Monday, May 18, 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
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category II
Central Office: ZAO, CBDT, Mumbai, Room No. 270, 2nd Floor,
Aaykar Bhawan, M.K. Road, Church gate, Mumbai – 400020

No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/A-2/2020/1187-1208                         Dated: 07.04.2020

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

Subject:  Functioning of Government Expenditure System during the operation of preventive measures to contain spread of COVID19- request regarding.

              After declaring the services being rendered by the office of the CGA and all lower formations functioning under it as essential service vide Department of Expenditure OM. No. 23(4)/E.Coord/2020 dated 23RD March 2020 during the operation of preventive measures to contain spread of COVID19, the members of All India Civil Accounts Employees Association, All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category II and All India Association of Pay and Accounts Offers (Civil), in acceptance of the decision of the Government of India most courageously they had  plunged into action to ensure that all payments on behalf of the Government are cleared within 31st March 2020 and thereby the importance and final date of closure of financial year is not disturbed. In the process of discharging their duties, the employees and officers had confronted very serious problems of following nature-
1.      Police atrocity at Hubbali, Karnataka: -One of our members at Hubali, Karnataka was beaten by the local police on 27th March 2020 while he was returning from duty and his complaint was not agreed to record by the local Thana in-charge.
2.      COVID19 exposure in PAO Salt Ministry of Industry, Jaipur: - Employees and officers of PAO, Salt Ministry of Industry, and Jaipur had been exposed to the threat of corona infection.  Reportedly, one of the DDOs of the PAO, Salt Jaipur who died due to the infection of COVID19 had been handling and sending the bills of four DDOs to PAO, Salt, Jaipur till 1st April 2020. Therefore, our members and the members of their family are in severe panic.
3.      Insistence of local administration of CBIC, Indore:- we have been reported that the local administration of CBIC, Indore has also directed the elderly lady official to reach to duty point on foot which is nothing but an approach of violating the lock-down norm on the part of the local administration.
4.      Non-supply of protective equipment:-In Spite of a DO letter to all the Secretaries of the Government of India by the Hon’ble Secretary, Department of Expenditure, majority of the Principal Accounts offices of Civil Accounts Organisation were reluctant in providing essential protection facilities to the field offices. Similarly, the local administrations were observed to be indifferent towards providing minimum facilities to the lower level employees. In the majority of the offices,   sanitizers, masks or hand gloves were not provided and the advisory of social distancing was not observed. 
The condition of ZAO, CBDT, New Delhi informed vide our letter endorsement No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/C-10/2020/ 1173-85 dated: 07.04.2020 establishes the status of supply of protective equipment in different offices in general.
5.      No transportation:-No vehicle facilities for bringing and dropping of staff between residence and duty point were provided by the majority of the local administrations resulting in the officials’ being forced to commute more than hundred kilometres every day at their own risk.   
As a responsible Service Associations we had assured our full cooperation with the Government in these hours of crisis and our members have done so in letter and spirit, but we are sorry to record here that the administration did not fulfil their assurances.  
Impact of Lock down:-Further, we would like to state that, the situation is getting worse day by day. Due to Lock Down in the cities maintenance services in the office buildings/ premises has totally collapsed.  Impacts of lock down are the following-
1.      There is no water supply, no cleaning of office premises and the toilets/ washrooms are totally in unhygienic conditions. 
2.      Office canteens are not operating and at the same time there is no availability of drinking water or food in and around the office complexes. 
6.      There are no departmental vehicle facilities.  However, there are some isolated examples of availability of departmental vehicles which are mostly being used by the head of offices only. Moreover, when the question of ferrying the staff comes, the basic issue of social distancing is being ignored and 4-5 employees are forced to travel in the one standard car.
Situation in Mumbai:-In addition to the above situations, our Branches form Mumbai, the city which has been declared by the Government as one of the hot spots has also reported that, the condition of City of Mumbai being very serious where the Civil Administration and the Police authorities are extra strict. They are not allowing even the Government Officials to commute to their duty point without proper and valid direction from their employers. Our Addl. Secretary General and an employee of PAO, Commerce/Textile, Mumbai while returning from duty in his own car he was stopped at the police picket in front of his residence  (at 4 Bungalow area) and after pleading for half an hour he was allowed to go. Similarly, another employee of same PAO who was proceeding to his house by walking in Andheri area after being dropped by the car nearby was intercepted by patrolling Police vehicle and threatened for walking on the roads in the lockdown situation. But the local administration of Civil Accounts Organisation instead of resolving the problem has been insisting on the staff to attend the duty on the plea that CCA concerned has ordered for the same.  We regret that these are untenable.
We are however, not against functioning of the offices. Our members are committed to discharge their responsibilities. But we request you to kindly consider the situation discussed in the preceding part of this letter and take appropriate measures to minimize the difficulties our members are facing and from the condition of mental trauma they are suffering from. We also suggest that in terms of DOPT advisory the procedure of work from home may kindly be promoted and implemented in Civil Accounts. 
We consider that, if we are taken into confidence at the time of decision making, the decisions shall be more effective and worker friendly and thereby shall be more result orienting.
Thanking you,

            Yours Sincerely,

Sd/-                                                                                                                                                  Sd/-                                                                                                                                                                                   
(Amol V. Sule)                                                                                                                   (Krishna K. Yadav)
Secretary  General                                                                                                             Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts                                                                                          All India Civil Accounts
Employees Association Category II                                                                    Employees Association

Copy to:-

1.      The Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, North Block New Delhi.
2.      All National Executive Members of AICAEA and AICAEACAT II.
3.      Secretary General, National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, New Delhi.
4.      All Branch and Unit Secretaries concerned.

(Amol V. Sule)                                                                                                                   (Krishna K. Yadav)
Secretary  General                                                                                                             Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts                                                                                          All India Civil Accounts
Employees Association Category II                                                                    Employees Association

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