Wednesday, January 14, 2015

JCM SECRETARY WRITES TO CABINET SECRETARY

JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL(STAFF SIDE) SECRETARY  has written to the Cabinet Secretary regarding demands of central government employees including Interim Relief, Merger of DA etc.

CIRCULAR - 1/2015

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


Wishes you and family
Happy & Prosperous
New Year
2015

Reference: AIA/Circular-01/2015                                                         Dated:  2nd January 2015

Dear Comrades

2015 is born. Let us hope it would be better than 2014.

When hoping 2015 to be better than 2014, we should go back and see how 2014 had been for us, the audit and accounts employees, the central government employees, the workers and the common people at large.

The 7 CPC started its functioning, had preliminary interaction with the participating organisations in National Council, JCM and slowly and slowly slowed down. The demands of the employees for Interim Relief and DA merger have not yet been conceded. The new government that came to power after the General Elections to the Lok Sabha in April-May 2014 – giving beautiful dreams to the people at large – has immediately on its assuming charge imposed ban on recruitment and creation of posts. 100% FDI in Railways, 49% FDI in Defence productions & Insurance are glimpses of the promised “Acchhe Din” (good days) that are visible as of now.

The Department formally has recommended the pay scales to the CPC that we have been demanding and shared the memorandum with us.

Most commendable development is the coming together of the all the Central Trade Unions in a convention on 15th Sept 2014 and their resolve to fight the anti-people policies of the present day government.

One day Convention by all the participating organisations of JCM on 11th December 2014 at Delhi and the joint declaration it adopted calling upon the employees and workers to fight against the most heinous attack that is being launched on the government employees is quite encouraging and we have to carry that unity forward in the year 2015. The unity is preserved and carried forward only when it channelised into united actions on issues affecting one and all of us. And success of the united actions and there-by the unity of the Central Government employees in particular and the workers in general is what the toiling masses of the country demands. And that has to be our New Year Resolve.


CARRY THE CAMPAIGN AND STRUGGLE
ON CADRE RESTRUCTURING, CHARTER OF DEMANDS

The National Executive Committee decided that all the units adopt the given resolution in a general meeting on 8th January 2015 and send it to CAG through proper channel. Followed by this the Units should conduct extensive campaign on the charter of demands and our proposals on cadre restructuring. A detailed report on the implementation of the programme may be sent to HQrs. without fail. Draft resolution and brief note on charter of demands is given along with this Circular.

With greetings
Yours fraternally,

 


(M.S. Raja)
Secretary General
To
The PAG/AG/DGA/PD/Director/DDA
....

Sir/Madam

            Kindly find enclosed a copy of the resolution adopted by the National Executive Committee of the Association held at New Delhi on 11-13 December 2014.

            The general body meeting of the Association held on 8th January 2015 endorsed the resolution and the enclosed charter of demands.

            The same may kindly be forwarded to the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

            Thanking you
Yours faithfully


(..........)
General Secretary

R E S O L U T I O N

            The National Executive Committee of All India Audit & Accounts Association in its meeting held on 11-12-13 December 2014 at New Delhi reviewed the developments on the Charter of Demands and the proposals submitted by the Association on cadre restructuring.  

            After extensive deliberation the meeting came to the firm conclusion that the proposals moved by the Associations have firm footing and is the only way out to restore the effectiveness of the Indian Audit & Accounts Department under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India in enforcing public accountability as envisaged by the founding fathers of the Constitution. The meeting therefore decided to pursue the proposals on cadre restructuring submitted by this Association to the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

            The meeting decided to demand the implementation of the recommendations of the work study (by Deloitte’) regarding man power requirement in IA&AD in toto and go for local recruitment of personnel, ensure future man power mobility by bringing all wings and branches in one station under one administration, enhancing the reach of audit by strengthening compliance audit and providing better pay scales and promotional avenues to the personnel of IA&AD.
           
            The meeting adopted the charter of Demands (Copy enclosed).

            The meeting decided to submit a copy of the Resolution to Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(M. Duraipandian)
President
Charter of Demands

1. Immediate Restructuring of cadres in IA&AD and grant the following pay structure to audit & accounts cadres:
                   Auditor/Accountant – PB2, GP 4200
                   SA, Grade I               - PB2, GP 4600
                   SA, Grade II              - PB2, GP 4800
                   AAO Gr. I                  - PB2, 5400
                   AAO Gr. II                 - PB3, 5400 on completion of 4 years
                   AO                            - PB3, 6600
                   SAO                          - PB3, 7600

2.  Grant atleast 5 promotions in the career
                         
3. i)  Implement the work study proposals of Deloitte’ group on man power requirement;
    ii)  Fill Up all vacant posts through local recruitment
                                   
 4.  Permit Graduate MTS to negotiate SAS exam

5. Re-designate DEO as Audit/Accounts Assistant; open up promotion chances for DEOs as Auditor/Accountant   

6. Ensure equal opportunity in promotion to stenos of the same station; end discrimination in pay scale between H.Qrs office and field offices

 7.  Restore transaction/compliance audit to the fullest extent

8. Strengthen Audit & Accounts to Safeguard People’s Rights
 Stop down-sizing; Stop outsourcing & privatisation of Audit & Accounts; Scrap              Curtailment/shedding of Audit functions in the name of Audit Plan; ensure  continuance of the existing Accounting and Auditing methodologies and appropriate party days with scientific work norms; ensure effective Panchayati Raj Audit & Accounts by sanctioning adequate posts; revisit restructuring of Audit effected from 1..4. 2012.

9.  a) Amend Company Law and DPC Act for Audit of Public Sector Undertakings &  Corporations even after reduction of Government share to below 50%.
      b) Amend Company Law to ensure the Audit by IA&AD of all Public Limited   Companies    listed with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
     c) Enact necessary law to bring audit of all public Financial Institutions by IA&AD.           

 10.   a)  Vacate victimisation of Association activists.
         b) Allow democratic functioning of Association without interference from         administration

11.    i) Withdraw annual audit criteria introduced vide letter dt 27 January 2011.
         ii) Stop unilateral implementation of transfer policy in Commercial Audit & P&T Audit

 12.    Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale

 13. Declare placing as AAO on passing of SAS exam as direct recruitment and extend benefits of MACP to Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers.

14. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 50% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness promotion

15.  Remove differential treatment on pay fixation on promotion vis-à-vis direct recruitees in   all cadres

16. Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as     per TRAI regulations.

17. Re-imburse hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.

18.    Restore unilateral transfer policy.

19.    Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit

20.   Grant increment and Grade Pay of 4800 from the day of Passing of SOGE

21.  Withdraw PFRDA Act and ensure statutory pension for all

22. Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit &     accounts cadres
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Brief Note on Charter of Demands

1. Immediate Restructuring of cadres in IA&AD and grant the following pay structure to audit & accounts cadres:
                   Auditor/Accountant – PB2, GP 4200
                   SA, Grade I               - PB2, GP 4600
                   SA, Grade II              - PB2, GP 4800
                   AAO Gr. I                  - PB2, 5400
                   AAO Gr. II                 - PB3, 5400 on completion of 4 years
                   AO                            - PB3, 6600
                   SAO                          - PB3, 7600

The issue of parity in Pay scale for SA with Assistants in CSS maintaining vertical relativity has been our long standing demand. Through struggles, we achieved it in the past, only to be disturbed again and again. The court cases filed by some disruptionist elements and its rejection by the Supreme Court caused immense damage to our demand, giving a handle to the 6 CPC to reject the parity demand. The decision of the CAG administration to upgrade the SA cadre with 75% direct recruitment of graduates and to demand total parity with CSS for all cadres is the result of the consistent persuasion of the demand, supported by the sustained agitations – including the mass casual leave on 8th April 2010 – we conducted for long.

The first step would be to snatch what has been denied to us repeatedly and then we have to move forward for betterment of the service advancement of the entirety of the personnel. In our memorandum to 7 CPC, we have elaborately justified the above demands. (The memorandum has been mailed to every Unit; it is also available in our blog-auditflag.blogspot.com). This demand will have to seen from that angle.

2.  Grant atleast 5 promotions in the career

Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers, for the first time, raised the issue of stagnation due to lack of promotional avenues that are adversely affecting the morale of the employees in various departments with the 5th CPC. The result was the scheme of ACP which came into being from 1999. With the 6 CPC, the demand was to increase it to 3 which was conceded but with clever dilution – instead of cadre hierarchy Grade Pay hierarchy was introduced creating lot of disaffection and confusion.

With the 7 CPC, the demand is for 5 promotions during the entire service – on the 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th and 4th year of the career. It is a fact that the personnel of organised Group A services are entitled to get 5 promotions. The personnel down below should also be entitled for the same hierarchical promotional avenues.
It means, in our department our demand is that: MTS should get a chance to reach up to AAO; ii) DEO up to AO and iii) SA (in the new format) up to one level above SAO.
           
                         
3. i)  Implement the work study proposals of Deloitte’ group on man power requirement;
    ii)  Fill Up all vacant posts through local recruitment

The department had entrusted the work study to Deloitte’ group. The report is quite reassuring, demanding more recruitment in all wings of the department. But the department has developed a cold feet on the recommendations of Deloitte’ group. We demand that the report submitted by Deloitte’ group on man power requirement of IA&AD be implemented after discussion with staff side in the Departmental Council.
It is stated by the CAG administration that 16000 personnel has been recruited during the last 4 years. But, our experience is that with the rate of retirement at a faster rate and accumulated vacancies and above all poor rate of retention of those recruited the man power available today is quite insufficient.
IA&AD decided to refer the recruitment to SSC when the SSC was recruiting the personnel locally. Since the judgement of Supreme Court on Radhey Shyam and others vs UOI the SSC is compelled to make the recruitment on all India plane with maximum personnel allotted to the field offices from being other states without the knowledge of local language. This recruitment policy also causes low rate of retention. In the changed circumstances, we demand that IA&AD should come out of SSC and go for own recruitment, statewise – this will ensure that the department gets enough number of recruits, enhancing the rate of retention.
                                   
 4.  Permit Graduate MTS to negotiate SAS exam

In the recent recruitment of MTS, many of those recruited are with qualification graduation and above. The promotional avenue for them is quite limited. These hands are of great asset to the department. (The spectre of unemployment has made them to come as MTS). It would be in the interest of the department that those who are graduates are permitted to negotiate the SAS examination directly, on completion of 3 years.

5. Re-designate DEO as Audit/Accounts Assistant; open up promotion chances for DEOs as Auditor/Accountant   

The demand of designation change is not yet accepted; but the department has accepted our demand for promotional chances for DEO as Auditor/Accountant.

 6. Ensure equal opportunity in promotion to stenos of the same station; end discrimination in pay scale between H.Qrs office and field offices

It is quite an anomalous situation that the stenographers recruited in the same station gets different promotional avenues only because of the rank of the office one is attached. The stenographers of the same station should be pooled together for the purpose of promotions. Also, the difference/discrimination in pay scales of Stenographers of H.Qrs office and the field offices be removed.

 7.  Restore transaction/compliance audit to the fullest extent

CAG is called as “Watchdog of Indian Finances”. Today, it is this salutation that remains, the content is lost. It is not the executive who is responsible for it. If that being the case, one can understand it. This degradation is done by none other than the bureaucracy of IA&AD. Performance audit is given super importance over the transaction/compliance audit. Man power is drastically reduced the audit parties are curtailed, the show-man-ship has gone up. By changing the nomenclature to compliance audit, the department has become compliant to the executive as we do only certain cosmetic audit on this head.
If the nation is to be benefitted, then the transaction audit has to be strengthened, a total review followed by overhaul of the audit restructuring done in 2012 is to be undertaken.

 8. Strengthen Audit & Accounts to Safeguard People’s Rights
 Stop down-sizing; Stop outsourcing & privatisation of Audit & Accounts; Scrap              Curtailment/shedding of Audit functions in the name of Audit Plan; ensure  continuance of the existing Accounting and Auditing methodologies and appropriate party days with scientific work norms; ensure effective Panchayati Raj Audit & Accounts by sanctioning adequate posts; revisit restructuring of Audit effected from 1..4. 2012.

Neither the executive wants to protect the people’s rights nor does the CAG want. What everybody wants is to somehow remain afloat. As far as CAG’s bureaucracy is concerned, the only concern is to create more posts at higher level at the cost of base level cadres. The performance vis-a-vis the accountability is very low today.

Only an overhauling as proposed in our proposal for cadre restructuring can bring about some desirable changes – the mandate that flows from the Constitution and the accountability there-upon should only be the concern.

 9.  a) Amend Company Law and DPC Act for Audit of Public Sector Undertakings &  Corporations even after reduction of Government share to below 50%.
      b) Amend Company Law to ensure the Audit by IA&AD of all Public Limited   Companies    listed with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
     c) Enact necessary law to bring audit of all public Financial Institutions by IA&AD.           

These demands have become all the more important in the context of the Governments overdrive on privatisation and selling of family silver. Public-Private-Participation (PPP) is going to be the order of the day. This simply means handing over the national assets (credits too) to the national and transnational corporate. The move to bring 100% FDI in Railways and 49% in Defence rings alarm bells for audit also.
Whenever we discuss with our administration “global practise” is what is being played up. The department is not oblivious to the fact that in many of the “model” nations, whenever and wherever public money is involved or common man’s money is involved, it is brought under the scrutiny of Supreme Auditor of that nation. What we demand is the same.
The topmost from any dick and harry in the government also speaks of “globally friendly’ atmosphere! This is nothing but allowing the transnational business conglomerates to loot the national wealth. This is where the role of CAG as the “watchdog of Indian finances” has to be seen and strengthened.

 10.   a)  Vacate victimisation of Association activists.
         b) Allow democratic functioning of Association without interference from         administration
           
There is no station in IA&AD where gross misuse of authority against the employees, their Association and its leaders has not taken place. Many of the Accountants General does not meet the Association. The grievance redressal machineries have become defunct. The Departmental Council has not met for seven years; the agenda submitted in June 2013 is still pending.

11.    i) Withdraw annual audit criteria introduced vide letter dt 27 January 2011.
         ii) Stop unilateral implementation of transfer policy in Commercial Audit & P&T Audit

The audit criteria issued by the CAG in January 2011 is nothing but total abdication of constitutional responsibility to help the corrupt executive in the light of the audit report on the deal with Devas International on the allocation of S-band spectrum. The audit report was suppressed. It did not get the importance as in the case of 2G or coal. The new criteria was issued immediately after that, to ensure that such firms (though in Public Sector) are left scot free.

 12.    Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale

The award - granting parity in pay scales to SA with Assistants in CSS from 1.1.1986 notionally and actually from 12.11.2011 - given in August 2004 is still pending for implementation. The UPA government has even in its last days tried to move a resolution in the Parliament for its rejection. Only because of the timely interventions by Com Basudev Acharya ensured that it was not carried.
 13. Declare placing as AAO on passing of SAS exam as direct recruitment and extend benefits of MACP to Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers.

The MGP states it very clearly that the promotion on passing of SAS as AAO is not a regular line of promotion and term it as a placement. This amply prove that AAOs are to be granted the benefit of (deemed) direct recruitment and consequent benefits under MACPS.

14. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 50% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness promotion

The Recruitments Rule (RR) for SA is about to be amended with direct recruitment of 75%. This is the pattern available for Assistants in CSS. The Assistants in CSS so recruited is entitled for promotion as Section Officer – 50 through Departmental Examination and 50% through seniority cum fitness. The SAs should also be extended same channel of promotions as the Assistants in CSS.

15.  Remove differential treatment on pay fixation on promotion vis-à-vis direct recruitees in   all cadres

The demand is self explanatory.
The case that we filed has been rejected by the Pr CAT. We are preparing for Writ Petition in HC, Delhi.

16. Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as     per TRAI regulations.

We submitted this proposal in May 2007. The department has avoided discussion on the subject since then. This demand is same as the demands at 7,8 and 11.

17. Re-imburse hotel charges to Railway Audit personnel wherever Railway accommodation is not allotted while on tour.

In the pretext that personnel of Railway audit are covered by the TA rules of Railways, this is denied. It is the responsibility of the Department to ensure that our touring personnel gets the entitled type of Railways accommodation or Railways arrange the entitled type of accommodation. Otherwise the Hotel Charges be re-imbursed, be it by the Railways or the Department.

18.    Restore unilateral transfer policy.

The demand is self explanatory.

19.    Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit

The facility of metal pass to AAOs in railway audit is denied on the ground that AAO in Railway Accounts are not gazetted. Reply under RTI has stated that the AAO in Railway Audit with GP of 4800 is entitled for metal pass. But till date the department has failed to get it extended to our AAOs.

20.   Grant increment and Grade Pay of 4800 from the day of Passing of SOGE

The demand is self explanatory

21.  Withdraw PFRDA Act and ensure statutory pension for all

The best social security measure that we had, has been undone. Those who have entered the government service after 1.1.2004 has been denied of it. One cannot say for sure that the present day pensioners and those in service (and covered by the CCS (Pension) Rules would get pension in the days to come. The PFRDA Act has given sweeping powers to the government to tinker with pension at any given point of time.

22. Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit &     accounts cadres

The demand is self explanatory.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL(STAFF SIDE) SECRETARY'S LETTER TO CABINET SECRETARY

SECRETARY,  JCM  NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE)  WRITES TO CABINET SECRETARY.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CIRCULAR - 30/2014

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-30/2014                                                          Dated:  16th December 2014

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

Dear Comrades,

CARRY FORWARD THE CAMPAIGN ON CADRE RESTRUCTURING;
EDUCATE AND MOBILISE THE MASS OF EMPLOYEES

            The National Executive of the Association that met at New Delhi on 11-12-13 December 2014 reviewed the developments since the meeting of the CWC meeting in July 2014.

            The meeting noted with satisfaction that CAG has recommended total parity with CSS cadres and has accepted and recommended our proposal for higher pay scale for LDCs.

            In the bilateral meeting with DAI on 19th November 2014, it was communicated that henceforth there shall be no recruitment in the Auditor/Accountant Cadre. The post of Auditor/Accountant will be available for DEOs for promotion, exclusively. The recruitments would be restricted to MTS, DEO and SA where 75% would directly recruited graduates (the remaining 20% will be available for Auditor/Accountant on promotion). The memorandum submitted by CAG to 7 CPC has demanded GP 4600 in PB2 for S.  

            The NE noted that it is for the first time since the time of 3rd CPC that CAG’s administration has formally shared the copy of the memorandum to CPC with the staff Side – with a very positive approach to the demands raised by the staff side.

            In the meeting with DAI, the demand for cadre restructuring as we envisaged by us was not accepted. When a new proposal is placed and is subjected for discussion for the first time, it is bound to be attempted to be rejected or overlooked by the administration. The NE took note of the decision of the CWC meeting held on 18-19 July 2014 at New Delhi that the demands that we will be projecting through the memorandum to 7 CPC are the demands for the future. The stand of the administration to demand parity in scale for SA, AAO, AA & SAO with CSS cadres and the decision to have 75% direct recruitment (of graduates) to SA cadre justifies the stand taken by the CWC meeting held in July 2014 of the future demands.

            The NE, therefore, decided that we should continue with our campaign and mobilisation on the cadre restructuring proposals and the charter of demands and decided the following programmes.

1.    Lunch Hour meeting on 8th January 2015 in all the Units adopting resolutions on cadre restructuring and charter of demands and also demanding settlement of punitive measures at different units.

2.     Mass signature campaign on cadre restructuring and charter of demands and also demanding settlement of punitive measures at different units - in February 2015.
        Simultaneously, we should campaign and mobilise the membership on the decisions taken by the NJCA on indefinite Strike.

3.     Submission of Signatures to CAG – in April 2015 along with the March to Parliament organised by NJCA.

            The HQr would circulate the format for the signature campaign and also the draft resolution (to be adopted on 8th January 2015). Campaign material would also be circulated – for departmental as well as common front demands.

            The National Executive adopted resolutions on the following:

                        1.  Non settlement of vicitmisations in IA&AD
                        2.  Charter of Demands and proposed restructuring of cadres
3. Official apathy towards JCM Scheme and snatching away of the Staff Side Room at AGCR
4.  Compulsory posting of AAOs from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh
5. Demanding opening up of promotional avenues for non matriculate and matriculate MTS as DEO.

COURT CASE

            Our OA (O.A./4465/2014) has been admitted and is posted for 28th January 2015. Some units have asked for copy of the OA, HQr will not be in a position to share it now. The NE decided to pursue the other two cases mentioned in our Circular 25.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General




Monday, December 15, 2014

CIRCULAR - 29/2014

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-29/2014                                                          Dated:  14th December 2014

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

Dear Comrades,
NATIONAL CONVENTION OF PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS IN JCM DECIDES FOR SERIES OF ACTIONS CULMINATING IN INDEFINITE STRIKE

The National Convention of JCM participating organisations held at MPCU Shah Auditorium, civil Lines, Delhi on 11th December 2014 was historic in the sense that all the participant organisations were one in its resolve that it is the time for ‘fight or perish’.

The Convention was attended by nearly 800 representatives from AIRF, NFIR, AIDEF, INDWF and Confederation (including NFPE) and FNPO.

The decision to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Railways and 49% FDI in Defence, proposed corporatisation and subsequent privatisation of Postal Service, the decision to close down Govt of India Presses and Medical Stores Depot combined with the changes that are in air regarding the retirement age and pension, ban on recruitment and creation of posts, the move to slow down the working of 7 CPC, denial of Interim Relief (IR) and merger of 100 % DA all are clear indication of the “Good Days (Achche Din)” that are in store for the central and state government employees.

The Convention on 11th December by the participating organisations in the National Council (NC), Joint Consultative Machinery (NC, JCM) was unanimous on the urgent need to resist and defeat these policies. The Convention adopted a declaration with a charter of demands and programmes of action that would culminate in an indefinite strike. The Convention further decided to pre-pone the strike action, if the need so arises due to the moves of the government.

The Charter of Demands and the programmes of action decided by the Convention is given below:

C H A R T E R   O F   D E M A N D S

1.      Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.12014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.  Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.
2.      No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services;
3.      No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.
4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5.      No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental  functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;
6.      Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.
7.      Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
8.      No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
9.      Remove the Bonus ceiling;
10.   Ensure five promotions in the service career

P R O G R A M M E   O F   A C T I O N

1.      Organise State/District/Divisional level Joint convention to popularize the declaration before February, 2015.
2.      To organize massive dharna/rally at all State Capital/major Defence centres jointly by all the participating Unions in March, 2015.
3.      To organize campaign fortnight throughout the country in the first two weeks of April, 2015.
4.      To organize Rally before the Parliament house in the month of April when the house will be in budget session to declare the date for the commencement of the indefinite strike action and the programme and date of serving strike notice.
The Convention decided to form National Joint Council of Action with 14 members representing all the Federations/Confederation and elected Shri M Raghavaiah as Chairman and Shri Shivgopal Mishra as Convener of NJCA. The Circular as well as the Press Statement issued by the Convener, NJCA and the declaration adopted in the Convention as enclosed with this Circular.

The National Executive of the Association that met at New Delhi on 11, 12 and 13th December 2014 welcomed the decisions taken at the National Convention by the JCM participating organisations and called upon the Units to carry the message of the 11th December Convention to the mass of employees and mobilise the rank and file for the bitter but united struggles  in the days to come.

20 delegates representing the All India Audit & Accounts Association attended the Convention,

RUMOURS ARE NOT TO BE IGNORED; IT MAY BE FOR REAL

The HQr is flooded with queries on the issue of reduction in retirement age, reduction in the commutation value of pension, reduction in the leave encashment etc. There is no confirmation on any of these.

Also it is rumoured (please note: all these are rumours or rather words in air) the present day government is thinking of seeing off the employees with lumpsum payment instead of pension!

The HQr is neither in a position to confirm all these, nor in a position to state with affirmation that these all are nothing but rumours. Knowing the way the government is moving with blunt decisions like closing down of Printing Presses and Medical Store Depots, corporatisation and privatisation/closing down of Post Offices, 100% FDI and then privatisation of Railways, 49% FDI in Defence, total ban on recruitment and creation of posts, increasing the cap of FDI in insurance etc, one will have to sit and watch how things are going to emerge in the days to come, with fingers crossed. The Govt may be waiting for the elections to Delhi Assembly to be over.

But the fact is that the onslaught has begun and there are ominous signals that any of these or all of these can take place, if we are complacent.

The only way to stop any one or all these from materializing is to strengthen the organisation through education and mobilisation of the mass of employees enabling them to fight these policies.

C A S E    F I L E D

On 11th December 2014, we filed OA in the CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi on the issue of implementation of the benefit extended to AAOs of the O/o PAG (A&E), Chennai (O.A./4465/2014, M.A./3919/2014). It is expected to come up for admission in a day or two. The HQr will keep the units informed of the developments through Circular/blog. 

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General



NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ORGANISATIONS PARICIPATING IN JCM
4.State Entry Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 11th December, 2014
To
All Participating organisations in the JCM

Dear Comrades,

            The Staff Side of the Standing Committee of JCM, National Council, met on 10th December, 2014.  It had long deliberations in finalisation of the declaration to be placed for the consideration of the joint Convention scheduled to be held at New Delhi on 11th.  The draft declaration along with the charter of demands and the proposed programme of Action was placed at the Convention.   The Convention adopted the declaration with minor amendments.  We send herewith copies of the Press Statement along with the copy of the Declaration.
            As per the decision of the Convention, National Joint Council of Action with the following members have been constituted to spearhead the movement.  The National JCA will monitor the implementation of the programme of action. It has been authorised by the convention to pre pone the programmes of action if such an exigency arises.
           
1.      Com. M. Raghavaiah:                                NFIR.                            Chairman
2.      Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra                            AIRF.                            Convenor
3.      Com. Rakhaldas Gupta                             AIRF.                            Member
4.      Com. Guman Singh                                    NFIR                             .do.
5.      Com. S.N. Pathak                                       AIDEF                           .do.
6.      Com. Sreekumar                                        AIDEF                           .do.
7.      Com. Ashok Singh                                     INDWF                         .do.
8.      Com. Srinivasan.                                       INDWF                         .do
9.      Com. K.KN. Kutty.                                      Confederation.            .do.
10.  Com. M. Krishnan.                                     Confederation.            .do.
11.  Com. Giriraj Singh.                                    NFPE                            .do.
12.  Com.R.N.Parashar                                     NFPE                            .do.
13.  Com.T.N.Rahate                                        FNPO                           ..do
14.  Com D.Theagarajan                                  FNPO                           .do.

            The National JCA met formally at the AIRF Office on 12th after the convention. The meeting took the following decisions.

(1)    The AIRF leaders in the State capitals will take the initiative to convene the meeting of all JCM participating organisations and constitute the State Committees and take steps to convene the State level Conventions.
(2)   The State Committees will intimate the names of the CG organisations who have expressed willingness in the ensuing struggle.
(3)   The National JCM website (www.ncjcmstaffside.com) will be used as the Website of the National JCA.
(4)   The Convenor, National JCA will place a copy of the letter to be sent to organisations who are not participating in the JCM requesting their co-operation and participation in the ensuing struggle.
(5)   The National JCM will have the authority to co-opt members in the National JCA .
(6)   The National JCA will prepare the campaign leaflet explaining the demands.
(7)   The State JCA will take steps to translate the declaration and the Explanatory Note on Demands in the respective vernacular and circulate amongst the mass of the employees.
(8)   The expenses required to be spent for the convention, publication of Pamphlet etc. will be borne by the participating organisations in a pre determined ratio.
(9)   Apart from the State JCA, JCAs will also be formed in important Centres, especially where the Defence and Railway  workers are concentrated.
10. The Convenor,  National JCA will issue circular letters as and when it is necessary and the same will be placed in the website of National Council JCM.
11. The National JCA will communicate to the Government the declaration adopted at the convention and seek settlement of the demands.
12. Negotiation on the demands will be conducted by the National JCA. 
13. National JCA will meet again on 11th January, 2015 at New Delhi. 

Copy of the Explanatory Note on each of the demands included in the charter is sent herewith.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
SHIV GOPAL MISHRA
Convenor


NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ORGANISATIONS PARICIPATING IN JCM

P R E S S      S T A T E M E N T
4.State Entry Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.
Dated: 11th December, 2014

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES INCLUDING RAILWAY AND DEFENCE WORKERS DECIDES TO ORGANISE INDEFINITE STRIKE


A National Convention of Central Government Employees Organisations participating in the Joint Consultative Machinery was held at New Delhi today (11.12.2014) at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Civil Lines, New Delhi to deliberate upon the demands and problems of Central Government Employees remained unsettled for several years. The Joint Consultative Machinery conceived as a forum for negotiation of demands of Central Government Employees in the wake of the indefinite strike action of 1960s has almost become defunct as its National Council which was to meet thrice in a year has not met even once for the last four years. The wage revision which was due in 2011 has not come about even though 7 CPC was set up a few months back. The demand for Interim Relief, merger of DA with Pay which normally accompanies the announcement of the pay commission were not granted by the government, the demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks within the purview of 7th CPC was also rejected. Immediately on assumption of power, the new government has declared a total ban on recruitment, 100 % FDI in Railways and its privatisation, increasing FDI to 49% in Defence sector, closure of the Printing Presses, Publication, Stationery and forms offices and Medical Store Depots, corporatisation of Postal Services, amended the labour laws against the interest of workers and many other anti-worker policies. The Convention has adopted a declaration (copy enclosed) and decided upon various programmes of action culminating in indefinite strike if settlement is not brought about on the 10 point charter of demands adopted by the Convention. More than 800 delegates representing the two Federations in Railways (AIRF and NFIR), two Federations in Defence (AIDEF and INDWF), two Federations in Postal Services (NFPE and FNPO), Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers and many other organisations participated in the Convention. The indefinite strike decision and various other action programmes were approved by the Convention unanimously. The Convention set up a 14 member National Joint Council of Action with Shri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen as its Chairman and Shri. Shivgopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen Federation as Convener to spearhead the indefinite strike and other action programmes. The convention was conducted by a Presidium consisting of S/s Rakhaldas Gupta (AIRF), Guman Singh (NFIR), SN Pathak (AIDEF), KKN Kutty (Confederation), Giriraj Singh (NFPE) and Ashok Singh (INDWF).

Sd/-
SHIVGOPAL MISHRA
CONVENOR
Enclosure: Copy of Declaration








NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS PARTICIAPTING IN JCM

11TH DECEMBER 2014

NEW DELHI

The National Convention of Central Government Employees organizations participating in the JCM, being held at New Delhi on 11th December, 2014, adopted the following declaration after detailed deliberations and discussions.

D E C L A R A T I O N

2.        The Central Government employees have a glorious past of struggles and sacrifices.  The first indefinite strike action in the independent India by employees and workers of Central Civil Service was in the 1960s.   The July 1960 strike was due to the denial of the legitimate demand of the Central Government employees for the grant of Minimum wage as per the norms laid down by the 15th ILC.  Brutal repression, unheard in the history of workers struggles, was unleashed by the then Government of India to suppress the movement.  It was in the wake of that unprecedented strike action, the Government recognised the need to have a negotiating machinery to look into the grievances of the Central Government employees and set up the JCM.

3.        After the 1968 one day strike and the 1974 tumultuous indefinite strike by the Railwaymen and others, the organisations participating in the JCM strived their best to create a conducive and peaceful atmosphere to settle the demands and grievances through discussions at the JCM.  The continuous dialogue in the forum of JCM helped immensely in avoiding confrontation, struggles and strike actions as the discussions brought about settlement on issues, thanks no doubt to the positive role and attitude of the Government in power then. 

4.        Unlike the provincial Civil Service, 85% of the Central Government employees are industrial or operational workers, covered by the Industrial disputes Act.  Peace and tranquility in workplaces provided for increased production, productivity and efficiency.  The Railways, the defence production units, the postal services and other industrial establishments and employees of administrative offices played a vital role in bringing about   the significant turnaround in the employer-employees relationship. 

5.        However, the scenario underwent a vast change in the latter part of 1990s.  Government promulgated the new Recognition Rules making it necessary for the Unions to seek fresh recognition.  After the initial hiccups, the employees’ organisations abided by the Government directive and carried out all stipulations and conditions required for the grant of recognition.  Despite that, the recognition has eluded some organisations while in the case of many others Government took years to grant recognition.  During this period, the JCM was virtually closed down at the Departmental levels.  The National Council which as per its own constitution is to meet thrice in a year seldom met in the last four years.  Even when the Standing Committee or the Anomaly Committee met, it was an exercise in procrastination.   The Government unilaterally took various decisions viz. closure of departments, outsourcing, banning recruitment and creation of posts, untenable restriction on compassionate appointments; referring the decisions of the Board of Arbitration to the Parliament for rejection; introduction of large scale contractorisation and above all withdrawal of the age old defined benefit pension scheme and introduction of a defined contributory annuity scheme etc.  In the process of this hegemonic approach of the Government, the common employees lost confidence in fair play and the efficacy of JCM as a forum to settle their demands.  Consequently, litigation is being resorted to by the common employees with high degree of success. Despite four rounds of discussion in the National Anomaly Committee, which was set up after the 6th CPC recommendations were implemented, no settlement could be brought about on any issue. They found the situation elsewhere not different and aligned themselves with the common trade union movement of the country in fighting against the new economic policies. 

6.        The workers in general and  the Central Government employees in particular were and continue to be the  victims of severe economic offensive of the successive Governments that came to power in the country since the new  economic policies were ushered in 1991.    Systematic downsizing and outsourcing of Governmental functions;  closure of Government departments;; privatization of public enterprises, amending labour laws to facilitate exploitation; lowering interest rate, unbridled inflation, allowing the foreign and domestic  monopoly capital to loot and plunder the indigenous resources had been some of the visible characteristics and impacts of the reforms undertaken. 

7.        The liberalisation and globalisation policies of the successive Governments, which came  to power since 1991 and which received the backing and support of the dominant opposition parties and elite in the society accentuated unemployment, dismantled the Public Sector Undertakings, allowed unhindered entry of foreign capital,  destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers; raised  the prices of all essential food items beyond the purchasing capacity of the common people; granted huge tax concessions to corporate houses;; siphoned off the poor man’s earnings into the hands of a few rich;   These measures ultimately drove the majority of Indians to be below the poverty levels.  Indian youths were driven to be beggars at the doorsteps of transnational corporations of the developed Nations. 
8.        At the General elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, the Indian Common men handed the Indian National Congress, who led the UPA II regime the worst ever defeat in its history.  Those who came to power over the defeat of the century old party, i.e. the NDA led by the Bharatiya Janata Party have no different approach on policies or governance.  They had in fact supported the UPA Government to intensify the neo liberal policies.   But for their solid support the PFRDA bill could never have been passed by the UPA.  The conglomeration of Corporate  houses and the corporate controlled media supported the BJP to the hilt in the election process for they were certain that BJP shall be more pliant and compliant to them.  Through various policy pronouncements the new Government has made its intentions clear and loud.  A complete ban on recruitment in Governmental organizations has been instituted; privatization of the Railways and Defence is on the anvil; FDI has been allowed to have its entry into these two vital sectors, which had been excluded due to public opinion by the UPA; decided to corporatize the Postal Services; the New pension scheme will replace all existing defined benefit pension dispensations; decided to close all Government of India Printing Presses (including the publication, Stationery and forms stores); handed over the functions of the Medical Depots to private contractor firms rendering thousands of workers redundant and jobless; withdrawn the guidelines regulating the prices of essential and life saving medicines; proposed to reduce the number of subsidized  gas cylinders; announced the PPP model of infrastructure development in Railways; declared further disinvestment of the profit making PSUs and closure of all loss making enterprises;  introduced legislation to drastically amend the labour laws to harm the interest of workers especially in small establishments; indicated to give further concessions to corporate houses on taxation and to increase the indirect taxes to reduce fiscal deficit;  made legislation to increase the FDI in Insurance and effect further reforms in the Banking Sector; dismantled the Planning Commission   and above all  has taken tacit steps to disrupt the secular social fabric of the country. 

9.        It is in the backdrop of this National scenario that the Central Government employees must look up for settlement of their demands.  The Central Government employees had been active participants in the struggles and strike actions of the Indian Working Class in the last two decades against the neo liberal policies.  They have marched to the Parliament house shoulder to shoulder with other segments of the working people on several occasions and more recently on 5th December, 2014 to register and demonstrate the emphatic protest and opposition to the Government’s economic policies. They will be enthusiastic participants in future struggles and strike actions chalked out by the united platform of the Central Trade Unions in the country.  While being part of the common struggles of the working class, they will have to  chalk out programmes to ensure that the Ban on recruitment in Governmental institutions is lifted;  the decision to close down  the Printing Presses and the Medical stores is rescinded; growing contractorisation, privatization and outsourcing of the Governmental functions are halted;  the proposal to allow FDI and privatize the Railways and Defence Establishments is nipped in the bud itself; the proposed labour reforms are taken back; that the casual and contract labourers and GDS are paid the minimum wage;  a scheme drawn up for their regularisation within a stipulated time frame and the social security measures presently available to the workers  in the form of defined benefit pension scheme is retained.
10. They must simultaneously endeavour to ensure that the JCM functioning is revived; periodicity of its meeting is increased to conform to the rules; the meeting of the Councils at the Departmental level are convened; the unions are recognized as per the rules; the National Anomaly Committee items are taken to its logical end and the awards of the Board of Arbitration are implemented.

11. Above all, they must strive immediately  that the Government takes a decision on the date of effect of the Wage revision as 1.1.2014; the ambit of the 7th Central Pay Commission covers the most exploited segment of civil servants, i.e the Gramin Dak Sewaks ; that the wage structure of GDS is not allowed to be at the whims and caprices of Postal bureaucrats; that the Central Government employees are granted interim relief at the rate of 25% of their pay plus GP; the Dearness allowance which stood at 100%  of pay as on 1.1.2014 is merged to become Dearness Pay and the 7th CPC adheres to its time frame of 18 months   and all the JCM participating organization are given sufficient opportunity to present their case before the Commission. 

12. The Convention, on the basis of the discussions amongst the participating organizations, formulates a charter of demands containing the following important issues.  The Convention also adopts the following programme of action to culminate in an indefinite strike action if the demands are not negotiated and settled. 

13. The Convention sets up a National Joint Council of action with the representatives of the participating organizations to spearhead the movement.  The NJCA will prepare a detailed pamphlet to explain each of the demands in the Charter and to circulate the same amongst the mass of the employees for an intensive campaign.   The NJCA at the National level will monitor the implementation of the programme. The Convention authorised the National JCA to pre-pone the entire programmes of action in case such a decision is warranted due to an exigency.   The Convention directs the participating Federations/Unions and Associations to form such Joint Committees in all States to ensure that the programme of action is carried out in all States uniformly. 

14. The Convention calls upon all Central Governments employees and their Unions and Federations to be active participants in all the programmes of action to bring about a satisfactory settlement of the demands.  

Charter of demands.

1. Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.12014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.  Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2. No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services;

3. No Ban on recruitment/creation of post

4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental  functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;

6. Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.

7.  Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8.  No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9.  Remove the Bonus ceiling;

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

PROGRAMME OF ACTION

1. Organise State/District/Divisional level Joint convention to popularize the declaration before February, 2015.
2. To organize massive dharna/rally at all State Capital/major Defence centres jointly by all the participating Unions in March, 2015.
3. To organize campaign fortnight throughout the country in the first two weeks of April, 2015.
4. To organize Rally before the Parliament house in the month of April when the house will be in budget session to declare the date for the commencement of the indefinite strike action and the programme and date of serving strike notice.

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