Meeting With Pr.Director (Staff):
As a follow up to the meeting with DAI, the President and Secretary General had a meeting with Pr.Director of Staff on 19/03/2010. In the Meeting the Pr.Director (Staff) sought certain clarifications on the applicability of MACP Scheme to the AOs/Sr.AOs. In support of our demand for MACPS to AOs/SAOS by treating the AAO as entry cadre, the following arguments were cited.
MACPS TO AO/SAO: As per Point 5 of Annexure 1 to OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training), New Delhi, Dt 19th May, 2009, Promotions earned/upgradation granted under the ACP Scheme in the past to those grades which now carry the same grade pay due to merger of pay scales/upgradations of posts recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting upgradations under Modified ACPS. Further clarification on the applicability of point – 5 of MACP Scheme with regard to merger of four pay scales of Group D cadre was issued by DOPT in OM Dated 16.11.09.Based on the order and clarification, Clerk who was appointed in the cadre of Peon and got three promotions as Filer, Record keeper and Clerk prior to Jan 2006 was given two financial upgradation on completion of 30 years of service ignoring promotions to Filer and Record keeper as Peon, Filer and Record keeper were merged and given grade pay of Rs 1800. As per sixth CPC, Stenographer Grade II, Stenographer Grade I and Personal Secretary were merged and given Grade Pay Rs.4200. Subsequently the Ministry of Finance vide OM.Dated 13.11.09 decided that the pre revised scale of Rs.6500-200-10500 would be placed in PB-2 with a Grade Pay of Rs 4600 with effect from 1.1.2006. Accordingly C&AG in its letter dated 9.2.2010 has communicated to all heads of department in IA&AD the re designation of Stenographer cadre and requested to take appropriate action to review financial upgradations granted under MACPS to stenographer cadre. In view of the above Private Secretary who was appointed in the cadre of Stenographer Grade III and got three promotions as Stenographer Grade II, Stenographer Grade I (PA) and Private Secretary prior to Jan 2006 would be eligible for third financial upgradation on completion of 30 years of service ignoring promotions to Stenographer grade I & II. It was also implemented by our department in various offices by granting third financial upgradation with Grade pay of Rs.4800 to the cadre of Private Secretary. As on 1.1.2006, both Group D promotee clerk and Private Secretary were not continuing in the merged cadre and were granted financial upgradation to next higher Grade pay after completion of 10 years in the same Grade on the analogy of point – 5 of Annexure I of MACPS.
Similar dispensation should be extended to Section officer Grade. Audit Officers/ Sr.Audit Officers who were appointed as Section Officer on passing SOG examination and promoted as Asst. Audit Officer and Audit Officer /Sr.Audit Officer prior to Jan 2006 should also be considered for financial upgradation under MACP as Section Officer and Assistant Audit Officer were extended same grade pay of Rs 4800 as per Section II of Part B, First Schedule in the Sixth CPC notification dt 29th Aug 2008. Subsequently Section Officer and Assistant Audit Officer were merged and section officer was re-designated as Asst.Audit Officer. It is pertinent to note that for a query “Whether the promotions of UDCs to old Tax Assistant and old Tax Assistant to Inspector shall be counted two promotions or one for the purpose of MACPs owing to redesignation of old Tax Assistant to Sr.Tax Assistant in the higher pay scale of Rs5000-8000 & merger of pay scales of 5000-8000,Rs5500-8000 &Rs.6500-10500” it was clarified by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Department of revenue, Central Board of Excise & Customs vide No.F.No.A-26017/76/2009-AO-11A dated 29th September 2009 that if the pay scales of feeder grade and promotional grade have been merged on the recommendations of 6th CPC, such cases would be regulated in accordance with point No 5 of the MACP. Section Officer, the feeder grade was merged with Asst.Audit/Accounts Officer, the promotional Grade and therefore AO/Sr.AO would be eligible for third financial upgradation as per point – 5 of Annexure I of MACPS. On hearing our argument the Pr.Director (S) stated that the issue would be further examined and if found fit the proposal would be carried forward further.
Regarding Group “A” status to the Sr.Accounts/Audit Officers it was clarified that up to IV CPC the AO/SAO were placed at a grade higher than the entry level of IA & AS and degradation of the cadre started from 4th Central Pay Commission which placed entry level IA&AS Officers on par with the AOs and subsequent reduction in status by subsequent Pay Commissions should be rectified and the Status of the AOs restored to the original level. Only grant of Group “A” status would in the opinion of the Association, facilitate improvement of the Cadres in Future. Pr.Director (Staff) stated that the issue of conferring Group “A” Status to the SAOs is already under the consideration of the department.
The Pr.Director (staff) also informed that a note for enhancement of the Age limit for entry into the IAAS Cadre from 53 years to 55years is being processed.
However, it has been our experience that our demands would be met only if consistent pressure is maintained on the authorities. In view of this there will be no change in the Mass casual leave program me on 8th April 2010.
All India Audit and Accounts Officers Association Calls Upon All AOs/SAOs to participate in the Mass Casual Leave programme on 8th April 2010
The All India Audit and Accounts Officers Association has announced that on 8th April, there will be Mass Casual Leave programme throughout India to demand immediate steps to Up Grade the Grade Pay for Aos and Sr.Aos, enhancement of age limit for their promotion to IAAS, increasing their quota for promotion, and Cadre Review. The National Executive Committee of the Association felt that the preparations are on the right track and the response of the membership is quite encouraging. It has been further decided that effort should be made for unity on the charter of demands. It has been already decided to carry forward our initiative for unity and request the All India Federation of Sr. Audit Officers & Audit Officers to join the Mass CL programme of 8th April 2010. Secretary General attended their working committee held at Bhubaneswar Orissa on Feb 13th and 14th as a special invitee and appealed to their affiliates to join hands in the struggle of achieving our higher Grade Pay of Rs.6600 to AOs and Rs7600 to Sr.AOs. The National Executive calls upon every unit to make all out effort for the success of MASS CASUAL LEAVE programme on 8th APRIL 2010 a total success. All units should send the report about the number of CL applications collected by the unit upto 31st March evening along with staff strength position without fail.