Monday, May 2, 2011

Circular 11-2011

Dear Comrades

Please find Circular 11-2011 posted below - along with JAC Circular
and campaign material.

Yours fraternally

M. S. Raja
Secretary General
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667

Reference: AIA/Circular-11/2011
Dated: 2nd May 2011

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

Dear Comrades,


The Apex JAC met at Hyderabad on 11th April 2011 as decided in the
meeting held on 22nd February 2011.

The meeting of 22nd February 2011 had desired that each constituent
may, after subjecting the issues for discussion in their decision
making forum, firm up their views on i) the charter of demands and ii)
on launching a campaign on functional independence to audit and
accounts organisations.

The 11th April 2011 meeting considered the views of each constituent
organisations present and unanimously decided to re-arrange the
charter of demands.

The meeting further decided that the issue of public accountability
has to be focused in the days to come and a national convention may be
held at New Delhi during the winter session of Parliament. If public
accountability has to be ensured the first and foremost requirement is
the functional autonomy (with no financial restrictions) to IA&AD and
Oraganised Accounts. The meeting unanimously decided to pursue the
issue in a sustained manner.

The meeting was of the opinion that unless and until field formations
of JAC become effective and functional this great task can not be
carried out. It was therefore decided that Apex JAC leadership would
undertake tours to such stations where it was assessed that there
require some improvement.

The Apex JAC meeting further decided to observe one day Dharna on
26th May 2011, jointly by all the constituents at a centralised place.
All India Audit & Accounts Association endorses the call for holding a
day long Dharna on 26th May 2011 and calls upon every unit to observe
the programme successfully. Each Unit may take initiative to convene
the meeting JAC in their respective stations.

JAC circular is attached - along with Campaign material.

Every unit may bring out pamphlet in the regional language and
popularize the charter of demands.


In our earlier circulars it was requested that each unit may send
report on the implementation of the each programme. Have you done it?

During the last 45 days calls for observing three programmes were
given viz. 1. Women's Day 2. Association Day and 3. Demands day (call
given by Confederation).

If you have not sent the reports, it is still not late – send it with
photos wherever possible.

In the absence of report, it would be concluded that your unit has
not implemented the call(s).

Also, please don't forget to send report on the dharna on 26th May 2011.

With regards

Yours fraternally

Secretary General

Ph. 0120-2881727/011-2578 5070

No: JAC/Circular – 03/11
Dated: 17th April, 2011

Chief Executive of Constituent Organizations
and Conveners, local JACs,

Dear Comrades,

The apex JAC met at Hyderabad on 11th April 2011. Following Comrades
attended the meeting-

1. Com. M.S.Raja, Chairman, apex JAC and Secretary General, AI
Audit&Accounts Association.
2. Com. S. K. Vyas, Member (JCM), and President, Confederation of CGEs & Ws.
3. Com. V.Bhattacharjee, Convener, apex JAC and Secretary General, NFCAA.
4. Com. T.Satyanarayan, General Secretary, AIPAEA,
5. Com. G.P.Dutta, Secretary General, AIDAEA,
6. Com. V.Nageswara Rao, Addl. Secretary General, AIA&AAssociation.
7. Com. P.Prabhakar, Vice President, AI Audit & Accounts Officers' Association,
8. Com. B.J. Rao, Cat-III, SC.Rly, Audit
9. Com. J. Karunanidhi Cat-II, SCRAA,
10. Com. P. Madhusudhan Reddy, Cat-II, Commercial Audit
11. Com. A.Huparikar, Jt. Secretary General, AICAEA,
12. Com. A.Azeez, Branch Secretary, AICAEA, A.P. Branch,
13. Com. T.K.Eshuaical, Jt. Secretary, P&T Audit Officer/Sr. AOs,

The meeting was presided over by Com MS Raja, Chairman, Apex JAC.

The meeting of Apex JAC held on 22nd February 2011 had requested the
constituent organizations to convey the views on the charter of
demands and also on future course of action. After a detailed
discussion, it was decided to retain the same demands in the charter
with minor modification in the order of placing items the charter of
demands. The charter of demands adopted in the meeting is given
elsewhere in this circular.

The meeting felt that the demand regarding Recognition of AIRASA may
not be included in the charter and it should be pursued separately as
because this demand does not concern the employees in the other
organizations constituting the JAC. Since, no representative of AIRASA
was present in the meeting, it was decided to convey to this view of
the meeting to General Secretary, AIRASA.

The meeting decided that rank and file should be educated about
these demands. To achieve this objective, it was decided that the Apex
JAC shall circulate – latest by 25th April 2011 - a brief on each item
in the charter of demands which shall be reproduced by the local JAC
in the vernacular language and distributed amongst the membership.
Further, activists & Group meetings may be organized in all offices in
which the significance of these demands should be explained.
Convention may be held in as many stations as may be possible which
shall be attended by the apex level JAC leaders.

After mobilizing and motivating the activists & the rank and file, a
Day Long Dharna may be held jointly at a Central Point on 26th May
2011 by all local JACs. Apex JAC headquarters should be given a
detailed report on all the aforementioned preparatory measures as also
on the participation of the membership in this joint Dharna.

As earlier reported, the meeting decided to organize a National
Convention on the issue of "functional independence of the Audit &
Accounting organisations". A draft work paper on the above subject
would be circulated to all the constituent organizations. The
constituent organizations would improve this draft taking into account
the factors which impede the functional autonomy of their respective
establishments. After collating all the impacts given by the
constituent organizations, the final Draft will be circulated latest
by 30th June 2011.

In the month of July 2011 the apex JAC will meet again to finalize
the concrete campaign programmes of holding departmental/station wise
workshops and also fix the date of the National Convention.

Above discussed decisions may be intimated to the membership in all
offices by holding general body meetings soon after the receipt of
this circular and all local JACs should implement the above programme
of Dharna on 26th May 2011.

Chief Executive of all constituent organizations of apex JAC are
requested to endorse this circular to their field organizations
directing them to ensure implementation of apex JAC decisions. They
are also requested to endorse a copy of their circulars to apex JAC
Headquarters without fail.

With warm greetings,


Charter of Demands

1. Upgrade LDCs by re-designating them as Acctts/Audit Assistants and
following pay sales to different cadres-
Acctts/Audit Assistant PB-1
with Grade Pay Rs.2400
Accountant/Auditor PB-2 with Grade Pay Rs.4200
Sr. Accountant/Auditor/ PB-2 with
Grade Pay Rs.4600
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. Accounts/Audit Officer PB-3 with
Grade Pay Rs.7600
2. Grant of I & II financial upgradation under original ACP scheme
and benefit of III financial upgradation under new MACP Scheme.
3. Implement arbitration award by granting higher pay scale notionally
w.e.f.1-1-1986 and effectively w.e.f 1-1-2006.
4. Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs.4800 from the day of
passing JAO/SOG examination.
5. Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.
6. Step up pay of Senior Promotees who exhausted ACP in the event of
junior drawing more pay and getting ACP in compliance with apex court
7. Grant recognition to All India Railway Accounts Staff Association

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

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

PB-2 4200

The term "Equivalent" should mean to include Auditors/Accountants in
the field offices of IA&AD and Organized Accounts. This is inferred
also from the fact the nowhere else the VI CPC has recommended the
revised Pay Band and Grade Pay for Auditors/Accountants.
In the light of these, Auditors/Accountants have to be granted the
Grade Pay of 4200 in PB-2 and not Grade Pay of 2800 in PB-1 as because
at last the parity in Pay Scale with that of Assistants of CSS has
been recognized and extended by the VI CPC to Sr.
© Sr. Accountant /Auditor: PB2, GP 4600
As a result of job evaluation done by the Administrative Staff
College at Hyderabad at the instance of III CPC in which
Auditors/Accountants has edge over Assistants grade (of CSS), a solid
justification for grant of Pay Scale of Assistant grade to the
Auditor/Accountant post had been laid down. In 1984, Government
themselves upgraded the Pay Scale of 80% Auditors in the Pay Scale of
Assistant grade (425-800) thus granting parity in Pay Scales amongst
them. The IV CPC not only clubbed the posts of Auditors and Assistants
and recommended the pay scale of 1400-2600, but also extended the same
pay scale to Accountants in Indian Audit & Accounts Department and
Organized Accounts which was implemented with effect from 01.04.1987.
However, this parity in Pay Scale of Auditors/Accountants and
Assistants of CSS was disturbed when in the year 1990 the Government
of India revised the pay Scale of Assistants alone to 1640-2900
retrospectively with effect from 01.01.1986 and thus annulling the
clubbing of the two posts as done by IV CPC.
Government granted the Pay Scale of 5500-9000 only notionally with
effect from 01.01.1996 and actually from 19.02.2003 thus removing this
disparity between Sr. Auditor/Accountants or Asstt. atleast
notionally from 01.01.1996.
As a result of disagreement on the demand of grant of Pay Scale of
1640-2900 to Senior Auditor/Sr. Accountant to bring them on par with
Assistant pay scale in the National Council (JCM) in the year 1994,
the matter had gone to the Board of Arbitration, CA Ref No 3/2001. The
award given by the Board of Arbitration on 24 August 2004 was that:-
"The Government is directed to grant upgraded Pay Scales same as to
the Assistants of Central Secretariat Services of 1640-2900 (5500-9000
with effect from 01.01.1996) to all Senior Auditors/Sr
Accountants/Accounts Assistants of Railways with effect from
01.01.1986 notionally and actual payment from 12.11.2001, the date of
reference of arbitration to the board."
Afterwards just before the setting up of VI CPC, Government in DOPT
in their order vide OM 20/29/2006-CS.III date September 25, 2006
further upgraded the pay scale of Assistant to 6500-10500 (which was
assigned to their supervisor i.e. Section Officer) with effect from
15.09.2006. The VI CPC in Para 3.15 had observed that "this
upgradation apart from increasing the existing chasm between the
similarly designated posts (posts clubbed together by IV CPC) in the
Secretariat and field offices, has also led to a piquant situation
where the feeder posts of Assistant and the promotion post of Section
Officer have come to lie in an identical Pay Scale".
The VI CPC in their Chapter 7.56 on IA&AD has observed in para
7.56.8 that "the Government has never conceded the principle of parity
between Assistants of CSS and the Senior Auditors/Accountants in
various organized Account Department including IA&AD."
This observation of the VICPC is not based on facts & is therefore
incorrect. In year 1983, Government had proposed that 80% posts of
Auditors (Rs. 330-560) may be placed in the Pay Scale of Rs. 425-800
assigned to the Asstts. of CSS. This fully established that Government
had accepted the party in the Pay Scale of Sr. Auditors/Accountants
and Asstt. of CSS in year 1983.
As has been done in 1990, again in 2006 (with effect from 15.9.2006)
the DOPT had granted higher pay scales to Assistants with a view to
disturb the parity (cause disparity) between the Pay Scales of
Assistant & Senor Auditor/Accountant. Once again this time the Deptt
of Expenditure has granted further upgradation to the Assistant by
grant of PB-2 with Grade Pay of 4600 (pre-revised 7450-11500).
Here it may be observed that the latest upgradation of the Assistant
pay scale ie PB-2 Grade Pay 4600 is not based on any enabling
recommendations of VI CPC.
It is therefore emphatically urged that the same PB-2 Grade Pay 4600
should be granted Senior Auditor/Accountant with effect from
01.01.2006 so that this disparity in the Pay Scale of Assistants of
CSS and Senior Auditors/Accountants of IA&AD and Organized Accounts
Departments is not re-introduced as has been done earlier in the year
1990 and 2006
(d) AAO/Private Secretary : PB2 GP 4800, PB3, GP 5400 on completion
of 4 years
In III CPC Section Officers (Audit/Accounts) were in the pay scale of
500-900 with a Selection Grade in the Pay Scale of 775-1000 (limited
to 20% posts on non functional basis). The IV CPC recommended the Pay
Scale of 1640-2900 for Section Officers of Indian Audit & Accounts
Department and Accounts (20% of posts) and 2000-3200 for 80% of posts
be designated as Assistant Audit/Accounts officers declaring them as
Gr B Officers. This Pay Scale as per V CPC was merely meant for Gr C
posts and the standard Pay Scale for Gr B posts was 2000-3500.
The V CPC merged the Pay Scales of 2000-3200 and 2000-3500 and
recommended the pay scale of 6500-10500 (S-12) there-by conceding the
parity in the Pay Scale to the AAOs with the Section Officers of CSS.
The AAOs had been assigned complete parity with the Section Officers
of Secretariat and they have been granted the pay scale of 6500-10500
with effect from 01.01.1996.
Government of India further disturbed above parity when they upgraded
the pay scale and assigned the pay scale of 7450-11500 which was not
at all there in the hierarchical set up of Indian Audit & Accounts
Department and Organized Accounts and also not a pay scale prescribed
by V CPC.
The SCPC has placed the post of Section officer, post of AAO and post
of Audit/Accounts Officer in an identical pay scale though as per
their observation AAO should have been placed in the next higher scale
of 8000-13500. (PB3, Grade Pay 5400). The government of India
half-heartedly and partially rectified this anomaly by assigning the
pre-revised pay scale of 8000-13500 PB2 Grade Pay Rs.5400. As a matter
of fact this pay scale should have gone to AAO in terms of the above
observation of CPC and not to the Audit/Accounts Officer. On logical
consideration all SO who have completed 4 years, in the case of Indian
Audit & Accounts Department and Organized Accounts 3 years, should be
placed in PB 3, 5400.
(e) AO: PB-3, GP 6600, Sr. AO: PB3, GP 7600
Sr. Divisional Accounts Officer was created at par with the
Audit/Accounts Officer both carrying the Pay Scale of Rs. 7500-12000.
The VICPC has assigned the upgraded Pay Scale of Rs. -13500 PB-3 Rs.
15300-39 along with Grade Pay of Rs. 5400. Since the Audit/Accounts
Officer supervises the work of Sr. Divisional Accounts Officer there
is enough justification for grant of next higher grade PB-3 Grade Pay
of Rs. 6600 & Senior Audit/Accounts Officer assigned PB-3 Grade Pay of
Rs. 7600/.
In this connection reference is drawn to the following observation of
VI CPC: "It is observed that the post SAO constitute a feeder cadre
for induction into IA&AS. The entry grade for IA&AS is presently
8000-13500 which is identical to SAO. Upgrading their pay scale any
further would place them in higher level that IA&AS which is a
promotional post. The existing pay scale of Sr. AO needs to be
These observations are factually incorrect. A person who promoted from
the post SAO in the IA&AS/ICAS/IPAS etc is always granted the pay
scale attached to Dy Accountant General or equivalent ie at par with
pay scale of Dy Secretary. That being the case, this recommendation of
CPC not to upgrade the pay scale of SAO is totally untenable and hence
to be discarded.
2. Grant of I & MACP on departmental hierarchy basis and benefit of
III financial upgradation under new MACP Scheme.
Even after getting the benefit of three financial upgradations under
MACPS, many employees shall not even reach to the pay scale they would
have enjoyed through the benefit of old ACP scheme. This is a serious
damage to the employees in addition to those employees, who have been
suffering damage and financial loss after introduction of ACP scheme
by the Government in August, 1999.
After introduction of MACPS, serious administrative problems have
also cropped where supervised officers/employees are drawing higher
grade pay then their supervisors. Moreover, employees of same cadre
are drawing different of grade pay which is unscientific and
It is therefore urged that first two MACPS may be returned in
promotional grade 7 only 3rd MACP may be in grade pay hierarchy of
that it should be introduced w.e.f.01.01.2006.
3. Implement Arbitration Award by granting higher pay scale notionally
w.e.f 1-1-1986 and effectively w.e.f. 1-1-2006
The Central Board of Arbitration gave the following award on 24th
August 2004 on CA Ref No 3/2001.
"The Government is directed to grant upgraded Pay Scales same as to
the Assistants of Central Secretariat Services of 1640-2900 (5500-9000
with effect from 01.01.1996) to all Senior Auditors/Sr
Accountants/Accounts Assistants of Railways with effect from
01.01.1986 notionally and actual payment from 12.11.2001, the date of
reference of arbitration to the board."
The government had been taking a stand in the Standing Committee of
JCM that as the outgo on account of arrears is more than Rs 600
crores, it is not in a position to implement the award. The staff side
initially proposed a mutually acceptable date for implementation.
There after the Staff Side has given in writing that they are ready to
accept the actual implementation of the award from 1.1.2006, the date
of implementation of SCPC recommendations. Still the government is not
ready to implement the award. There has been no discussion on the
subject after 2007.
A delegation of JAC had met the Minister of state for Finance
on 18th January 2010 and requested him to settle the issue of
implementation of arbitration award on grant of higher Pay Scale to
Sr. Accountants and Sr. Auditors notionally from 01/01/1986 and
actually from 01/01/2006. But no response has been given by the
Government even against such a reasonable approach of the JAC
4. Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs.4800 from the day of
passing AAO/SOG examination.
This would ensure that the personnel who have been declared passed in
SOGE would continue to draw the pay and entitlements of AAO,
irrespective of whether he is given the status.
5. Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.
Under the scheme of Departmental Examination, the UDCs in organized
Accounts and IA&AD used to be placed four stages above the minimum pay
on passing the Examination. This Examination was also extended to
Lower Division Clerks who were graduates. On passing this Examination,
the LDC used to be promoted to the post of UDC (Accountant/ Auditor)
with three advance increments. The scheme of grant of these advance
increments was withdrawn by the Government.
The matter was taken up the Railway Accounts Employees in the court
of Law and the scheme of grant of three advance increments to the LD
promotees was restored in Railways. Rest of the employees
organizations of Accounts and Audit Departments have therefore been
demanded for introduction of the scheme.
6. Step up pay of Senior Promotees who exhausted ACP in the event of
junior drawing more pay and getting ACP in compliance with apex court
It is irrational while juniors are placed in higher pay and seniors
are drawing lower pay the apex court of the country has already
expressed it in opinion in the respect while passing its decision in
respect of the employees of Haryana state who had sought relief from
the court of law.