Dated: 22nd March, 2011
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
It has been brought to our notice by the Delhi State Committee of the Confederation that the authorities of Pr. Chief Controller of Accounts, Central Board of Excise and Customs, AGCR Building, I.P. Estate, New Delhi has chosen to initiate disciplinary proceedings, against Shri Vrigu Bhattacharjee, General Secretary of the Delhi State Committee of this organization on an allegation that he had organized a meeting outside the AGCR Building without taking prior permission from the concerned authorities. Shri Vrigu Bhattacharjee, as you are aware, is also the Secretary General, All India Civil Accounts Employees Association, recognized by the Government of India on your recommendation.
In order to mobilize the Central Government employees for the "workers march to Parliament" (to be held on 23rd Feb. 2011) to project certain worker/employees related matters before the Government, the State Committee of the Confederation had decided to organize meetings during lunch recess in front of various offices of the Govt. of India located in Delhi. One such meeting was to be held at AGCR building on 1st February 2011. Normally it is the practice that permission for such meetings used to be obtained by the concerned Association of employees located in the identified building. The State Committee and its General Secretary was accordingly informed that permission for holding such meeting has been requested for by the Civil Audit Association, O/o DACR, Delhi during lunch recess on 01-02-2011.As per the information that has been obtained by us, the permission was not denied by the concerned authorities till the meeting commenced. No doubt the meeting was interfered with a direction by the Senior Accounts Officer, purported to be on behalf of the Director General Audit (Central Expenditure) to the effect that the meeting must be disbanded. The concerned officer was repeatedly requested by the organizers that the meeting may be allowed to be continued as it would be wound up before the recommencement of the office after the lunch recess and the same would be peaceful and the members from various offices have already assembled. Had the permission been denied at least a day in advance, the organizers of the meeting would have taken necessary action in this respect.
The allegation against Shri V. Bhattacharjee, General Secretary of our State Committee prima facie is untenable both on merits and legally, as the instruction cited in the charge sheet issued by the Works and Housing Ministry seems to be not in consonance with the stipulation made in the Conduct rules and is also without proper jurisdiction. This apart we have also been informed by the organizers and participants of the meeting that there had been no obstruction for the smooth functioning of the office or for the entry and exit of any body to and from the building.
Being the Secretary General of a recognized Association, Shri V. Bhatacharjee has functioned within the ambit of the rules and regulations and has not violated any of the provisions of the Conduct rules. Initiation of disciplinary proceedings against the functionaries of the recognized Associations on untenable allegations will throttle the very functioning of the Association, recognized by the Government for the purpose of projecting the grievances and demands of the employees for its redresssal by the authorities. In fact such action will only bring about ill feeling between the mass of the employees and the authorities.
We, therefore, appeal to you to kindly intervene in the matter and ensure that the proceedings are dropped. We shall also be grateful if you can afford us an opportunity to meet you and present the facts before you so as to remove the misgivings and misunderstandings in the matter.