making any specific recommendation in this regard. (It
being a part of anomaly) It would be more appropriate in our view, if
the entire matter is examined afresh by the Anomalies Committee".
In the meantime Government had also granted the Pay Scale of
5500-9000 only notionally with effect from 01.01.1996 and actually
from 19.02.2003 thus removing this disparity atleast notionally from
01.01.1996.
As a result of disagreement on the demand of grant of Pay Scale of
1640-2900 to Senior Auditor/Sr Accountant to bring them on par with
Assistant pay scale in the National Council (JCM) in the year 1994,
the matter had gone to the Board of Arbitration, CA Ref No 3/2001. The
award given by the Board of Arbitration on 24 August 2004 was that:-
"The Government is directed to grant upgraded Pay Scales same as to
the Assistants of Central Secretariat Services of 1640-2900 (5500-9000
with effect from 01.01.1996) to all Senior Auditors/Sr
Accountants/Accounts Assistants of Railways with effect from
01.01.1986 notionally and actual payment from 12.11.2001, the date of
reference of arbitration to the board."
Afterwards just before the setting up of VI CPC, Government in DOPT
in their order vide OM 20/29/2006-CS.III date September 25, 2006
further upgraded the pay scale of Assistant to 6500-10500 (which was
assigned to their supervisor ie Section Officer) with effect from
15.09.2006. The VI CPC in Para 3.15 had observed that "this
upgradation apart from increasing the existing chasm between the
similarly designated posts (posts clubbed together by IV CPC) in the
Secretariat and field offices, has also led to a piquant situation
where the feeder posts of Assistant and the promotion post of Section
Officer have come to lie in an identical Pay Scale".
The VI CPC in their Chapter 7.56 on IA&AD has observed in para
7.56.8 that "the Government has never conceded the principle of parity
between Assistants of CSS and the Senior Auditors/Accountants in
various organised Account Department including IA&AD."
As has been done in 1990 and again in 2006 (with effect from
15.9.2006) the DOPT had granted higher pay scales to Assistants with a
view to disturb the parity (cause disparity) between the Pay Scales of
Assistant & Senor Auditor/Accountant. Once again this time the Deptt
of Expenditure has granted further upgradation to the Assistant by
grant of PB-2 with Grade Pay of 4600 (pre-revised 7450-11500).
Here it may be observed that the latest upgradation of the Assistant
pay scale ie PB-2 Grade Pay 4600 is not based on any enabling
recommendations of VI CPC.
It is therefore emphatically urged that the same PB-2 Grade Pay 4600
should be granted Senior Auditor/Accountant with effect from
01.01.2006 so that this disparity in the Pay Scale of Assistants of
CSS and Senior Auditors/Accountants of IA&AD and Organised Accounts
Departments is not re-introduced as has been done earlier in the year
1990 and 2006
In III CPC Section Officers (Audit/Accounts) were in the pay scale of
500-900 with a Selection Grade in the Pay Scale of 775-1000 (limited
to 20% posts on non functional basis). The IV CPC recommended the Pay
Scale of 1640-2900 for Section Officers of Indian Audit & Accounts
Department and Accounts (20% of posts) and 2000-3200 for 80% of posts
be designated as Assistant Audit/Accounts officers declaring them as
Gr B Officers. This Pay Scale as per V CPC was merely meant for Gr C
posts and the standard Pay Scale for Gr B posts was 2000-3500.
The V CPC merged the Pay Scales of 2000-3200 and 2000-3500 and
recommended the pay scale of 6500-10500 (S-12) there-by conceding the
parity in the Pay Scale to the AAOs with the Section Officers of CSS.
The AAOs had been assigned complete parity with the Section Officers
of Secretariat and they been granted the pay scale of 6500-10500 with
effect from 01.01.1996.
Government of India further disturbed above parity when they upgraded
the pay scale and assigned the pay scale of 7450-11500 which was not
at all there in the hierarchical set up of Indian Audit & Accounts
Department and Organised Accounts and also not a pay scale prescribed
by V CPC.
The SCPC has placed the post of Section officer, post of AAO and post
of Audit/Accounts Officer in an identical pay scale though as per
their observation AAO should have been placed in the next higher scale
of 8000-13500. (PB3, Grade Pay 5400). The government of India
half-heartedly and partially rectified this anomaly by assigning the
pre-revised pay scale of 8000-13500 PB2 Grade Pay Rs.5400. As a matter
of fact this pay scale should have gone to AAO in terms of the above
observation of CPC and not to the Audit/Accounts Officer. On logical
consideration all SO who have completed 4 years, in the case of Indian
Audit & Accounts Department and Organised Accounts 3 years, should be
placed in PB 3, 5400.
Incidentally it may also be noted that Senior Divisional Accounts
Officers had been considered at par with Accounts/Audit Officers in
the existing hierarchical structure. There was no post in the DA cadre
in the pay scale of Sr Audit/Account Officer. Therefore, placement of
Audit/Accounts officer in the pay scale of 7500-12000 in PB2 Grade
Pay6 4800 and placing the Sr Divisional Accounts officers in the
re-revised pay scale of 8000-13500 PB3, Grade Pay 5400 was totally
uncalled for. Having placed a demand that AAO should be, who would be
promoted after 3 years as SO have to be placed in the pre-revised pay
scale of 8000-13500, PB 3, 5400 as in the scheme of Section officers
in Central Secretariat. There is every justification on the
consideration vertical relativity to grant the next higher pay scale
of Under Secretary to the Audit/Accounts Officer ie pre-revised pay
scale of 10000-15000, PB3, 6600 and on the same consideration Senior
Audit/Accounts Officer may be granted the Pay Scale assigned to Dy
Secretary ie PB3 7600.
In this connection reference is drawn to the following observation of
VI CPC: "It is observed that the post SAO constitute a feeder cadre
for induction into IA&AS. The entry grade for IA&AS is presently
8000-13500 which is identical to SAO. Upgrading their pay scale any
further would place them in higher level that IA&AS which is a
promotional post. The existing pay scale of Sr. AO needs to be
maintained".
These observations are factually incorrect. A person who promoted from
the post SAO in the IA&AS/ICAS/IPAS etc is always granted the pay
scale attached to Dy Accountant General or equivalent ie at par with
pay scale of Dy Secretary. That being the case, this recommendation of
CPC not to upgrade the pay scale of SAO is totally untenable and hence
to be discarded.

3. Grant MACP on departmental hierarchy basis.
Even after getting the benefit of three financial up-gradations under
MACPS, many employees shall not even reach to the pay scale they would
have enjoyed through the benefit of old ACP scheme. This is a serious
damage to the employees in addition to those employees, who have been
suffering damage and financial loss after introduction of ACP scheme
by the Government in August, 1999.
After introduction of MACPS, serious administrative problems have
also cropped where supervised officers/employees are drawing higher
grade pay then their supervisors. Moreover, employees of same cadre
are drawing different of grade pay which is unscientific and
illogical.
4. Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs.4800 from the day of
passing JAO/AAO/SOG examination.
This would ensure that the personnel who have been declared passed in
SOGE would continue to draw the pay and entitlements of AAO,
irrespective of whether he is given the status.

5. Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.
Under the scheme of Departmental Examination, the UDCs in organized
Accounts and IA&AD used to be placed four stages above the minimum pay
on passing the Examination. This Examination was also extended to
Lower Division Clerks who were graduates. On passing this Examination,
the LDC used to be promoted to the post of UDC (Accountant/ Auditor)
with three advance increments. The scheme of grant of these advance
increments was withdrawn by the Government.
The matter was taken up the Railway Accounts Employees in the court
of Law and the scheme of grant of three advance increments to the LD
promotees was restored in Railways. Rest of the employees
organisations of Accounts and Audit Departments have therefore been
demanded for introduction of the scheme.
6. Step up pay of Senior Promotees who exhausted ACP in the event of
junior drawing more pay and getting ACP in compliance with apex court
judgment.
It is irrational while juniors are placed in higher pay and seniors
are drawing lower pay the apex court of the country has already
expressed it in opinion in the respect while passing its decision in
respect of the employees of Haryana state who had sought relief from
the court of law.

7. Grant recognition to Railway Accounts Staff Association.
Railway Accounts Staff are a specific category of staff belonging to
organized Accounts & Audit. It is there essential that, they are
treated as a distinct category and allowed to form their Association
and seek recognition.

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