Friday, September 7, 2018

Circular 21-2018


15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-21/2018                                                       Dated:  5th September 2018

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


Dear Comrades,
CWC MEET DECIDE TO INTENSIFY STRUGGLE
                                                FOR:
   * TRADE UNION RIGHTS
·         5 PROMOTIONS
·         PROMOTION OF DEO AS AUDITOR/ACCOUNTANT
·         PROMOTION OF SA AS AAO
·         REGULARISATION OF CONTRACT/CASUAL WORKERS
                                                AGAINST:
·         NPS
·         DENIAL OF FUNCTIONAL FACILITIES TO ASSOCIATIONS

The Central Working Committee meeting held on 4th and 5th September 2018 at New Delhi, presided over by Com. Tapas Bose, President, was attended by 33 units represented by 94 delegates & observers in addition to 3 special invitees. 24 delegates participated in the discussion on the note submitted by the Secretary General.

Senior Leaders Coms. Subhash Pandey, Nageswara Rao and KL Gautam addressed the house. Each one of them exhorted the delegates and observers on the need to strengthen the organisation at grass root level and thus the headquarters – organizationally and financially. The discussions were summed up by the Secretary General.

It was decided to build up a movement on Trade Union Rights, 5 promotions from entry level, Promotion of DEO as Auditor/Accountant, promotion of Sr Auditor/Accountant as AAO, Regularisation of casual/contract workers (including those employed with departmental canteen).

It was further decided to strengthen the struggle against NPS demanding restoration of the defined benefit scheme (i.e. old pension system) and attempts by the administration to curtail the functional facilities of the Association.

The CWC meeting decided to organise the following programmes in pursuance of the above demands:

1.      Adoption of Charter of Demands by holding lunch hour meeting – 25th October 2018
2.      One Day Dharna by the Executive Committee at every station/Unit – 28th November 2018
3.      Mass Dharna in every Station/Unit
4.      Dharna before CAG office

The date(s) for 3 & 4 would be decided later.

The CWC adopted following resolutions:      
1.      On Kerala flood relief
2.      On cadre restructuring
3.      On participation in the one day strike on 15 November 2018
4.      On Delay in recognition of Associations and denial of functional facilities
5.      Demanding suspension of Shifting of AP office to Amaravathi till April            2022
6.      On continued attacks on the employees’ co-operative societies in       various offices
7.      Demanding recruitment of local people
8.      On grant of permission to contest elections to employees cooperative            societies
9.      Demanding regularisation of casual and contract workers including   contract workers in the departmental canteen
10.  Demanding withdrawal of NPS and restoration of old pension scheme
11.  Against downsizing of audit offices
12.  On additional work to P&T Audit office, Nagpur

The CWC in a separate resolution urged upon the CAG administration to extend the check off system under CCS (RSA) Rules, 1993 to Federation.

Every delegate attending the CWC recorded their deep appreciation of Civil Audit Association, Delhi for the magnificent arrangements and warm hospitality. Com. Tapas Bose, on behalf of the National Executive Committee, thanked the leaders and activists of Civil Audit Association, Delhi for their humongous effort in hoisting the CWC meet.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally
 Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Friday, August 17, 2018


                We pay our respectful homage to
                   Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
                   former Prime Minister

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Circular 20-2018


15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Website: www.auditflag.blogspot.com
Reference: AIA/Circular-20/2018                                                                  Dated:  15th August 2018

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


Dear Comrades,

RUSH HELP TO KERALA

            The “God’s own Country” i.e. Kerala is facing worst flood in nearly 100 years – the last one reported was in the year 1924. Nearly a hundred people have lost life in the last 72 hours, and nearly 300 since May 18 when south west monsoon set in in Kerala.

            Nearly 60000 houses are submerged and totally damaged, 12 out of 14 districts are under red alert and two districts (Idukki and Wynad) are totally cut off. 33 dams are full and are opened to avoid the worst; 41 rivers (out of 44) are overflowing well past the red mark submerging the neighbouring villages and towns/cities. Landslides have taken lives of dozens. Kochi International airport is closed due to flooding. Rail and Road transport has come to a stand-still.

            Rescue operations are still going on with the help of Indian Navy and other central forces along with Disaster management force of Kerala and the local people. More than 40000 people are in the relief camps across the state.

            It is reported that the central government has refused to declare it as a national calamity and thus refusing the required financial help to tide over the immediate crisis.  

            We appeal to all our units to rush help to Kerala by liberally contributing to the Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund,  AC/No: 67319948232, SBI City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram,IFSC:SBIN0070028 or by visiting the site Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally
Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Monday, August 6, 2018

Circular 19-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-19/2018                                                                     Dated:  3rd August 2018

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


Dear Comrades,

ON CADRE RESTRUCTURING

Questions, rather anxious queries, are coming on the issue of cadre restructuring. Though no confirmed reports are available, sources reveal that the presentation to top management – i.e. DAI & ADAI – is over and the file has gone to CAG.

We were assured that another round of discussion would take place with staff side after this. We are awaiting confirmation.

Unconfirmed reports say that level 7 is proposed to SA, what not the way we have demanded.

Sources indicate that there may be some recommendations on the overall cadre structure taking into account the future requirements of the Department.

Integration of DEO with main stream cadre is also expected.

We will have to wait to know exact nature of the recommendations.

Once approval by CAG, it has to get approved by the MOF and finally by the Cabinet.

We are hopeful that there is going to some upward movement in respect of Group B & C cadres.

Remember – Only All India Audit & Accounts Association has demanded career progression for all cadres.

Any improvement would be welcome; even if it is not exactly what we demand – our fight for further improvement would continue.

But we foresee a certain situation if the cade restructuring committee give some positive recommendations on promotional avenues – somebody coming forward and claiming the parentage of anything positive that cadre restructuring might have – though as of now, we are not sure what it would be and how far it would be or whether it would be at all.

Let me state again – nothing conclusive right now, only some indications that also from some sources.

We should be ready to welcome whatever is positive while preparing our rank and file to fight against negative recommendations.

With greetings,
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                       Yours fraternally
Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Circular 17-2018


15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-17/2018                                                            Dated:  16th July 2018
To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,
            For the last couple of years we have been demanding that limitations imposed by the administration on number of chances in SAS examination should be done away with.

            We also pointed out repeatedly that in the earlier ‘avatar’ of the SAS examination, the restriction on number of chances was only for Part I of the SAS examination. And, there was no restriction for Part II of the SAS examination, one could have attempted any number of times.

            Repeatedly, we put forward this argument. The administration would agree, but when the Circular is issued the number of chances is limited to 10. Hundreds of candidates are suffering because of this untenable restriction. There are many candidates who have only or two papers left to pass.

            In IA&AD, the promotional avenues for SA are quite skewed. And the administration is hell bent on even denying it by imposing such restrictions.

            Similarly, the negative marks for CPD and incentive/RA examinations are really a disincentive. First they deny promotions, then they try to fool us with negative marks.

            To register our protest and to demand justice to all, all units are requested to HOLD LUNCH HOUR MEETINGS AND ADOPT RESOLUTION demanding unlimited chances for SAS and withdrawing negative marks in all examinations on 25th July 2018.

             It is reported that some offices refuse to forward the resolutions to CAG of India through proper channel. All Units, therefore, may send the resolutions - duly signed – to HQr by speed post. We will submit all the resolutions together to CAG from HQr.

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally

Sd/-

M. S. Raja
Secretary General


Circular 18-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-18/2018                                                                   Dated:  18 July 2018

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


Dear Comrades,
HIGHER PAY SCALE FOR SR.AUDITOR/SR.ACCOUNTANT
            We had submitted two items to National Anomaly Committee (NAC) that are specific to our Department and organised accounts, listed at item No. 12 (Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditor/Sr Accountant of IA&AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS) and Item No 14 (Grant of GP 5400 to Senior Section Officer of Railways & AAOs of IA&AD and Organised Accounts (Civil Accounts, Postal Accounts and Defence Accounts).
            In the preliminary sitting of the NAC on 11th January 2018 (which our Secretary General who is the member of NAC could not attend) to screen and finalise the items that could be taken up as anomaly, the official side informed that a committee has already been set up to consider Item No 12 and the item can be taken up for discussion at a later date if the item remain undecided.
            We all know that the Govt has already issued OM granting 5400 to AAOs of IA&AD, Civil Accounts and P&T Accounts.
            In the NAC meeting held on 17th July 2018, it was clarified by DOPT that the question of extending GP 5400 (level 9) to Sr SO of Railways and AAO of Defence Accounts is under the consideration of Govt.
            It was also clarified that the committee set up to look into the demand of parity in pay scales to Senior Auditor/Sr Accountant is expected to submit its report in a month’s time.
            We may take this development to our members and the attached JAC circular may be given wide publicity.

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally
 Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OFACCOUNTS & AUDIT EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS ORGANISATIONS

17/2 – C, P & T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg, New Delhi: - 110001
Email: v.aicaea@mail.com
No: JAC/ Circular -01/2018                                                                                            Dated: 19th July, 2018
To
Chief Executive of Constituent Organizations
and Conveners, local JACs

Dear Comrades,
The issues of grant of higher pay scale to Sr. Accountant/Sr Auditor at par with the cadre of Assistants now re-designated as Assistant Section officers of Central Secretariat as well as the issue of grant of GP 5400 to AAOs on completion of 4 years of service were being pursued with the Government since the implementation of 6th CPC. We went to the 7 CPC and placed our arguments, pleading for justice for audit & accounts personnel.
After the 7 CPC submitted its recommendations including our issues in different forms, the Cabinet referred these recommendations to a committee under DOPT.
In this context, we referred both this items to National Anomaly Committee (NAC) in which Com. M.S. Raja, Chairman, Apex JAC is one of the members.

In the meeting of NAC held on 11th January 2018 to have a preliminary discussion on admission of items, it was reported by the official side that the demand for higher pay scale to Sr. Accountant/Sr Auditor (item No 12) is under the consideration of a Committee. Copy of the minutes attached.

The item on Grant of GP 5400 to Senior Section Officer of Railways and AAOs of IA&AD and organised Accounts (Civil Accounts, Postal Accounts and Defence Accounts) was admitted as an anomaly.

In the meantime, as we all know, the Govt. has issued order granting GP 5400 to AAOs of IA&AD, Civil Accounts last month and Postal Accounts, keeping out Senior Section Officer of Railways and AAO of Defence Accounts. However, in the meeting of the NAC on 17th July 2018 it was informed by the official side that grant of 5400 to the remaining sections (Railway accounts and Defence Accounts) is under the consideration of the Govt.

Our representative in the NAC (Com M.S. Raja) was informed by Joint Secretary (Personnel) that the committee set up to consider the demand for GP 4600 to Sr. Accountant/Sr Auditor (at par with Assistant SO of CSS) is expected to submit its report in a months’ time.

It is indeed a positive development that the government is acting upon our demands, with constant persuasion from the forum of JCM.

But we should keep our arsenal, i.e. the organisational machinery updated and well maintained so that we should be in a position to assert ourselves to achieve our demands.

Apex JAC requests all the constituents and its field formations to keep the members well informed of the developments and the efforts of the apex JAC leadership in pursuing our demands. We should also prepare them for struggles as and when called for.

With greetings,
Sd/-
(V. Bhattacharjee)
Convener










Monday, July 16, 2018

Circular 16-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-16/2018                                                                          Dated:  14th July 2018

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


Dear Comrades,

STRUGGLE…STRUGGLE ALONE IS OUR SAVIOUR

Immediately after the Govt and the CAG issued orders on grant of NFU on completion of 4 years of service to AAOs of IA&AD, Civil Accounts and P&T Accounts, two questions were put to me.

Some of the comrades contacted me and asked why are we not publicising our role i.e. what all we did in achieving the Non Functional Upgradation (NFU) of AAOs on completion of 4 years of service to Level 9 i.e. GP 5400. One of them even told that the other Federation is aggressively marketing it.

I had a counter query – why should we do that and become so cheap.

We are a Trade Union and we don’t do any trade to indulge in aggressive marketing – this is done by somebody who has doubt in their’ contribution and role.

We raise demands, pursue them organizationally, back-up it with struggles and on the strength of struggles we pursue, persuade and negotiate with Govt. It is a time consuming process, but we are convinced that there is no alternative to struggle which demonstrates the backing of the membership to the demand(s) raised.

Those who never go on struggles, except in printed posters, have to work hard to tell its (misled) members that it is they who did it – through petitioning – because they hardly enter the arena of struggle.

There are people who promised higher pay scale only to audit and spread word every other day that they met PM, they met FM and the order will come tomorrow, day after tomorrow etc.
All India Audit & Accounts Association right from beginning said that after the implementation of 4th CPC recommendations and especially after Upgradation of 80% of AOs as Senior AOs in 1992 (with effect from 1.4.1990) - where the upgradation was done in both audit & accounts despite the fact that the agitation was led by the then Accounts/Audit Officers of IA&AD only – the possibility of only audit being granted parity may not be accepted by the government and hence we should demand for parity in both audit & accounts with Assistant in Central Secretariat.

Some self-styled leaders, in the name of championing audit cause, split the organisation and spread canards and falsehoods.

Our stand was vindicated when the government decided to upgrade the pay scales of auditor/accountant to AAO in 2003 – it was granted to both audit and accounts. It is noteworthy to state that the OM clearly stated that the upgradation is on account of the disparity in pay scales between Sr Clerks of Railways and Accounts Assistants of Railways. i.e. the demand was met because of the disparity in organised accounts.

Those who abused us for demanding parity for both audit and accounts went to 7 CPC and pleaded for higher pay scales for both audit and accounts!

Mass Casual Leave on 8th April 2010 – thousands of personnel in IA&AD went on Mass CL on 8th April 2010 on a charter of demands that included Grant of deemed direct recruitment status and subsequent MACP benefits to AAOs (already granted by CAG and only available in IA&AD), Grant of 5400 to AAOs on completion of 4 years’ service, grant of parity in pay scale to Sr Auditor/Sr Accountant, among other demands. Thousands of our members are still victimised, lost increments for participating in this massive action.

All India Audit & Accounts Association went on strike thrice in the past for the issue of parity in pay scales.

Many agitations including mass petition to CAG, demonstrations and dharnas were held during the period, not to speak of the discussions we had on the platform of JCM through which we could persuade the reluctant bureaucracy.

Great Chanakya had said: “Never argue with a fool, you will also be dragged to their level; …..onlookers may not be able to tell the difference”.

Second issue that was raised by some comrades was on the promotional avenues for Senior Accountants and Senior Auditors, especially in the aftermath of NFU for AAOs.  

We would like to reproduce our recommendations to the cadre restructuring committee wherein we demanded

·         Promotion to DEO as Ar/Acctt
·         Non Functional Upgradation to SA to Level 7 (GP 4600)
·         Promotion of SA as AAO
·         Combined seniority/gradation list of AAOs (including SAS personnel and promotees)
·         Promotional avenue to promotee AAOs as AO/SAO and further depending on service

Only All India Audit & Accounts Association has demanded promotion for DEOs and 5 time promotion to all from the entry level.

We are on war path demanding exclusion of Govt Employees from NPS, ensuring defined pension to all including those joined after 1st January 2004.

We will be going on strike on 15th November 2018 demanding scrapping of NPS.

We know well that submission of memorandum to any committee or government will not bring about desired results. To achieve demands, we will have to educate and mobilise the employees, prepare them for struggles and organise struggles in a sustained manner.

We don’t sell dreams, we prepare our members to live with dignity and security and  fight for it.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally
                                                                                                                                                                               Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General