Monday, August 16, 2010

Circular 24-2010

Dear Comrade
 
Please find Circular 24-2010 posted below
 
Yours fraternally
 
M.S. Raja
Secretary General

ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION

CSV WARRIER BHAWAN

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

Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667

E-mail: auditflag@gmail.com

Website: www.auditflag.blogspot.com

Reference: AIA/Circular-24/2010                                                            Dated:  15th August 2010

 

To

Unit Secretaries,

Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &

Members of Women's Committee

 

                                   

Dear Comrades,

 

JOIN THE WORKING CLASS' STRIKE ON 7TH SEPTEMEBR 2010

 

            The National Assembly of Workers held at New Delhi on 15th July 2010 organised jointly by 9 Central Trade Unions including INTUC adopted charter of demands and declared one day strike on 7th September in pursuance of the demands.

            Confederation has endorsed the call and decided to hold joint campaigns along with All India State Government Employees Federation and All India Defence Employees Federation on 10 point Charter of demands. The charter of demands on which the strike would be organised is given below.

            The National Executive of the Association that met at New Delhi on 12-13 August 2010 fully endorsed the call and called upon every Audit & Accounts employee and officer to discharge their duty towards the people of the country and themselves by joining the one day strike on 7th September 2010.

            The HQr would serve the strike notice to CAG of India on 20th August 2010, as per the decision of Confederation.

            All Units may endorse the strike notice served by holding the general body meeting on 30th August 2010. No separate notice need be given by the Units.

            Copy of the strike notice served would be circulated after it is served.

Charter of demands.

1.   Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.

2.   Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.

3.   Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4.   Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.

5.   Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.

6.   Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.

7    Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions

8.   Regularise all daily rated workers/employees/Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.

9.   Withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees

10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees

 

HOLD MEETINGS, LAUNCH INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN, ENSURE TOTAL PARTICIPATION OF MEMBERSHIP

 

            All the units may undertake sustained efforts to ensure that the 7th Sept 2010 strike is a total success.

            Services of Confederation leaders visiting the station for attending the Convention of Central, State and Defence employees may be utilised for mobilization.

            Copies of Confederation Circular and strike notice served to Cabinet Secretary are enclosed.

 

            With regards

Yours fraternally

 

 

 

(M.S.Raja)

Secretary General

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFEDERATION OF

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS

Manishinath Bhawan, A.2.95 Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. 110 027.

Website: confederationhq.blogspot.com

mailto:E.mailconfederation06@yahoo.co.in

Phone: 2510 5324, Cell: 9811048303

Conf/ 16 /2010

Dated: 12th August, 2010

Dear Comrades,

The National Executive of the Confederation met today as scheduled; discussed the steps to be taken to ensure large participation of Central Government employees in the impending strike action of 7th September, 2010 organised by the joint platform of Central Trade Unions and Federations of employees and took the following decisions.

(1) To organise joint conventions at all State Capitals and other important places under the auspices of the State Units of Confederation, AISGEF and AIDEF. The tentative dates on which the conventions will take place at different places are indicated in the joint communication, copy of which is enclosed;

(2) The charter of demands on which the Strike will be organised is enclosed. (The suggestions made by the participants and accepted at the meeting arte incorporated)

(3) The Confederation will serve the strike notice on 12th inst. And all affiliates and their units are requested to serve the strike notices on their respective of Heads of Department/Office by 20th inst. (Copy of the strike notice will be placed at the Website on 13th.)

(4) The affiliates may add as an annexure described as Part II demands which are department specific and which are pending settlement for a long time.

(5) The State Committees and affiliates will chalk out campaign programme to cover the districts and other regions.

(6) The Confederation CHQ will prepare campaign material in the form of brief note on each of the demands in the charter and place the same on its website.

(7) Demonstrations will be organised at all State Capitals and other regional centres jointly by all participating affiliates on 6th September, 2010 and the members advised to participate in the joint rally organised on the same day by the Central Trade Unions.

(8) The Confederation and its affiliates will participate in the March to Parliament programmes organised by the Central Trade Unions after the strike in pursuance of the acceptance of the demands by the Government.

(9) Confederation will take independent initiative in organising campaign and action programmes in pursuance of the common issues of the Central Government employees after the strike action.

(10)The Confederation CHQ will ensure that the Dharna programme decided upon earlier to protest against the vindictive actions in the IA & AD Department is staged in those State Capitals, which could not be organised on 5th. The National leaders will go over to such State Capitals along with the National leaders of the All India audit and Accounts Association.

(11)The affiliates will make the subscription dues pertaining to the F.Y. 2009-10 immediately.

(12)The Nationals Council of the Confederation will be held at Mumbai in December, 2010.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,

 

 

K.K.N. Kutty

Secretary General

ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION

ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.

Dated: 21.7.2010.

Dear Comrades,

7th September Nation wide General Strike.

As you are aware, the Central Trade Unions, except the BMS, jointly held a National Convention at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi on 15th July, 2010. The convention was also attended by the representative of all Federations and Associations of employees and workers. The leaders of AISGEF, AIDEF and Confederation of CGE and workers also participated in the Convention. The said convention unanimously adopted a declaration calling upon the workers and employees in the country to organize a One day General Strike on 7th September, 2010 to oppose primarily the neo-liberal economic policies of the Government of India and its impact on the working class. The copy of the declaration adopted is enclosed. The convention has decided to highlight five important issues that affects the livelihood of workers in particular and poor people of the country in general.

In the wake of the unprecedented unity of the working class of our country we have decided to ensure that every member of our organizations do take part in this historic strike on 7th September, 2010. In order to mobilize the Central and State Employees and Defence workers it is decided to hold conventions at all State capitals and other important workplaces jointly by the three organizations. The State Committee of the three organizations are requested to kindly interact and ensure that the joint convention is organized at their respective places on the dates indicated. It will be difficult to entertain any request for a change of date for it will jeopardize the schedule and affect adversely the conduct of conventions elsewhere.

It is also decided that along with the demands adopted by the National Convention of Central Trade Unions, five important issues of importance to all Government employees should be included in our Charter. The charter of demands in pursuance of which the strike would be organized is as under:- These issues may be popularized amongst the employees and may be explained at the State/District wise conventions. The State leaders of all the three organizations are also requested to organize such conventions at other important towns and cities in their respective States.

Charter of demands.

1. Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.

2. Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.

3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4. Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.

5. Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.

6. Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.

7. Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions

8. Regularise all daily rated workers/employees; Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.

9. withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees

10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees.

Sl. No.              Name of the State/Capital         National leaders of the three

Date of convention.                   organizations deployed to attend the convention.

2.                     Tamilnadu. 3.8.2010 (concluded)           

3.                     A.P. 25.8.2010                          Com.K.Raghavendran

4.                     Karnataka.26.8.2010                Com.Narasimhan

5.                     Maharashtra. 25.8.2010             Com.S.K.Vyas.

6.                     Vidarbha. Nagpur.18.8.2010      Com.M..S.Raja

7                      Gujarat 18.8.2010                      Com.S.K.Vyas

8                      Rajasthan. 19.8.2010                 Com.Vrigu Bhattacharjee & S.K.Vyas

9                      Delhi. 12.8.2010                       Com.K.K.N.

10.                    U.P. East. Allahabad. 23.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas

11                     U.P.West. Lucknow. 24.8.2010 Com.S.K.Vyas

13.                    Bihar. 27.8.2010                         Com.K.K.N

14.                    Assam. 22.8.2010                      Com.M,S.Raja

15.                    Orissa. 27.8.2010                      Com.K.P.Rajgopal

16                     M.P. 22.8.2010                                     Com.Somayya

17.                    Chattisgarh. 17.8.2010               Com.M.S.Raja

18.                    Jharkhand 29.8.2010                  Com.K.V.Sridharan

19.                    Uttarakhand 10.8.2010              Com.S.K.Vyas

20.                    Haryana.Punjab.19.8.2010         Com.Giriraj Singh

 

Copy of Strike Notice Served By Confederation

Conf/D-9/2010

Dated: 13th August, 2010

To

The Cabinet Secretary

Rashtrapathy Bhawan Annexe

New Delhi. 110 001

 

Dear Sir,

 

            This is to give notice that the employees who are members of the affiliates of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers will go on one day's strike on 7th September, 2010.  The charter demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one day strike action is enclosed.

            Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

K.K.N. Kutty

Secretary General

 

Encl: charter of demands.

Charter of demands.

1.   Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.

2.   Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.

3.   Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4.   Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.

5.   Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.

6.   Fill up all vacant posts and lift the ban on recruitment.

7    Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental functions

8.   Regularise all daily rated workers/employees/Grameen Dak Sewaks and remove the ceiling on compassionate appointments; end the discrimination in the bonus ceiling of GDS employees.

9.   Withdraw PFRDA bill and extend the statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees

10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees

*****   

 

 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Circular 23

Dear Comrade
 
Circular 23-2010 is attached
 
Also attached is a note on the Arbitration award meant for  MPs
 
JAC Circular is also attached
 
Raja

Circular 23 and Note for MPs

Dear Comrade
 
Pl find posted below the Cricular 23-2010 along with JAC Circular 08 and a note for MPs
 
with greetings
MS Raja
Secretary General

ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION

CSV WARRIER BHAWAN

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

Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667

E-mail: auditflag@gmail.com

Website: www.auditflag.blogspot.com

Reference: AIA/Circular-23 /2010                                                            Dated: 14th August 2010

 

To

Unit Secretaries,

Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &

Members of Women's Committee

 

                                   

Dear Comrades,

PROTEST AGAINST MOVE TO REJECT

THE ARBITRATION AWARD ON AUDIT& ACCOUNTS PAY SCALE

           

            While the National Executive Committee was in session in the head quarters of our Association, we got information from Com Basudev Acharya, MP (Leader of CPM in Lok Sabha) that the government has included the resolution for rejection of arbitration award in CA reference no 3 of 2001 – i.e. the award granting pay of Assistants in Central Sectt to Senior Auditors and Senior Accountants and Accounts Assistants of Railways – in the business of coming week commencing from16th to 20th August 2010.     

            A delegation of Confederation comprising Coms SK Vyas, KKN Kutty, MS Raja and V. Bhattacharjee met Com Acharya on 13th August 2010. We were informed that the resolution to reject the award on audit-accounts pay scale will come in the coming week for admission, any day, any time. It was also conveyed that two other resolution for rejection of awards – on leave encashment (1989) and transport allowance (2005) have already been moved and admitted in May 2010.

            The National Executive took serious note of the development and decided to mobilise the entirety of audit and accounts employees and officers against total negation of justice to audit and accounts cadres.

            The National Executive decided – in consultation with other constituents of JAC - to hold the following protest actions immediately:

           

1.                  Lunch hour demonstration for three days on 16, 17 and 18 August 2010

2.                  Adopt telegraphic resolution in the general body meeting and hand over of  the resolution on 19th August 2010.

3.         Send telegraphic resolution on conclusion of mass deputation to: 1. Speaker of Lok Sabha, 2. Chairman of Rajya Sabha and 3. CAG of India

 

            Text of telegraphic resolution is given in the enclosed JAC Circular.

            Every Unit may contact the local MPs and try to elicit their support. A brief note for the purpose is also enclosed.

 

            With regards

Yours fraternally

 

 

(M.S. Raja)

Secretary General

A NOTE FOR CONSIDERATION BY HON'BLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

 

            From the agenda for sitting of the Lok Sabha  Business Advisory Committee held on 8.11.2010 it has been learnt that a Resolution seeking approval for rejection of Award given by the Board of Arbitration on 24.08.2004 in CA reference case No 3/2001 relating to grant of upgraded pay scale same as to Assistants of Central Secretariat service to Senior Auditors/Senior Accountants & Accounts Assistants (Railway Accounts) with effect from 1.1.1986 notionally and actual payment from 12.11.2001 is to be considered by the Lok Sabha in the week commencing from 17.08.2010.

 

            2. Clause 21 of the Scheme for Joint Consultative Machinery & Compulsory Arbitration (JCM & CA) is as under:

 

            "Subject to overriding authority of Parliament, recommendations of the Board of Arbitration will be binding on both sides.

 

            If, for reasons to be recorded in writing, the Central Government is of the opinion that all or any of the recommendation of Board of Arbitration should on grounds affecting national economy or social justice be modified, the Central Government shall, as soon as may be, lay before each House of Parliament the report of the Board containing such recommendations together with the modification proposed and the reasons, therefore, and thereupon Parliament may make such modifications in the recommendations as it may deem fit. Modification may extend to the rejection of a recommendations."

 

            The phrase as soon as may be appearing in the above clause has been defined in the guidelines according to which the Awards may be processed within a period of six months and then move a resolution seeking modification in the award for reasons to be recorded.

            Secondly, the only ground on which any award is sought to be modified should be that implementation of the award would affect "national economy or social justice".

 

            3. We request all members of Parliament to resist consideration of the above resolution and not allow it to be admitted for consideration for the following reasons:-

 

I.                    In the first place as per the guidelines framed by the Government in consultation with Staff Side of National Council, JCM, the Government was required to process the Awards as early as possible and with in a period of six months from the date of the Award.

 

Since the above award was given on 24.08.2004, the lee way of six months allowed to the government to process the award had expired on 24.02.2005; it is no longer open to Government now to move a resolution for rejection of this Award. Award which is binding on both parties as per clause 21 of JCM Scheme had become effective and should have been implemented.

II.                 This Award had been discussed in the forum of National Council, JCM in which the official side had indicated that about Rs.1200 Crores by way of arrears will have to be paid for the period from 12.11.2001 if this award is implemented. The staff side had finally agreed to forgo all arrears for the period from 12.11.2001 to 31.12.2005. On and from 01.01. 2006, the government have already agreed to grant the pre-revised pay scale of 6500-10500 (PB2 9300-34800) to bring it on par with Assistants of Central Secretariat. That being the case, the ground of affecting the National economy is no longer there and therefore this altogether an unwarranted Resolution.

 

III.               The Resolution should only seek that higher Pay Scale same as to the Assistants of Central Secretariat service to Senior Auditors/Senior Accounts with effect from 1.1.1986 upto 31.12.2005 shall be granted only notionally as the actual effect has already been allowed with effect from 1.1.2006 on the basis of recommendations of VI CPC.

 

IV.              It may also be pointed out that the Chairman of National council, JCM i.e. Cabinet Secretary, in the last meeting held on 15.05.2010 has also indicated that another round of discussion on all the 16 pending awards would be held and then only a final discussion will be taken.

 

The Resolution has been moved even before a final round of discussion in the forum of JCM is held and therefore it may not be admitted at this stage.

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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

 

Reference: JAC/Circular -08/2010                                                Date: 14th August 2010

 

 

To

Chief Executives of

Constituent Organisations &

Conveners, Local JACs

 

Dear Comrades,

ORGANISE MASSIVE PROTEST

 

            Is it not a shocking news that Government have moved a Resolution in the Parliament seeking rejection of the award for grant of higher Pay Scale at par with & as admissible to Central Secretariat Assistants to the Senior Accountants / Senior Auditors i.e. Rs.1640-2900 w.e.f. 01.01.86 & 5500-9000 w.e.f. 01.01.1996 even notionally when the financial implications are nil.

 

            It is really strange that when VI CPC has recommended that there should be no disparity upto the level of Assistants in the Pay Scale of posts of Central Secretariat & equivalent posts in other offices & recommended the Pay Scale of Rs.6500-10500 granted to Assistant of Central Secretariat (by merging the Pay Scale of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 & 6500-10500) for Senior Accountants/Senior Auditors (corresponding PB-2 Rs. 9300-34800 along with Grade Pay of Rs.4200), the Government have gone ahead and placed the Assistants of Central Secretariat in the PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4600 thus reintroducing the disparity in Pay Scales of Central Secretariat Assistants and the equivalent posts in other offices.

            As per the JCM Scheme, Government may move a Resolution seeking rejection of only such awards which if implemented would adversely affect the national economy or social justice.

            Since no financial implications are involved in implementation of the above award, the motion seeking its rejection is totally unwarranted under the above JCM norms.

            As the, Government has already tabled this unwarranted motion, we have to unite & mobilise for action.

Apex JAC therefore call upon every constituent organisation and its field formations in each state/station to organise massive protest actions against the attack on our legitimate entitlement in the form of motion in the Parliament seeking rejection of our above award.

Hold Lunch break demonstrations on 16th, 17th & 18th August demanding withdrawal of above motion and implementation of award notionally.

Organise Mass Deputation to the Head of office on 19th August 2010 and send enclosed telegraphic Resolution.

            With warm regards,

 

Yours fraternally,

 

 

(V. Bhattacharjee)

Convener

Text of Telegraphic Resolution

 

         Pray persuade Government to withdraw the motion tabled in Parliament seeking rejection of award in CA NO 3 of 2001 or atleast hold it in abeyance till this issue is further discussed in the JCM forum.

 

 

        

                       

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Record Note of discussion

Dear Comrades
 
Inadvertently, one page was left out in the previous posting of "record note of discussion with dai".
Sorry for the mistake.
 
A corrected version is posted below
 
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

RECORD NOTE OF DISCUSSIONS

MINUTES OF THE AGENDA MEETING HELD ON 24.06.2010 AT 4.30 P.M. BY THE DEPUTY COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL WITH THE OFFICE BEARERS OF THE ALL INDIA AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION

OPENING ADDRESS

1. An agenda meeting was held by the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General with the office bearers of the All India Audit and Accounts Association on 24.06.2010 at 4.30 P.M. in Room No. 510. List of the participants, who attended the meeting, is at Annexure A.

2. At the outset, the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General welcomed the representatives of the All India Audit and Accounts Association and hoped that as both the Staff and the Official sides had a common objective viz~ staff welfare, the ensuing deliberations would be fruitful and constructive and will be conducive to disciplined working which is necessary for any organisation.

3. Discussions commenced thereafter on the agenda items.

ANNEXURE A

List of participants in the meeting held by Dy Comptroller & Auditor General with Office-bearers of All India Audit & Accounts Association on 24.06.2010 at 4.30 P.M.

Dr. A. K. Banerjee

Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General

Ms. Annie G Mathew

Principal Director (Staff)

Shri Saurabh Narain

Asstt. Comptroller & Auditor General (N)

Shri M. L. Tamrakar

Admn. Officer (JCM)

Shri M. S. Raja

Secretary General (of the federation)

Shri M. Duraipandian

President (of the federation)

Shri V. Nageshwara Rao

Addl. Secretary General (of the federation)

Shri Subhash Chandra Pandey

Vice-President (of the federation)

Shri G. K. Gohain

Vice-President (of the federation)

 

 

Demand No.: 1. Implementation of the CCS (RSA) Rules in an impartial and judicious manner; proposal for constitutional amendments.

Explanation:

The CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 have been implemented deviating from the original notification and subsequent rules framed by the Govt. of India i.e. from departmental Associations, office wise Associations have been recognized.

We submit that the recognition may please be granted at Departmental level.

Subsequent to this, the process for recognition of the federations was initiated based on the DOPT's OM dated 3rd July, 2002. In IA&AD, the process was completed and recognition was granted to Federations in June, 2004.

Amendment to the Constitution of the AIAAA proposed by the Administration:

Now this Association (Federation) and its affiliated Associations are asked to amend their respective Constitutions-on quorum, and on the term of the office bearers.

These issues were discussed and settled way back in 2003-04 and the recognition to this Federation was granted thereafter. The quorum of 15% of membership for General Body meeting is a universally accepted one. Similarly, the provision that "in the absence of required quorum, the meeting shall be adjourned for half hour and adjourned meeting shall require no quorum" is also universally accepted provision. This is also accepted by DOPT at the time of grant of recognition in 1998-99 itself. (It may not be out of context to mention here that in the Parliament, it is a decision taken decades back that except on issues like voting on money bill etc the quorum issue will not be raked up by anybody.) These issues may be best left to the members of the Associations/Federations.

Also the issue of term of office bearers of the Federation was also discussed in detail- where the Administration had initially insisted upon a two year term – in 2003-04, and the issue was settled and we were permitted to have three year term. This position may please be permitted to continue.

Amendment proposed by Federation

This Federation has sought permission for three amendments:

To increase the strength of National Executive Committee from 15 to 21;

To increase the number of delegates in the triennial conference by one woman delegate over and above the entitled delegates (based on the membership); and

To cause recovery of membership of Federation through check off system.

The first one was initially rejected and the fresh request is kept pending where as the other two are rejected.

We have made the request based on functional requirement. As per the re-verification held in 2006, our membership strength was 20805 (i.e. 44.44%). (The list of affiliated Association did not include 5 Associations whose membership would be more than 2500. No correction has been made till this date). An executive committee of 15 is 0.072% of the strength of 20805. Our request is for a Committee with strength of 0.10% (i.e. 21) of the membership. A higher strength of 0.109% is permitted to National Audit Federation whose membership was stated as 7301. It is therefore requested that the amendment to the Constitution of the Association enhancing the strength of National Executive Committee may please be permitted.

The request for increasing the number of delegates allowing one woman delegate in addition to the existing entitled strength is an attempt to involve the woman employees in the decision making process. As such there should be no objection to such a provision as the expenditure would be borne by the Associations.

The CCS (RSA) Rules insist the membership shall have to be realized through check off system. The OM dated 3rd July, 2002 by DOPT on granting recognition to Federation states that CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 is amended to the extent permitting recognition of Federations. It clearly shows that the realization of membership of Federations could also be realized through check off system.

It is therefore requested that this may please be permitted.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

Grant of recognition at the Department level:

DAI stated that issues/ problems of staff are different in different field offices. Further, in IA&AD, each field office is a separate cadre controller and therefore best placed to resolve local issues. Hence, field level staff associations have been recognized at the field office level. The system has worked well and there is no pressing need to change it. However, the Federation may furnish a paper on the advantages of the system being proposed by it.

Increase in the strength of the NEC of the Federation and ensuring representation of women in it:

Pointing out that none of the members of the Federation present in the meeting was a lady; the DAI stated that the Federation may first reserve some of the posts of its NEC out of its present strength for women in the first instance. The representation of women should be at least 1/3rd of the present strength of the executive. Thereafter, the Federation may forward a proposal for increase in strength of the National executive.

Quorum:

DAI informed that 1/3rd quorum of the membership of the Federation/affiliated staff associations for General Body and other meetings has been prescribed by the DoPT. However, the matter will be looked into after ascertaining the position prevailing in other departments. In the meantime, the present rules regarding 1/3rd quorum will continue to be in force.

 

Demand No.: 2. Declaration of results of verification of Membership of Federations initiated vide Circular No. NGE/08/2008 No. 156-NGE (JCM)/26-2005.

Explanation:

The reverification of the membership of the recognized federations was ordered vide the aforementioned Circular. The deadline for the field offices to submit information was 8th August, 2008. Till this day, the result of this verification is not announced. It shall be highly appreciated if the result of this verification is formally announced based on the membership of 1st June, 2008 as stated in the circular.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that the verification process was in final stages. The result thereof will be intimated to all the federations soon.

Demand No.: 3. Acceptance of nomination of Shri S. K. Vyas as Member, Staff Side, Departmental Council

Explanation:

This Federation has nominated Shri S K Vyas as Member, Staff Side, Departmental Council of the IA&AD. The acceptance of his nomination was kept pending stating that final decision would be taken after the fate of his nomination to the National Council/JCM is known. It is more than a year since the Chairman, National Council (Cabinet Secretary) has accepted the nomination of Shri S K Vyas overruling the objections raised by IA&AD.

The nomination of Shri S. K. Vyas is well within the scheme and constitution of JCM and hence it is requested that his nomination may please be accepted.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

During discussions, the Federation stated that their copy of the constitution of the Departmental Council provided for retired employees as staff side members in the Departmental Council. In response, DAI stated that the constitution of the Departmental Council, which was in conformity with DoPT's own instructions, did not provide for retired employees as members of Staff side. However, the Federation may forward a copy of the constitution in its possession for further examination.

Demand No.: 4. Vacation of victimization for Association activities in Kerala and Rajkot offices

Explanation:

The situation in Kerala office has no parallel in the history of IA&AD. What one could notice in Kerala is total infringement of personal privacy, total and violent negation of all civilized norms of administration. Nearly one sixth of personnel in the offices of Accountants General (both in Audit as well as A&E) offices have been proceeded against-many of them more than once - under Rule 14 as well as Rule 16 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 and almost all of them have been penalized heavily and cumulatively for the simple reason that they exercised their right to live with dignity in a sovereign country. Shri K.A. Manuel has been dismissed from service.

The situation in the O/o AG (Audit), Gujarat, Rajkot is nothing but bizarre. The President of Civil Audit Association, Rajkot is kept under suspension for more than one year, again violating all extant orders in this regard. The enquiry report exonerating him has been set aside by the disciplinary authority and fresh enquiry ordered.

Repeated discussions have not brought about any tangible result whereas violation of basic human rights of the employees is being denied. The situation in both the offices may be brought back to normalcy by vacating victimization of Association activists and leaders without any further delay.

Note:

The Federation withdrew this demand from the formal agenda.

Demand No.: 5. Grant of benefit of promotion from Section Officers to Assistant Audit Officers for those promoted between 01.01.2006 to 01.09.2008

Explanation:

Hqrs office had clarified to field offices that "as the cadres of AAO and SO have been merged and upgraded in PB-2 (Rs. 9300-34800) with grade pay of Rs. 4800 w.e.f. 01.01.2006, promotion from SO to AAO on/after 01.01.2006 are to be treated as null and void". (It is not known whether any formal order was issued in this regard.) This has caused big financial loss to many of the officials who have been promoted as AAO between 1st Jan 2006 and 1st Sept 2008. The Gazette notification by the MOF dated 29th August 2008 took effect from 1st Sept.2008. The promotion to AAO from SO is based on a recruitment rule and as no Recruitment Rule can be amended with retrospective effect. Till amended through proper notification, the merger can not be said to have taken place. The formal circular stating that the cadres of Section Officer and AAO are re-designated as AAO was issued on 27th May 2009 by Headquarters.

It is therefore requested that the instructions, if any issued, to treat the promotion from SO to AAO between 1st Jan, 2006 and 1st Sept. 2008 as null and void may please be withdrawn and all such personnel may be granted one increment @ 3% in the GP of 4800 on the day they were promoted as AAO and their pay may please be re-fixed.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that the merger of both the grades of AAO and SO was effective from 01.01.2006. As the recommendations of the 6th CPC in this respect applied in toto, the demand could not be accepted.

Demand No.: 6. Extension of benefits of MACP to Assistant Audit/ Accounts Officers

Explanation:

The MACP scheme that has been implemented from 1st Sept., 2008 though beneficial to the cadres upto Sr. Auditor/Sr. Accountant has left a feeling of disaffection amongst Asstt. Audit/Accounts Officers. The main reason for this disaffection is overlooking of the stated position by the Department viz-a-viz Asstt Audit/Accounts Officers (previously Section Officers). The MSO (Admn.) Vol. I states that "Section Officer's (re-designated as Asstt Accounts/ Audit Officers) service is an appointment and not regular line of promotion". The Fact that the service rendered in the cadre of AAO only is counted for future promotion confirms the above position.

It is therefore in fitness of things that the MACP scheme is made applicable to the cadre of AAO (and above) treating the date/month of placement as AAO (previously SO) as the entry date/month into the service. It will be quite appropriate to mention here that in respect of Stenographers who have switched over from LDC cadre by negotiating departmental examination, the Headquarters office has clarified that the entry into stenographer cadre is to be treated as entry into the service for the purpose of MACP and all benefits there under has been extended to such Stenographers.

In the same analogy, it is requested that the Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 on completion of 10 years and 6600 on completion of 20 years and 7600 on completion of 30 years of service may please be granted to all from the date/month of entry in AAO (previously SO) cadre.

That is without prejudice to our demand for the grant of Grade Pay 5400 in PB-3 on completion of 4 years to AAOs.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that the cadre of LDC did not constitute a feeder cadre for the Stenographers' cadre which is not the case with promotion of regular Group C cadres as Section Officers (now AAOs). The regular Group C cadres were in direct line of promotion to Group B cadres. Hence the demand of the Federation could not be agreed to. Further, in case of promotion of departmental candidates as Section Officers (now AAO), SOGE was an eligibility requirement.

Regarding the anomalous situation in pay fixation pointed out by the Federation, the situation existed across all the departments in Government of India and the National Committee constituted for the purpose would examine it.

Demand No.: 7. Fill up vacant posts including Gr D. No matching savings at the cost of Grp B, C & D cadres

Explanation:

The sanctioned strength of the Department in the 1990s was 72000 with a vacancy of nearly 7000. Today, the PIP is 44000. All these vacancies are mainly in the Gr. C&D cadres. All these vacancies are in the lower cadres of Auditor/Accountant, LDC & Gr D.

This shortage in man power has a telling effect on discharge of functions. Getting of personnel through SSC is a cumbersome and time consuming process. Hence it is proposed that Department may take steps to fill up vacancies on its own. This would ensure quality. Further, interstate postings could be avoided sticking to state wise recruitments.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that recruitment in Group B and C cadres was being undertaken to address the deficits. The recruitment was however being undertaken in a phased manner to avoid possible bunching and consequent stagnation. Reminding the Federation that Gr D had been redesignated as Gr C post in Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations, he stated that the Department was exploring means to address gaps in this cadre across the department.

Demand No.: 8. Permit self certification for TA/DA claims

Explanation:

The present position regarding production of bills for food, conveyance etc. toward TA/DA claims would affect the efficiency and output adversely. One will have to spend time to procure bills than concentrating on work at hand.

It is therefore proposed that self certification be permitted (as is the case with Railway Accounts) or the previous TA/DA rates be doubled.

Note:

The Federation expressed its gratitude for Headquarters' instructions dated 03.02.2010 in this regard.

Demand No.: 9. Upgrade LDCs by re-designating them as Acctts /Audit Assistants and grant following pay scales to different cadres:

Accounts/Audit Asstt.- PB-1 with Grade Pay Rs. 2400

Accountant/Auditor/- PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs. 4200

                                 Steno Gr II

Sr Accountant/Auditor- PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs. 4600

                                Steno Gr I

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. Acctts/Audit Officer- PB-3 with Grade Pay Rs. 7600

Explanation:

The demand is self explanatory. The demand for higher pay for Sr. Auditor/ Sr Accountant gets strengthened with the hiking up of pay of Assistants of CSS with effect from 1st Jan., 2006. It may be noted that the Assistants of CSS were at the pay scale of Rs. 5500-9000 on 1st Jan 2006. It was with effect from 15th Sept., 2006 their pay was revised to 6500-10500 with a rider that 6th CPC would take a final call on the issue.

As stated by PD (Staff) in the last formal meeting that hence forth all recruitments would be to the cadre of DEO with Grade Pay Rs. 2400. Hence the demand that all LDCs be upgraded as DEO with a new nomenclature Audit/Accounts Assistant so as to retain the seniority.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI informed the Federation that though direct recruitment would be made in the DEO cadre, it would be limited to the functional requirements. The LDC cadre would continue to exist as a promotional grade for Group 'C' cadre in the grade pay of Rs.1800.

Demand No.: 10. Restore unilateral transfer policy

Explanation:

Hundreds of employees are victims of ban on unilateral transfer. With the Staff Selection Commission adopting a policy of posting personnel from one state to another, this issue has become acute. It is therefore requested that the unilateral transfer may kindly be restored.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that unilateral transfers proposed by the Federation would exacerbate existing deficits in field offices already facing staff shortages. He added that any recruitment in the Department was handled by either the UPSC or SSC. As per extant instructions including those from the Apex Court, such recruitments needed to have an all India basis. Therefore, the Government could not permit local recruitments. Explaining the process of allocation of dossiers amongst various cadre controllers in the Department, DAI stated that this is done on the basis of certain norms fixed for this purpose. The process was extremely fair and transparent and had even been appreciated by the SSC.

DAI added that any rethinking on reintroduction of unilateral transfers could be considered only after staffing has reached an optimal level in all the field offices.

Demand No.: 11. 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness promotion (Supervisor)

Explanation:

At present the scheme of Supervisors is as follows: 20% of Section Officers (i.e. 20%) in A&E side and 8% of Section Officers in Audit Side. With the merger of Section Officers and AAOs, the percentage needs to be re-worked out.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI did not agree to the demand for increasing the strength of Supervisors to 20 per cent of the merged AAO/SO (now re designated as AAO) cadre. He added that post 6th CPC implementation, all recruitment rules including those of supervisor were under revision. Till such time, their strength would be fixed to the level existing on 31/12/2005.

Demand No.: 12. Re-imbursement of hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour

Explanation:

The Officers and staff of the Railway Audit Wing of the IA&AD on tour duty for inspections/reviews are governed by the Railway TA Rules envisaging travelling on Duty passes and stay in Railway Rest houses at the work spot. The period of stay for the tour party at the place of duty ranges between 3 and 8 days for carrying out inspections/review as per the programme of Audit.

In practice, however, difficulties are being faced by the inspection personnel on tour due to non-availability of Railway rest houses at the work spot/non-allotment of accommodation for the required periods in the rest houses wherever available due to priority in allotment in favour of the Railway personnel on tour. The period of allotment does not exceed 3 days at a time as per the local arrangements. Besides, the touring personnel have to vacate the accommodation even after allotment for these restricted periods in the event of requirement of Railway personnel in exigencies arising out of Railway Administration.

As this affects the unhindered conduct/completion of inspections/ reviews as programmed to the required satisfaction and impacts on the output it was requested during earlier meetings that the members of the inspection/review parties may be permitted to stay in hotels of appropriate entitlement wherever Rest house facilities are not available/accommodation not allotted during the period of inspection/review and expenditure thereof be reimbursed to the personnel on tour duty.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that no such instances had been referred by any of the Railway Audit offices. He suggested that the proper course of action would be to bring any such instance to the notice of the local Principal Director of Audit who would seek a resolution in consultation with the Railway Administration.

Demand No.: 13. Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as per TRAI regulations

Explanation:

It is reported that reduction in the actual strength of P&T Audit is being considered. This is based on the report of a task force formed in 2007. This Association and All India Audit and Accounts Officers Association had jointly finalized a study report on P&T Audit and had submitted to C&AG vide letter dated 11th May, 2007. According to the said report (copy given elsewhere) there is a shortage of 303 Auditors/Sr. Auditors, 192 AAO and 63 AO/SAO (in 2007).

Similarly this Association had demanded (letter No. AIA/B-1/93/2007 dated 24th Sept., 2007) Audit of private telecom service providers by C&AG in line with the Govt. notification dated 17th November,2002 and subsequent directive vide No. 11-4/2001-A&L dated 13th August 2003 by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to all private service providers to make available all the documents to DGA (P&T). But the Department has failed till this day, causing irreparable loss to the exchequer and bonanza to the private service providers. These would ensure expansion of P&T Audit.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI stated that a manpower requirement study was in progress which would take another five to six months to complete. A holistic view on staffing would be taken thereafter.

Demand No.: 14. Permit all Employees in the GP of 1800 to appear for all Departmental Exams including SOGE

Explanation:

With the upgradation of all Grp Ds and Grp C with Grade Pay Rs. 1800, available to Gr C all such employees be permitted to write the SOGE examination on completion of 3 years. Similarly, promotional exam to Auditor/Accountant may also be made open to all such personnel, including canteen employees.

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI did not agree to the demand as it involved a jump of four stages. He explained that such a dispensation would involve amendment to recruitment rules. The recruitment rules, for taking effect, require approval of multiple ministries/departments. In view of the quantum of jump being proposed, it would not be possible to get all on board. In view of the above, employees in the grade pay of Rs.1800 would have to first get promotion to the grade of LDC to be eligible for SAS.

Demand No.: 15. Permit the Common SOGE paper passed candidates to avail benefit under Adhoc AAO scheme to in A&E office

Explanation:

The scheme for regularization of adhoc SO would meet the aspirations of one and all waiting for promotion if Para (iii) of the Circular 16/NGE/2009 dated 25.03.2009 is modified to permit the candidates who opted for Civil Audit SOGE in those A&E offices where SOG (Accounts) Examination is suspended but declared passed in common papers are permitted to exercise an option for either continuing with SOGE Civil Audit or preferring to continue as SOGE passed so as to be covered under the scheme vide Circular date 25.03.2009.

It shall be beneficial to all such candidates who have passed SOGE-but opted for SOG Civil Audit in the offices where the SOGE (Accounts) is suspended- are permitted to avail option either to be considered as passed in SOGE (Accounts) and thus be covered under the scheme vide Circular Dated 25th March, 2009 or to continue as a candidate of SOGE (Civil Audit).

The response of the DAI to the demand:

DAI did not agree to the demand.

Demand No.: 16. Withdraw punitive actions against mass employees for participants in the Mass Casual Leave on 8th April 2010

Explanation:

This Association has been requesting for agenda meeting with DAI since Dec 2008. The agenda items submitted for meeting with DAI vide this Association Letter Dt AIA/B-1/89/2009 Dt 15 Dec 2008 was discussed with PD, Staff on 20th April 2009 with the assurance that meeting with DAI would be arranged which never materialized.

This Association waited for courtesy meeting with the next incumbent which materialized after nearly 5 months (on 19th Nov 2009). Immediately after the courtesy meeting agenda items for bilateral meeting was submitted vide our letter dated 25th November 2009.

Every ten days we were reminding of the meeting and were continuously assured of the meeting, but never the date was finalized.

Also, during this time the government of India revised the Grade Pay of Assistants of CSS wef 1.1.2006 once again creating disparity in pay scales of SA and Assistants of CSS where as SCPC had very specifically proposed same Grade Pay for both.

The award of Central Board of Arbitration granting parity in pay scales of SA and Assistant of CSS (CA 3/2001) is pending with government despite the fact that the staff side had agreed to forego the arrears of pay on account of the implementation of the award and proposed that the award may be implemented form 1.1.2006.

It is in this background that to record the resentment a call for observance of Mass Casual leave on 8th April 2010 was given. It may also be noted that the programme was jointly observed by Joint Action Committee of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers Organizations (including Organized Accounts such as Civil Accounts under CGA and Postal Accounts).

In our letter dated 19th March 2010 intimating about the programme of Mass Casual Leave we had requested for a meeting on the charter of demands.

In our informal interaction with PD, Staff we had stated that if the admin gives a letter that a meeting would be arranged to discuss the issues, we are ready to take back the call.

It is learnt that some misunderstanding on the whole situation has been created and we would like clear it at the time of discussion.

It would be highly appreciated if the punitive measures ordered are withdrawn.

Note:

This demand was withdrawn by the Federation on 23.06.2010.

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