Wednesday, May 13, 2020

All India Civil Accounts Employees Association

Central Headquarters
Phone No. 011-23345070, Mob. No. 9868520926 e-mail:-

Central Office: -                                                                                           Address for Communication:-
Room No. 351, ‘B’ Wing,                                                                                               17/2 – C, P & T Quarters
Loknayak Bhawan,                                                                                                                         Kali Bari Marg
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003                                                                                     New Delhi - 110001

No:- AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2020/665-667                                                             Dated: 27.01.2020

Smt. Soma Roy Burman,
Controller General of Accounts,
            Department of Expenditure,
            Ministry of Finance, 
            4th Floor, GPOA, Block-E, INA, 
New Delhi – 110023

Subject: - Computer based AAO (Civil) Examination – Regulation and Syllabus – reg.        


This Association is very happy to note from the OM. No. 34012/MF.CGA (E)/AAO Online Exam/Vol.II/1049, dated 15th Jan, 2020 of your office that you have kindly decided to introduce the new computer based AAO (Civil) Examination from the year 2020 onwards and published Regulations and syllabus on 15th January, 2020.  This Association has also noted that, majority of the suggestions and proposals offered by it through its letter dated 29-06-2018 and in the formal meeting convened by the CGA authorities on 21st August 2018 including the suggestion for continuation of eight papers in the examination have been accepted and accommodated suitably in the provisions of the Regulations and the Syllabus.
On account of this favorable action of your office, the main portion of the item “ No. 2. Restoration of AAO (Civil) Examination system discontinued since last two years - implementation of the new pattern of examination and continuation of exemptions acquired by the candidates in the old pattern of examination in consideration of proposals given by the AICAEA” submitted by the Co-ordination Committee of Civil Accounts Employees & Officers Associations vide its MEMORANDUM No.COC/CA/2019/Corr-20 Dated: 02.12.2019 has been settled. A large number of aspiring fresh candidates shall now be able to appear for the examination after waiting for nearly five years.
Therefore, on behalf of the Association, I offer sincere thanks to you and totality of the officers and staff members of your office who have kindly endeavored to resolve this long pending issue.
However, total settlement of the issue is yet to be there, as the entire cross section of candidates who had cleared upto 7(seven) papers and some among them who could not clear their 8th paper for a few marks in the previous system of AAO(Civil) Examination  are waiting for justice. Non-consideration of the requests of these set of candidates and the repeated requests of the Association to allow this set of employees to migrate to the new system of Examination with the exemption acquired in the existing system has created a disastrous situation for the career prospects of the candidates who had made their sincere and hard labour to clear those papers. In connection with this, I would like to draw your kind attention towards some of the facts discussed below:-
1.  Vide OM issued on 27th Sept, 2017 by your office, the candidates were asked to fill up their "willingness or unwillingness" to appear in the papers out of 8. It implies that the candidates were about to be given chance in the successive upcoming examinations. It was also mentioned that syllabus, pattern or mode of exam 'may' undergo changes, but there was no mention that the "exemption(s)" would be nullified.
2.  Vide OM dated 15th May, 2018 "Draft Syllabus, Pattern" were published for comments of stakeholders. All stakeholders including this Association had responded against the same in their own way and the authorities of CGA Office has taken care of all the suggestions like method of examination, number of papers and validity period for exemption(s) etc. But the justifications given by this Association for continuation of exemption(s) secured by candidates in the existing system of examination were not considered which has pushed the career prospects of nearly a thousand employees to uncertainty. They are feeling mentally tortured and helpless.
3.  Continuation of exemptions in the process of change in the pattern of departmental examinations is universal and a part of natural justice.
a.    While the erstwhile pattern of JAO (Civil) examination was transformed as AAO (Civil) Examination in the year 2006 in the Civil Accounts organization, exemptions of previous system were allowed in spite of bringing drastic changes in the Syllabus and pattern of the examination system by dispensing with the earlier Part-I and Part-II examination procedure. 
b.   We have gathered information that, in spite of change in the pattern of the SAS examination in IA&AD in the recent past i.e. in the year 2010, the facility of continuation of exemptions from old system to new system has been continued.
4.  Meanwhile many candidates who were Lower Division Clerk (LDC) had been promoted as Accountants after clearing only 4(four) papers of old pattern of examination during the period between 2006 and 2018 and are now facing the threat of reversion to their original posts while some of them have become Senior Accountants by now and even promoted as AAOs on ad-hoc basis in accordance with the promotion policies adopted by the office of the Controller General of Accounts.
5.  As per Regulations 2020 issued by O/o CGA dated 15th January 2020, now there are 8 papers and syllabus are approx. 95% same except few changes necessitated due to time lapse between the last examination and forthcoming examination.
In view of the above circumstances and as per the opportunity made available for the
stakeholders in para 16.3 of the OM dated 15th Januarys 2020, I on behalf of the Association
have been directed to request you the following-
(i)            Exemptions secured by all the candidates may kindly be allowed to carry forward in the respective papers, and the chances availed by those candidates be exhausted as per para 5 of the OM dated 15th Januarys 2020 (e.g. If a candidate has availed two (02) chances and has passed three (03) papers, he/she may be exempted to appear those respective three papers and allowed to appear rest five (05) papers in 04 more chances as per para 5 of Regulations 2020).
(ii)          Those candidates who are due to clear only one paper i.e.  who have cleared 7 out of total 8 papers by exhausting 6 (six) chances may kindly  be given  at least one chance to appear as per the CGA’s Special Examination Regulations 2011.

We request you to kindly convene a meeting with us exclusively on this item at your level in the first week of February 2020 and thereby give us the opportunity to supplement our views we have placed through this letter and there is a settlement of this issue across the table through mutual dialogue so that the candidates who are having exemptions in some of the papers could start their preparations for appearing the forth coming examination immediately with a clear understanding in them.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

(V. Bhattacharjee)
Secretary General

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