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No. NAF/2014-16/59                                                        Dated :10-08-2015


To



The Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

9, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,

New Delhi – 110 124.

 

Madam,


Sub:  Forwarding of resolutions passed by the National Executive Meeting – Reg.


I am directed to forward a copy of the Resolutions (two nos.) passed by the National Executive Meeting of this federation, held at the Major Ranjeet Singh, Sports Complex, Kali Prasad College, Allahabad, Uttarpradesh on 2nd & 3rd August 2015. I request your kind intervention in those issues.

With regards,

                                                                                      Yours faithfully,




No. NAF/2014-16/58                                                        Dated :10-08-2015

To

The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

9, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,

New Delhi – 110 124.


Madam,

Sub : Submission of Charter of Demands – Request for Agenda Meeting – Reg.


I am directed to submit herewith a Charter of Demands approved by the National Executive Meeting held at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on 3rd August 2015 with a request to grant an Agenda Meeting with the office bearers of this Federation on an early date to discuss and settle the genuine demands.

With regards,

                                                                                      Yours faithfully,




   Charter of Demands



Circular No. 14/2014-16/                                                              Dated :10-08-2015

Circular No. 14



National Executive Committee meeting of the Federation was held at the Major Ranjeet Singh, Sports Complex, Kali Prasad College, Allahabad on 2nd and 3rd of August 2015 hosted by the Employees Audit Association (Group C & D) of the office of the Principal Accountants General (Audit), Allahabad, Uttarpradesh. The meeting was inaugurated by Shri. Arun Vidwans, Chief Patron and presided over by Shri. A.K. Das, President, National Audit Federation. Eighteen delegates including National Executive members/Department Council members/Special Invitees and 4 members from the host unit attended the meeting. Dr. Muhammd Nafiz, Vice President of the host unit welcomed the delegates. Shri. Nafis narrated the recent developments in the PAG office Allahabad, relating to the election of new body, decisions taken to affiliate with NAF and to host its National Executive. He also expressed his sincere thanks to all the members of the host unit for their wholehearted support. Shri. A.K.Das, in his presidential speech informed the delegates that five new unit level associations (Category III association, DG (CR), New Delhi, Category II & III associations, Agarthala, Tripura, Category III Association, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Category III association, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) have joined the Federation since last meeting at Chandigarh in March 2015. He welcomed all the new units to the National Audit Federation. Shri. Sunil Sonkar, Secretary welcomed the delegates and discussed some of the local issues of the host unit viz. transfer/posting of staff without a policy, posting of auditors in field party etc. He also congratulated their members in taking a unanimous and significant decision to affiliate with the National Audit Federation.

Shri Arun Vidwans, Chief Patron in his inaugural address explained the historic link of the city of Allahabad and the Triveni Sangam with the National Audit Federation. He told that it is at the Triveni Sangam, he along with the leaders viz. Shri. Arun Ingle, Shri. Anand Ram, Shri. Mannu Singh etc. took the historic decision to form a federation for the Audit employees in the year 1994. He also remembered the contributions of S/Shri. R.K. Awasti, R.K Malavya,. Surendranath Srivasthav and Ms Poornima Srivasthav from Allahabad unit towards the building of local association as well as the National Federation. He expressed his joy and gratitude to all members of the Employees Audit (Group C & D) Association, Allahabad for re-joining the National Audit Federation.

Shri. L.S. Sujith Kumar, Secretary General presented the report of the activities of the federation during the last 4 months. He stated that the Federation along with the other affiliated federations of the Confederation of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers Oraganisations under the leadership of Shri. Arun Vidhwans & Shri. A.B. Sen had a discussion with the Chairman and other members of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on 4th June 2015. The confederation produced evidences relating to the parity with Central Secretariat and demanded to restore the pay parity with CSS which was granted by 6CPC but later disturbed by way of cadre restructuring in CSS. The Commission agreed to consider the issue. It was also told that apart from this formal meeting with the commission, the Federation and the Confederation had several rounds of informal meetings and raised several burning issues of the department including clubbing of Sr. Auditor, AAO, AO, Sr. AO and AAG in the grade pay of `5400 by 6CPC and its consequences. Department specific issues viz. Touring Special Pay, Risk Allowance, Mobile & internet phone allowances etc. were also demanded with 7CPC.

The meeting was reminded of the importance of the post of zonal secretaries in the functioning of the federation. Meeting directed the zonal secretaries to contact the local units under their respective zone and to collect details such as name, contact number, email ID of their present President/Secretary. These details along with a report on the functioning/activities of that unit shall be sent to the secretary general immediately. It is also requested to set tour programmes to visit the local units under their zone. If necessary, other national leaders of the federation may also be invited for such visit.  

The Secretary General submitted to the NEC that the CAG had rejected the final proposals for sectoral restructuring of Audit offices in Maharashtra and directed to maintain status quo. Nagpur unit has expressed their protest in the matter and requested the NAF to take up the issue once again with CAG of India. Secretary General informed that the federation had taken up the matter and discussed with the authorities at CAG office several times but finally received a letter from the CAG office (2-7-2015) stating that “restructuring of the Audit office and creation of DG/PD (Central) offices was a policy decision and consequently, it has involved so many changes since restructuring and cannot be revisited”. Even then the Secretary General has finally submitted a proposal for amicable solution on the issue to all executive members and also the affiliated units at Maharashtra for their views before submitting to headquarters office. But the local units in both the offices and the Patron (West zone) have totally rejected this proposal/suggestion and hence requested the National Executive to take a suitable decision. National Executive discussed the issue and decided that since the affected units are not accepting the views of the Federation and as it is a local issue, this demand shall be deleted from the charter of demands on the basis of headquarters letter dated 02-07-2015. It is also decided to inform the affected field units that they are at their liberty to pursue the issue at the unit level.

The meeting has decided to offer one berth to a representative of category III association, Allahabad in the National Executive and it directed the unit to nominate their representative through a resolution signed by both President and Secretary of the unit and also to pay headquarter quota for the year 2015-16 as per our constitution. The NEC has also decided to co-opt Shri Arabindha Saha, Tripura unit as a Special invitee in the National Executive Meeting.

The meeting directed Ranchi & Patna unit to draft a work paper on their demand for merging of Local Audit Department with Accountant General Office by taking opinion from Shri.CBP Singh and Shri. B.P. Jaiswal ex-office bearers of NAF and to submit the same to the Secretary General before 31st August 2015.

Participating in the Strike called by some trade unions and employees organizations on 2-9-2015 was also discussed in the meeting and it is observed that the major issues of the employees of IA&AD viz. Pay parity with Central Secretariat, GP of `5400 to AAOs after 4 years, Cadre restructuring, promotion to DEOs etc. are not covered in their charter of demands. Hence the National Executive meeting has decided not to participate in the strike.

The NEC finalized a charter of demands to be submitted to the Dy. CAG for discussion (copy enclosed) and requested all affiliated units to discuss the demands contained therein in the local executive committees before 31st August 2015. The demands shall be given wide publicity among the members. Thereafter general body meetings are to be held in the second week of September and pass resolutions (draft resolution will be sent separately) urging the Dy. CAG to have discussions with NAF leaders on our genuine demands. A report on the conduct of general body meeting with a copy of the covering letter to Dy. CAG should be sent to the Secretary General on or before 30th September 2015. In case no invitation is received from the Hqrs. Office for discussions, further action will be decided in the next National Executive meeting.

Next National level meetings.

It is decided to hold the next National Executive Meeting at Goa during 30-31 October 2015 and the National Conference at New Delhi in April-May 2016. Affiliated units of Goa are requested to finalise date and venue for the meeting and inform the secretary general immediately.

A meeting of the coordination committee of the affiliated units at New Delhi will be organized at the NAF hqrs. office by Shri. A.K.Das, President, NAF shortly to decide venue, dates, etc. for the conference.  

Resolutions passed by the Committee

Following four resolutions were passed by the National Executive meeting:

1. The National Executive meeting unanimously resolved to urge upon the CAG of India to expedite the process of Cadre Restructuring and to rationalize the delay in the promotion of the employees in various cadres in IA&AD.

2. It is also resolved unanimously to urge upon the CAG to grant ad-hoc promotions to Data Entry Operators in anticipation of the approval of RR by the Government of India.

3. It is resolved unanimously to file an OA at the Principal CAT, New Delhi for stepping up of the pay of seniors to that of juniors who are drawing more salary due to grant of ACP/MACP (similar case was already decided in favour of the employees of Postal Accounts by CAT New Delhi/High Court/Supreme Court). Financial support from NAF towards the conduct of the case will be Rs 20,000/- and the remaining amount shall be borne by Shri.M.S.Rati and Shri.S.S.Prabakar (co-applicants) from New Delhi.

4. The National Executive meeting resolved to express its sincere thanks to the Employees Audit Association (Group C & D), Allahabad for the excellent arrangements made towards food and stay of the delegates at M.R.S. Sports Complex, Allahabad.

Accounts of NAF

Shri. B.P. Mahji, Ex-treasurer handed over the cash book showing accounts up to 31st January 2015 with a balance of Rs.1,74,800/-. The NEC has requested Shri. Arun Vidwans, Chief Patron and Shri B.S. Parmar, Ex-treasurer to visit Bhubaneswar and Puri units in order to settle the advance taken from NAF fund towards hosting the National Conference at Puri in January 2014.

The National Executive Meeting felicitated Ms. Poornima Shrivastava, vetaran leader of the local Association of Allahabad who retired from service on 30-06-2011 and was a close associate of National Audit Federation during her service period. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Shri. Sunil Sonkar, Secretary, Employees Audit Association (Group C & D), Allahabad

Fraternally yours,

 

 





Resolution No.1

        

Sub:    Cadre restructuring in IA&AD

This federation has repeatedly been demanding the cadre restructuring in IA&AD since 2006. Responding to our genuine demand the CAG has directed to conduct a comprehensive cadre review of Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ cadres in the year 2008. Restoration of recruitment in lower cadres, creation of non IA&AS Group ‘A’ service cadre/Audit Manager, recruitment in Senior Auditor/Senior Accountant cadre etc. were some of the proposals which came out of the comprehensive study. But, till then the cadre review in IA&AD has not progressed. During the last seven years, major departments under the Government of India viz. Central Secretariat Service, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Central Board of Excise & Customs, Indian Railways etc. have restructured their cadres more than once. Those cadre restructurings have resulted in upgradation of their cadres, creation of thousands of posts and quickening of promotional avenues to the officers and staff in the respective departments.

The National Executive meeting held at Allahabad on 2nd and 3rd August 2015 unanimously resolved to urge upon the CAG of India to expedite the process of Cadre Restructuring and to rationalize the delay in the promotion of the employees in various cadres in IA&AD.

           

Allahabad,


3-08-2015.                                                                                           




Resolution No. 2


Sub:    Grant ad-hoc promotions to Data Entry Operators

            Recruitment to the cadre of Data Entry Operator was started in the year 2009. During their appointment, it was assured that timely promotions would be given to post such as Console Operator, Senior Console Operator and so on. But as on date no promotions have been given to any of these DEOs though most of them have completed 5 years of service. It was told long back that the Recruitment Rule for EDP cadre has been submitted to GOI for approval but no information so far about its approval. Hence, the National Executive Meeting held on the 2nd and 3rd of August 2014 at Allahabad unanimously resolved to urge upon the CAG to:

(1)  permit Data Entry Operators to appear for the departmental examinations for Auditor/Accountant ;

(2)  grant ad-hoc promotions to eligible Data Entry Operators, in anticipation of the approval of the Recruitment Rules by Government of India.

        

Allahabad,      

3-08-2015.




Resolution No. 3


Sub:    Stepping up of pay of senior employees to that of juniors who are drawing higher pay due to grant of ACP/MACP

 

The National Executive meeting of this Federation held on the 2nd & 3rd of August 2015 at Allahabad, resolved unanimously to file an Original Application at the Principal CAT, New Delhi for stepping up of the pay of senior employees to that of their juniors who are drawing higher pay due to grant of ACP/MACP (similar case has already been decided in favour of the employees of Postal Accounts by CAT New Delhi/High Court/Supreme Court). NAF shall provide a financial support of `20,000/- towards the conduct of the case and the remaining amount will be borne by Shri.M.S.Rati and Shri.S.S.Prabakar (co-applicants), New Delhi.

    

Allahabad,      

3-08-2015.


                                                                                       

          

Resolution No. 4

 

Sub:    Expressing sincere gratitude to host unit

 

The National Executive meeting held at Allahabad on the 2nd and 3rd August 2015 at M.R.S. Sports Complex, Allahabad unanimously resolved to express its sincere gratitude to the Employees Audit Association (Group C & D), Allahabad for the excellent arrangements made towards food and stay of the delegates.

 

Allahabad,    

3-08-2015.      

                                                                                   






No. NAF/2014-16/7CPC/08                                               Dated : 22-06-2015

To

The Honourable Chairman,

Seventh Central Pay Commission,

Respected Sir,

Sub:     Specific demands of the Audit employees – reg.

            I place on record our sincere gratitude to you for giving audience to the Confederation of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers’ Organisations on the 4th of June 2015. I believe that the efforts put by us to bring before you the grievances of the Audit & Accounts employees and officers will certainly be honoured. We have tried our best to explain the general issues by producing sufficient evidences.

I take this opportunity to highlight certain important demands of the Audit employees who are on tour through out the year. Audit department is one of the most economical rather productive departments in the service sector in the country. The expenditure towards audit is only 0.033 per cent of the total of the revenue and expenditure of Union and State Governments. That is the government is incurring only Rs 33 for auditing of one lakh rupees of transactions. The revenue recovery made by the government at the instance of audit exceeds double the total budget of Indian Audit & Accounts Department. The government recovered Rs 5537.04 crore in 2012-13 as a result of audit which was only 2.2 per cent recoveries pointed out during audit (Authority CAG’s Performance Report for the year 2012-13 – copy of relevant pages enclosed). After the recent audit reports on Telecom spectrum, Coal Blocks etc., the above figure towards recovery at the instance of audit has escalated to multiple times. Keeping in view of the huge return to the government through audit, I request the Honourable Chairman to consider the following demands of the Audit employees on merit. I also request you sir, to classify the Audit Department along with the Revenue Earning Departments henceforth.

Touring Special Pay

Touring special pay to audit staff was recommended by the CAG of India to the Board of Arbitration during 1999 and the board had awarded the same to the Audit staff but later the Government of India rejected the claim stating that similar demands will arise from other departments also. Government statement does not justify the denial of this genuine demand. Audit staff remain on tour and away from their families throughout the year due to the nature of their work. Recoveries at the instance of audit exceed the expenditure on audit by manifold every year. This clearly shows that the department is a productive department. We request the 7cpc to grant 10 per cent of Band Pay + Grade Pay as Touring Special Pay at par with other allowances viz. Tuition fee, Conveyance allowance etc.

Risk Allowance

Audit personnel have to visit remote/in-accessible places as well as naxal/terrorist infested areas and to stay away from HQ’s and family for months together. They have to point out possible fraud/misappropriation/misclassification cases to the authorities who might have committed there. This put them in embarrassing situations which many at times result in adverse situation which audit personnel have to handle judiciously. Situation sometimes creates life threat to self and family members. Instances are there where audit personnel were arrested and harassed on false complaints. Keeping in view the above risks involved with the audit job we request to grant 10 per cent of Band Pay + Grade Pay at par with other allowances viz. Tuition fee, Conveyance allowance etc. as Risk Allowance to touring staff.

Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme

Accidents have become common in our Country due to the increase in number of both men and machines. Every day we witness loss of valuable life leaving the family of the deceased difficult to earn their daily bread. An accident insurance scheme can bring back such families to normal life to an extent from the sudden and untimely demise of their breadwinner. Under various State Services, Group Personal Accident Insurance Schemes to government employees are in existence. As per such scheme, DDO deducts from the salary bill of the employee, a onetime premium at a fixed amount for a period of one year. In case of death due to accident of the employee or in case of loss of both limbs or sight of both eyes and one limb and sight of one eye or permanent total disablement due to accident, 100 per cent of the sum insured will be payable to the employee/nominee. In case of loss of one limb or sight of one eye due to accident 50 per cent of the insured sum will be paid to the employee. Since, audit employees are very often on tour and vulnerable to accidents, we request introduction of such a Group Accident Insurance Scheme with not less than 20 lakh as insured amount to atleast those offices where employees perform regular tour as part of their duty.

It is worth to mention here that the Honourable Prime Minister of India has already announced a similar type of insurance to all citizens of India by paying only Rs 12/year with coverage of Rs 2 lakh. We hope the 7CPC will extend the benefit to Audit employees applying with a multiplicative factor of 10 (ie. Rs 12 x 10 = Rs 120 as premium and a coverage of Rs 2,00,000 x 10 = Rs 20,00,000)

Executive Checkup

Employees working under the Audit Department are on tour throughout the year. There are incidents of personnel collapsing at the place of duty far away from headquarter/home town. A regular medical check up shall minimize the risk and avoid such situations. Presently, Executive Checkup facility for conducting routine clinical test once in a calendar year is available for employees in Group ‘A’ cadre. We request the 7CPC to extend such facility to atleast those offices where employees perform regular tour as part of their duty.

Mobile phone Allowance

Audit personnel are required to be in frequent touch with their headquarters offices and higher officials in connection with their nature of work irrespective of their place of posting even during transit. Since audit personnel are on regular tour they even find it difficult to reach their home every now and then. Maintenance of mobile phone will reduce delay in communication with higher officials. This facility will also help them to maintain a fair relationship with their family and the society. Hence, we request to grant Rs 500 as Mobile Phone Allowance with periodic revision at par with other allowances viz. Tuition fee, Conveyance allowance etc.

Internet Allowance

Internet has become a vital resource to almost every people in the world. Knowledge updation is an inevitable part of audit personnel. In the present scenario, Internet provides all sort of information, either technical or rules & regulations, which will help the audit employees in executing their work without any perplexity. Moreover, audit findings have to be transmitted to the higher officials and instructions from them are also to be communicated quickly to their subordinates. Hence, being the Fastest, Easiest, Cheapest, most Omnipresent, and Universal Means of Communication, audit employees must be equipped with Internet facility. It is therefore requested to grant Rs 500 towards Internet Allowance with periodic revision at par with other allowances viz. Tuition fee, Conveyance allowance etc.


                                                                                       Yours faithfully,







No. NAF/2014-16/57                                                                  Dated :22-06-2015

To

Shri. Sashi Kant Sharma,

Comptroller and Auditor General of India.


Sir,

Sub:  Implementation of various judgments of Honourable Courts to the employees of IA&AD at par with similarly placed employees.

Several issues relating to the anomalies on the pay and allowances in respect of the employees of IA&AD are pending with the department and the Government of India. The issues which could not be sorted out in the departmental/ministerial level were taken many times to the court of law by some of the aggrieved employees and received favourable orders/judgment from CATs/High Courts/Supreme Court. Since, those cases were represented by only a section of employees at the court of law, the judgments were implemented in favour of the petitioners only. Some of such cases are as shown below:-

i.  Pay Parity with Central Secretariat - Arrear payment with effect from 01.01.1996 to 18.02.2003.

Pay parity to Accountants/Auditors/Senior Accountants/Senior Auditors/Section Officers/AAOs belonging to IA& AD and Organised Accounts Departments with that of Central Secretariat employees were granted notionally w.e.f. 1-01-1996 and the actual payment of arrear were made only from 19th February 2003. Some of the employees of the Organized Accounts Departments (ie. Railway Accounts wing) represented before the Honorable CAT, Kochi/Patna and pleaded for the payment of arrears in cash for the period w.e.f. 1-01-1996 to 18-02-2003. The petition was allowed and the CAT has directed the respondents to pay arrears in cash for the period. The department appealed at the High Court of Ernakulam/Patna and then to the Honorable Supreme Court. Ultimately, the department has to follow the directions of the Apex Court and the arrears were paid but limiting it to the applicants only.

ii.    Grant of Grade pay Rs 5400/- to AAOs – Implementation of Honorable Supreme Court/Madras High Court Judgments

Assistant Accounts Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs 4800, aggrieved on granting of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 to Senior Accountants subordinate to them in the Principal Accountant General (A&E), Chennai, Tamil Nadu by virtue of the implementation of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme introduced in the year 2008 approached the Honorable CAT, Chennai Bench. CAT has directed the CAG/AG to revise the pay of the applicants be extending the benefit of MACP scheme in favour of the applicant by fixing their grade pay at `5400 from the date on which the said benefit was extended to the private respondents and to disburse the accrued arrears. Department appealed at the High Court of Madras and later filed an SLP at the Apex Court which was dismissed at the admission state itself. Principal Accountant General (A&E), Chennai vide Estt.I/Gl.VI/2014-15/194 dated 28-08-2014 complied the Honorable Apex Court directions but the benefit was given to the applicants only.

iii.   Grant of MACP without considering the upgradation of posts done in 1987 on the recommendations of the 4th Central Pay Commission (O.A. 3606/2013, Principal CAT, New Delhi, 15-10-2014).

The applicants were working at the Railway Accounts Department as Clerk Grade-II during the period 1980 to 1982.  They were promoted as Clerk Grade-I after three years of service.  In case of directly recruited Clerk Grade-I the joining date was 1983.  In 1987 pursuant to the recommendations of IV Central Pay Commission the Accounts Cadre was restructured and 80% of the posts of Clerk Grade-I were re-designated as Accounts Assistants and given the pay scale of Rs.1400-2600.  The remaining posts continued in the pay scale of Rs.1200-2040 and were re-designated as Junior Accounts Assistants.  The applicants were placed in the pay scale of Rs.1400-2600 as Accounts Assistants w.e.f. 01.04.1987.  The grievance of the applicants was that the placement was being treated as promotion by the respondents for the purpose of ACP and MACP benefits.  According to them, this was only a financial up-gradation pursuant to the recommendations of IV CPC and should have been ignored in terms of Clause 5.1 of the O.M. dated August, 1999 by which the ACP Scheme was introduced.  This O.M. was further clarified by Government of India by O.M. No. 35034/1/97-Estt(D) dated 10.02.2000 of DoP&T in which it was held that since the benefits of up-gradation under ACP Scheme were to be allowed in the existing hierarchy, the mobility under ACP Scheme shall be in the hierarchy existing after merger of pay scales by ignoring the promotion.  Thus, an employee who got promoted from lower pay scale to higher pay scale as a result of promotion before merger of pay scales shall be entitled for up-gradation under the ACP Scheme ignoring the said promotion as otherwise they would be placed in disadvantageous position vis-`-vis the fresh entrants in the merged grade.

The applicants have further contended that a similar case was decided by Honble High Court of Mumbai in Writ Petition No. 559/2008.  Hon’ble High Court of Mumbai vide their order dated 29.09.2009 had held that restructuring of the post of Clerk Grade-I in the railways cannot be treated as promotion. 

In another case similarly placed Railway Accounts Assistants had filed OA-335/2007 before the Madras Bench of this Tribunal.  This was decided on 26.08.2008 whereby it was held that placement of Clerks Grade-I in the pay scale of Rs.1400-2600 in 1987 was not promotion but only a result of restructuring of the cadre.  The Tribunal had held that the applicants therein were entitled to financial up-gradation under the ACP Scheme after ignoring the said placement.  This order of the Tribunal was challenged in the Hon’ble High Court of Madras by means of Writ Petition No. 21112/2009.  However, this Writ Petition was dismissed on 19.10.2010.  The matter was then taken up by the respondents before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by means of SLP (CC) No. 9422/2011.  This SLP was, however, dismissed on 04.01.2012.  Thus, the order of the Tribunal has attained finality. 

iv.  Restoration of pay fixation benefit on promotion from the post of Section Officer to AAO during the period 01-01-2006 to 29-08-2008 which was later treated as ‘Null and Void’ after implementation of 6CPC recommendations.

OA 489/2011 was filed by Shri. S. Vijya Kumar Naidu and 12 others from Defence Accounts at the Hon’ble CAT Bangalore, allowed by the Hon’ble Tribunal and the judgment was implemented by the department to the applicants only. Subsequently after getting approval from DOP&T, Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Finance, the benefit was extended to all similarly placed persons under the Controller of Defence Accounts vide letter No.LC/AN.XIV/14142/OA-489/2011/S.V.K.Naidu dated 8-7-2014.

v.  Grant of Grade Pay 5400 to AAOs after 4 years service as per 6CPC (OA 574/2012, CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi dated 20-05-2015)

Shri. Durga Dutt Saini, Assistant Accounts Officer, Defence Accounts department has filed the OA requesting to grant Grade Pay of Rs.5400 after 4 years of service. It was pleaded that the Government of India has accepted the recommendation of the 6 CPC on the cabinet meeting held on 14-08-2008 and has declared that the “Government has continued the present position of granting Group A scale to Group B officers after 4 years of service ad these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the 6 CPC. This would benefit Group B officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS”. But later the Ministry of Finance has turned down the request of the applicant. It was held by the Hon’ble CAT that the decision to implement the 6 CPC recommendations was taken the competent level of Government. It is not proper that the Ministry should take a decision to the contrary and thus deny benefits of the decision taken by the Cabinet. O.A. is allowed with all consequential benefits.

vi.  Stepping up of pay of senior at par with his junior who on fixation of ACP scale gets higher salary. (WP 4913/2012(s) High Court of Madya Pradesh bench at Gwalior)

Shri. Ram Chand Chelani, Senior Auditor, P.A.G.(C&CA), M.P. filed an OA at the Central Administrative Tribunal (634/2009) regarding stepping up the pay but rejected by CAT. But when he challenged this at the High Court of MP at Gwalior Bench, the court has clarified that if there is any anomaly in the fixation of the employee under ACP scheme in case receipts of lesser salary than his junior in the same cadre post, then he is eligible of stepping up. Consequently, the order of CAT No.634/2009 was set aside and directed the PAG to grant the benefit of stepping up of pay to Shri.Ram Chand Chelani at par with that of his junior Shri.Kamlakar Jogi.

From the above, it is observed that there is a deliberate move from the Ministry of Finance to deny the genuine and justified demands of the employees of the Organised Accounting Offices. Since the Indian Audit and Accounts Department is also covered under the Organised Accounting Offices, all the above cases are similar to that of the employees in IA&AD. Hence, I request the Honourable Comptroller and Auditor General to direct the concerned officers to extend the benefit of the above judgments to all similarly placed employees of this department.

                                                                                                   Yours faithfully,







No. NAF/2014-16/56                                                                  Dated :22-06-2015

To

The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

New Delhi.


Madam,

Sub: Revision of allowances for persons participating in sports activities – reg.

Ref: No.526/Welfare/44-Sports/2015 dated 17-06-2015

            Kind attention is invited to the letter under reference on the new policy for promoting sports in IA&AD. I have immense pleasure to convey to you the happiness and joy of the sports persons in our department. Sports persons as a whole, irrespective of the disciplines welcome the kind and favourable decision of the CAG to promote sports activities in the department. The decision to treat the participation in tournaments as duty by abolishing the existing provisions for TA/DA and to pay it as per the eligibility of the individual has given a boost to sports persons. We hope that it will help to improve their performance in the forthcoming tournaments. Hence, I would like to express my deep gratitude for this kind gesture.

                                                                                                    Yours faithfully,






No. NAF/2014-16/55                                                                  Dated :19-06-2015

To

Shri. R.K. Singh,

Senior Administrative Officer (JCM),

O/o the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

9- Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,

New Delhi – 110124.


Sub:     Courtesy meeting with PD (Staff) – Reg.

Sir,

            With reference to the Headquarters letter No.160-Staff (JCM)/1-2015/ dated 19-06-2015, I am to intimate herewith the following four names of representatives of our Federation who will take part in Courtesy Meeting with the Principal Director (Staff) on 24th June 2015 at 11.00 A.M.

1.         Shri. A.K. Das  -  President

2.         Shri. S. Prabhakar  -  Vice President

3.         Shri. L.S. Sujith Kumar   -  Secretary General

4.         Shri. V. Sam James  -  Treasurer

With regards,

                                                                                       Yours faithfully,

 

 

 Copy forwarded to :

            Shri. A.K. Das, President, Shri. S. Prabhakar, Vice President, Shri. V. Sam James, Treasurer with the request to reach at NAF headquarters by evening on 23rd June 2015.

 

 





No. NAF/2014-16/54                                                                  Dated :10-06-2015

To

Shri. Khalid Bin Jamal,

Principal Director (Staff),

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

9 – Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,

New Delhi. 110 124.

 

Sub:     Request for courtesy meeting – reg.

Sir,

National Audit Federation is one of the recognized federations in IA&AD. We represent most of the Group C & D employees in various audit offices under the Comptroller and Auditor General. On behalf of National Audit Federation, I place on record our warm welcome and sincere greetings on your posting as the Principal Director (Staff), one of the key positions in the headquarters office. Since, most of the demands and issues of the employees of this department are primarily being dealt with your office, with much expectations I wish you a great and eventful tenure as the Principal Director (Staff). I assure you our cooperation and support. Hope that you will reciprocate accordingly.

I request you kindly grant a courtesy meeting to the office bearers of our federation at your convenience.

With regards,

                                                                                                    Yours faithfully,






No. NAF/2014-16/53                                                                  Dated :10-06-2015

To

The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

New Delhi.

 

Sub:     Revision of allowances for persons participating in sports activities in IA&AD – Oblivion attitude of headquarters office – reg.

Madam,

            Our department recruits outstanding sports persons in various disciplines in the cadres of Auditor/Accountant/CT through sports quota recruitment every year. Such sports persons along with their colleagues represent at office level sports competitions in IA&AD and in the Central Civil Services tournaments. During the last few years they have brought laurels to the department in various competitions. In order to maintain their stamina, fitness and performance they have to take a nutritious diet which is not affordable in their present DA and incidentals. The rates of Daily Allowance and Incidentals for persons participating in Departmental competitions were last revised in the year 1999, vide circular No. 259 WP/Sports/14-99, dated 19.07.1999. The Daily Allowance payable is Rs 110/- (Rupees Hundred Ten only) and the Incidental is Rs 40/- (Rupees forty only).

This federation has been demanding the revision of rates of Daily Allowances payable to persons participating in sports and cultural activities since long. We have requested the CAG Administration to treat all such participants as on tour as per SR-51 and to sanction Traveling Allowance and Daily Allowance as per their entitlement. This issue was discussed with the Deputy CAG/DG(Staff) in various meetings held on 25-7-2012, 29-4-2013,1-11-2013 & 13-11-2014. Assurances were given every time that the participation in sports will be treated as duty and sports persons may claim TA/DA and other incidentals as per entitlement and the orders to this effect will be issued soon. But even after a lapse of seven months from the date of the last meeting, no orders in this regard have been issued by the headquarters office. When it was enquired with the JCM, it was replied that the sports wing has to take further action and they are being reminded regularly. It is felt that there is an oblivion attitude/lack of co-ordination between the two sections in the headquarters office. Hence, I request the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General to kindly intervene and direct the concerned officials to issue orders without further delay.

                                                                                                  Yours faithfully,








No. NAF/2014-16/52                                                            Dated :10-06-2015

To

The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

New Delhi.


Sub:     Approval of nominations to the departmental council from NAF side – finalization             of agenda – reg.

Ref:     Hqrs. Office letter No.44-Staff(JCM)/35-2014 dated 23-01-2015

Madam,

With reference to the letter cited, we have forwarded the nomination of three persons from National Audit Federation to the Departmental Council vide our letter dated 01-04-2015. But no correspondence is received by this federation as on date regarding approval of the said nomination. I request you to direct the concerned officials to expedite the matter.

Further, it has come to our notice that the agenda points for discussion in the departmental council were finalized. In this connection, your attention is invited to the following points:

1.      National Audit Federation has submitted an agenda note on 18-02-2012 for discussions at the DC level.

2.      All India Audit & Accounts Association, after issuance of several reminders by headquarters office has submitted their agenda points on 13-06-2013 only.

3.      On noticing the deliberate omission of agenda points submitted by NAF, the then Dy. CAG has asked the Secretary, Staff side on 29-08-2013 to consult the members of departmental council who are nominees of NAF and to furnish revised agenda points.

4.      The Secretary, Staff side has never consulted the members nominated by NAF but finalized the agenda points unilaterally after omitting the points already submitted by NAF.

Hence, I request the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General to intervene in the matter and take necessary action to include the agenda points submitted by National Audit Federation for discussion in the Departmental Council.

I am also directed to inform the Dy. CAG that if otherwise the nominated members of the National Audit Federation will not be participating in the deliberations at the Departmental Council Meeting.

                                                                                                  Yours faithfully,

                                                                                              




No. NAF/2014-16/51                                                                        Dated :10-06-2015

To

The Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India,

New Delhi.


Sub:     Data Entry Operator cadre – Approval of Recruitment Rules– reg.

Madam,

This federation has been demanding framing of Recruitment Rules for giving promotion to Data Entry Operators on completion of their requisite period of service for promotion. We have discussed this demand in several meetings at headquarters office. During the last meeting with you on 13-11-2014, we were informed that the model Recruitment Rules for the EDP posts have been received from the ministry and based on that R.Rs for the department have been finalized and sent to the DoPT/MoF for approval. But even after a lapse of seven months, no RR was circulated and the Data Entry Operators who have already completed the requisite period of service are denied their promotion.

As per our information the department has recruited more than 4000 Data Entry Operators during the last 8 years. Out of that around 2000 DEOs have already completed the requisite period of service. Hence I request the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General to consider promoting those qualified DEOs to the cadre of Auditors/Console Operators on Ad-hoc basis in anticipation of the approval of Recruitment Rules. This will be an act of sympathy towards the employees recruited for the EDP posts and will help to reduce their apprehensions to a large extent.

                                                                                                 Yours faithfully,

 

 

                                                             


                                 



No.NAF/2014-16/50                                                      Dated : 8-05-2015

 

To

The Dy. Comptroller and Auditor General,

Office of the C&AG,

9 Deendayal Upadyay Marg,

New Delhi – 110124.

 

Sub:     Revision of option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure for persons promoted to the grade of Assistant Accounts/Audit Officer (AAO) after 01-01-2006 – recovery of excess drawn in easy installments – request thereof.

Ref:     Circular No.1 – Staff Wing/2015,  No.1-Staff(Entt-I)/100-2014 dated 6-01- 2015.

Madam,

Kind attention is invited to the circular cited. One time relaxation for revision of the earlier exercised option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure to the persons who have been promoted to AAO cadre after 1-01-2006 from the date of their promotion was allowed by Hqrs. Office. Re-fixation of pay in the promoted cadre after forgoing the benefits already received as per the instructions, has resulted in refund of huge amounts. The refund amount calculated per person is around Rupees Three lakh approximately in some cases and the AAOs of various offices have requested local administration to allow them to refund the amount in easy monthly installments. A copy of the representation received in this regard is enclosed herewith for reference.

I therefore request the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General to consider the requests of those AAOs sympathetically and issue directions to field offices to allow such AAOs to refund the excess amount drawn in easy monthly installments (atleast 24).

            Thanking you.

  

                                                                                                  Yours faithfully,

                                                                                                             Sd/-

Encl: As above                                                                        (L.S. Sujith Kumar)

                                                                                                  Secretary General




No. NAF/2014-16/49                                                             Dated :14-04-2015


Dear M.S. Raja ji,

 

            It is understood that your nomination as a staff side member of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM has been approved by the Secretary (Personnel), DoPT. I Congratulate you on your entry to the JCM (National Council). I believe you may use your present position to highlight some of the longstanding demands of the employees of the Indian Audit & Accounts Department at the appropriate forum. As you are aware, the genuine demands from the employees of our department viz. Cadre Restructuring, Entry Cadre Minimum Pay, Pay parity of IA&AD staff with that of CSS Staff, 5400 to AAOs, Approval of Recruitment Rules for EDP cadre etc. requires much intervention at the DoPT and the Ministry of Finance. I hope your membership in the JCM(NC) level will help us in achieving our longstanding demands. I assure you to extend all possible support from the National Audit Federation to your earnest efforts for the upliftment of the Salary & Service Conditions of the employees of IA&AD.

Once again, I congratulate for your achievement.

           

                                                                                                 Fraternally yours,






Circular No.13 /2014-16                                                     Dated :30-03-2015

Friends,

Working Committee Meeting of National Audi Federation Chandigarh- 20 & 21 March 2015

Working Committee meeting of the National Audit Federation - was held at the Kisan Bhavan, Chandigarh on 20th and 21st March 2015 under the aegis of Civil Audit Associations Category II & III of the offices of the Principal Accountants General (Audit), Punjab & Haryana. The Working Committee meeting was inaugurated by Shri. Jagbans Singh IA&AS, Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab in the presence of Shri. P.K. Chopra and Shri. Padmakar, Dy. Accountants General, Haryana. Shri. A.K. Das, President, National Audit Federation presided over the meeting and was attended by 50 delegates representing 22 affiliated units. Shri. L.S. Sujith Kumar, Secretary General in his introductory speech pointed out that, though initially CAG was challenged and badly criticized for unearthing serious irregularities in Spectrum and Coal Block allotments which resulted in huge loss to the government, the recent auctions in these areas shows that more than 15 lakh crore rupees is being flown to the government exchequer. Secretary General pointed out that the government is getting back a revenue of more than 20 rupees for each rupee spent for audit and requested the Chief Guest to take up with higher up our demand “considering of IA&AD as a revenue earning department”. The Chief Guest also motivated the delegates in his inaugural address and appreciated the timely conduct of association meetings to discuss various demands and sharing the views of members from all around the country. He also assured the federation that he will take up the request of the Secretary General at the appropriate level.

The deliberations started with the welcome address of Shri. Ravinder Bhardwaj, President, Cat II assn, Haryana. The meeting discussed various departmental issues as well as measurers which strengthen the esteemed institution of the CAG in fulfilling its constitutional obligation towards the people of India. The following issues were presented by various delegates:

1. Settling of anomalous situations due to Audit Reorganisation in various states viz. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala.

2. Abolition of DG Central offices.

3. Relaxation in recruitment rule from Higher Secondary to 10th Standard for promotion of MTS to Clerk/Typist.

4. Fixation benefit shall be given to all re-employed ex-servicemen on their appointment as per government circular.

5. Withdrawal of Headquarters office circular insisting Quorum for General Body to pass Resolutions by associations since, most of the members are on Out Audit Duty.

6. Introduce Sports quota recruitment for Volleyball.

7. In order to avoid multiplicity of cases and extra expenditure, all Court cases of similar nature in various CAT/High Courts shall be clubbed with.

8. SAS/RAE/CPD/Incentive examinations – those who withdraw/absent from examinations shall not be reckoned for maximum number of attempts.

9. Transit time shall be given to those out station employees availing leave from difficult (North East/Hilly) areas.

10. Time bound promotion for AAO to AO on completion of 6 years service.

11. Auditors shall not be posted to audit parties before passing conformation test.

12.  Merging of Local Fund Audit with Civil Audit cadres in the state of Jharkand.

Working committee also entrusted the Zonal Secretaries with the responsibility of collecting headquarters quota of Rs 20/- (Rupees Twenty only) per member per year from all affiliated units of their respective zone and to send it to the Treasurer.

After discussion of the above points, the Working Committee adopted charter of demands by including the residual points from the agenda meeting with DAI on 13-11-2014. The Working Committee was guided by Shri. Arun Vidwans, Chief Patron, Shri. Arun S Ingle & Shri. M.K. Bhattacharya, patrons. The meeting coopted Shri. Taizuddin Ahmed, Ex-President as Co-patron (North-East Zone) and Shri. A.N. Katuria, Ex-Branch Secy. (Comml) as Co-patron (North Zone) replacing Shri.Narain Gupta. The following Resolutions were passed and adopted by the Working Committee.

1. Strengthen the esteemed institution of CAG by classifying IA&AD as “Revenue earning Department”

2. Issues relating to Reorganisation of Audit offices–Abolish DG(Central) offices.

3. Expedite issuance of orders on already discussed and decided issues.

4. Thanks giving to host units for excellent arrangements.

Shri. Sandeep Lal, Principal Director (Central) was the Chief Guest in the concluding session. The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by Shri. Kuldeep Sharma, Cat III, Punjab and Shri. Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Secretary General (NAF), (Cat-III, Haryana), proposed vote of thanks. The working committee concluded at 5.00 pm on 21-03-2015.

II.        “Dhilli Chalo” – Day long Dharna at Jantar Mantar on 23 March 2015

A Day long Dharna was organized by the Confederation of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers Organisations on the 23rd March 2015 demanding Merger of DA, granting of Interim Relief, implementation of court judgments to all similarly situated employees, restoration of parity with Central Secretariat staff and creation of Non-IAAS group A cadre/Audit Manager cadre. Delegates after attending the working committee meeting of NAF at Chandigarh reached Delhi on 22nd March and participated in Dharna. The turnout of members in Dharna was not satisfactory. Though we expected around 200 members, around 100 volunteers participated in Dharna at Jantar Mantar. The unexpected postponement of SAS/RAE/CPD examinations and non-interest of members towards agitation has caused low turnout of participants.

During lunch hours, Shri. K.N. Jayaraj, General Secy. DPCC, addressed the members. By 2.00 pm leaders were taken to the North Block of Central Secretariat by the Delhi Police to handover the memorandum to the Finance Minister.

In the evening we handed over a copy of the memorandum to Shri. Ajay Maken, President, DCC and requested to take up the matter with the Union Finance Minister. Shri. Maken assured all possible help to fulfill our genuine demands.

III.             7th Central Pay Commission – interaction with associations

We have already submitted our proposals for revision of cadres in IA&AD and in regular touch with the 7CPC. It is understood that the CPC may be submitting its reports by October 2015 and the government may implement the same w.e.f. 1-1-2016. They have almost completed their regional visits and started inviting associations for interaction. It was assured that our federation will be invited for presenting oral evidence and witness by last week of April. Confederation of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers Organisations represented by Shri.Arun Vidwans and Shri. A.B. Sen are also regularly interacting with CPC members and furnishing copies of requisite documents for granting better pay scales in IA&AD.

IV.       Strengthen the Association activities

            The low turnout of participants in working committee meeting and Delhi dharna is a serious matter of concern. It is true that the unexpected postponement of SAS/RAE/CPD examinations has coincided with the working committee/dharna dates. But the unit leaders also have to analyse their association activities and to find out how much they are successful in alerting the seriousness of issues/demands to the general members. Only a committed leadership can assure the participation of their members in similar activities.

            30th April every year is a crucial date for all associations. Authorisations collected from new members shall be filed at the respective administration section before the stipulated date for inclusion in the existing membership. I request all the affiliated units to collect as many authorization forms from non-members and to submit to their respective administration section before due date without fail to increase their tally.

Un-recognised units are also requested to file their application for recognition before 30th April along with a list of memberships and authorization forms collected from the members for getting recognition. Membership position may also be intimated to the Secretary General by email.

I wish all success to the unit leaders.

Fraternally yours,

 


Resolution No.1


Sub:    Strengthen the esteemed institution of CAG by classifying IA&AD as “Revenue earning Department”

 

This working committee of National Audit Federation held on 20, 21 March 2015 at Chandigarh, Punjab/Haryana unanimously resolved to Congratulate the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in strengthening his position as a constitutional entity by exposing the financial loses suffered by exchequer by way of irregular allotments by Government of India in regard to Coal mines, 2G spectrum and other allied matters. Consequently his objections have been vindicated by bringing huge revenue to the exchequer. Moreover, every year the Government is receiving additional benefit of more than Twenty times the amount spent on Audit by way of recoveries at the instance of audit and also through invaluable recommendations on various schemes.

In view of the above, we urge upon the Comptroller and Auditor of India to take up the matter with the Government of India to classify the Indian Audit & Accounts Department as a “Revenue earning Department”.

 

Sd/-         Sd/-

  President                                                                Secretary General 




Resolution No. 2

Sub:    Issues relating to Reorganisation of Audit offices – Abolish DG (Central) offices

            The Working Committee of National Audit Federation held on 20, 21 March 2015 at Chandigarh, Punjab/Haryana unanimously decided to communicate to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India that the employees of Audit department under IA&AD are not satisfied with the re-organisation of Audit offices implemented w.e.f. 1-04-2012. We observed that the idea behind the re-organisation of Audit offices itself is defeated and most of the PAG/AG in field offices are instead of realizing the spirit envisaged in re-organsiation scheme, show their displeasure on the employees by transferring them from one office to another.

            We therefore urge upon the CAG to abolish the Director General (Central) offices and also to settle the issue of anomalous position created in the re-organisation of Audit Offices in Maharashtra.

 

        Sd/-         Sd/-

  President                                                                Secretary General        



 

Resolution No. 3

Sub:    Expedite issuance of orders on already discussed and decided issues

            The Working Committee of National Audit Federation held on 20, 21 March 2015 at Chandigarh, Punjab/Haryana takes a serious view of the dilly dallying approaches of the Hqrs. Office in settling our various demands as agreed to by the Dy. Comptroller and Auditor General in various agenda meetings.

We therefore, urge upon the Authorities in Hqrs. Office to expedite the issuance of orders on the issues already discussed and decided, lest we may resort to agitational mode.

 

     Sd/-         Sd/-

  President                                                                Secretary General  



  Resolution No. 4

 

Sub:    Thanks giving to host units for excellent arrangements

 

            The Working Committee of National Audit Federation held on 20, 21 March 2015 at Chandigarh, extend its sincere thanks for the excellent arrangements made by both Category II & Category III associations of Punjab and Haryana making the stay of its delegates comfortable to have successful deliberations on various issues.


      Sd/-         Sd/-

  President                                                                Secretary General   



 Circular No. 12/2014-16/                                        Dated :12-03-2015

To

All Affiliated Units Secretaries / Central Office Bearers / Zonal / BranchSecretaries / Departmental Council Members / Special Invitees, Chief Patron & Patrons.


Friends,


Sub: Working Committee Meeting on 20 & 21 March 2015 at Chandigarh

The Working Committee meeting of the federation is scheduled to be held on the 20th and 21st of March 2015. Category II and III units from the offices of the Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab and Haryana are jointly conducting the Working Committee meeting. It is requested that all affiliated units should send atleast two representatives (President & Secretary) to attend the meeting. 

Working Committee meeting :

Dates : 20th & 21st March 2015

Venue : Kissan Bhavan, Sector 35, Chandigarh.

(Less than 10 kms from Chandigarh railway station)

Delegate fee : ` 750/- per member

Accommodation : At the above venue from 19th March to 22nd March

Climate : Pleasant – temperature around 30 0c

Accommodation will be available from 19th morning to 22nd evening. Special Casual leave may be applied in advance by producing a copy of this circular.

With regards,





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