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CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

k-42, B. K. DUTT COLONY, NEW DELHI: 110033

Reference No. Confd. /Other Allowances/1/2017                                                                  Date: 1st July, 2017

To

All the members of national executive committee and others,

Dear friends,

As was apprehended, the Union Cabinet has once again deprived the Central Government employees and officers from their legitimate right of getting implementation of 7th CPC report on other allowances w.e.f.01. 01. 2016 resulting in huge financial loss. The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the 7CPC on HRA and other allowances from 1st July 2017 only, whereby, arrears for 18 months (from 1.1.2016 to 30th June 2017) have been denied. The 7th CPC had recommended implementation of the report from 1. 1. 2016.

The Standing Committee of Staff Side, JCM (NC) has failed miserably to bring any improvement in the 7th CPC Report by the government before implementation. This has never happened in case of earlier pay commission reports.

The government cannot also justify the delay in issuing implementation order without any significant improvement whereby arrears for eighteen months have been forfeited.

On the matter of modification of pay fitment formula, the much awaited decision of the Committee formed as a result of meeting with four Ministers is also waning. While in lower pay scales the fitment formula is 2.57, in case of higher pay scales it is 2.81 even. This is highly discriminatory and deserves removal of discrimination.

This Confederation is of the opinion that this deprivation should not go un-protested. Therefore it is decided that the members at grass root level be apprised of the evil design of the government in adopting the policy of ignoring the interest of the employees in financial matters whereby legitimate dues accrued out of implementation of the recommendations of the 7CPC have been denied.

OBSERVE PROTEST DAY (26-07-2017)

This confederation calls upon its affiliates to observe protest day on 26th July 2017 demanding payment of arrears for HRA from 01. 01.2016. The Federations are requested to endorse the call and take appropriate measures to observe the program by educating and mobilizing the members in support of the call for massive participation of members in the General Body Meeting to be conducted on 26th July 2017 to adopt resolution to be sent to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the attached format.

With warm greetings,

Fraternally yours,

(A.B. Sen)

Secretary General

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION

This general body meeting of the …………………………………….. Association held today the 26th July 2017 discussed in threadbare about the policy adopted by the government of India in implementation of recommendations made by 7th CPC. The government has adopted a policy of delay and deprives the employees from compensating the financial loss being caused due to rising of price index in leaps and bounds. It is marked with alarm that for the first time in the annals of history of implementation of any Central Pay Commission Report the government refused to modify and improve the deficiencies of the recommendations crept into the report whereby discrimination has been made in case of fixation formula at lower pay scales than in the HAG pay scales. Though the appointed empowered committee to discuss with the staff side and recommend modifications in fixation formula but after holding of several rounds of prolonging discussions, the Cabinet ignored the recommendation of the empowered Committee and implemented the recommendation of the CPC without any modification.

The CPC recommended implementation of the report w.e.f. 01. 01. 2016.  Government entrusted the matter of “Other Allowances” for examination of the recommendations to the Empowered Committee. The Committee took its time to submit the report and ultimately the cabinet decision came on 28th June 2017 i.e. eighteen months after the date of implementation of the CPC report, that too without any improvement.

This general body meeting considers the government decision as ‘anti employees’ and deplores the policy adopted whereby 18 months dues have been denied. This general body also marked with alarm that the desired improvement in pay fixation formula is being delayed.

This general body meeting resolves to demand (1) date of effect of other allowances be made from 01. 01. 2016 and (2) the pay fixation formula be improved and implemented in consultation with the staff side.

It is  further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, through proper channel, urging upon him to take notice of the resentment generated amongst the personnel working in the Central Government establishments and mitigate the grievances early.

President

Place:

Date: 26th July 2017


 

 CONFEDERATION OF ORGANISED ACCOUNTS& AUDIT PENSIONERS.
few retired leaders including me met at New Delhi on 19th Feb,2017 and agreed that one all India level organisation for organised Accounts (civil,Railway,Defense P&T Accounts) and Audit pensioners should be formed.A five members team S/Shri A.B.Sen,S.S.Prabhakar,P.S.Jha,Kanchan Singh and P.s. Bhardwaj shall draft a constitution which may be put up before 1st conference to be held in May-June 2017. 4 delegates from all the 29 states may be invited to attend 2 day conference.
3tier set up shall be established 1. National Level 2.State Level and 3 Department Level . there shall be about 15 all India office bearers and seven out of it shall be in charges of 3-5 states (depending up on size) Shri B.S. Parmar proposed that letters should be sent by pensioners to Prime Minister covering 4 issues 1.notional pay of pensioners who retired before 1-1-2016 (option no.1 suggested by 7th CPC)
2. restoration of commuted pension after 12 years.
3. fixed medical allowance of Rs.500 should be multiplied by 2.57
4. Income Tax limit for senior citizens up to 4 lakh
our target should be about 5 thousand letters within a month ending March 2017,
Shri S.S. Prabhakar (New Delhi) retired senior auditor from A.G.C.R.and former Asst. Secy.General of all india audit and accounts association has been nominated as convenor of pensioners confederation his contact number is 09810325942,another number of Asst. Convenor Shri B.S. Parmar is 09425110767(Gwalior) now we need 4 delegates from each state .NAF is requested to help us.


Ref: Confd./DOPT/EDP-1/2017                                                                               Date: January 16, 2017

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS ORGANISATIONS
15/31(1ST Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O.VASUNDHARA- 201012
(M) 9899983035

To

The Secretary,

Government of India, Ministry of Personnel P.G.& Pensions,

Department of Personnel and Training,

North Block, New Delhi-110001.

Subject:  Recommendations of Seventh CPC with regard to EDP Cadre.

Reference: DOPT O.M.No. Misc-14017/14/2016-Estt. (RR) dated 17th October 2016.

Sir,

I am to invite your attention to the DOPT O.M.No. Misc-14017/14/2016-Estt. (RR) dated 17th October 2016 and state that since 01. 01. 2016 the benefit of appropriate revised pay scales based on recommendations of the Seventh CPC have been granted to Central Government Employees, the EDP cadres could not get the benefit as the Commission in Para 7. 7. 22 left the matter to you for examination and recommendation.

It took ten months for your department in issuing OM seeking information from Government Departments in this regard and precisely 3 months have elapsed since 17th October 2016. The affected EDP cadres posted in different Government Departments are eagerly awaiting your recommendations and lamenting about the delay being caused to award appropriate pay scales.

In IA&AD and other Organised Accounts Departments large numbers of EDP personnel are working. With every passing day their anxiety and resentment is growing. I would request you kindly to cause appropriate decision to grant appropriate revised pay scales commensurate with the changed higher duties and responsibilities the EDP cadres are discharging.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(A. B. Sen)


Secretary General

    Reference No: Confd. / IC 7CPC/1                                                                               Date: December 18, 2016

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS’ ORGANISTIONS
15/31, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012
(M) 9899983035

To

The Director,

Implementation Cell. 7th CPC,

New Delhi.

Subject: Request for early implementation of 7CPC recommendations in respect of personnel working in IA&AD and Organised Accounts Departments under Union Government.

Sir,

This Confederation represents organisations/federations of personnel’s working in IA&AD and Organised Accounts Departments under Union Government. We have observed with concern that positive recommendations of the CPC beneficial to AAOs, Senior Accountants/Senior Auditors/ Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts Department and Junior Accountants working in IA&AD and other organised accounts departments remained unimplemented till date causing serious apprehensions amongst the affected personnel.

This Confederation has submitted representations to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India seeking his personal intervention to ensure implementation of Cabinet decision which has mentioned about grant of approval of the entire report of the Commission except those mentioned as rejected.

This Confederation is looking forward to the Implementation Cell to cause issue of clearance of all the positive recommendations of the Commission early to remove apprehensions being generated amongst the affected categories of personnel belonging to IA&AD and other Accounts Departments i.s., Railway Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Postal Accounts Department, Telecom Accounts Department and Civil Accounts Department.

An early resolution of the pending issues is solicited to help avoidance of generation of resentment in Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

(A. B. Sen)

Secretary General

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd. / CAG/AAO/1/16                                       Date: 15thDecember 2016

To

The Comptroller & Auditor General of India,

9, Deendayal Upadhaya Marg,

New Delhi-110024.

Subject: Request for personal intervention of CAG to ensure early implementation of 7th CPC recommendation contained in Chapter 11.12.137 of the Report.

Sir,

I am to invite your kind attention to the above chapter of the report of the 7th CPC wherein the Commission has recommended as under:-

“The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established”.

The Commission has also elaborately discussed about grant of higher pay scales to Assistants in Chapter 7. 1.4. (j) displaying a table showing how after initial acceptance of CPC reports the government increased pay scales of Assistants belatedly. The action on the part of the government is arbitrary and discriminatory treatment has been meted out to other similarly placed employees discharging the same nature of duties and responsibilities.

The Revised pay Rules 2016 mentions about non acceptance of lower pay scale recommended by the Commission. However, the Revised Rule is silent about parity in pay scale suggested by the Commission in Chapter 11.12.137. Non upgradation of Pay scales of Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD would result in discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that IV, V and VI CPC recommended same pay scale for Assistants of CSS and Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments as well as for Indian Audit and Accounts Department and initially government accepted the recommendations and implemented too.

The Staff Side, JCM agitated over upgradation of pay scale of Assistants without extending the benefit to the Sr. Accountants / Sr. Auditors and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts. After a prolonged discussion in JCM (NC) disagreement was recorded and the matter was referred to Central Board of Arbitration. The Board had given Award in favour of Staff Side in August 2004. The matter is still pending with the government for implementation.

Incidentally it may be mentioned that direct recruitment in posts of Assistants is one out of six vacancies (Para-32, page 92 of III CPC Report). In Organised Accounts 80% posts of Accountants and Auditors are direct recruits with minimum educational qualification of Graduate. Accountants and Auditors are feeder posts for Senior Accountants/Senior Auditor. No Accountant/Auditor is eligible for promotion to next level without passing Departmental Examination.

The Supreme Court has upheld the claim of parity for Senior Auditors with Assistants of CSS in case of S.K.Salarya and others V Union Government through CGDA.

It is a matter of disgrace that in a democratic country, the government ignores Rules framed by itself to deprive legitimate claims of a section of its own employees, despite eligibility established by expert bodies like pay Commissions, Judiciary and SIU and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad (Para 15 page 8 &9 of III CPC Report).In job rating the Assistants scored 556 points whereas the UDCs now auditors/ accountants) in IA&AD were awarded 563 points.

The 7th CPC objected to the Government’s decision to grant higher pay scales to the Assistants even after acceptence of the recommendation of the earlier CPCs and implementation of those recommendations.

This Confederation has written letters to the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure as well as to the Prime Minister of India seeking appropriate decision to remove discrimination (Copies enclosed for immediate reference).

In view of the above, I would request the Comptroller and Auditor General of India kindly to look into the discrimination perennially meted out to the Senior Auditors/ Accountants cadres by the government, despite placement of Auditors /Accountants and Assistants of CSS in the same pay scale by all the previous CPCs and cause appropriate action to remove discrimination by extending the benefit of grant of higher pay scale at par with the Assistants of CSS.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,

(A.B. Sen)

Secretary General.

 

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/1093, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd./RPR/DE/1                                                                                             Date: August 10, 2016

To

The Secretary,

Government of India,

Department of Expenditure,

North Block, New Delhi- 110001

Subject: Confederation of Audit and Accounts Employees and Officers Organisations demands implementation of VII CPC report without discrimination towards Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD.

Sir,

I am to draw your attention to 7th CPC Report contained in Para 11. 12. 137, reproduced below, in which the issue of parity in pay scale of Senior Accountants and Assistants of CSS have been dealt with.

“The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established”.

The Commission has also elaborately discussed about grant of higher pay scales to Assistants in Chapter 7. 1.4. (j) displaying a table showing how after initial acceptance of CPC reports the government increased pay scales of Assistants belatedly. The action on the part of the government is arbitrary and discriminatory treatment has been meted out to other similarly placed employees discharging the same nature of duties and responsibilities.

The Revised pay Rules 2016 mentions about non acceptance of lower pay scale recommended by the Commission. However, the Revised Rule is silent about parity in pay scale suggested by the Commission in Chapter 11.12.137. Non upgradation of Pay scales of Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD would result in discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that IV, V and VI CPC recommended same pay scale for Assistants of CSS and Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments as well as for Indian Audit and Accounts Department and initially government accepted the recommendations and implemented too.

The Staff Side, JCM agitated over upgradation of pay scale of Assistants without extending the benefit to the Sr. Accountants / Sr. Auditors and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts. After a prolonged discussion in JCM (NC) disagreement was recorded and the matter was referred to Central Board of Arbitration. The Board had given Award in favour of Staff Side in August 2004. The matter is still pending with the government for implementation.

Incidentally it may be mentioned that direct recruitment in posts of Assistants is one out of six vacancies (Para-32, page 92 of III CPC Report). In Organised Accounts 80% posts of Accountants and Auditors are direct recruits with minimum educational qualification of Graduate. Accountants and Auditors are feeder posts for Senior Accountants/Senior Auditor. No Accountant/Auditor is eligible for promotion to next level without passing Departmental Examination.

The Supreme Court has upheld the claim of parity for Senior Auditors with Assistants of CSS in case of S.K.Salarya and others V Union Government through CGDA.

It is a matter of disgrace that in a democratic country, the government ignores Rules framed by itself to deprive legitimate claims of a section of its own employees, despite eligibility established by expert bodies like pay Commissions, Judiciary and SIU and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad (Para 15 page 8 &9 of III CPC Report).In job rating the Assistants scored 556 points whereas the UDCs now auditors/ accountants) in IA&AD were awarded 563 points.

I therefore, request you to accept the recommendation of VII CPC to maintain parity in pay scales of Accounts Assistants of Railways and Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments and Sr. Auditors/Sr. Accountants of IA&AD with Assistants of CSS by upgrading the Grade Pay from GP 4200 to GP 4600 and quell the resentment being generated amongst the former against arbitrary decision of the government.

Accountants and Auditors

Further, your attention is sought on recommendation contained in Chapter 11. 62. 15 wherein grant of GP 4200 is recommended for posts where direct recruitment through CGLE is involved in the form of written examination and interview, both. In the Railway Accounts, Junior Accountants with graduate qualification are recruited through Railway Recruitment Board to the extent of 80% of posts, involving written examination and interview, both. Therefore, GP 4200 has to be granted to the Junior Accountants for fitment in Revised Pay scale of 2016.

Traditional parity in pay scale of organised accounts cadres and IA&AD has been all along maintained and accordingly the GP 4200 should be granted to the Auditors of Defence Accounts, Accountants of Civil Accounts, postal Accounts, Telecom Accounts and Auditors / Accountants of IA&AD to maintain traditional parity.

This time, a detailed implementation order carrying details of pay scales, fixation formula etc. in respect of all the categories of cadres have not been issued from the department of Expenditure leading to doubts amongst the personnel. It is requested that like earlier years a detailed order may please be issued by the Department of Expenditure.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

  • Sen)

Secretary General

 

 

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref:     Confd. / PM/1/16                                                            Date:15 November 2016

 

To

Shri Narendra Modi,

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,

South Block, Raisina Road,

NEW DELHI: 110011.

 

Subject: Request for implementation of recommendation of Seventh CPC regarding grant of parity in pay scales of Senior Accountants /Senior Auditors of IA&AD & Organised Accounts Departments with Assistants of Central Secretariat Service –regarding.

Reference: Recommendations made in Chapter 11. 12.136 and Chapter 11. 12. 137 and Chapter 7.1.4 (j) of the 7th CPC Report.

Respected Sir,

The Cabinet under your chairmanship has approved the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (here in after mentioned as CPC) for implementation. With a view to permanently remove the injustice perpetrated on Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants of Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts the CPC has recorded its observations in Chapter7.1 and Chapter 11. 12. 137 of the report (Both appended below for immediate reference) and recommended pay scale for Assistants of the CSS. and observed in Chapter 11.12.137 that the recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established. The present CPC has explained in details in Chapter 7.1.4 (j), how the Assistants of CSS have been granted higher pay scales by the Government offsetting the recommendations of all the previous CPCs since 4th CPC onwards and thus, recommended maintenance of justice to establish parity in question. Thus the present CPC has categorically justified the demand of the Audit and Organised Accounts cadres for parity in pay scale with the Assistants of CSS in Chapter 11. 12. 137.  It is heartrending that, although adjudged as possessing higher job ratings than the Assistants of CSS, the Auditors and Accountants of IA&AD and Organised Accounts Departments are being discriminated by the successive governments, ignoring the recommendations of successive Central Pay Commissions.

To add insult to injury, the parity in pay scale of Senior Auditors (achieved since April, 1984 on creation of the said post in IA&AD after cadre bifurcation) and the parity in pay scale of Senior Accountants (since April, 1987 on recommendation of IV CPC) with that of the Assistants of the CSS once achieved since the period mentioned against each post(Please refer- Chapter 11.12.136 of the 7th CPC Report) was nullified afterward by granting higher pay scales in favour of Assistants of CSS by the Government, counter balancing the recommendations of the previous CPCs in each stage of pay revision

In the related Gazette Notification, Dated: 26 July 2016 it is mentioned that the recommendations of the Commission have been approved by your cabinet and in case of Assistants the recommendation for lowering of the pre revised grade pay has not been accepted.[vide sl.11 of the RESOLUTION (No. 1-2/2016-IC), Dated : New Delhi, the 25th July, 2016 issued by the MINISTRY OF FINANCE (Department of Expenditure)]However, the said Gazette notification has not mentioned that the recommendations of the present CPC at Chapter 11. 12. 137 of its report have not been accepted by the Cabinet. We are sorry to mention here that at the time of implementation of the VI CPC Report, the Central Secretariat bureaucracy has even suppressed the fact that the then cabinet approved same pay scales for Section Officers of CSS and Assistant Audit Officers (AAOs) of Organised Accounts and IA&AD also. The fact came to light when some AAOs working in Defence Accounts Department came across the English version of Press Release of the Cabinet’s approval. It is feared that the fact that the Seventh CPC‘s recommendations mentioned in Chapter 11. 12. 137 might have been withheld from the notice of the Cabinet by the bureaucracies who have strong inhibition against the Audit and Accounts Departments.

The Audit and Accounts employees and Officers are aggrieved by the injustice being perennially meted out to personnel working in Organised Accounts Departments of the Union Government and Indian Audit and Accounts Department. This Confederation, consisting of employees and officers of Audit and Accounts Departments, invite your kind attention to the above facts and urge upon you to cleanse the administration from misusing their position to mislead the Cabinet in clandestine manner to seek favour for their immediate subordinates and use their position to deny others from their legitimate dues by suppressing parts of recommendations of the pay commissions.

Beloved Prime Minister, the Audit and Accounts fraternity is looking at you for justice and hope under your stewardship justice shall prevail for the personnel for whose honest efforts the greatest scams like 2G spectrum or Coalgate could be unearthed, benefitting the nation immensely.

This Confederation requests you to kindly implement the findings of the Seventh CPC mentioned in Chapter 11. 12. 137 at the earliest by grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4600 and fixing the pay in the revised pay level corresponding to pre-revised Grade Pay of Rs.4600 under the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in case of Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts to encourage the Audit and Accounts fraternity to continue discharging their duties and responsibilities more intently.

Thanking you, Sir,

Yours faithfully,

  • Sen)

Secretary General

 

(Encl. Extracts from Chapter7.1.4 (j) and Chapter 11. 12. 136 and Chapter-11.12.137 of the 7CPC Report.)

Prime Minister’s Office
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The Seventh CPC has examined the matter into details and recorded their observations in Chapter Chapter7.1 and Chapter 11. 12. 137 of its report (Both appended below for immediate reference).

Chapter 7.1 .4 (J)

  • The pay related demands of various headquarter services are as follows:-
  1. j) Issue of parity of field functionaries with the Assistants of the CSS: It has been demanded that CSS be allowed to retain an ‘edge’ over other services or posts which have claimed parity with CSS. It has been argued by the CSS that parity among various posts and services is to be considered on long established principles of classification of posts, duties and responsibilities, their hierarchical structure, historical parity, mode of recruitment as well as minimum qualification for recruitment at entry level as well as level. Historically, various services in the Secretariat have had an edge over analogous posts in the field offices. The CSS has, in its memorandum, demanded that this edge over other services be retained. This has been justified on various grounds, key amongst which is that office staff in the Secretariat performs complex duties and are involved in analysing issues with policy implications whereas their counter parts in field offices perform routine work relating to matters concerning personnel and general administration, and so on. Apart from retention of the edge, the CSS memorandum also seeks a change in the mode of recruitment. It has been argued that up until 1987, directly recruited Assistants of the CSS were selected through an examination conducted by the UPSC and other categories of employees falling under Group `C’ was recruited through the Staff Selection Commission [SSC]. In 1987, recruitment of Assistants to the CSS was also brought under the SSC and is now carried out through a common examination called the Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) and an All India Merit List.

Analysis and Recommendations

The VI CPC had gone into this issue in considerable detail. It had noted that while at an earlier point in time it may well have been the case that those in the Secretariat ended up performing more complex duties relating to policy formulation, but over a period of time things had changed. It had noted that there was an increasing emphasis on strengthening the delivery lines and with growing decentralization, the importance of delivery points in the field cannot be understated. Therefore, in its view, the time had come to grant parity between similarly placed personnel employed in field offices and in the Secretariat and that this parity would need to be absolute till the grade of Assistant. The VI CPC had noted that beyond this, it would not be possible or even justified to grant complete parity because the hierarchy and career progression would need to be different. Although the recommendation of the VI CPC was accepted in the first instance, a year down the line the Grade Pay of Assistants was increased from ₹4200 to ₹4600, thereby squarely going back to the original position in which the Assistants in the Headquarters resided at one level higher than those in the field. In fact this latest modification follows a consistent pattern seen over the decades. This is elucidated in the table below:

Table 1: Upgradation of Pay of Assistant over Successive Pay Commissions
Post: Assistant Pay Scale as

Initially

Recommended

Pay Scale as Revised by Government
Date Scale Dates (when issued and when effective) Scale
IV CPC 1.1.1986 1400-2660 31.7.90, but effective from 1.1.86 1640-2900
V CPC 1.1.1996 5500-9000 25.9.2006, effective from

15.9.2006

6500-10500
VI CPC 1.1.2006 GP 4200 August 2008, but effective from 1.1.2006 GP 4600

It may be seen from the above table that the recommendations of successive Pay Commissions with regard to pay of Assistants, even if initially implemented, have invariably been modified at a later point and they have been placed at one higher level. As a corollary to this, the level of Section Officers also is at one level higher than that of SOs in the field.

While notifying the most recent upgrade in August 2008, the order states that the Assistants in Headquarters are required to be at a higher level since “there is an element of direct recruitment in their case and that too, through an all-India Competitive Examination.

The Commission notes that certain inherent contradictions prevail. The first relates to the Common Grade Level Examination (CGLE) through which selections are carried out by the SSC for a range of positions, at varying levels of grade pay. No doubt the examination process is a graded one, with applicants for certain positions having to undergo two written examinations as well as an interview and for certain other positions only two written examinations. But in the case of Assistants for CSS and Assistants for certain other organisations, the examination process is common although the grade pay for the two sets are different. This then brings about a situation where those with lower grade pay continuously demand parity with the others while those with higher grade pay seek to set themselves apart. The categorical observations of the VI CPC that the time had come to grant parity between similarly placed personnel employed in the field offices and in the Secretariat are echoed by this Commission, which sees merit in placing all Assistants recruited through the CGLE, whether working in the field offices or in headquarters, at the same level.

The Commission accordingly strongly recommends parity in pay between the field staff and headquarter staff up to the rank of Assistants on two grounds- firstly the field staff are recruited through the same examination and they follow the same rigor as the Assistants of CSS and secondly there is no difference in the nature of functions discharged by both. Therefore to bring in parity as envisaged by the VI CPC, this Commission recommends bringing the level of Assistants of CSS at par with those in the field offices who are presently drawing GP 4200. Accordingly, in the new pay matrix the Assistants of both Headquarters as well as field will come to lie in Level 6 in the pay matrix corresponding to pre revised GP 4200 and pay fixed accordingly. Similarly the corresponding posts in the Stenographers cadre will also follow similar pay parity between field and headquarter staff. The pay of those Assistants/Stenographer who have in the past, been given higher Grade pay would be protected.

Recently, through a government order similar ‘edge in pay’ has also been extended to the Upper Division Clerks belonging to CSS in the Secretariat by way of grant of non-functional selection grade to GP 4200 (available to 30 percent of UDCs). It is expected to lead to further resentment at the level of UDCs in the field as well as with other non-secretariat posts with which they had parity before. Since as per the recommendation of this Commission, Assistants have now come to lie in Level 6 of the pay matrix which corresponds to pre revised GP 4200, this Commission recommends withdrawal of non-functional selection grade to GP 4200 in respect of Upper Division Clerks belonging to CSS.

 

Chapter 11. 12.136

In 1984, the government bifurcated the Audit cadre of IA&AD into Auditors (20 percent) and Senior Auditors (80 percent) and granted the pay scale of Assistants of CSS to Senior Auditors. The IV CPC, had, after above consideration, taken the view that there should be broad parity in the pay scales of the staff in IA&AD and other accounts organisations. The recommendation of IV CPC was accepted by the government and implemented w .e.f. 1. 1. 1986 for audit and 1st April 1987 for accounts in case of IA&AD and other Accounts Departments and Senior Auditors have been given same pay scale of Assistants of CSS.

Analysis and Recommendations

Chapter:11. 12. 137

The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established.

Relevant extract of the Government Notification

“”The Government has not accepted the recommendations of the Commission on downgrading of posts and normal replacement will be provided in such cases””

.vide sl.11 of the RESOLUTION (No. 1-2/2016-IC), dated: New Delhi, the 25th July, 2016 issued by the MINISTRY OF FINANCE (Department of Expenditure)

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CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

CAMP: PUNE DATE: 28 NOVEMBER 2016

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of Audit & Accounts Employees and Officers’ Organisations held a meeting at National Defence Academy of Financial Management (Regional Training Centre), Pune. Shri Arun Vidwans presided over the meeting.  The following members participated in the meeting:

  1. Shri Arun Vidwans      President
  2. Shri A. B. Sen Secretary General
  3. Shri Suhash Safai  Additional Secretary General
  4. Shri S. S. Prabhakar    Finance Secretary
  5. Prasanna Kumari       Assistant Secretary
  6. Shri N. D. Bloch  Zonal Secretary (West Zone)
  7. Shri K.S.Dubey    Zonal Secretary (Central Zone)
  8. Shri Anil Khaparde    Additional Secretary, NAF
  9. A. Parekh   Audit & Accounts Pensioners Association
  10. N.Prabhakar    Audit & Accounts Pensioners Association
  11. Shri C. S. Chouhan-      Audit & Accounts Pensioners Association
  12. Shri Liladhar Bathan- Postal Accounts                                                   9425923459

 

At the outset all the members participated in well attended open meeting held here to felicitate Shri Suhash Safai who is going to retire from government service on 30th November 2016, after attaining the age of superannuation. In speeches delivered by the dignitaries and colleagues of Shri Safai it is observed that Shri Safai led a memorable active Service period in the Defence Accounts service. He earned love and respect from employees and officers. As per compulsion of CCS (RSA) Rules, Shri Safai will hand over responsibility of the Association to his successor after retirement.

The meeting took up the following agenda for discussion:-

  1. To discuss the deficiencies noticed in implementation of 7CPC recommendations regarding Audit and Organised Accounts cadres.
  2. To felicitate Shri Suhas Safai on his superannuation from government service.
  3. To discuss an agitation program for realization of important demands of Audit and Accounts personnel.
  4. To discuss about formation of Pensioners’ Association for Audit and Accounts Department’s pensioners.
  5. Any other matter with permission of the Chair.

 

The 7th CPC has made contradictory recommendations regarding pay scales of Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD leading to undesirable implementation decisions by the government. Some instances are noted below:-

We demanded merger of posts of Accountants / auditors with Senior Accountants / Senior Auditors respectively. The Commission has not accepted our demand, however, in IA&AD Chapter it has recommended grant of Grade Pay of 4200 to Auditors/ Accountants with a rider of recruitment rules having interview after written examination for graduates in direct entry system. This condition is fulfilled only in case of direct recruits in the posts of JAO in Railways. The Railway Recruitment Board only holds interview of successful candidates in written examination.

  1. The IV th CPC recommended parity in pay scales of Audit and Accounts cadres and the same was accepted by the government. Therefore, implementation of the recommendation in case of JAOs of Railway Accounts can only be legitimately lead to extension of the same benefit to all similarly placed Accountants/ Auditors in the same pay sale by grant of 4200 in pre-revised pay scale. The present government has not implemented this yet. We have already taken up this matter with the government; the NFIR has taken up this issue with the Railway Board on the request of AIRASA.
  2. The 7CPC has recommended parity in pay scale of Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts with Assistants of the Central Secretariat Service. The Government has not accepted this. We have written letter to PM seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the 7CPC report in this case.
  3. A section of bureaucracy has antagonistic attitude towards Audit and accounts to such extent that they did not even care to implement the decision of the Cabinet in 2008 while Government approved grant of GP of 5400 to AAOs after completion of 4 years of service. The matter was taken up by the AAOs of Defence Accounts Department in Principal bench of CAT, New Delhi. This came to our notice when the Pay Commission was finalizing there report. We immediately brought to the notice of the CPC and they have incorporated this in their recommendation. However, the government has not yet implemented the recommendation. We have written to the PM for his personal attention to this matter and cause action to ensure implementation of the recommendation of the CPC without further delay.
  4. Regarding pay scale of EDP, the Commission has left the matter for decision by the government. No effective decision has been taken till date by the government.
  5. HRA, Transport Allowance and Daily Allowance. Despite clear recommendations of the CPC the government has adopted delay tactic and referred the issues to a committee to decide. It is apprehended that the date of effect will also be from a subsequent date and not from 1.1. 2016. This meeting feels the date of effect should be effective from 1. 1. 2016.
  6. MACP should be effective from 1. 1. 2016.
  7. Recommendation of the 7CPC on Stepping up issue has to be accepted by the government.

We feel, to get the above demands clinched, a systematic agitation is required to be launched by audit & Accounts organisations.  The following steps may be taken by the constituent federations under intimation to this Confederation.

  1. The Federations should write to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure, and Ministry of Finance for fulfillment of the above demands by 15th of December 2016.
  2. Observe Demands Day on 22nd December 2016 by holding General Body Meeting and passing resolution which may be forwarded to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure through proper channel.
  3. Observe postcard campaign on the above demands from 9th to 13th January 2017 involving all members. The post cards to be addressed to the Finance Minister of India.
  4. Day long Dharna may be observed on 8th February 2017 respective office premises demanding immediate settlement of the demands.

The next phase of program shall be decided after review of the progress by the National Executive Committee during second week of February 2017.

 

The distress faced by employees and officers working in central government Departments and the Pensioners due to demonitisation was discussed and it was decided that this Confederation shall demand payment of salary and pension in cash till the situation regarding cash availability is resolved.

On Formation of Audit and Accounts Pensioners Association.

The issue of formation of Audit and Accounts Pensioner’s was discussed and it was felt that to take up issues relating to retired personnel from Audit and Accounts Departments, a separate platform is need of the hour. After detailed discussion it was decided that an Ad-hoc committee would be formed to take up necessary steps to prepare a constitution, contact retired personnel from Audit and Accounts Department and convene next meeting to give final shape.

To start with there shall be three tier organisations, (1) Central Level Organisation (2) Departmental Level Organisation (3) State /station Level organisation of each Department.

The Central Level Organisation is constituted with the following members:

Chairman: Shri S.K.Safai

Convener:  Shri S. S. Prabhakar

Executive Members

  1. Shri Bhopal Singh
  2. Shri P. K. Shakhuja
  3. Shri C.B.P.Singh
  4. Shri Swapan Majumder
  5. Shri Santosh Choudhuri
  6. Shri G. C. Parida
  7. A. Parekh
  8. N.Prabhakar
  9. Shri Bhagwan Singh Parmar
  10. Shri Kripashankar Srivastav
  11. Kuppu Rao
  12. Taizuddin Ahmed
  13. S. Rathi
  14. Shri R.C.P.Singh

 

 

(Arun Vidwans)

President.

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

(M) 9899983035

Ref: Confd./Cir./12/16                                                                         Date: December 4, 2016

Dear friends.

Enclosed please find the copy of minutes of the NE meeting held at Pune on 28th November 2016. The meeting was very successful as well as productive, as some decisions have been taken to build up movement in protest against government’s apathy towards legitimate claims of the personnel belonging to Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD. The constituent Federations are requested to implement the programs unanimously decided in the meeting.

Regarding the issue of grant of upgraded pay scale to AAOs as per recommendations of the 7th CPC, it is learnt that Railway Board has requested the government to implement the recommendation of the Commission by grant of GP Rs.5400 in pre-revised scale to AAOs on completion of 4 years of service. We are expecting to receive a copy of the letter of the Railway Board through good offices of the NFIR.

All he constituents are requested to send reports of implementation of the programs to the Confederation for further necessary action.

With warm greetings,

Fraternally yours,

 

  • Sen)

Secretary General.

 


CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd. / CAG/AAO/1/16                                       Date: 25thNovember 2016

To

The Comptroller & Auditor General of India,

9, Deendayal Upadhaya Marg,

New Delhi-110024.

Subject: Request for personal intervention of CAG to ensure early implementation of 7th CPC recommendation contained in Chapter 11.12.140 of the Report.

Sir,

I am to invite your kind attention to the above chapter of the report of the 7th CPC wherein the Commission has recommended as under:-

Chapter:11.12.140

The Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP 4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres (in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation, Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service to GP 5400 (PB-2), viz., Pay level 9, in the pay matrix.

XXX

Whereas, in chapter 11.62.20 the Commission has recommended replacement pay levels for AAOs.

XXX

In Chapter 11.12. 138 &11.12.139, the 7th CPC recommended as under:

Chapter: 11.12.134

The demands made in respect of the organised accounts cadre of the Ministry of Defence by the Confederation of Defence Recognised Association are focused on two posts viz., Senior Auditors and Assistant Accounts Officers.

————————–

Assistant Accounts Officers

Chapter: 11.12.138

They have contended that the existing parity between Assistant Account Officer (AAO) of organised accounts cadre and Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting Non Functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years of service to the latter. They have stated that in the original scheme of things, Section Officer(A)/ Assistant Accounts Officer of organised accounts were also included for non functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years as evident from English release dated 14 August, 2008 of Press Information Bureau. Para 10 (v) of this English release reads “Government has continued the present position of granting Group `A’ scale to Group `B’ officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the VI CPC. This would benefit Group `B’ officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS.”

 

Analysis and Recommendations

Chapter: 11.12.139

The Commission notes that non-functional upgradation from GP 4800 to GP 5400 (PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the government in 2008 viz., Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service, Officers of the Central Secretariat Service and those of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service as well as other similarly placed Headquarters Services. This has also been extended to Group `B’ Officers of the Departments of Posts and Revenue. While extending this benefit, officers in GP 4800, both in Headquarters and in the field formations of these two organisations have been covered. In 2015, this benefit was also extended to Section Officers in the Indian Coast Guard.

XXX

It is learnt from reliable source that the Implementation cell of 7th CPC has been selectively utilized recommendation contained in Chapter 11.62. 20 for grant of replacement scale and sent note to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, suppressing the recommendation contained in Chapter 11. 12. 140.

Since the Central Secretariat bureaucracy is known for notoriety of suppressing positive recommendations for AAOs of Organised Accounts Departments and that of IA&AD, this Confederation solicits your personal intervention to ensure implementation of recommendation contained in chapter 11. 12. 140 by grant of GP5400 to AAOs for fixation of revised pay in new pay matrix.

A letter written on this issue to Hon’ble Prime Minister is enclosed for immediate reference.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

  • Sen)

(Secretary General)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd./ PM/2/16                                            Date: 18th November 2016

 

To

Shri Narendra Modi,

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,

South Block, Raisina Road,

NEW DELHI: 110011. Phone No: +91-11-23012312

Subject:       Request for implementation of recommendation of Seventh CPC with regard to grant of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 after completion of 4 years of service to Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of IA&AD & Organised Accounts Department-regarding.

Reference:   Chapter 11. 12.138, 11. 12. 139 and 11. 12.140 of recommendations of 7thCPC.

Respected Sir,

The Cabinet, under your chairmanship, has approved the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) for implementation of the same.

In case of Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of Indian Audit & Accounts Department (IA&AD) and Organised Accounts Departments, who are in Grade Pay of Rs 4800, the recommendations made by the CPC with regard to “upgrading on completion of four years’ service to Grade Pay of 5400 (PB-2), viz., Pay level 9, in the pay matrix” has been approved by the Cabinet. However, in Gazette Notification in case of Defence Accounts Department and Railway Accounts Department it was mentioned that the matter would be referred to the Secretary, DOPT for examination.

It is a matter of concern that even at the time of implementation of Sixth CPC recommendations, despite the Cabinet’s approval, in Gazette Notification the name of Section Officers of Organised Accounts Departments and of IA&AD were omitted resulting in non-implementation of Cabinet decision. The Seventh CPC has mentioned about the then Cabinet decision in Chapter 11. 12. 138 (Copy enclosed). It is a matter of great concern for not only the employees but also for the country that bureaucracy dares to even deny carrying out the decisions of the Cabinet.

Unfortunately, this time also, despite Cabinet’s approval, the recommended pay scales for the Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of IA&AD & Organised Accounts Department as approved by you in Cabinet meeting has not yet been implemented. The relevant portion of recommendations made in Chapter 11.12.140 by the present CPC is enclosed for immediate reference. It may not be out of place to mention here, how the founding fathers of the Constitution had foreseen this problem and pointed out in the Constituent Assembly about the need for independence of Audit is required more than the judiciary as the judiciary broadly deals with criminals but audit deals with function of Executive.

This Confederation urges upon you to look into this matter and kindly cause appropriate action to ensure that bureaucracy do not tamper with Cabinet decision to satisfy their ill-conceived antagonistic attitude towards the audit and accounts departments and the appropriate orders may please be issued conferring the approved pay fixation benefits to the AAOs, by upgrading their Grade Pay to Rs 5400 (PB- 2) in pre revised pay scale on completion of 4 years of service as AAO and thereafter fixing the pay under the new Pay level – 9 in the pay matrix as recommended by the 7th CPC.

An early action is solicited, please.

Thanking you, Sir,

Yours faithfully,

(A. B. Sen)

Secretary General

 

(Encl. Extracts from Chapter- 11.12.138, Chapter 11. 12. 139 and Chapter-11.12.140 of the 7CPC Report.)

Prime Minister’s Office
SouthBlock, RaisinaHill
NewDelhi-110011
Phone No: +91-11-23012312

=========================================================

The Seventh CPC has examined the matter into details and recorded their observations in Chapter Chapter1.12.138, Chapter- 11.12.139 and Chapter 11. 12. 140 of its report ( appended below for immediate reference).

 

Chapter:11.12.134

The demands made in respect of the organised accounts cadre of the Ministry of Defence by the Confederation of Defence Recognised Association are focused on two posts viz., Senior Auditors and Assistant Accounts Officers.

————————–

Assistant Accounts Officers

Chapter:11.12.138

They have contended that the existing parity between Assistant Account Officer (AAO) of organised accounts cadre and Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting Non Functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years of service to the latter. They have stated that in the original scheme of things, Section Officer(A)/ Assistant Accounts Officer of organised accounts were also included for non functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years as evident from English release dated 14 August, 2008 of Press Information Bureau. Para 10 (v) of this English release reads “Government has continued the present position of granting Group `A’ scale to Group `B’ officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the VI CPC. This would benefit Group `B’ officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS.”

 

AnalysisandRecommendations

Chapter:11.12.139

The Commission notes that non-functional upgradation from GP 4800 to GP 5400 (PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the government in 2008 viz., Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service, Officers of the Central Secretariat Service and those of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service as well as other similarly placed Headquarters Services. This has also been extended to Group `B’ Officers of the Departments of Posts and Revenue. While extending this benefit, officers in GP 4800, both in Headquarters and in the field formations of these two organisations have been covered. In 2015, this benefit was also extended to Section Officers in the Indian Coast Guard.

 

Chapter:11.12.140

The Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP 4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres (in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation, Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service to GP 5400 (PB-2), viz., Pay level 9, in the pay matrix.

 


CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/31 (1st Floor), VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd./ PM/2/16                                            Date: 18th November 2016

 

To

Shri Narendra Modi,

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India,

South Block, Raisina Road,

NEW DELHI: 110011. Phone No: +91-11-23012312

Subject:       Request for implementation of recommendation of Seventh CPC with regard to grant of Grade Pay of Rs.5400 after completion of 4 years of service to Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of IA&AD & Organised Accounts Department-regarding.

Reference:   Chapter 11. 12.138, 11. 12. 139 and 11. 12.140 of recommendations of 7thCPC.

Respected Sir,

The Cabinet, under your chairmanship, has approved the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) for implementation of the same.

In case of Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of Indian Audit & Accounts Department (IA&AD) and Organised Accounts Departments, who are in Grade Pay of Rs 4800, the recommendations made by the CPC with regard to “upgrading on completion of four years’ service to Grade Pay of 5400 (PB-2), viz., Pay level 9, in the pay matrix” has been approved by the Cabinet. However, in Gazette Notification in case of Defence Accounts Department and Railway Accounts Department it was mentioned that the matter would be referred to the Secretary, DOPT for examination.

It is a matter of concern that even at the time of implementation of Sixth CPC recommendations, despite the Cabinet’s approval, in Gazette Notification the name of Section Officers of Organised Accounts Departments and of IA&AD were omitted resulting in non-implementation of Cabinet decision. The Seventh CPC has mentioned about the then Cabinet decision in Chapter 11. 12. 138 (Copy enclosed). It is a matter of great concern for not only the employees but also for the country that bureaucracy dares to even deny carrying out the decisions of the Cabinet.

Unfortunately, this time also, despite Cabinet’s approval, the recommended pay scales for the Assistant Audit Officers/ Assistant Accounts Officers of IA&AD & Organised Accounts Department as approved by you in Cabinet meeting has not yet been implemented. The relevant portion of recommendations made in Chapter 11.12.140 by the present CPC is enclosed for immediate reference. It may not be out of place to mention here, how the founding fathers of the Constitution had foreseen this problem and pointed out in the Constituent Assembly about the need for independence of Audit is required more than the judiciary as the judiciary broadly deals with criminals but audit deals with function of Executive.

This Confederation urges upon you to look into this matter and kindly cause appropriate action to ensure that bureaucracy do not tamper with Cabinet decision to satisfy their ill-conceived antagonistic attitude towards the audit and accounts departments and the appropriate orders may please be issued conferring the approved pay fixation benefits to the AAOs, by upgrading their Grade Pay to Rs 5400 (PB- 2) in pre revised pay scale on completion of 4 years of service as AAO and thereafter fixing the pay under the new Pay level – 9 in the pay matrix as recommended by the 7th CPC.

An early action is solicited, please.

Thanking you, Sir,

Yours faithfully,

(A. B. Sen)

Secretary General

 

(Encl. Extracts from Chapter- 11.12.138, Chapter 11. 12. 139 and Chapter-11.12.140 of the 7CPC Report.)

Prime Minister’s Office
SouthBlock, RaisinaHill
NewDelhi-110011
Phone No: +91-11-23012312

=========================================================

The Seventh CPC has examined the matter into details and recorded their observations in Chapter Chapter1.12.138, Chapter- 11.12.139 and Chapter 11. 12. 140 of its report ( appended below for immediate reference).

 

Chapter:11.12.134

The demands made in respect of the organised accounts cadre of the Ministry of Defence by the Confederation of Defence Recognised Association are focused on two posts viz., Senior Auditors and Assistant Accounts Officers.

————————–

Assistant Accounts Officers

Chapter:11.12.138

They have contended that the existing parity between Assistant Account Officer (AAO) of organised accounts cadre and Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting Non Functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years of service to the latter. They have stated that in the original scheme of things, Section Officer(A)/ Assistant Accounts Officer of organised accounts were also included for non functional upgradation to GP 5400 (PB-3) after four years as evident from English release dated 14 August, 2008 of Press Information Bureau. Para 10 (v) of this English release reads “Government has continued the present position of granting Group `A’ scale to Group `B’ officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the VI CPC. This would benefit Group `B’ officers of the Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS.”

 

AnalysisandRecommendations

Chapter:11.12.139

The Commission notes that non-functional upgradation from GP 4800 to GP 5400 (PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the government in 2008 viz., Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service, Officers of the Central Secretariat Service and those of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service as well as other similarly placed Headquarters Services. This has also been extended to Group `B’ Officers of the Departments of Posts and Revenue. While extending this benefit, officers in GP 4800, both in Headquarters and in the field formations of these two organisations have been covered. In 2015, this benefit was also extended to Section Officers in the Indian Coast Guard.

 

Chapter:11.12.140

The Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP 4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres (in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation, Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service to GP 5400 (PB-2), viz., Pay level 9, in the pay matrix.


CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/1093, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd./RPR/DE/1                                                                                         Date: August 10, 2016

To

The Secretary,

Government of India,

Department of Expenditure,

North Block, New Delhi- 110001

Subject: Confederation of Audit and Accounts Employees and Officers Organisations demands implementation of VII CPC report without discrimination towards Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD.
Sir,

I am to draw your attention to 7th CPC Report contained in Para 11. 12. 137, reproduced below, in which the issue of parity in pay scale of Senior Accountants and Assistants of CSS have been dealt with.
“The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established”.
The Commission has also elaborately discussed about grant of higher pay scales to Assistants in Chapter 7. 1.4. (j) displaying a table showing how after  initial acceptance of CPC reports the government increased pay scale of Assistants belatedly. The action on the part of the government is arbitrary and discriminatory treatment has been meted out to other similarly placed employees discharging the same nature of duties and responsibilities.
The Revised pay Rules 2016 mentions about non acceptance of lower pay scale recommended by the Commission. However, the Revised Rule is silent about parity in pay scale suggested by the Commission in Chapter 11.12.137. Non upgradation of Pay scales of Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD would result in discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that IV, V and VI CPC recommended same pay scale for Assistants of CSS and Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments as well as for Indian Audit and Accounts Department and initially government accepted the recommendations and implemented too.
The Staff Side, JCM agitated over upgradation of pay scale of Assistants without extending the benefit to the Sr. Accountants / Sr. Auditors and Accounts Assistants of Railway Accounts. After a prolonged discussion in JCM (NC) disagreement was recorded and the matter was referred to Central Board of Arbitration. The Board had given Award in favour of Staff Side in August 2004. The matter is still pending with the government for implementation.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that direct recruitment in posts of Assistants is one out of six vacancies (Para-32, page 92 of III CPC Report). In Organised Accounts 80% posts of Accountants and Auditors are direct recruits with minimum educational qualification of Graduate. Accountants and Auditors are feeder posts for Senior Accountants/Senior Auditor. No Accountant/Auditor is eligible for promotion to next level without passing Departmental Examination.
The Supreme Court has upheld the claim of parity for Senior Auditors with Assistants of CSS in case of S.K.Salarya and others V Union Government through CGDA.
It is a matter of disgrace that in a democratic country, the government ignores Rules framed by itself to deprive legitimate claims of a section of its own employees, despite eligibility established by expert  bodies like pay Commissions, Judiciary and SIU and  Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad(Para 15 page 8 &9 of III CPC Report).In job rating the Assistants scored 556 points whereas the UDCs now auditors/ accountants) in IA&AD were awarded 563 points.
I therefore, request you to accept the recommendation of VII CPC to maintain parity in pay scales of Accounts Assistants of Railways and Senior Accountants of Organised Accounts Departments and Sr. Auditors/Sr. Accountants of IA&AD with Assistants of CSS by upgrading the Grade Pay from GP 4200 to GP 4600 and quell the resentment being generated amongst the former against arbitrary decision of the government.
Accountants and Auditors

Further, your attention is sought on recommendation contained in Chapter 11. 62. 15 wherein grant of GP 4200 is recommended for posts where direct recruitment through CGLE is involved in the form of written examination and interview, both. In the Railway Accounts, Junior Accountants with graduate qualification are recruited through Railway Recruitment Board to the extent of 80% of posts, involving written examination and interview, both. Therefore, GP 4200 has to be granted to the Junior Accountants for fitment in Revised Pay scale of 2016.
Traditional parity in pay scale of organised accounts cadres and IA&AD has been all along maintained and accordingly the GP 4200 should be granted to the Auditors of Defence Accounts, Accountants of Civil Accounts, postal Accounts, Telecom Accounts and Auditors / Accountants of IA&AD to maintain traditional parity.
This time, a detailed implementation order carrying details of pay scales, fixation formula etc. in respect of all the categories of cadres have not been issued from the department of Expenditure leading to doubts amongst the personnel. It is requested that like earlier years a detailed order may please be issued by the Department of Expenditure

           Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

  • (A. Sen)

Secretary General

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CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/1093, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd./VIICPC/DOPT/1                                                                      Date: August 10, 2016

To

The Secretary,

Government of India,

Department of Personnel and Training,

North Block, New Delhi-110001.

Subject: Grant of Grade Pay 5400/- to Assistant Accounts Officers/ Assistant Audit Officers on                         completion of 4 years of service as recommended by the 7th COC.

Ref:       Revised Pay Rules 2016 relating to personnel working in IA&AD and Organised Accounts                 Departments.

Sir,

The Government of India has referred to DOPT to examine the recommendations made by the Commission in respect of Assistant Accounts Officers of Defence Accounts Department and Railway Accounts Department.  In this respect your attention is invited on the following excerpts from the 7th CPC.

Chapter 11.12 138 They have contended that the existing parity between Assistant Account Officer(AAO) of organised accounts cadre and Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting Non Functional upgradation to GP 5400(PB-3) after 4 years of service to the later. They have stated that in the original scheme of things, Section Officer (A)/ Assistant Accounts Officer of organised accounts were also included for non functional upgradation to GP 5400(PB-3) after 4 years as evident from English release dated 14 August, 2008 of Press Information Bureau. Para 10(V) of this English release reads “Government has continued the present position of granting group ‘A’ scale to group ‘B’ Officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by the VI CPC. This would benefit Group B officers of Railways, Accounts Services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS.”

Analysis and Recommendations

11.12.139 The Commission notes that non functional upgradation from GP 4800 to GP 5400(PB-3), on completion of 4 years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the Government in 2008 viz., Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Police Service, Officers of the Central Secretariat Service and those of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service as well as other similarly place Head Quarter Services. This has also been extended to Group ‘B’ Officers of the departments of Post & Revenue. While extending this benefit, Officers in GP 4800, both in Head Quarters and in the field formations of these two organisations have been covered. In 2015, this benefit was also extended to Section Officers in the Indian Coast Guard.

The seventh CPC in Chapter 11. 12. 140 and Chapter 11. 40. 83 have stated as under:

“11. 12. 140 the Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres ( in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ of service to GP5400 (PB-2),viz., Pay Level 9, in the pay matrix.

“11. 40 83 “In line with our recommendations for organised accounts cadres, it is further recommended that employees in GP 4800 should be upgraded on completion four years’ service, to the existing GP5400 (PB-2), viz. Level 9 in the Pay Matrix, on a non-functional basis”.

From the above it is evident that the Cabinet had already approved grant of GP 5400 in 2008, to the AAOs of Organised Accounts Departments and IA&AD. However, it was erroneously denied by some unscrupulous bureaucrats while issuing the Revised Pay Rules 2006 which was effective from 01. 01. 2006.

This Confederation therefore urges upon you to cause early action to report to the appropriate authorities to accept the recommendation of the VII CPC which has given the justification of recommending the grant of revised pay scale in unambiguous term as quoted above.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

  • (A. Sen)

Secretary General

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CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES AND OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/1093, VASUNDHARA, P.O.VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd. /cir 7/1/2016                                                                                       Date: 15th July 2016

Dear friends,

The imaginary strike balloon (ballot) melt in vapor soon after the government issued warning of taking stern action against the strikers. From the date of adoption of decision to organise strike to press for resolution of 11 point charter of demands to deferment of date of serving of strike notice on illusory application of election code of conduct and till final postponement of strike date, the leadership of NJAC demonstrated juvenile character in handling of a serious matter like negotiated settlement of demands arose out of 7th CPC recommendations. People are disappointed to find out that the representatives of the NJAC did not even try to know from the Ministers about the recommendations of the ‘Empowered Committee’ and the reason(s) for rejection of the same by the government. It is understood that the Gazette Notification on implementation of the CPC recommendation is likely to be issued without any material change in the CPC recommendations.

This may be the first instance that a Central Pay Commission Report could not be got modified by the staff side though the recommendation is lowest in past 70 years. The government remained impervious to genuine pleas of the staff side for modification in fitment formula and minimum wage. The JCM system has been turned into mockery by the NDA government.

This Confederation decided to support the decisions taken by the NJAC on issues related to demands of the staff side and called upon its confederated Federations to prepare the members for the strike, as and when situation arises. We also apprised them about the weakness of the leadership of NJAC in organizing any industrial action, especially for the major Railway Federations, as, they have not organised any significant industrial action after 1974 Railway Strike. Similarly, All India Audit and Accounts Association, a constituent of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, compelled their members to submit apology letter with an undertaking of not to resort to any such action in future when CAG’s administration wanted to take disciplinary action against employees for participation in one day’s mass casual leave program. We understood the vagueness of decisions of such organisations in this respect.

The issues identified by the NJAC, on which they pretended to organise strike, were genuine and we have supported the same. However, appointment of ‘High Powered Committee’ (HPC) to examine only two of the eleven point of the charter of demands and Staff Side’s agreement  to wait for report of the so called committee  tantamount to surrender to the altar of anti- employees’ policy of autocrats. . We may have to   organise Audit and Accounts Organisations for a serious action oriented program to ensure desired modification in implementation orders of the CPC recommendations, wherever it remains inadequate. Our past experience is that for Organised accounts and IA&AD, even the cabinet approved benefit of maintaining parity between AAOs and the Section Officers of CSS were suppressed by the Central Secretariat bureaucracy.

We welcome the CAG’s decision to consider the departmental promotes for the posts of AAOs as direct recruits in the posts, for MACP benefit. We have taken up the matter with Railway Board to extend the same benefit to Section Officers of Railway Accounts Department and requested the Defence Accounts Association to demand similar facility for AAOs there.

Please keep watch on the gazette notification to be published soon and scrutinize the same carefully to find out the areas of improvements needed to safeguard interest of audit and accounts personnel.

With greetings,

Fraternally yours,

Sd/-

  • (A. Sen)

Secretary General


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CONFEDERATION OF AUDIT & ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

15/1093, VASUNDHARA, P.O. VASUNDHARA-201012

Ref: Confd. / Cir-6/2/16                                                                                         Date: June 26, 2016

Dear friends,

As mentioned in circular dated 12. 06. 2016, we are reproducing certain important recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission for information of interested members. It is also felt necessary to point out contradictions / aberrations in certain recommendations relating to Audit and Accounts cadres.

The 7th CPC has, like earlier Central Pay Commissions, divided the Accounts into un organised Accounts staff and Organised Accounts staff. The recommendations for unorganized Accounts staff have been placed in Chapter 7.7.3 to 7.7.5. We are not placing these Chapters in this circular as these are not directly affecting the Organised Accounts staff.

In Organised Accounts and IA&AD, the personnel working in Electronic Data Processing (EDP) are performing very important job. Special skills are involved in every level of EDP job from DEO to System Analyst/ programmer etc. The VII CPC has done a disservice to this important branch of modern accounting process by leaving it to DOPT and recommended replacement pay scales of existing pay scales in Chapter 7.7.22. The Confederation shall take up the matter with the government and all the Heads of departments of organised accounts including the CAG of India to ensure grant of higher pay scales based on application of knowledge in computer operation and ERP system.

The 7th CPC has, in Chapter 11. 12. 134 discussed about Organised Accounts staff, specifically about Senior Auditors and Assistant Accounts Officers working in Defence Accounts Department and cited the demands made in respect of the organised accounts cadre of the Ministry of Defence by the Confederation of Defence Recognised Association.

Senior Auditors

Chapter 11. 12. 135 They have contended that Senior Auditor of Organised Accounts cadres have traditionally been at par with Assistants and that the existing parity between them has been disturbed by the government upgrading the level of Assistants from GP 4200 to GP 4600, while Senior Auditors remains at GP4200. To advance their case, they have stated that a job evaluation of the Audit staff of IA&AD and Assistants of CSS carried out by Administrative Staff College , Hyderabad  at instance of III CPC, gave higher job rating to Auditors than Assistants of CSS.

Chapter 11. 12.136 In 1984, the government bifurcated the Audit cadre of IA&AD into Auditors (20 percent) and Senior Auditors (80 percent) and granted the pay scale of Assistants of CSS to Senior Auditors. The IV CPC, had, after above consideration, taken the view that there should be broad parity in the pay scales of the staff in IA^AD and other accounts organisations. The recommendation of IV CPC was accepted by the government and implemented w .e.f. 1. 1. 1986 for audit and 1st April 1987 for accounts in case of IA&AD and other Accounts Departments and Senior Auditors have been given same pay scale of Assistants of CSS.

Analysis and Recommendations

  1. 12. 137 The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established.

Assistant Accounts Officers

  1. 12. 138 They have contended that the existing parity between Assistant Accounts Officers (AAO) of organised accounts cadre and Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting Non Functional upgradation to GP5400 (PB-3) after four years of service to the latter. They have stated that in the original scheme of things, Section Officer ( A )/Assistant Accounts Officer of organised accounts were also included for non functional upgradation to GP5400(PB-3) after four years as evident from English dated 14 August, 2008 of Press information Bureau. Para 10 (v) of this English release reads “Government has continued the present position of granting Group’‘ A’ scale to Group ‘B’ officers after 4 years of service and these officers would be placed in PB-3 instead of PB-2 recommended by VI CPC. This should benefit Group ‘B’ officers of the Railways, Accounts services, CSS, CSSS and DANICS and DANIPS.

Analysis and Recommendations

  1. 12. 139 The Commission notes that non-functional upgradation from GP4800 to GP5400 (PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the government in 2008 viz. Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands police Service, Officers of the Central Secretariat Service and those of Central Secretariat Stenographers Service as well as other similarly placed Headquarters Services. This has also been extended to Group ‘B’ Officers of the departments of Posts and Revenue. While extending the benefit, officers in GP 4800, both in Headquarters and in the field formations of these two organisations have been covered. In 2015, this benefit was also extended to Section Officers in the Indian Coast Guard.
  2. 12. 140 the Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres ( in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ of service to GP5400(PB-2),viz., Pay Level 9, in the pay matrix.

Ministry of Railways

Accounts

11.40.79 The employees of Accounts Department maintain the books of accounts and render financial advice. The cadre structure is as follows:

Designation Grade Pay
Sr. Section Officer/ Travelling Inspector of Accounts/ Sr. Inspector of Stores Accounts 4800
Accounts Assistant (AA) 4200
Jr. Accounts Assistant (JAA) 2800
Accounts Clerk (AC) 1900

11.40.80

Direct entry to the cadre is at the levels of Accounts Clerk (AC) and Junior Accounts Assistant (JAA). The stipulated minimum qualification for direct recruitment at AC level is Class X along with typing speed of at least 30 words per minute, while that for level of JAA is graduation. Accounts Clerks are also promoted to JAAs after qualifying an examination (referred to in the Railways as “Appendix IIA “examination). This examination is held at the level of Railway Zones. The residency period for JAAS is three years after which they are promoted to Accounts Assistants (AAs). To move upwards to the next level (which consists of Senior Section Officer/Senior Travelling Inspector of Accounts/ Inspector of Stores Accounts). AAs have to qualify an all India level examination (called “Appendix IIIA”) for which Acs, JAAs as well as AAs are all eligible. This examination is centrally conducted by the Ministry of Railways and is rather stringent.

  1. 40 81 Representations received from this cadre bring out a peculiar problem. Subsequent to the acceptance of the VI CPC recommendations, there are several cases of a junior drawing higher GP than the senior. An example has been proffered to highlight the situation. Senior S joined service as AC in 1981, while Junior J joined service in the same level of AC in 1986. Both cleared the Appendix IIA examination after four years in service and were promoted to JAA in 1985 and 1990 respectively. After putting in one more year of service, i.e. in 1986 and 1991 respectively, both cleared the Appendix IIIA (  i.e. after completion of residency period of three years). Later when vacancies of SSO arose in 1992, both S and J were promoted as SSO. Ten years down the line, both were considered for upgrade under MACP. however, since S had already availed of three promotions, he was ineligible for upgradation under MACP Scheme and remained in GP 4800, but since J had received only two promotions, he was upgraded to GP 5400(PB-2) through MACP. This has resulted in a situation where in junior is placed in a higher GP than the senior purely on circumstantial grounds. It is reported that there are about 250 such cases.

Analysis and Recommendations

  1. 40 82. The Commission finds merit in the contention that the above has led to an anomalous situation. It is therefore recommended that in cases where a senior employee has cleared both Appending IIA and Appending IIIA examinations before the junior, and purely through circumstances the junior is drawing higher GP, the anomaly should be fixed by stepping up the pay of the senior employee vies- a- vies the junior, and then fixing the senior employee in the pay Matrix.
  2. 40 83 In line with our recommendations for organised accounts cadres, it is further recommended that employees in GP 4800 should be upgraded on completion fours’ service, to the existing GP5400 (PB-2), viz. Level 9 in the Pay Matrix, on a non-functional basis.

INDIAN AUDIT & ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

Auditors/Accountants

  1. 62. 14 It has been demanded that the pay scale of Auditor/ Accountant may be upgraded from GP2800 to GP 4200. It has been stated that the recruitment to the post of Auditor/ Accountant  by promotion from clerks/typists under seniority quota, promotion under examination quota  and direct recruitment through a Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. It has also been pointed out that their job profile demands greater audit/accounting skills which justify higher pay scale.

Analysis and Recommendations.

  1. 62. 15 the Commission notes the CGLE is held for recruitment for different posts in GP 2800 and GP 4600. This examination consists of written examinations and interview. A candidate is given the choice to appear only in written examination or both- written examination  and interview- depending upon the post for which he/she is applicant.applicants who have to clear both the written examinations as well as the interview are eligible for recruitment for posts carrying higher grade pays GP 4200/GP 4600. Applicants who do not have to clear the interview and are selected only on the basis of written examinations are placed in GP 2800. Although Auditors/ accountants are selected through CGLE, they are selected only on the basis of written examination. The commission therefore, recommends replacement pay levels for Auditors/ Accountants.

Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants

11/ 62. 16 It has been demanded that Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants may be upgraded from GP 4200 to GP 4600. It has been argued that Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants and the Assistants in Central Secretariat Service (CSS) were placed in same GP 4200 by the VI CPC. However the Ministry of Finance, in 2009, ultimately upgraded thee Assistants of the CSS to GP 4600 w.e.f. 01. 01. 2006. Therefore Senior Auditors/ Senior Accountants should also be upgraded to GP 4600-to restore parity provided by the VI CPC.

Analysis and Recommendations

  1. 62. 17 The Commission notes that VI CPC had observed that the government had never conceded the principle of parity between Assistants of CSS and Senior Auditors / Accountants in various organised Accounts Departments including IA&AD. The Commission is of the view that posts belonging to two different services performing distinct functions cannot be treated at par merely for the reason of being at identical pay scales at some point of time. The Commission, therefore, recommends normal replacement levels for the Senior Auditors/ Accountants.

Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers (AAOs), Audit / Accounts Officers (AOs) and Senior Audit/ Accounts Officers (SAOs).

  1. 62. 18 Their hierarchy is as under:
Name of Post Existing pay structure Demanded Pay Structure Rationale given
Senior Audit / Accounts Officers GP 5400 (PB-3) GP 7000 Parity with Deputy Secretaries of Central Secretariat Service
Audit/ Accounts Officers GP 5400 (PB-2) GP 6600 Parity with under Secretaries of Central Secretariat Service
Assistant Audit/ Accounts Officers GP 4800 Upgrade after four years to GP 5400 (PB-2) Parity with posts in Department of Revenue/ Department of posts where GP5400 (PB-2) is granted after four years.
  1. 62. 19 It has been pointed out that when an AO is promoted as SAO after considerable period, the promotional benefit is just one increment in the same GP 5400.  It has been stated that the promotional channel available to SAOs and AOs is induction to Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS). The Prescribed eligibility criteria are 5 years of combined regular service as SAO or AO and age below 53 years at the time of induction. It has also been stated  that the number of vacancies for promotion as Assistant Auditor General is limited, which restricts the number of promotions to less than one percent of the total sanctioned strength of SAOs and AOs each year.

Analysis and Recommendations

  1. 62. 20 as far as the demands of above listed cadres on the grounds of parity with other cadres is concerned, the Commission has already expressed its views earlier in the Chapter. However, the Commission notes that SAOs are the feeder cadre for induction into IA&AS. It is also noted that both SAOs and the entry level pay scales of IA&AS is GP 5400 (PB-3). There is no scope therefore for enhancing the pay scales of AAO/AO and SAO, which are feeder cadres for AO/SAO and IA&AS, respectively. In this backdrop, the Commission recommends replacement pay levels for AAOs, AOs and SAOs.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Defence accounts Railway accounts IA&AD
Assistant Accounts Officers Sr. Section Officer AAOs
11. 12. 140 the Commission is therefore of the view that there is no justification for excluding officers in the organised accounting departments who are at GP4800 from this dispensation. It therefore recommends that all officers in organised accounts cadres ( in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organisation Railways, Post and Telecommunications) who are in GP 4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ of service to GP5400(PB-2),viz., Pay Level 9, in the pay matrix. 11. 40 83 In line with our recommendations for organised accounts cadres, it is further recommended that employees in GP 4800 should be upgraded on completion fours’ service, to the existing GP5400 (PB-2), viz. Level 9 in the Pay Matrix, on a non-functional basis. 11. 62. 20 as far as the demands of above listed cadres on the grounds of parity with other cadres is concerned, the Commission has already expressed its views earlier in the Chapter. However, the Commission notes that SAOs are the feeder cadre for induction into IA&AS. It is also noted that both SAOs and the entry level pay scales of IA&AS is GP 5400 (PB-3). There is no scope therefore for enhancing the pay scales of AAO/AO and SAO, which are feeder cadres for AO/SAO and IA&AS, respectively. In this backdrop, the Commission recommends replacement pay levels for AAOs, AOs and SAOs.
Senior Auditor Accounts Assistants Sr. Auditor/Sr. Accountants
11. 12. 137 The Commission, in Chapter7.1 has already taken a view with regard to pay level of Assistants of CSS. The recommendation there in will settle the parities as have been sought to be established. No specific recommendation from the Commission 11. 62. 17 The Commission notes that VI CPC had observed that the government had never conceded the principle of parity between Assistants of CSS and Senior Auditors / Accountants in various organised Accounts Departments including IA&AD. The Commission is of the view that posts belonging to two different services performing distinct functions cannot be treated at par merely for the reason of being at identical pay scales at some point of time. The Commission, therefore, recommends normal replacement levels for the Senior Auditors/ Accountants.
Auditors JAA Auditors/ Accountants
No specific recommendation. No specific recommendation. 11. 62. 15 the Commission notes the CGLE is held for recruitment for different posts in GP 2800 and GP 4600. This examination consists of written examinations and interview. A candidate is given the choice to appear only in written examination or both- written examination and interview- depending upon the post for which he/she is applicant. Applicants who have to clear both the written examinations as well as the interview are eligible for recruitment for posts carrying higher grade pays GP 4200/GP 4600. Applicants who do not have to clear the interview and are selected only on the basis of written examinations are placed in GP 2800. Although Auditors/ accountants are selected through CGLE, they are selected only on the basis of written examination. The commission therefore, recommends replacement pay levels for Auditors/ Accountants.
  1. The Commission has recommended Grade pay of 5400 in PB -2 for AAOs and Sr. Section Officers’.

For Sr. Auditor, Sr. Accountants and Accounts Assistants, the Commission has recommended parity in pay scale with Assistants of CSS.

For JAO, Auditor and Accountants the Commission has recommended GP4200.

PENSION

The Pay Commission has dealt about entitlement of Pension and began with demands made by stake holders in Chapter 10. 1. 53.

Analysis and Recommendations.

  1. 1. 54 the Commission is of the view that the issue of parity in pensions is extremely important from the view point of inter-temporal equity and merits a careful examination.

10.1.55 Treatment of Existing and Past Pensioners over the time: The concerns of pensioners’ associations and of individual pensioners on the issue of disparities in pensions amongst broadly comparable retirees, has been dealt with in reports of successive CPCs and also by the government. This is detailed in successive paragraphs.

  1. 1. 56   Till the III CPC, it was general view that past and future pensioners cannot be treated at par and the practice was that benefit of improvement in the pension would be available to newly retiring pensioners from a prospective date. In fact the III CPC took the view that serving government employees and pensioners could not be treated at par as regards grant of DA at the same rate. A significant change in the paradigm for treatment of pensioners, past and future, emerged from the judicial pronouncement in D. S. Nakara vs Union of India in 1982 (AIR 1983 SC 130), based on which, for the first time, improvements in pensioner benefits were extended to the pensioners who had retired prior to the date from which improvements became effective.

The Commission has discussed on recommendations made by the IV, V, VI CPCs and judicial pronouncements regarding parity in pension between past and future pensioners in Chapter 10.1.57 to 10. 1. 65. The Commission considered that substantial increases in pension, across groups, during a span of between 20 and 25 years have taken place by giving some illustrations in Chapter 10. 1. 64. This claim of the Commission is not justified in case of group C and Group B personnel.

  1. 1. 66 recommendations of the Commission: For employees joining on or after 01. 01. 2004, the concept of pension, so far as Civilian employees including CAPFs are concerned, undergone a complete change. After the enactment of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Act, 2013, it is not the exclusive liability of the government to pay pension. As per the new dispensation the employees and the government are to make equal matching contribution towards their pension. This dispensation is not applicable to the defence forces personnel. They continue to get the defined benefit pension as before. In this section the Commission is dealing with Civilian pensioners under the old pension scheme i.e. those who joined before 01. 01. 2004.
  2. 1. 67. The commission recommends the following pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF* personnel, who have retired before 01. 01. 2016. (* Central Armed Police Force).
  3. i) All the civilian personnel including CAPF who retired prior to 01. 01. 2016 (expected date of implementation of the Seventh CPC recommendations) shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by this Commission, on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level of the matrix. This amount shall be raised, to arrive at the notional pay of the retiree, by adding the number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service, at the rate of three percent. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension.
  4. ii) The second calculation to be carried out is as follows. The pension, as has been fixed at the time of implementation of the VI CPC recommendations, shall be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at an alternate value for the revised pension.

iii) Pensioners may be given the pension of choosing whichever formulation is beneficial to them.

Regarding other important recommendations having a bearing on affects on audit and accounts personnel another circular shall be issued soon.

This Confederation made its efforts to highlight the problems, through the Memorandum submitted to the VII CPC to remove the major hindrance in getting parity with Central Secretariat Services. The recommendations of this Commission have acceded to our views considerably. The politically motivated associations wanted to deprive our ranks from getting MACP benefit to reach the pay scales of AAOs/AOs demanding creation of two more cadres between Sr. Auditors/ Sr. Accountants and the AAOs. Acceptance of their suggestion could have been fatal for audit and accounts cadres.

This Confederation was formed with a declared policy to uphold and protect the interests of Audit and Accounts personnel and we have already achieved some of our targets. The more the employees come out of their traditional inhibition of loyalty to out dated dogma of Fifteenth ILC; their chance for getting a higher living condition will be brightened. We call upon the employees, who are without us, to know what was the demand and performance of their leaders/organisations before the VII CPC and what prevented  them  to live up to the need of the members’ interest. We reassure you that we shall continue to carry forward our Endeavour to clinch all the demands of the personnel working in Organised Accounts departments and IA&AD earnestly with cooperation of you all.

Arise, awake, and Stop not till the goal is reached.

With warm greetings,

Fraternally yours,

  • (A. Sen)

Secretary General

  1. As per media reports, the cabinet will  approve  CPC recommendations for implementation on 29th June 2016.

 

 

 

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