Sunday, September 7, 2008

Circular No 7

The National Executive Members &
The Secretaries of the Affiliates.
Dear Comrades,

33rd Conference of All India Accounts and Audit Officers Association:
The 33rd Conference of the All India Accounts and Audit Officers Association was held at Sugandha Mangal Karyalaya Dharampeth, Nagpur from 29.08.08 to 30.08.08 as notified. 47 Delegates and 18 observers representing 17 units attended the Conference.
Felicitation to our Leaders: Com. M. Badrudeen,Additional Secretary General of the Association, Com.Limsay Veteran Leader from Nagpur who had already retired and Com.N.Kannan General Secretary Association of AOs & SAOs(Commercial) who is to retire in January 2009 were felicitated in the convention venue.
Convention on Strengthening Audit & Accounts to safeguard people’s rights:
On the eve of the 33rd All India Conference, the Federation has organized a Convention at the Multipurpose Hall in the O/o of the Accountant General (A&E) II, Maharashtra Nagpur on 28.08.08 at 3 p.m. focusing on the importance of “strengthening the functioning of Auditing and Accounting functions of the Supreme Audit Institution to safeguard the people’s Rights” by maintaining its independence, impartiality, high democratic values and traditions expected from the instrumentality by the framers of the Constitution and at the same time by equipping it to take on the challenges arising out of the contemporary national needs. The Convention was presided over by Com.S.Radhakrishna, President of the Association. Com.Rupchand Pal, M.P., Chairman COPU inaugurated the Convention. The key note address was delivered by Com.S.Mohan Secretary General of the Federation. Com.S.K.Vyas President, Confederation of the Central Government Employees and Workers, Com.Manohar Deshkar AITUC and Com.R.K.Srivatsav (former President of All India Audit & Accounts Association) Chairman, Reception Committee of the 33rd Conference, addressed the convention. The convention culminated in release of a declaration which suggested certain immediate corrective steps that would make this most important public accountability mechanism an effective one.
Inaugural Session of the Conference: 29-08-08 Com.S.Radhakrishna, President of the Association hoisted the Flag and saluted the martyrs in the presence of Com.S.K.Vyas. Com.R.K.Srivatsav Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed the delegates and leaders of fraternal organisations. The Conference was inaugurated by Com.S.K. Vyas, who highlighted the failures of VI CPC in adopting the norms prescribed by the 15th ILC and the consequent reduction in the minimum wage/minimum pension, at the Group ‘D’ Level. The failure to revise the minimum wage/pension, not increasing the rate of increment, non acceptance of fitment formula suggested by JCM staff side would force the central government employees to resort to ‘Indefinite Strike’ action by December 2008. He demanded a meaningful negotiation with the Staff Side JCM and other employees/officers organization at an early date. Shri.Nitin Gadkari M.L.C and the President of BJP, Maharashtra State Unit appreciated the role of Audit in exposing the failure of Government in disbursing the ‘Debt relief’ to the indebted farmers. He deplored the failure of C&AG of India for substituting “Performance audit”for “Financial and Regularity Audit”. As a member of the Committee of Economic affairs in the BJP he promised to support the Audit Accounts Officers Organisation. Com. Asai, General Secretary, CITU, Nagpur Com.Rajesh.D.Menon, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Officers Organasations Com.M.S.Raja Secretary General, All India Audit and Accounts Association and Com.P.K.Dass General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Nagpur greeted the Conference.
Delegate Session: 29-08-08 The Delegate Session was presided by the Presidium consisting of Com.Radhakrishna and Com.A.S.Mazumdar. The Secretary General presented the minutes of 32nd Conference held at Bangalore which was adopted unanimously by the Conference. Com.S.Mohan then presented his report for the period from 2006 to 2008 and explained the salient features of the report. More than 14 delegates from various affiliated units took part in the discussion. Finally the report of Secretary General was adopted with certain modifications/additions in the ‘Homage’ paragraph and paragraph on victimization of Association functionaries in the field unit as well as national executive Committee members. The Secretary General’s report adopted by the Conference shall be circulated shortly. Then the Secretary General presented the Audited Accounts for the year 2006-07 & 2007-08 which were unanimously adopted by the Conference. The amendments proposed to the Constitution of All India Accounts and Audit Officers Association with amendments as suggested by the C&AG’s office were adopted by the conference unanimously.
Resoloutions: 30.08.08 The resolutions considering the General Secretary of the Association of AOs &SAOs (Comml)) as well as the General Secretary Association of P&T Audit Officers and Sr.Audit Officers as Ex- Officio members of the National Executive Committee and inclusion of 5 more permanent invitees, including a representative from the ‘Lady Officers’ was also adopted. The Secretary General then moved the resolution of policy and programme which was adopted unanimously. The resolutions regarding the Closure of RAPs in the Commercial Audit wing, Victimization, Reduction of staff was proposed by the Secretary General which were adopted unanimously. Com.K.T.Sridharan convenor, Subject Committee summed up the specific demands relating to various Audit/Accounting wings in the IA&AD and the Conference gave mandate to the Secretariat of the Association to finalize the charter of Demands.
Programme of Action: The Conference decided to Observe the Demands day on 19.09.08 to adopt and present the resolution to the C&AG through the Accountant General/Director of Audit by Mass Deputation of members of respective units. This will be a prelude to our fight to achieve the grant of pay scales equivalent to the Under Secretary/Dy.Secretary of the Central Secretariat to the AOs/SAOs respectively. We should also note with concern the ignominy of Divisional Accounts Officers being made equal to the Audit Officers despite the fact that they are not required to qualify in the SOG Exam and are liable for supervision by Audit Officers. The Grade Pay has been upwardly revised at ten stages in favour of Gr A officers, but not a single upgrade revision, not even for rectifying the anomalies pointed out in the construction of Pay Bands, have taken place in the case of PB1 & PB 2. For senior Gr. A officers, another Pay Scale has been created called HAG+ (Higher Administrative Grade). It is very clear that the government expressly ignores the vast majority of employees and promotee Officers, their whole concern is a negligible percentage of Gr A officers. Other injustices thrust upon us by the VI CPC also are to be resisted. Let us prepare for a strike Ballot for Indefinite Strike after the observation of ‘Campaign week subject to the decision of the National Executive Committee, scheduled to be held at Hyderabad Com.D.S.Thakur, Com.D.Balasubramanian, advisors to the All India Association, and Com.Badarudeen, Com.A.S.Majumdar outgoing office bearers of the All India Association addressed the Conference.
Election to the National Executive: Com.N.Kannan (General Secretary Association of AOs &SAOs (Commercial)) was appointed as Election Officer to conduct the election of the National Executive for the period 2008 to 2010 by the Conference. The list of office bearers elected unanimously to the National Executive, the General Auditor nominated and the Advisors for the All India Audit and Accounts Officers Association unanimously approved by the conference is enclosed. After the acceptance speech by the President (elect) & Secretary General, valedictory address by the Former President, the conference was concluded after the adoption of resolution thanking the Host Unit for their splendid efforts in organizing the Conference successfully.
Each unit leadership should undertake extensive campaign by holding activists’ meetings, group meetings etc to mobilise the employees for the mass Deputation on 19th September 2008. The report on the Implementation of the programme action may be communicated to the Secretary General without loss of time.

With Fraternal Greetings,

Yours Comradely,

Secretary General

Composition of National Executive Committee ofAll India Accounts & Audit Officers’ Association

I.National executive Committee Members
1 President: S. V. Deshpande O/o Accountant General (A & E) II Maharashtra, Nagpur
2 Vice President:K. T. Sridharan O/o Accountant General (C & RA) Tamil Nadu, Chennai
3 Secretary General:S. Mohan O/o Accountant General (Commercial Audit) Maharashtra, Mumbai
4 Additional Secretary General:R. S. Dubey O/o Accountant General (A & E) Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad
5 Asst. Secretary General (F): P. Prabhakar Principal Director of Audit, South Central Railway, Secundrabad
6 Asst. Secretary General:S. C. Sahu O/o Accountant General (A & E) Orissa, Bhubaneshwar
7 Asst. Secretary General:Swapan K. Chattopadhya Principal Director of Commercial Audit and Member Audit Board IV, New Delhi At Kolkatta.
8 Asst. Secretary General:K. V. Nagaraju O/o Principal Accountant General (Audit), Karnataka, Bangalore

II Ex-officio Members of the National Executive

9 The General Secretary, Association of SAO (Commercial) & AO (Commercial)
10 The General Secretary, P&T Audit Officers’ & Sr.Audit Officers’ Association

III Special Invitee to the National Executive

11 N. Raveendran Pillai, O/o the Pr. Accountant General (Audit) Kerala,
12 O.P.Goel, O/o the Accountant General (A&E) Gwalior
13 Smt.Vanaja Ramabadran, O/o the Accountant General (A&E) Tamil Nadu
14 Samir Kumar Bhar, O/o the Pr. Director of Audit (Central) Kolkotta
15 S.Venkat Reddy, O/o the Accountant General (A&E) Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad
16 S.Radhakrishna, Former President, All India Accounts and Audit Officers Association
17 M.Badruddin, Former Additional Secy. General, All India Accounts and Audit Officers Association