Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Circular 21

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-21/2017                                                             Dated: 29th September 2017

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

Dear Comrades,


            Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, former Home Secretary to Govt of India, has taken over as new Comptroller & Auditor General of India. We welcome him.

             His might be the shortest tenure as CAG of India, hardly two years and eleven months or upto August 2020, in the independent India.

            For one to deliver, it is sufficient. The reverse also would hold good. But let us think positive and expect good.

            Our expectations, genuine ones, are quite few. Let there be a good beginning, rather rewriting of the approach towards the non-IA&AS personnel of IA&AD, towards discharging the duties bestowed by the constitution and being loyal to the people of the country by strengthening the audit & accounts at grass root level and championing the cause of public accountability.

            Performance audit, a worthless postmortem which only brings publicity to certain officers promoted by Vinod Rai, has become a bane for the Department. Manpower is diverted to performance audit at the cost of Compliance audit, the pillar of public accountability. This has to be corrected.

            Audit and accounts of Panchayati Raj Institutions is another important area which is totally neglected where 80% of revenue is spent. The Department has a big screen which it has ignored so far. The department has potential to grow and reach throughout the country.

            The manpower of the IA&AD has been drastically reduced over the last two decades, where as the number of IA&AS personnel has gone up, especially their promotional avenues. There is total reduction and deduction at lower level. The rationalisation of staff strength in audit is the latest nail towards that. There is a need to increase the man power at base level cadres, i.e. auditor and accountant and SA with more phased promotional avenues.

            The administration has to become responsive to issues raised by staff side in IA&AD. There is need to correct the amoral officers at field level.

            We will expect the dispensation under the present CAG Shri Rajiv Mehrishi to be responsive to the above which will chart a new course for IA&AD.

            We still remember Shri Narahari Rao and Ranganathan.  We even forgot other names. Hope Shri Rajiv Mehrishi would make us remember him for the good that he may do for the Department and its personnel.

            We have raised these expectations through a letter addressed to the CAG of India, copy enclosed.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Departmental Council (Staff Side)
 Joint Consultative Machinery
For Central Government Employees-IA&AD
Room No. B-006, AGCR Bldg,
New Delhi – 110002

Reference: B-7/2017                                                                                              26th September 2017
Shri Rajiv Mehrishi,
Hon’ble Comptroller & Auditor General of India
9, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,
New Delhi – 110124

            I, on behalf of audit & accounts employees and officers, congratulate you on your appointment as the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. We also welcome and greet you as the Head of the Supreme Audit & Accounts Institution.

            It is our hope that under your leadership this institution would be further strengthened in its independence from the Executive, achieve expansion of its jurisdiction to encompass the audit and accounts of Panchayati Raj Institutions and become much more effective than what it is today in rendering the Executive Government accountable to Public. We offer our all out support and cooperation to you in these endeavours.

            We take this opportunity to suggest that existing employer – employee relations in the Department needs to be improved by instituting a system of regular and more frequent discussions between officers and the Staff representatives and quick settlement of the collective grievances and demands of employees. Few cases of punitive measures against some staff representatives and activists in some few field offices and restrictions imposed on the peaceful protest have to be given fresh consideration and undone so as to balm on scars of collective entity of the employees and generate new climate of happiness and cheer.

            Finally, we suggest that both at the field offices level and at the HQrs staff representatives may be consulted periodically on how to improve audit systems and practices. If for this purpose, standing committees are constituted, employees would welcome it.

            At your convenience, kindly give us some time to meet you.

     Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours faithfully,
 (M. S. Raja)
Secretary, Staff Side