Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CIRCULAR - 22/2016

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-22/2016                                                          Dated:  30th August 2016

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

Dear Comrades,
47th Conference – Hats off to Hosts & Participating Units

The 47th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association held at Nagpur from 8th August 2016 to 11th August 2016 commenced at SK Vyas Nagar (South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur) with the hoisting of the Association flag by Com Subhash Chandra Pandey, President at 2 pm on 8th August 2016 amidst thunderous sloganeering, in the presence of Com AK Padmanabhan, President, CITU, Com KKN Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers, Com RK Shrivastava & T Narayanan, former Presidents, Com S Radhakrishna, former Vice President and leaders of fraternal organisations.

 After the flag hoisting, the leaders, delegates and observers and guests paid floral tributes to Martyrs columns erected at the venue.

Comrade KC Mathai, Convener, Reception Committee invited Comrade Subhash Pandey (President) to preside over the inaugural session. Coms. AK Padmanabhan, President, CITU and Chief Guest, RK Shrivastava, Chairman, Reception Committee, MS Raja Secretary General, KKN Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers, RN Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE & Com. VV Asai, Vice President, CITU Maharashtra State Committee, were introduced and invited to the dais.  

Com RK Shrivastava, Chairman, Reception Committee formally welcomed all the guests, leaders, delegates and observers.

Com AK Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurating the Conference, stressed on the need to strengthen the unity of working class in furtherance of the struggle against the disastrous economic policies. The hard earned rights of the workers are under attack. The forthcoming strike on 2nd September 2016 should be a forceful statement by the workers that they are determined to carry the struggle till the end, serving an ultimatum to the government. The campaign on the charter of demands and educating the workers on the charter of demands is equally important as participating in the strike on 2nd September 2016, stated Com AK Padmanabhan.

Com KKN Kutty, President, Confederation of CG Employees and Workers & main speaker, spoke elaborately on the issues related to 7 CPC and the need to prepare for another struggle if the government drags its feet from the commitment to revisit the minimum pay and fitment factor.

Comrade RN Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE who enthralled the house, recalled the role of Confederation in ensuring that the strike was not deferred without any formal commitment forthcoming from the government. He spoke in details about the move of the government to privatise the postal functions through back door.

Com VV Asai, Vice President, CITU, Maharashtra State Committee spoke about the attacks on the workers’ rights by the Maharastra government. He also spoke about the resistance/struggles by the workers with specific reference to Maharashtra. Com Asai called upon the house for ensuring total success of strike on 2nd September 2016.

Com MS Raja, Secretary general spoke on the challenges before the audit & Accounts personnel and the task before the Conference to strengthen the organisation to withstand and outgrow the challenges.

Com Subhash Chandra Pandey, President, spoke on the hospitality of the host unit and the fine arrangement made by them. This, Com Pandey said, has created a conducive atmosphere for healthy debates, discussions and decisions that will definitely help the Association in its march forward.  

Comrade YK Khapre offered vote of thanks to guests, leaders and all others.

The inaugural session was concluded at 5.40 pm

The subject committee met at 6.30 p.m. with Comrade Subhash Pandey in chair.

President announced the composition of the house, subject to final report by the Credential Committee.

Secretary General moved the resolution on condolences and homage. The house observed two minutes’ silence in memory of all who left us since the 46th Conference at Guwahati in March 2013.

Secretary General moved a resolution forming different committees for the conduct of the Conference:
                        Presidium: Coms Subhash Pandey, Jagdish Panchal and Ninakumari Kujur
        Steering Committee: Coms: MS Raja, V Nageswara Rao, V Sreekumar & KL Gautam
Credential Committee:  Coms: Anindya Mitra, Amitava Chatterjee and Anilkumar
Resolution Committee:  Coms K Ramesh, KB Sureshkumar and Subrata Saha
    Minutes Committee: Coms. Tapas Bose, Rajagopal and Anjan Sanyal
The house unanimously adopted the resolution which was seconded by com KL Gautam.

The house also approved the proposal moved by the Secretary General to form different sub-committees for the effective deliberations on wing wise issues
            1. Civil Audit – KL Gautam – Convener
                                    1. Anilkumar, 2. T. Anandakumar, 3. Pramod Mishra (Members)
            2. Civil Accounts – Com V Nageswara Rao (Convener)
                                          1. Tapas Bose, 2. Amitava Chatterjee (Members)
            3. Railway Audit – Samir Ghosh (ERly Audit)
            4. Commercial Audit – Amitabh Bhattacharjee & Nitin Ghatkamble
            5. P&T Audit - JR Iyer & Anjan Sanyal

Taking up item No 3 of the agenda given in the Notification for the 47th Conference, President sought the approval for the minutes of the 46th Conference held at Guwahati from 11th to 14th March 2013 which has already been circulated, if no amendments are proposed. As no amendment was proposed by any delegate, President declared the minutes of the 46th Conference as adopted.

President invited Com T Narayanan, former President, to address the house. Com T Narayanan in his speech stressed the need of education of the cadres. He stated that it is high time the Association give enough importance to “Save Audit to save the nation” campaign, in a sustained manner, till it catches the imagination of the nation.

 Taking up items 4, 5 & 8 together, President directed the Secretary General to present the report on activities since the 46th Conference along with policy and programme resolution.

Secretary General supported by Additional Secretaries General Coms V Nageswara Rao, V Sreekumar and KL Gautam read the report in full and presented the same before the house.

President sought the permission of the house to treat the Accounts (that has already been circulated to all delegates and observers) as presented. On getting the approval of the house the Accounts for 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 was declared as presented before the house.

Com KC Mathai read out the message from Com S Mohan, Secretary General, All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association.

President announced that the discussion on Secretary General’s report and Accounts would commence in the first session of 9th August (2nd day) and called for names of participants in the discussion.

The house adjourned for the day at 9.10 pm.

The second day’s (9th August 16) session commenced at 10 am.

Com P Prabhakar, President, All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association, recalling his long Association with All India Audit & Accounts Association greeted the Conference. Com Prabhakar also conveyed the greetings on behalf of Com S Mohan, Secretary General, All India Audit & Accounts Officers Federation who is indisposed and hence could not make it to the Conference.

Com KKN Kutty, President, Confederation spoke at length on the history of audit movement, the leading role by it in the yesteryears and the contribution it makes to the common movement of the Central Government employees. Speaking on the role of employees’ organisations in the present days’ context and the challenges before it, Com Kutty placed before the house certain proposals for its consideration that would help us to develop a really democratic, vibrant organisation encompassing all sections of personnel working in the department.     

Com S Radhakrishna, former Vice President, greeted the Conference saying that this is his 11th Conference. Recalling the yester years, he said the first strike decision, after his joining the service, was taken at Nagpur Working Committee in 1981. In Ghaziabad Conference in 1981, demand was raised for Vyasji’s stepping down. Vyasji was criticised for giving more time for Confederation.
Com Radhakrishna urged everyone to study the books ‘Inception and Growth of Trade Union movement in India’ by Com Sukomal Sen and ‘Panorama of P&T Trade Union Movement’ by NJ Iyer. He said that these books have guided him all through these years. Attempts made by Com Raja in 2011 to revive the movement, after the mass victimisation in the aftermath of mass casual leave in 2010, did not succeed. He recalled the old days when the Vyasji or Warrier visited a station, the whole unit leadership would spend time with them upto midnight. Now a days the visiting leaders are left alone in their rooms after the days business is over. The interaction with the leaders would help the unit leaders and would also make the leaders alert. He concluded by stating that there is no short cut to success except hard work, but to expect the apex leader alone to work hard and bring results would be quite self damaging and  all have to work together to bring better results and strengthen the organisation.

Secretary General welcomed Com PK Mittal and AK Shrivastava, Secretary General and Vice President of All India Federation of Divisional Accounts Officers and Divisional Accountants and invited them to the dais. Both Com Pavi Kant Mittal and AK Shrivastava greeted the Conference. Com Mittal thanked for the help rendered to his Federation by Com Raja during the 7 CPC deliberations.

President then announced the discussion on Secretary General’s report and Accounts and invited the delegates in the order of request received.

The following delegates participated in the discussion on Secretary General’s report and Accounts.
Coms: 1. Dillip Rout, Odisha Accounts Cat 3 Association, Bhubaneswar 2. Soumitra Bandopadhyay, Defence Audit Cat III Association, Kolkata, 3. Kuldip Thakur, HP Civil Audit Association, Shimla 4. Rajkishor Sahu, AAO Assn, Odisha, Bhubaneswar 5. Rajkumar Roy, Accounts Cat III Association, Assam, Guwahati, 6. AK Gogoi, Accounts Cat 2 Assn, Assam Guwahati 7. Shankar Paul, AG (A&E) WB Cat III Assn, Kolkata 8. Madhubalan, Madras Civil Accounts Association, Cat II, Chennai, 9. Harish Jhulka, Asstt Accounts Officers Assn, Shimla 10. Sohan Lal, Haryana Civil Accounts Association, Chandigarh, 11. D Muthuraj, Madras Civil Accounts Association, Cat III, Chennai, 12. BC Dhyani, Civil Accounts Brotherhood, Dehradun 13. Sanjay Kumar Raina, Asstt Accounts Officers Assn, Dehradun 14. Bahadur Singh, Punjab Accounts Assn, Chandigarh 15. Amitava Bhattacharjee, MAB-II, Kolkata, 16. Balbir Suri, HP Civil Accounts Association, Shimla, 17. KB Sureshkumar, Accounts Cat II Kerala 18. Tapan Kumar Das, PAG (Audit) WB Cat III Assn, Kolkata, 19. Gauranga Malakar, DGAC, WB, Cat III, Kolkata 20. Mahesh Verma, Asstt Audit Officers Assn, Jaipur 21. Pramod Kumar Mishra, Civil Audit Association, Allahabad, 22. Rupak Mukhopadhyay, ERly Audit Assn, Cat III, Kolkata, 23. Samir Kumar Ghosh 24. Malay Kumar Kundu, Scientific Audit Cat III Assn, Kolkata 25. T. Anandakumar, Madras Civil Audit Association, Cat 2.
The house was adjourned for the day at 7.30 pm

The session commenced at 10 am on the third day i.e. 10th August 2016. The discussion on Secretary General’s Report and Accounts continued.

26.  Nitin Ghatkamble, Commercial Audit, Cat III (MAB-I) Mumbai 27. KN Jayashree Raj, Accounts Cat II, Bengaluru 28. Mahender Singh, Asstt Audit Officers Association, Shimla, 29. R Srinivasa Rao, Asstt Accounts Officers Association, Hyderabad 30. SK Khanna, Audit Cat III Assn, Jaipur 31. Raghavan VK, Audit Cat III Association, Kerala, 32. Bikromjit Ghosh, Asstt Accounts Officers Association, Shillong, 33. VM Rajeev, Accounts Cat II Association, Bengaluru, 34. Anjan Kumar Sanyal, P&T Audit, Cat 2 Kolkata 35. PA Kumar, Accounts Cat II, Mumbai 36. Harish Shetty, Accounts Cat II Mumbai, 37. R Muralidharan, Madras Civil Audit Association, Cat II, Chennai 38. Gautam Guha Roy, MAB-1, Kolkata 39. G Rajagopal, Accounts Cat III, Hyderabad, 40 JR Iyer, P&T Audit, Cat III Nagpur, 41. YK Khapre, Civil Accounts Association, Nagpur, 42. PN Challirwar, Accounts Cat II, Nagpur.

Com Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA and General Secretary, AIRF addressed the subject Committee in the afternoon session of 10th July 2016. Delegates and observers greeted Com Mishra with sloganeering. Com Mishra explained the efforts of NJCA with 7 CPC and there after including the strike preparation and meeting with group of ministers. He stated that the strike is only deferred not abandoned. If the government backtracks from its commitment, then we would not hesitate to go organise the strike action, he stated.

Com Shiva Gopal Mishra also answered queries from the house. Com Nageswara Rao offered vote of thanks to Com Mishra.

Comrade Anindya Mitra submitted the report of the credential Committee – the Conference is attended by 55 units, 133 delegates (including 12 from National Executive Committee) and 88 observers. The House adopted the credential Committee report. List of delegates and observers with Unit name was made available to all Units. After adoption of the credential Committee Report, President announced the composition of the house as final.

Item No 6 of the agenda was then taken up.

The Report on Organisation prepared by the Secretary General was already circulated to the house.

The proposal on the organisational part with regard to financial position of the organisation was moved by Com KL Gautam. Com Gautam, in detail, presented the present position and the need to have a financially healthy organisation. Com Gautam proposed a special fund of Rs 500/ per member from the arrears of 7 CPC to be collected and remitted to HQR by every Unit. It was also proposed to collect another Rs. 1,000/ from those AAOs who are benefitted from the CAG’s order treating AAO as direct recruit for the purpose of MACP. It was further decided that all the Units should pay the special fund of Rs 500/ per member before 31st December 2016.

After some discussion, the proposals were unanimously adopted by the House.

Com V Nageswara Rao presented the organisation report on one day strike on 2nd September, explaining in detail the charter of demands and the situation prevailing in the central government employees’ front. The House unanimously resolved to organise the one day strike on 2nd September 2016.

Item No 7 of the agenda, amendment to Constitution, was moved by Com KL Gautam. It was proposed to raise the HQr quota per member per month to Rs 15 and the Units raising their subscription to atleast Rs 30/- per month from April 2017. Units from West Bengal raised objection to HQr quota being raised to Rs 15/- per member per month and insisted that it should be revised to only Rs 12/- per member per month. President, intervening in the discussion, proposed that the house may agree to revision of HQr Quota to Rs 12/ per member per month from 1st April 2017. The House agreed to the proposal moved by the President. 
The Conference also advised all the Units to revise the rate of monthly subscription to atleast Rs 30/- per member with effect from 1st April 2017.

President proposed that item No 9 of the agenda i.e. developments in the common front of CG employees may be considered as having taken up and discussed as Coms KKN Kutty and Shiva Gopal Mishra did speak on the issues elaborately and clarified the position. The House agreed in unison with the proposal and item No 9 was considered as discussed and summed up.

The house adjourned for the day at 7 p.m.

The host unit had arranged an exciting musical evening after 7 pm that reveled the delegates and observers. 

The session commenced at 9.30 am on the fourth day i.e. 11th August 2016.

Com RK Shrivastava, former President, addressed the house. Com Shrivastava, recalling his experiences with the movement since 1960s to late 1990s, exhorted the delegates and observers to give more time to organisation. He reminded the house that no organisation has ever performed well on the shoulders of one person – it is the collective will of the organisation that will bring outstanding results. If everybody expects the Secretary General to perform miracles, it won’t be correct, rather it would be the beginning of an end, he cautioned.
Com Shrivastava requested all Units, delegates and observers to implement the programmes given by the HQr religiously (though the word is bit misplaced) and send communications on time to HQr. This itself would bring about a electrifying change in the scenario. He also pointed out one deficiency that is spreading – that is, lack of reading habit.
Com Shrivastava concluded by stating that he is proud of audit movement and is confident that if we all work unitedly, the movement will reach new heights.

Com SV Deshpande, former Assistant Secretary General and former President of All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association, Com Harishankar Tiwari, former Assistant Secretary General and Com CM Phatak, former President of CAA, Nagpur greeted the Conference. Comrade Gurpreet Singh, Convener, Joint Council of Trade Unions, Nagpur also greeted the Conference.

The Secretary General summed up the discussion on Report, Audited Accounts and Policy and Programme resolution. After summing up of the discussion by the Secretary General, the house unanimously adopted the Report of the Secretary General and Audited Accounts and also the Policy and Programme Resolution.

Secretary General reported that the Women’s Convention held at AG’s Office from 11 AM elected a Committee with Com Bandana Bhattacharjee (Guwahati) as Chairperson and Com KN Jayashree Raj (Bengaluru) as Convener. The Convention also elected Coms Jeyajothy (Chennai) and Rekha Narsikar (Nagpur) as Joint Conveners. The newly elected office bearers of Women’s Committee were introduced to the House. The House welcomed the Women’s Committee office bearers with thunderous applause.

Com Ramesh, Convener, Resolution Committee & Com Subrata Saha, Member Resolution Committee moved various resolutions during sessions. The House adopted all resolutions.

Various Subcommittees constituted by the Conference submitted their Reports. The House adopted all the reports with the direction to the National Executive committee to pursue the issues raised in each of the report.

Thereafter President declared the constitution of the Electoral College and proposed Com KL Gautam as Election officer and Com. Abhay Jha of Audit Cat II Jaipur as polling officer for conducting elections to the National Executive Committee. The House approved the proposals, initiating election of the National Executive Committee.

The election procedure was over by 4 pm and the results were declared by the Election Officer at 4.15 p.m.

The Newly elected National Executive Committee was introduced to the house.

Comrade Jagdish Panchal, Vice President in the outgoing National Executive was felicitated by the Host Unit by presenting shawl and momento. The house gave a standing ovation to Com Jagdish Panchal.

Comrade Tapas Bose, newly elected President, addressed the House. Com MS Raja Secretary General thanked everybody for the confidence reposed and assured to carry out the decisions of the Conference with determination.

Subhash Pandey, President of the Conference thanked everybody for the co-operation for the smooth conduct of the conference and assured that he would always be available at the call of All India Audit & Accounts Association. He specially thanked the host for the excellent arrangements.

Comrade V Sreekumar Additional Secretary General offered vote of thanks to the Host Unit – for the warm hospitality and the best arrangements. All the delegates, observers and the guests would remember the warmth of Nagpur comrades, he said.

Com KC Mathai thanked all for the co-operation in the smooth conduct of the conferences. He apologised for any lapse that could have occurred unwittingly from the Reception Committee. He also thanked the National Executive Committee for honouring the Nagpur Units with the responsibility of hosting the 47th conference.

The 47th conference concluded formally when the flag of All India Audit & Accounts Association hoisted on 8th August was taken down amidst slogans.

The Conference was formally declared as concluded at 5.40 pm on 11th August 2016.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

Secretary General