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

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
 M. S. Raja

Secretary General