Saturday, March 31, 2018

Circular 07-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-07/2018                                                       Dated:  30th March 2018

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

Dear Comrades,

The National Executive Committee of the Association met at Hyderabad on 27-28 March 2018.
The following attended the meeting – Coms: Tapas Bose, KC Mathai, V Sreekumar, Anilkumar, Amitava Chatterjee, K Ramesh, G Rajagopal, T Anandakumar, Rupak Mukhopadhyay, RJ Iyer, Pramod Mishra and KN Jayashree Raj. Coms Hemant Pant and Anindya Mitra were absent. Of the special Invitees - in addition to Coms KL Gautam, Subhash Pandey and V Nageswara Rao – Coms: Balbir Suri, Roshan Lal, Bahadur Singh, Sohan Lal, Sunil Khanna, Mahesh Verma and Vidya Simha attended the NE meeting. Com JK Prajapati had sought leave of absence due to ill health of his father. Coms Amit Roy, Subrata Saha and Shankar Sahoo were absent.

Trade Union Camp
The review of the implementation of the decisions taken by the Allahabad CWC meet and the NE meets thereafter on conducting trade union camps brought out the bare fact of non seriousness on the part of the units in carrying out the decisions taken unanimously. The meeting noted it very seriously, especially so because the Units of the National Executive Committee members are also included.

So far, only Jaipur and Guwahati have implemented the decision in this regard. Though Kolkata reported that it conducted the Trade Union camp on March 7-8, HQr was not informed in advance. It did not invite/involve HQr leaders in the TU camp. The NE meeting observed that though conducting camp is good, non observance of organisational decisions in its true spirit cannot be appreciated. The TU class at Hyderabad is scheduled for 29th March 2018, it was reported.

Nagpur and Kerala assured to conduct the Classes in May-June 2018 while Chennai said it try its best to conduct it in June 2018 itself.

Cadre restructuring Proposals and Campaign there-on
It is reported by many that our proposals on restructuring of cadres is appreciated even by the other organisations as it touches upon the expectations of each cadre and is practical.
But discussions over that exposed our weakness in taking this good work to the mass of employees. Few units reported about the observance of Campaign week. But many are yet to commence the campaign.

Units such as Guwahati did hold general body meeting on the restructuring proposals, whereas some units had its Executive Committee meeting while many have not done – atleast not reported – any move to educate the mass of membership.

Revive system of Representative Assembly/Section Activists (RA/SA)
Discussions revealed that there is no mechanism to reach the members on the issues that we champion. Even our journal is not taken to members.

This is resulting in the widening of the gap between the membership and the leadership, adversely affecting organisational efficacy. This has a cascading effect on the implementation of various calls given by HQr or Confederation.

It was therefore decided that the system of Representative Assembly/Section Activists that was in vogue in the earlier days be revived by every Unit. 

Every Unit may positively complete the process and have the first meeting of RA/SA on or before 25th April 2018.

Report on formation of RA/SA may be intimated to HQr by 30th April 2018 along with the list of RA/SA, their sections and mobile numbers.

It was further decided that so as to ensure the implementation of the decisions as well as to campaign on our proposals on restructuring of cadres and other charter of demands, a group of leaders would visit each station during June-July 2018. The detailed programme would be finalised shortly and each unit and NE member would be advised accordingly.

Felicitation of Com. V. Nageswara Rao

Hyderabad Units had organised a felicitation function in the honour of our senior leader Comrade V Nageswara Rao who superannuated on 28th March 2018. The function that commenced at 1.30 pm concluded at 5 p.m. The massive participation of the general members throughout the function is worth appreciation and all our units should take a leaf out of this to know how to be with the membership and earn their confidence, love and affection.

On behalf of the NE, Com. Tapas Bose, President presented a memento to Com V Nageswara Rao. Coms: Tapas Bose, MS Raja, Subhash Pandey and KL Gautam spoke during the function. All the NE members expressed their regards and love to Com Nageswara Rao by offering shawl, momento etc. President and General Secretary of Civil Accounts Association, Nagpur also felicitated Com Nageswara Rao.

We wish Com V Nageswara Rao an active and happy retired life.

National Convention on “Strengthening Audit & Accounts to safeguard People’s Rights”

It was decided to organise a National Convention on “Strengthening of Audit & Accounts to safeguard People’s Rights”, preferably during the monsoon session of Parliament and latest by winter session of the Parliament, involving political and social activists and MPs.

Draft Work paper for the Convention would be circulated soon.

All India Women Convention & Convention of All India Audit & Accounts Pensioners Association as also the CWC meeting is also planned along with the National Convention on “Strengthening Audit & Accounts’ details of which would follow.

Strike Declaration National Convention of CG employees will be held on 10th June 2018 at Sundaraiyya Vignana Kendra, Bagalingampally, Hyderabad. All the NE members would attend the convention as delegates. In addition, we may also nominate some members from Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bengaluru and Chennai. The Concerned Units would be intimated shortly about the number of delegates from each station.

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



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Circular 06-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-06/2018                                                       Dated:  19th March 2018

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

Dear Comrades,

The HQr is under the impression that all the Units are doing their best to take the message of our proposals on restructuring of cadres in IA&AD (which was presented before the Committee on 7th March 2018).

Prior to the meeting with the Committee on 7th March, we had a meeting of all Federations in IA&AD on 6th to see whether a common approach could be formulated. The idea itself was preposterous given the fact that there was no such move before submission of proposals to the Department.

As each Federation reiterated its proposals, it was decided that we may meet immediately after the meeting with the Committee so as to evolve a common strategy for future.

During the interactions with the other Federations, especially with National Audit Federation, it became clear that their proposals totally ignore the promotional avenues of MTS, DEO, Auditor/Accountant and SA. Rather, their proposals speak on creating more IA&AS/Non IA&AS posts in Gr. A.

We demanded 5 (five) promotions as a matter of right – a directly recruited Auditor/Accountant gets only one assured promotion (as SA) today. Similarly, the question of integration of DEO with mainstream cadres and their further promotion as Auditor/Accountant and SA is not appreciated by other Federations other than All India Audit & Accounts Association and All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association. It was stated by them that they do not agree with the suggestion.

The presentation before the Committee was done separately and exclusively by each Association/Federation.

During our presentation we re-iterated what has already been stated in the written proposals. In addition to what has been stated there-in, we focused on the need for ensuring quality of recruitment and also on the need for recruitment of local people.

We also demanded a relook on the functional and cadre separations that have been made which, over a period of 30 years since the bifurcation of offices in 1984, has impacted on the quality of the department. Chairman of the Committee specifically enquired whether we are of the opinion that the restructuring of cadres of 1984 was a mistake. We replied saying that the bifurcation was a mistake.

We focused on 3 points (as is stated in earlier paras) –

            1. There res two cadres which are really facing stagnation and resultant frustration –           SA and AAO
           
            2. Five (5) time promotion to all in his/her career (spanning 30 years)

                        a) Integration of DEO with mainstream cadres and promotion of DEO as                           Auditor (Accountant)
                        b) Creation of SA Grade II at Level 7 and further promotion as AAO
                        c) Time bound promotion for AAOs and further avenues to move forward

            3. Recruitment of Local people and man power mobility within the station.

We also expressed our concerns on the effect of IFMS on Accounts as well as on Audit, the untested GST and also spoke on the need to strengthen functions at micro level. We pointed out that scams such as fodder scam of Bihar or Letter of Credit (LOC) scam of Assam (both of 1990s) were unearthed by A&E offices. We insisted that steps to strengthen the public accountability mechanisms be explored so as to uphold the department’s role as watch dog of Indian finances.

Though it was agreed amongst the Federations that we would meet after the presentation before the Committee, we found that some did not bother to keep the word – only All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association and All India Audit & Accounts Association remained, who even otherwise keep on meeting and interacting.

The Units are requested give wide publicity to our presentation, through multiplication of this Circular or circulation of this circular in local language, postering and holding group meetings.

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

Secretary General


 



Monday, March 5, 2018

Circular 05-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-05/2018                                                              Dated:  5th March 2018

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

Dear Comrades,

OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ON 8TH MARCH

Every year, the world observes 8th March as International Women’s Day reminding of the struggles of the earlier generation for right to dignified life with equality in all spheres for women. The United Nations (UN) way back in 1970s decided to observe the year 1976 as “WOMEN’S YEAR”. After 42 years since the observance of a whole year for the cause of women, very recently the UN has to include the women issues with all prominence in its 2030 Agenda (which is reproduced below).

We find that WOMEN’S DAY is observed in almost every office with pomp, with galaxy of VIPs appearing on the stage and talking about the contribution of women. But how many of such occasions are really used to discuss serious issues that concern women and children and the society at large. The oppression of women, denial of due space to women in the family, the superstitions and so-called customs that are fed into the young minds from the day they are born are rarely subjected to discussions.

On issues like own marriage even today the women do not have right to choose. The killings in the name of “honour” are rampant across India. The demon of dowry rules the roost. Right to property to daughters is an anathema even today in majority parts of the country.

Sexual harassment at workplaces is common to see in this country. Despite all big talk, when the issue of sexual harassment crops up all the officers – atleast in IA&AD – joins together and end up in prosecuting the victim. (The incident in the O/o AG, Delhi is the recent one to quote). The family and the society, instead of standing with the victim try to demoralise and demonise her and also, many times, indulge in the character assassination of the victim.

International Women’s Day may be observed with all seriousness, discussing and focusing on the issues. We should not end up its observance just like a religious event. What is required is discussion and decision rich in content and not pomp and show.

All our Units are requested to cause introspection and ensure quality in observance of International Women’s Day from this year onwards.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General

Logo of the United Nations
International Women's Day 
8 March

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
It is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda set by the United Nations (UN), building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Some key targets of the (UN) 2030 Agenda:
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.
International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force.
They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations, ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of deep seated gender inequalities and discrimination, rural women fare worse than rural men or urban women. For instance, less than 20 per cent of landholders worldwide are women, and while the global pay gap between men and women stand at 23 per cent, in rural areas, it can be as high as 40 per cent. They lack infrastructure and services, decent work and social protection, and are left more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Rural women and their organizations represent an enormous potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing. They are using innovative agricultural methods, setting up successful businesses and acquiring new skills, pursuing their legal entitlements and running for office.
On 8 March, join activists around the world and UN Women to seize the moment, celebrate, take action and transform women’s lives everywhere. The time is NOW.
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Circular 04-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-04/2018                                                           Dated:  5th March 2018

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

Dear Comrades,

As we all know, our views on the proposed restructuring of cadres have already been submitted to the CAG. The cadre restructuring committee formed by CAG has convened joint meeting of all the recognised Federations on 7th March 2018.

Know Our Proposals and its distinctiveness

The proposals that are submitted by us have two parts – one functional and two career progression.

We have visualized the changes that may occur in the days to come and proposed effective mechanisms to face and overcome those changes and strengthen the fundamentals of the functioning.

The implementation of IFMS (or IFHRMS) and its impact on both audit and accounts cannot be ignored; rather it has to be seen with all seriousness. CAG should ensure discharge of the constitutional function related to Government accounts and make it I.T. (Information Technology) based and strengthen it.

Keeping in view of the complex and purely technical, knowledge based functions that we discharge, we have demanded 5 time-bound promotions in one’s career.

The whole of IA&AD should have only one nomenclature – such as Auditor, Sr Auditor, Assistant Audit Officer, Audit Officer etc.

The SA should get a non functional promotion to Pay Matrix Level 7 on completion of 5 years as SA. SA should get further promotion as AAO. And there should not be any direct recruitment in the AAO cadre, it should be filled in through SAS Exam (60%) and promotion of SA Grade II (40%). The AAO cadre shall consist of SAS qualified and promotees from SA Grade II. Further promotion to AO be from the combined gradation list of AAO.
We also propose that the recruitment rule for each cadre should earmark certain per centage for unilateral transfer/ deputation. (Today it is against the direct recruitment quota).

DEO should be integrated with main stream cadres, ensuring their promotion as Auditor and stenographers getting to share the promotional avenues at HQr office are also proposed.

We have also demanded that post of LDC may be upgraded and merged with DEO as the cadre of LDC has become redundant.

Whether Submitting Proposals are Enough?

As stated earlier, the Cadre Restructuring Committee headed by Shri. V. Kurien would meet all Federations from 3 pm onwards on 7th March 2018.

The way the Committee is going ahead – without representation to the Staff Side – creates doubts in our mind that whether the whole exercise is a ploy to implement the ideas the administration have? How far we can expect from this exercise?

Well drafted, well intended proposals and presentation of it in the most effective manner may not bring any desired results. These demands have to be backed up with mass mobilisation. This is the need of the hour.

Every Unit should cause detailed discussion on the proposals and take the message of time bound 5 (five) promotions to everyone (from the entry cadre) to each and every employee to generate enough support. That alone would ensure career progression to personnel of IA&AD. CAMPAIGN WEEK may be observed by every Unit by postering, distributing hand bills, holding group meetings etc. The HQr does not propose any specific period for this Campaign Week. Each Unit/Station may decide the period suiting it, preferably in March 2018. The Campaign Week may be captioned “5 time promotions- our right –know our proposals on cadre restructuring”.

All the Units may inform the HQr of the details of the proposed campaign week. On observance of the programme, a detailed report may be sent to HQrs.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally 

Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General