POLICY & PROGRAMME RESOLUTION
Adopted by the 46th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association
At Guwahati, Assam from 11th to 14th March 2013
The 46th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association held at Guwahati, Assam from 11th to 14th March 2013 after having deliberated on developments since the 45th Conference of 2010 at Jaipur in various fronts come to the conclusion that the attack on the livelihood of the common man is on the rise. Misery upon misery is heaped on the common man through different policy initiatives and legislation at the behest of crony capitalist forces. The political party which got mandate of the people with the slogan "Hamaare Hath Aam Aadmi ke sath" (our hand with the common man) is now active against the very interest of the common man.
The decisions to allow FDI in multi brand retail trade in Financial Sector, Pension and introduction of PFRDA bill and deregulating the price of Petrol, Diesel and demolishing all the social security schemes like PDS and subsidy to agricultural section etc and burdening the common people do clearly indicate the anti worker, anti people thrust in policies of the government.
The All India Audit & Accounts Association notes with all the seriousness the efforts of the Trade Unions and mass organisations to bring the unity of all the working class and democratic movements against these anti people policies of the government. The united action of organising three strikes in last three years has raised the hopes of suffering people to resist and repulse the attack of the government on their livelihood. We hail the unity achieved by these movements and now the Audit employees can safely join the movement under the broad umbrella of the Central Trade Unions. This Conference is of the conscious view that the naked anti people, anti worker and pro-capitalist force policies of the government can be resisted and fought back through sustained and continuous united actions of the working class and people at large, the 46th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association held at Guwahati, Assam from 11th to 14th March 2013 therefore, unanimously resolved to join every struggle decided by the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations and endorsed by Confederation of central Government Employees & Workers against the anti worker, anti people economic policies. It is estimated that more than 10 crore working people had joined the historic strike on 20-21st February 2013. From this development we are confident now that 50 crore people of striking worker and their families have chosen the path of struggle.
Part – II
The 46th Conference further take not that ever increasing inflation and sky rocketing price rise have made the wage revision effected on the recommendations of 6th CPC with effect from 1.1.2006 redundant. The salary now drawn by the Central Govt Employee is less than the value of salary drawn by them in 2006 due to diminishing rupee value and high cost of living. This Conference therefore, demands revision of wages in every five years as in the case of Central Public Sector Undertakings and financial sector etc. The Conference reiterate its resolve to strengthen the unity of Central Govt Employees to carry forward the struggle under the banner of Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Worker and ensure decent living wages to Central Govt Employees.
The 46th Conference further resolves to continue the struggle under the banner of Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers for securing negotiated settlement on all the outstanding issues and also for revival and effective functioning of JCM at all levels.
The Government subverted the recommendation of 6th CPC with respect to AAO by merging the posts of Section Officer and Assistant Audit/Accounts Officer. Further the government had added insult to injury by totally distorting the recommendations of the 6th CPC by revising the Grade Pay of Assistant to Rs 4600 with effect from 1.1.2006. Even the recommendation of 6 CPC has not been implemented in true sense in respect of Auditor/Accountant.
The 6th CPC has done injustice Audit and Accounts employees by not accepting the principle and concept of parity in pay scales between Senior Auditor/Accountant and Assistant in CSS on untenable and wrong premises, thus overlooking the fact that the government itself has conceded parity in pay scales in 1984 and board of Arbitration has upheld it.
Any demand for restructuring of cadres and also for wage revision is not going to be achieved only by making demand, we have to go for sustained , long drawn struggle to achieve it. The 46th Conference therefore resolves to pursue the demands organisationally and legally wherever required and feasible, independently as well as under the banner of Joint Action Committee of Accounts and Audit Employees and Officers Organisations.
Part – III
The 46th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association held at Guwahati, Assam from 11th to 14th March 2013 is of the considered view that the huge vacancy in the Department is a big impediment in carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to the department in an effective and timely manner. The Conference records its concern that instead of getting sufficient hands to discharge the function, attempts are made to circumvent the conventional, time tested and effective audit mechanisms and making the audit only superficial one, scuttling down the concept of Public Accountability. The Comptroller & Auditor General of India and IA&AD is deliberately shying away to function as watch dog of Indian Finances. The emerging scandals, scams and huge pilferage of public money make it mandatory for effective auditing of various expenses/revenues of consolidated fund of India. It is a Constitutional responsibility cast upon the institution of IA&AD and C&AG of India to discharge their duties as watch dog of Indian Finances.
This Association further note with serious concern of the attack of the political class on the institution of C&AG on discharge his Constitutional responsibilities in order to serve their vested interest. We condemn this tendency.
This Conference reminds the departmental authority that the mandate of the CAG is from the Constitution of India and its commitment has to be to the people of India. We have to create awareness amongst the members against this fraud on Constitution by shying away to function as watch dog of Indian Public Finance Management through conventions and signature campaigns so as to force the administration to correct the course and discharge the functions as mandated under the Constitution and DPC Act. This Conference further resolves to create awareness amongst the people at large against the nefarious activities of the government to undermine the Constitutional Institution. Simultaneously, we should take initiative to sensitise our membership on the need to be above board in all respects.
The democratic right of the employees are under attack, the channel of negotiation are still ineffective and non functional. Scores of leaders and activists of this Association are facing penalties for the simple reason that they took up the cause of the employees and dared to express discontent. This 46th Conference resolves to rejuvenate the organisation structure and fight back the onslaughts on their democratic rights to form Association and to oppose the authoritarian action of the bureaucracy. This Conference further resolves to take steps to unite all the employees under our umbrella who had gone away from us due to some misconception and false propaganda.
This Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association feels that the time has come to remind the members and people at large about their constitutional right of voting. This Conference therefore, exhorts the members and the people at large to exercise the right to vote consciously and elect a government which will be sympathetic to people at large and to working class and undertake steps to mitigate these sufferings.
Part – V
This 46th Conference therefore adopts the following Charter of Demands.
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.
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.
3. Restructure the audit/accounts cadres as per submitted by this Association &:
i) De-merge the erstwhile Record Keeper from MTS and be granted GP of 1900.
ii) Upgrade the cadre of LDC and re-designate as Audit Assistant with GP of 2400. Existing LDCs may be promoted as Auditor (Accountant) as a onetime measure.
Grant the following Grades Pay to other cadres
Auditor/Accountant – 4200,
SA – 4600,
AAO – 4800 & 5400 (PB2) on completion of 4 years,
SAO - 7600
iii) Ensure equal opportunity in promotion to stenos of the same station.
4. a) Vacate victimisation of Association activists.
b) Allow democratic functioning of Association without interference from administration
5. Fill Up all vacant posts through local recruitment.
6. i) Withdraw annual audit criteria introduced vide letter dt 27 January 2011.
ii) Stop unilateral implementation of transfer policy in Commercial Audit & P&T Audit
7. Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale
8. Permit all Employees in the GP of 1800 to appear for all Departmental Exams including SOGE.
9. Extend benefits of MACP to Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers by treating promotion to AAO as direct recruitment; withdraw the order treating promotion from Section Officer to Assistant Audit Officer between 01.01.2006 to 01.09.2008 as null and void.
10. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness promotion
11. Remove differential treatment on pay fixation on promotion vis-à-vis direct recruitees in all cadres
12. Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as per TRAI regulations.
13. Re-imburse hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.
14. Restore unilateral transfer policy.
15. Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit
16. Grant increment and Grade Pay of 4800 from the day of Passing of SOGE
17. Maintain Status Quo Ante on recruitment Rules on promotion to AOs cadre
Part – VI
This 46th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association authorises the National Executive Committee to take appropriate decisions on all the issues covered under this resolution.