Copy of Central Headquarters of AICAEA letter No: AICAEA/HQ/A-3/11/1480-1483 Dated: 24th November, 2011
Shri M. J. Joseph,
Principal Chief Controller of Accounts,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
Room No. 105, 'B' Wing, AGCR Building,
New Delhi – 110002
Subject: Settlement of the items discussed in the meeting held between representatives of this Association and Official Side under the Chairmanship of Pr. CCA, CBEC on 4th August, 2011
Your kind attention is invited to the minutes of the meeting held on 4th August. We are yet to be informed about the progress of some of the agreed items and those are highlighted below for your perusal so that actions taken so far are conveyed to us at an early date. Further, some developments causing resentment of employees and officers of PAO, Central Excise, Madurai are narrated hereunder for your kind and early favorable action.
1. Item No. 4:- Grant of MACPs – Case of Shri R. K. Pillai, Senior Accountant (Mumbai) – it was agreed upon to look into the issue expeditiously. Since the matter is yet to be settled, it is requested that, necessary orders may be issued without any further delay.
2. Item No. 5:- Compassionate Ground Appointments: It was assured that the pending cases would be re-examined and a committee will be constituted as per the procedure purpose on priority basis. Cases recommended by the committee shall be considered for grant of compassionate appointment.
It is needless to say that the requests for compassionate ground appointment cases are preferred by the families who need immediate assistance on account of loss of the bread winner. The cases are referred to the Head of the Department after a careful, balanced and objective assessment by the respective Head of Offices. When the cases are referred, every assessment is made on the family condition, its liabilities and presence of any earning member etc. by the respective Offices.
The family members of the deceased Government Servant find it very difficult to come back to normal life after the death of their beloved ones and as a normal course of action, take time to get legal and other certificates from authorities and submit the applications for appointment under compassionate grounds. Then comes the role of the PAO. He exercises all administrative norms to scrutinize the applications to satisfy himself about the admissibility and need of the applicant so as to recommend the case to the Zonal authorities and from zonal, to Principal Accounts Office. So, already a normal delay of three to six months occurs to reach the applications to Principal Accounts Office for consideration. Therefore, we request that early steps may please be taken for grant of compassionate appointments to the deserving persons.
3. Item No. 8:- Consideration of transfer cases including mutual cases:
It is requested that an early favorable action may be taken on the cases referred by us in the last meeting in respect of transfer cases of staff including the deserving mutual transfer case of Shri T. S. Prakash, PAO, Central Excise, Bangalore and Smt. Veena Vasanthaleela, Sr. Accountant, PAO, GSI, Bangalore.
4. Problems faces by the staff at the hands of PAO, Central Excise, Madurai
When the matter was raised at the meeting, it was assured that the matter was under serious consideration.
It has come to our knowledge that the Staff and officers of the Office has represented to your goodself on 16.08.2011 describing the misdeeds of the Sr. AO which is inappropriate and unbecoming of a Government officer.
A) The Sr. AO has drawn Children Education Allowance for his third child which is totally against the provisions.
B) One of the Staff members belonging to the Minority Community as well as a Lady Staff Member has complained against the behavior of the Sr. AO, which they experienced even in the discharge of their usual normal official duties.
When the Assistant Controller of Accounts, South Zone, Chennai had visited the Unit, the Staff and Officers have represented to him vide their letter dated: 05.09.2011 requesting him to resolve the problems at the earliest to create working atmosphere in the office.
In addition to the above, the staff and Officers of the Unit has also represented to your goodself on 24.10.2011 urging upon you to take appropriate action on the Sr. AO. From the said letter it would be evident that the Staff members have become totally restless and there is no congenial atmosphere in the Office.
I therefore, request you to kindly examine the matter personally on the basis of the facts discussed by the Unit Association in its letters and take early necessary action.
5. Non-payment of Honorarium to the staff of PAO, Central Excise, Madurai for the year 2010-11
It has been brought to our notice that the Honorarium granted by you for the year 2010-11 (in October, 2011) was not drawn and paid by some of the PAOs on the ground of Special Honorarium granted in the financial year 2010-11 itself.
In this connection, the representation of the AICAEA Madurai Unit addressed to your goodself is enclosed herewith for your ready reference. The points put forth in the representation may please be considered as the Employees of the office were granted Special Honorarium during the year 2010-11.
The Unit in its representation has pointed out that the Sr. AO of Madurai Office has drawn Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) altogether during a single financial year 2010-11 towards Honorarium, which is one more example how he bends the rules when he meets his personal interest which is surely an act which is not at all suitable for the status of the Accounts Officer.
I sincerely hope, you would kindly direct your good office to take appropriate actions on the above discussed points at the earliest and inform us through a line in reply.
Enclo: as above