Saturday, December 3, 2016

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-30/2016                                                      Dated:  30th November 2016

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

Dear Comrades,

ENSURE MASSIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

            Thousands of Central Government Employees and Workers would march to the Parliament on 15th December 2016 demanding settlement of the 19 point Charter of Demands that include the assurance to revisit the minimum pay and fitment factor – under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.

            The National Executive Committee of the Association in its meeting on 1st October 2016 allocated quota for each station for participation in the March.

            Many of the Units have informed about the details of the participation but few are yet to send the required details.

            Accommodation is arranged at Garhwal Bhawan (near Jhandewalan Metro station) for 15th December 2016.

DHARNA ON 7TH DECEMBER RESCHEDULED

            One day Dharna by the Executive Committee on Departmental Charter of Demands on 7th December 2016 is rescheduled to a future date. Fresh date for the Dharna shall be decided in the extended CWC meeting of 15th December 2016. (Notification for the extended CWC is attached).

ANOMALY COMMITTEE
Agenda items
            The Notification with regard to the terms of reference of Anomaly Committee was issued followed by constitution of the National Anomaly Committee. Items for the National Anomaly Committee are to be submitted.

            The Department had called for nominations to Departmental Anomaly Committee and we have submitted the same. The constitution of the Departmental Anomaly Committee is expected very soon.       

We have also nominated our members to the Departmental Anomaly Committee.

Our Units and Comrades are requested to propose items for NAC as well as Departmental Anomaly Committee, separately.


1st Meeting

            1st meeting of the Anomaly Committee was held yesterday – the agenda was from the Government side i.e. Disability Pension for the Defence Forces’ Personnel as per 7 CPC recommendation.
            The official side from Armed Forces (there is no Union/Association for the lower level personnel, every where the armed personnel are represented by Army/Navy/Air Force Chief or the officers recommended by the Chief) wanted restoration of percentage system of pension where as 7 CPC had recommended slab system. May be that the officers are benefited when the disability pension is granted as percentage of their pay/pension while the lower level personnel such as Sepoy to Subedar etc stand to benefit under slab system.

            The staff side contended that the benefit that any section may be enjoying out of the recommendations of 7 CPC should not be taken away by amending the recommendations.

            Chairman, Anomaly Committee stated that there will be another round of meeting to conclude the item.

            With greetings,

Yours fraternally

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sd/-
M. S. Raja
Secretary General



Monday, November 14, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CIRCULAR - 29/2016

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-29/2016                                                                     Dated: 10th November 2016


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

Dear Comrades,

OBSERVE
DEMANDS DAY
ON 15TH NOVEMBER 2016

            The National Executive Committee held at New Delhi on 1st October 2016 decided to observe 15th November 2016 as Demands Day in pursuance of the Charter of Demands adopted by the 47th Conference held at Nagpur from 8th August to 11th August 2016.

All the Units are requested to hold lunch hour meetings, adopt the resolution (given along with Circular) and submit it to the Head of Department by the Executive Committee in a deputation, with a covering letter requesting for onward transmission to CAG.

            As per the decision of the National Executive Committee, the 2nd phase of agitation would be one day Dharna by the Executive Committee members on 7th December 2016. The members may be kept informed of the decisions taken by the 47th Conference and the National Executive committee meeting on 1st October 2016.

            The recent decision of the CAG office to restructure the audit offices, reducing the staff strength at base level (i.e. at Auditor/SA level) without consulting the staff side is just an inkling of what is in store for us in future. We could see the drastic reduction In all the branches of audit. They are also working out the staff strength requirement in A&E wing also.  

            The members have to be made well aware of the developments and the dangers.

            Simultaneously, the members be mobilized for the future struggles on the issues related to 7th CPC including the March to Parliament on 15th December 2016.

            All the Units are requested to send a detailed report on the programme through post/email.

            With warm greetings,
Yours fraternally

(M. S. Raja)
Secretary General


Resolution
     
            This meeting of the members of ………………………Association, O/o ….. held today on 15th November 2016 hereby endorses the Charter of Demands adopted by the 47th Conference of the All India Audit & Accounts Association held at Nagpur from 8th August to 11th August 2016.  

   1.  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; Strengthen compliance audit; ensure effective Panchayati Raj Audit & Accounts by sanctioning adequate posts; revisit restructuring of Audit effected from 1..4. 2012.

       2.     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.       

  3.     Restructure the audit/accounts cadres as per submitted by this Association &

                    Grant the following Pay to other cadres
                                Auditor/Accountant –  35400
                                                             SA   –  44900
                                                          AAO  –  47600 & 53100 on completion of 4 years
                                                                        AO–  67700
                                                            SAO - 78800 

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

 5. i)  Fill up all vacant posts through local recruitment, coming out of SSC if required;
      ii) Reserve 80% posts for those from the respective territory.

 6.    i) Withdraw Rationalisation of  Staff Strength in Audit Offices until consensus is evolved
        ii) Withdraw annual audit criteria introduced vide letter dt 27 January 2011

 7.      Implement Arbitration Award on SA pay Scale

 8.   i) Permit all Employees in the GP of 1800 to appear for all Departmental Exams including SOGE.
      ii) Amend the Recruitment Rule for Clerks to enable promotion of matriculate MTS
      iii) Expedite amendment to Recruitment Rules for Auditor/Accountant to enable promotion of DEOs as Ar/Acctt.

  10. Designate Supervisor as AAO & Earmark 20% of AAO post for seniority cum fitness           promotion in all wings

 11.  Stop downsizing of P&T Audit Offices; conduct audit of private service providers as     per TRAI regulations, widen scope of audit.

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

13.   Restore unilateral transfer policy.

14.   Restore metal Pass facility to AAOs in Railway Audit

    15. i) Restore/Extend JCM facility to AAOs (who were part of the scheme uptil 1984)
          ii) Ensure JCM functioning as per Scheme and Constitution

            This meeting resolves to submit this Charter of Demands to the Comptroller & Auditor General of India through proper channel.

            This meeting urges upon the Comptroller & Auditor General of India to initiate meaningful dialogue on all the issues raised there-in with leadership of All India Audit & Accounts Association so as to find resolution to the demands raised.
           
            Adopted unanimously


(………………)
President



Monday, October 31, 2016

CIRCULAR - 28/2016

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-28/2016                                                      Dated:  29th October 2016

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

Dear Comrades,

Following issues were taken up with CAG administration, the latest position is given below.

1. Grant of 5400 to AAOS as NFU on completion of 4 years
            The file has now moved from Implementation Cell (IC) to Deptt of Expr, very recently. Hope it would be cleared soon.

2. RR for SA
The file has gone to UPSC for vetting and approval – SA being a Gr B post. No time limit can be said, as UPSC takes its own time and no intervention is entertained.

But the Government has, of late, created one more layer for final approval – i.e. it will have to be approved by MOS (Minister of State)/DOPT before the rule can be notified. The process is getting embroiled in more and more technicalities.

3. Promotion of DEO as Auditor/Accountant
This is very much linked to revised RR of Auditor/Accountant as well as of SA.

As of now, there is no privision for promotion of DEO except in the EDP hierarchy. This is the case elsewhere for EDP cadres. We are able to convince the CAG administration to bring it along with the main stream cadres. The appointment letter to DEO also says that they can either get promotion as Console operator (which is in the hierarchy of EDP cadres) or become AAO after passing SAS exam.

It is a fact that there is lot heartburning amongst the DEOs as Graduate MTS has already been promoted as Auditor/Accountant. We share and empathize with them. But every one of us should appreciate that Government functions on certain norms and rules. MTS (earlier GR D) is in the line of promotional channel where as DEO, an EDP cadre, is not. Our effort is to get the rule amended so that DEOs are integrated with mainstream cadres.

We are hopeful that, even if it takes some more time, the DEOs would be integrated with other cadres and the channel of promotion as Auditor/Accountant would be opened up in the near future.

4. Harassment of Office-bearers in MAB-I Mumbai
We have been bringing into the notice of the administration of the high handed actions of the administration of MAB-I Mumbai. The threats employed by the DDA/Admn and Secretary to PDCA asking the members to withdraw the membership was pointed out, stating that if the administration does not intervene at highest level and do not bring about any improvement, we shall not be responsible for any situation that may arise herein-after.

5. Shortage of staff in Departmental Canteens
We brought out the difficulties with specific reference to the DGACR, Delhi where only three regular staff – one Manager, one Dy. Manager and one Bearer – are left over and the functioning of the canteen is adversely affected. This is the situation in many offices.
We are told that the RR for Canteen is in the final stage and recruitment can commence only after its notification.

6. Restructuring in Audit
We expressed our reservation over the manner in which this has been done - especially the restructuring in peace-meal, instead of restructuring of IA&AD as a whole.
As is clear from the official notification in this regard – not shared with staff side – the administration is bringing back the report of Deloitte’ group with some modification.
It was reported that they are working out on A&E wing also, it takes time as it is directly linked with the digitalization of accounts by the State Governments.

We also communicated our reservations on the restructuring in Audit, which we would be submitting formally shortly.

Comrades Subhash Pandey, Leader, Staff Side, Departmental Council and Com Anilkumar, Additional Secretary General were present during the discussion.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



M. S. Raja
Secretary General


CIRCULAR - 27/2016

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-27/2016                                                      Dated: 28th October 2016


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

Dear Comrades,

MEETING WITH OFFICERS’ COMMITTEE ON 24TH OCTOBER 2016 – QUITE DISAPPOINTING
The meeting with Officers Committee to discuss the “grievances” on the 7th CPC recommendations was convened on 24th October 2016. The Committee is headed by Additional Secretary, Expenditure with officers from all Ministries. There was no fruitful discussion on the issue for which the committee has been constituted. Instead of discussing the issue of minimum wage and fitment factor, the official side initiated discussion on Allowances (for which another Committee has been constituted).

The Staff Side took strong objection to this and stated that the Official side should come with a concrete response to the demand already raised by the Staff Side with a mandate. There was no discussion on allowances such as HRA, Transport Allowances etc. After some discussion the official side agreed to get back to the Staff Side.

MEETING WITH DOPT ON DOPT SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES
On 25th October 2016, meeting on DOPT specific allowances such as Family Planning Allowance, Over Time Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Children Education Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary DOPT. Though no final decision was arrived at, a healthy discussion took place.

MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE, JCM

The Standing Committee that met immediately after the meeting on DOPT specific allowances on 25th October 2016 discussed all the agenda items submitted by the Staff Side. (Circular issued by Confederation is attached for details).

The following items were discussed in addition to certain Defence specific items:

 

Functioning of JCM at all levels, Compassionate appointment, 5 promotions in a career, LTC – permission for booking tickets from agencies other than Ashoka Travels and  Balmer Lawrie, restoration of advances, grant of entry pay on promotions (6 CPC), full re-imbursement of medical Expr incurred in a recognised hospital, income criteria for dependant parents, amendment to the definition of anomaly, MACPS (bench mark and hierarchy), pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen, extension of revised option to beyond 25.7.2016, Bonus ceiling to GDS, regularisation of casual labourers as MTS as one time measure,  filling up vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner and abolish LDC post and upgrade all LDCs as UDCs as one time measure.

 

As in the case of DOPT specific allowances, the discussion was quite lively and pointed. The official side agreed to have a re-look on certain items and take decision there-of.  


MOBLISE FOR DHARNA ON 7TH NOVEMBER & PARLIAMENT MARCH ON 15 DEC2016
The discussion on 24th October 2016 is an indicator of the intention (rather non intention) of the Government on the issues raised by the Staff Side. It looks as if the Government is not serious on the commitment made by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016, re-iterated by the Hon’ble Home Minister on 6th July 2016 to the NJCA leadership.

We cannot find fault with anybody, if one doubts that the government’s intention is to drag the grant of revised HRA and transport allowance from next financial year.

Only sustained campaign and massive mobilisation of the rank and file of the central government employees and also employees of autonomous bodies (it looks as if the government wants to deny them the 7 CPC benefits) can generate enough pressure on the government to come forward for a negotiated settlement on the demands raised by us.

All our Units may ensure participation in the Dharna under the banner of Confederation on 7th November 2016 in very good numbers, mobilising the entirety of members.

Each Unit has been given quota for the Parliament March on 15th December 2016. Each Unit should mobilise the members and ensure that quota is fulfilled. .The NE members in charge of the units should co-ordinate, if required by visiting the units.

Report on participation in the Dharna on 7th November and the mobilisation for Parliament March may be sent by email (not by phone calls or whatsApp).

With greetings, 
Yours fraternally
 

M. S. Raja
Secretary General

CIRCULAR DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2016

REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA
2ND MEETING OF THE GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS WITH JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE

DISAPPOINTING

2nd Meetings of the Group of Senior Officers (Constituted as per the assurance given by Group of Minister to NJCA) to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission, was held with JCM (NC) staff side on 24.10.2016 at 4 PM. The staff side explained in detail the justification for modification in the minimum pay and fitment formula, which was already explained in the memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015 and also in the presentation made before Joint Secretary Implementation Cell and Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary.

From the response of the Senior Officers, it is not clear whether they are mandated to submit a proposal on increasing the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula to Government, as assured by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016. Eventhough, the time frame of four months is almost over, the urgency and seriousness was lacking on the part of the Group of officers. It seems that that Government is adopting a delaying tactics or to deny the assured increase. Perhaps, they may recommend an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula at a later date, but it is quite uncertain.

Confederation National Secretariat after reviewing these developments has decided to intensify the campaign and agitational programmes demanding the Government to honour its assurance given to NJCA leadership and also to settle the 20 point charter of demands. Make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme a grand success. Ensure maximum participation of employees in the 15th December 2016 massive Parliament March. Get ready for strike.

ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ON DOP&T SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES
Meeting of the Allowance Committee to discuss the DOP&T Specific allowances was held on 25.10.2016. Secretary, Department of Personnel Chaired the meeting. Important allowances like Children Education Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Family planning Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. are discussed. The Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and interacted with staff side on certain points. No commitment on any allowance was given.

JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL – STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
The JCM (NC) Standing Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel was held on 25.10.2016. All agenda items were discussed. Some of the items are – JCM functioning, Compassionate appointments, amendment to the definition of anomaly, Changing MACP conditions, Ex-Servicemen pay fixation, Pay fixation option on promotion after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016, GDS bonus enhancement to 7000/-, casual labour regularization and bonus enhancement, filling up of vacancies, upgradation of LDCs to UDCs, one time relaxation of LTC-80 availed by air by purchasing tickets from other than authorized agents, Restoration of Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance and Advance of leave salary, grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotes, reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in a recognised hospital etc. 

Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and clarified certain points. No final decision was taken on any of the agenda items. Gist published below. Minutes will be published later. It was informed that based on the discussion, each item will be examined further and decision will be taken.

AUTONOMOUS BODIES – EXTENSION OF 7TH CPC REVISED PAY STRUCTURE AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS
The issue was raised in the JCM Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 by the staff side. The official side informed that an overall review regarding the performance and financial viability etc. of each Autonomous body is being carried out by the Government. Only after completing the process decision regarding extension of 7th CPC revised pay structure and pensionary benefits, Bonus etc. will be taken. Extension of the benefits depends upon the policy decision of the Government. Hence the official side has not told any time frame for final decision. It is likely to be delayed. 

Confederation has already included the demands of the employees of the autonomous bodies in its 20 point charter of demands. All Unions/Associations/Federation and employees of all autonomous bodies are requested to understand the gravity of the situation and make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme and 15th December 2016 Parliament March a grand success. Join the Parliament March with your flags, banners and placard with demands. Let the Government understand the discontentment and protest of employees and pensioners of Autonomous bodies. There is no short-cut to get our justified demand accepted by the Government.

GDS BONUS ENHANCEMENT TO 7000
This issue was discussed in the JCM Standing Committee meeting as a notified agenda. The official side informed that the file is still under process in the Finance Ministry and a decision is yet to be taken. Once the approval of the Finance Ministry is given the proposal is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.

All affiliates and C-O-Cs are once again requested to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed Postal Strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding bonus calculation ceiling limit enhancement to 7000/- for GDS and immediate payment of revised wages to casual labourers from 01.01.2006. Conduct solidarity demonstration in front of important Postal/RMS office on 9th & 10th November 2016.

GIST OF THE JCM STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 25.11.2016

Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel. Items discussed and outcome is given below.

1.        JCM FUNCTIONING
Decision: After discussion Secretary (P), assured that the JCM would be activated and steps may be taken to hold regular meetings of JCM at National and Departmental level.

2.        COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT:
Decision: The demand of the staff side to remove 5% ceiling would be considered after studying the various. Supreme Court Judgments and the decisions of previous National Council JCM meetings. 

3.        RESTORATION OF INTEREST FREE ADVANCES WITHDRAWN BY THE GOVERNMENT BASED ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS
Decision: The demand of the staff side to restore Festival advance, Natural Calamity advance and leave salary advance will be examined further.

4.        AMENDMENT TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “ANOMALY”
Decision: The proposal given by the staff side would be considered is consultation with Department of Expenditure.

5.        FIXATION OF PAY OF RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN
Decision: - The anomalies in the fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen is under consideration of DOP&T.

6.  OPTION FOR THOSE TO BE PROMOTED AFTER 25.07.2016, I.E. AFTER THE NOTIFICATION OF CS (REVISED PAY) RULES 2016.
Decision: - This issue would be considered by the Implementation Cell of 7th CPC.

7.        WITHDRAWL OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE GRANT OF MACP & GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY
Decision: The demand of the Staff Side for withdrawal of “Very Good” grading would be re-examined. Regarding justification of MACP on Promotional hierarchy all the points submitted alongwith the Note on agenda items by staff side was discussed in detail. The official side agreed to examine issue further based on the points raised by the staff side. 

8.       BONUS CEILING TO BE RAISED TO 7000 FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK EMPLOYEES OF POSTAL DEPARTMENT
Decision: - Revision of Bonus ceiling for GDS and Casual Labourers would be considered by Department of Expenditure.

9.        REGULARISATION OF CASUAL LABOURERS
Decision: The proposal of the staff side for regularization of all casual labourers would be considered after considering various Supreme Court judgements.

10.     FILLING UP OF EXISTING VACANT POSTS
Decision:  – Since there is no ban on recruitment, vacancies can be filled up. Instructions in this regard will be issued once again.

11.     UPGRADATION OF THE POSTS OF LOWER DIVISION CLERKS TO UPPER DIVISION CLERKS

Decision: The demand of the staff side would be considered in consultation with other Ministries.

12.   GRANT OF ONE TIME RELAXATION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE AVAILED LTC-80 AND TRAVELLED BY AIR BY PURCHASING TICKETS FROM OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED AGENCIES
Decision: - The proposal of Ministry of Defence in this regard is under examination of DOP&T

13.     GRANT OF ENTRY PAY RECOMMENDED BY 6TH CPC TO THE PROMOTEES UNDER THE PROVISION OF CCS (RP) RULES 2008.
Decision: -    The Judgment of Chennai CAT and Principal Bench New Delhi would be examined by DOP&T and Department of Expenditure.

14. REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY THE EMPLOYEES IN A RECOGNIZED HOSPITAL.
Decision: -    A separate meeting would be held by the Health Ministry with the staff side to discuss this demand.

Some more items related to Ministry of Defence was also discussed.

Fraternally yours,


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com