Monday, July 16, 2018

Circular 16-2018


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

Reference: AIA/Circular-16/2018                                                                          Dated:  14th July 2018

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


Dear Comrades,

STRUGGLE…STRUGGLE ALONE IS OUR SAVIOUR

Immediately after the Govt and the CAG issued orders on grant of NFU on completion of 4 years of service to AAOs of IA&AD, Civil Accounts and P&T Accounts, two questions were put to me.

Some of the comrades contacted me and asked why are we not publicising our role i.e. what all we did in achieving the Non Functional Upgradation (NFU) of AAOs on completion of 4 years of service to Level 9 i.e. GP 5400. One of them even told that the other Federation is aggressively marketing it.

I had a counter query – why should we do that and become so cheap.

We are a Trade Union and we don’t do any trade to indulge in aggressive marketing – this is done by somebody who has doubt in their’ contribution and role.

We raise demands, pursue them organizationally, back-up it with struggles and on the strength of struggles we pursue, persuade and negotiate with Govt. It is a time consuming process, but we are convinced that there is no alternative to struggle which demonstrates the backing of the membership to the demand(s) raised.

Those who never go on struggles, except in printed posters, have to work hard to tell its (misled) members that it is they who did it – through petitioning – because they hardly enter the arena of struggle.

There are people who promised higher pay scale only to audit and spread word every other day that they met PM, they met FM and the order will come tomorrow, day after tomorrow etc.
All India Audit & Accounts Association right from beginning said that after the implementation of 4th CPC recommendations and especially after Upgradation of 80% of AOs as Senior AOs in 1992 (with effect from 1.4.1990) - where the upgradation was done in both audit & accounts despite the fact that the agitation was led by the then Accounts/Audit Officers of IA&AD only – the possibility of only audit being granted parity may not be accepted by the government and hence we should demand for parity in both audit & accounts with Assistant in Central Secretariat.

Some self-styled leaders, in the name of championing audit cause, split the organisation and spread canards and falsehoods.

Our stand was vindicated when the government decided to upgrade the pay scales of auditor/accountant to AAO in 2003 – it was granted to both audit and accounts. It is noteworthy to state that the OM clearly stated that the upgradation is on account of the disparity in pay scales between Sr Clerks of Railways and Accounts Assistants of Railways. i.e. the demand was met because of the disparity in organised accounts.

Those who abused us for demanding parity for both audit and accounts went to 7 CPC and pleaded for higher pay scales for both audit and accounts!

Mass Casual Leave on 8th April 2010 – thousands of personnel in IA&AD went on Mass CL on 8th April 2010 on a charter of demands that included Grant of deemed direct recruitment status and subsequent MACP benefits to AAOs (already granted by CAG and only available in IA&AD), Grant of 5400 to AAOs on completion of 4 years’ service, grant of parity in pay scale to Sr Auditor/Sr Accountant, among other demands. Thousands of our members are still victimised, lost increments for participating in this massive action.

All India Audit & Accounts Association went on strike thrice in the past for the issue of parity in pay scales.

Many agitations including mass petition to CAG, demonstrations and dharnas were held during the period, not to speak of the discussions we had on the platform of JCM through which we could persuade the reluctant bureaucracy.

Great Chanakya had said: “Never argue with a fool, you will also be dragged to their level; …..onlookers may not be able to tell the difference”.

Second issue that was raised by some comrades was on the promotional avenues for Senior Accountants and Senior Auditors, especially in the aftermath of NFU for AAOs.  

We would like to reproduce our recommendations to the cadre restructuring committee wherein we demanded

·         Promotion to DEO as Ar/Acctt
·         Non Functional Upgradation to SA to Level 7 (GP 4600)
·         Promotion of SA as AAO
·         Combined seniority/gradation list of AAOs (including SAS personnel and promotees)
·         Promotional avenue to promotee AAOs as AO/SAO and further depending on service

Only All India Audit & Accounts Association has demanded promotion for DEOs and 5 time promotion to all from the entry level.

We are on war path demanding exclusion of Govt Employees from NPS, ensuring defined pension to all including those joined after 1st January 2004.

We will be going on strike on 15th November 2018 demanding scrapping of NPS.

We know well that submission of memorandum to any committee or government will not bring about desired results. To achieve demands, we will have to educate and mobilise the employees, prepare them for struggles and organise struggles in a sustained manner.

We don’t sell dreams, we prepare our members to live with dignity and security and  fight for it.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally
                                                                                                                                                                               Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General