Monday, August 18, 2014

CIRCULAR - 19/2014

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-19/2014                                                          Dated: 17th August 2014

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

20TH AUGUST 2014 –
SUBMIT CADRE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS

The CWC meeting held on 18-19 July 2014 called upon every unit to submit the cadre restructuring proposals submitted by the All India Audit & Accounts Association, through proper channel, to CAG – by holding lunch hour general body meeting on 20th August 2014. Copy of the letter submitted to CAG through proper channel may be forwarded to HQr.   

The salient features of the cadre restructuring proposals submitted by us are:

1.         After restructuring, there shall be only the following cadres Viz.  

MTS, Audit Assistant, Auditor, Sr Auditor Gr I, Sr Auditor Gr II, AAO Gr I, AAO Gr II, AO & SAO

2.         Abolish the cadre of LDC and upgrade all holders of the post as DEO as one time measure; rename DEO as Audit Assistant.

3.       Restructuring of all cadres by giving all cadres scope for higher pay scale,  ensuring parity in scales with CSS cadres at SA level, maintaining vertical relativity viz.

              a) Auditor/Accountant – PB2, GP 4200
                  SA, Grade I               - PB2, GP 4600
                  SA, Grade II              - PB2, GP 4800
                  AAO Gr I                   - PB2, 5400
                  AAO Gr II                  - PB3, 5400 on completion of 4 years
                  AO                           - PB3, 6600
                  SAO                          - PB3, 7600

            4.         Unified structure at field offices, as in the HQr office.

Copy of the note we submitted to CAG vide our letter No. AIA/B-1/40/2014                                                                                18th June 2014 is given along with this circular. 

Tour programme by All India leaders to various stations is being finalised. All the Units will be intimated of the tour programme in few days. All the units may ensure that programmes are implemented in the right spirit, without fail.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally


(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General

Note submitted to CAG on Restructuring of IA&AD and Audit/Accounts cadres vide our letter No. AIA/B-1/40/2014 dated 18th June 2014

Background

30 years have gone since the restructuring of cadres – upto Gr B – was done in IA&AD. The cadre structure as well as the pay structure that was implemented with effect from 1.3.1984 in Audit and 1.4.1987 in A&E wings is still continuing.

Though the restructuring was effected only in two cadres viz. Auditors and Section officers all other cadres  per force had to exercise option to be in the parent office (ie A&E Office) or in the newly created office – as far as the offices of Accountants General were concerned. In the separate audit offices it was a straight jacket affair.

80% of the posts in the cadre of Auditor (330-560) was functionally upgraded and granted the pay scale of 425-800, at par with Assistants in CSS and was designated as Senior Auditor. The cadre Section Officer (500-900) was similarly restructured into Section officer (20%) and Assistant Audit Officer (80%) with pay of 650-1040 (Gazetted). The higher, functional scales were available only in the newly created offices of Accountants General (Audit) and all separate audit offices. The pay scale in the offices of Accountants General (A&E) continued at 330-560 for (newly designated) Accountants with 20% post in Selection Grade of Rs. 425-700 and 500-900 for Section Officers.

The Fourth CPC recommended the same pay scale for Senior Auditors and Assistants in CSS ie 1400-2600 on the basis of merits. It further recommended restoration of the ‘broad parity that existed between audit and accounts’. Govt of India accepted this recommendation wide OM dated 12th June 1987 extended the same pay scale for Accounts staff (of IA&AD and organised Accounts) with effect from 0.1.04.1987 ie 1400-2600 for Senior Accountants (80%) and 1640-2900 for Assistant Accounts Officers.

The main thrust of the restructuring of cadres of 1984 was that it gave a much sought after upgradation of pay scale as well as a movement to the cadres which otherwise were stagnating at the entry stage itself.

Even today, the same pattern is continued in IA&AD. Though the pay scale of Assistants is continuously being raised each time after the audit and accounts staff attains parity is a pernicious act that demoralises the entirety of IA&AD personnel.   The auditor/accountant onwards expect that the cadre restructuring would address one of basic issues i.e. parity with Assistants in CSS (maintaining vertical relativity) along with opening up chances for further career advancements. 

It has to be pointed out that Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations have not been fully implemented. If implemented Auditors & Accountants (Pre-revised Pay Scale 4500-7000) should have been in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4200 & Senior Auditors/Sr. Accountant in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs 4600 as because the Government had granted PB2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4600 to Assistants of Central Secretariat – parity with which had been recommended by the VI Central Pay Commission. The post of AAO should have been merged with the post of AO in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400/-. Taking into account the assignment of PB-3 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400 to the Divisional Accounts Officer, the AO should have been placed in PB-3 Grade Pay 5400.

Our Proposals

I.    The field formations of IA&AD should also have the same structure as available at HQr office – with senior most PAG/DGA being in charge of administration – other PAG/DGA/AG/PDA being heads of functional wings. Also, future recruitments and promotions to AAO and AO will have to be in a single/common cadre. This will allow man power flexibility and equal promotional avenues to personnel of all cadres. This will also take care of the sense of being deprived of any promotional avenues that are prevailing in wings like A&E etc. and ensure that there will be no wastage of man power in one wing while there is acute shortage in other wing(s). 

II.         The VI Central Pay Commission has conceded parity in Pay Scales between Secretariat & Other Offices only upto the level of Assistants. The reasons for not conceding parity at higher level are quite arbitrary & untested. The time has come when there should be parity in Pay Scales in all Government administrative Offices whether Secretariat proper or otherwise, called offices outside Secretariat.

III.       Those recruited as Auditor/Accountant are bereft of promotional avenues, unless they qualify in the SAS examinations. The personnel in A&E offices are having no avenues for upward movement except that of Sr Accountant as SAS examination is stopped in almost all offices except for SC/ST personnel.   It is therefore necessary that the cadre of Auditor/Accountant is restructured further so as to give promotional avenues to them.

        The following cadre/pay structure for personnel of IA&AD is proposed:

1. MTS                        -PB1, GP 1800 – (100% promotional avenue as DEO i.e.  Audit   Assistant)

                        2. DEO (Audit Asstt) -PB1, GP2400 – (Promotion as Auditor/ Accountant     i.e.  Auditor)

3. Auditor/Accountant -PB2, GP 4200 (75 % Direct Recruitment
                            i.e. Auditor (20 %)     rest on promotion from Audit Assistant

4. SA (ie Sr Ar/Acctt)    -PB2, GP 4600-100% promotion from Auditor
                                  (80%)                   (i.e. Auditor/Accountant)

5. SA, Grade II               -PB2, GP 4800 on completion of 4 years in SA Gr I
           
6. AAO, Grade I            -PB2 GP 5400 (DR-20%, SAS-60%, Promotion-20%)

7. AAO, Grade II          -PB3, GP 5400 on completion of 4 years in AAO Gr I

8. AO  (20%)               -PB3, GP 6600

9. SAO (80%)              -PB3, GP 7600

III. This Association vide its letter AIA/B1/50/2012 date 8th August 2012 had conveyed the following:

i) There should not be any direct recruitment at SA level.

As of now IA&AD is having direct recruitment of graduates to the level of 75 % in Audit and graduate intake to the tune of 67 % in A&E wings. What is required is streamlining it in the restructured, composite office with 75% in the cadre of Auditor (/Accountant) being Direct Recruit Graduates.  

ii) There should be no formation of separate non IA&AS cadre in Gr A and the directly recruited SAS hands may not be treated as a separate all India cadre. Instead, the percentage of induction into IA&AS (from SAO) should be increased to 50%. We should not introduce a system where there will be more divisions and more frustrations amongst the personnel in IA&AD.

In the agenda meeting with DAI on 02.04.2013, it was assured that no final view had been taken over these proposals and it would be further discussed with the recognised Federations. No such discussion was held and every time we were assured that without consultation with Staff Side no forward movement of these proposals is planned.

The proposals to have direct recruitment in SA cadre would lead to undoing of the restructuring of cadres in IA&AD in 1984 while nothing is offered in return.

The administration has, still, gone ahead with the proposals, ignoring the views of the stake holders, which are detrimental to interests of the Audit & Accounts cadres.

The CAG of India is requested that these cadre restructuring proposals may kindly be positively implemented so that the personnel of IA&AD get befitting pay scales from the 7 CPC.
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