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All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
       All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category -II
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. NFCAA/HQ/A-1/Cir-9/2020                                                                                             Dated: 27.04.2020
            All Federal Executive Members,
            All Women Committee Members,
All Branch Secretaries of AICAEA & AICAEA Cat- II
Dear Comrades, 
In the morning of 15TH April 2020 we lost one of our beloved Comrades Ashim Kr. Bhattacharjee. He expired due to cardiac arrest.
Born on 13th September 1951, Com. Bhattacharjee joined service in the office of CA, Supply, Kolkata in 1970 as a Casual Gr. D and regularised in 1971. He worked as a soldier of the Working Class Movement throughout his life.  The time in which Com. Ashim Bhattacharjee came to service during a period of semi-fascist terror in the state of West Bengal and in the offices of the Central Government. Com. Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee had stood in the front line. During this period, the office (room) of the Association was sealed. CRPC 144 was promulgated upto 100 metres from the entrance gate of the office and a special officer was appointed by the Court to stop the agitation. All the working Committee Members were charge sheeted including Com Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee.
Some were suspended of which two were dismissed under 311 2(C). In addition to this, some leaders of the then Co-ordination Committee of CGEs were jailed and removed from service under 311 2(C) and even some Comrades were forced to leave their respective localities they had been residing. Despite all these, Com. Ashim Bhattacharjee stood firm and stayed in the front. 
Late Com. Dipen Ghosh, Com. Ajay Bhowmick and others were impressed by fearlessness and sincerity of Com. Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee chose him to lead the organisation. Authorities tried to remove him from Kolkata by offering promotion, but he refused.
Despite all the happenings, Com Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee used to be seen in Hospitals, Houses of Comrades, meetings and all other programmes.
When Civil Accounts Employees fought a battle against coercive transfer of Civil Accounts Employees who were rendered surplus in the Supply unit, Comrade Asim was the Secretary of Supply unit. During that movement, he received promotion orders to the post of Accountant.  But he refused promotion as his transfer from the epicentre of movement would weaken the entire struggle. 
Com. Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee did a lot of sacrifice to build up the composite All India Civil Accounts Employees Association. He faced victimisations unabated for organisational activities and while working in PAO (Ptg), Kolkata, he had faced another victimisation for organisational activities just before few years of his retirement. With the intention of imposing a major punishment, he was charge sheeted under Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules.
Apart from holding posts in the Unit Associations, Com. Ashim Kumar Bhattacharjee worked in the West Bengal Branch as its Branch Secretary, President and also as office Bearers in various other posts.  Com. Ashim Bhattacharjee also worked as the Vice- President of the AICAEA. 
Com. Bhattacharjee is survived by his wife, son and daughter in law.
The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide O.M.No.1/1/2020-E-II (B) dated 23rd April, 2020 has conveyed  the arbitrary decision of  Government to freeze the Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief to the Central Government Pensioners due with effect from January 2020 for next eighteen months i.e. upto June, 2021. This is one of the very serious attacks on the Central Government Employees and Central Government pensioners after the attack in the form of NPS. After the independence of the country such types of attacks were never launched by any of the Governments on the Central Government Employees so far. 
48 lakhs Serving Central Government Employees and about 60 lakhs Central Government Pensioners shall be adversely affected by this decision of the Government. More than 80% of the serving employees as well as pensioners who are low paid or retired from lower level posts would be the worst hit sections. It would be extremely difficult for this section of the citizens to survive while they would not be getting any compensation against the price hike which would take place during the next one and a half year.
It is extremely disappointing to find that the essential service providing low paid Central Government Employees especially the health, sanitation, casual, outsourced, postal, Accounting, Railway workers and police personnel etc. who are in the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and even sacrificing themselves are being made to suffer for the rest of their life financially while  they have already agreed to contribute at least one day’s salary/ wage to the PM Relief Fund or PM CARE fund as financial support to the Government of India. 
As its instant reaction, the NFCGA-EWO issued a press statement on 24th April 2020 protesting the decision of the Government.  NFCGA-EWO vide its letter dated 25-04-2020 addressed to the Finance Minister of India has conveyed its protest against such a harsh and anti-central Government Employee decision of the Government of India and requested her to  withdraw the OM on DA/DR freeze. 
The NFCGA-EWO has also requested the Staff Side National Council JCM to convey the protest of totality of the Central Government, Allied, outsourced, casual, contingent Employees & Workers to the Government of India and also proposed to organize protest actions under the leadership of Staff side JCM (NC) if no settlement could be arrived with the government.

Spread of COVID19 has created havoc and engulfed all parts of India. So, in this hour of crisis, the federal Executive members of NFCAA had agreed in principle that in such a situation when the country needs to prepare for medical exigencies and equipment in lakhs are required to be arranged to face pandemic, we being the responsible citizens need to help the cause of eradication of COVID19 with our full might. Federal Executive Members therefore, voted their opinion that help in the form of money is also a great help and the NFCAA shall have to play the pioneering   role to help the country men in the hour of health disaster.
In view of this, the NFCAA had given an appeal to the members to kindly contribute a minimum of Rs. 500/- for the cause. The accumulated contribution shall be sent by Cheque to the PM Relief Fund.
Due to the lock down condition, all were requested to remit the amount within the 4th April 20 by NEFT/ Bank Transfer to Syndicate Bank, I. P. Estate, New Delhi - 110002, A/c No. 90172010032139, IFSC : SYNB0009017 directly and inform the details about the remittances  through WhatsApp to Federation headquarters so that proper accounting can be done without any difficulty.
But due to the poor response and non-remittance of the amount even by some of the federal executive members, repeated appeals had been made through WhatsApp. 
According to our record, some of our Federal Executive members have not remitted the amount so far. We appeal them to kindly respond to the call without any further delay. 
When personally contacted, some of our members have stated that they have already opted to pay one day’s salary through their departmental authorities. 
In this respect, we would like to bring to the notice of our members that the call for contributing Rs. 500/- was given much before the appeal was given by the Government of India. Objective of giving the call by NFCAA was primarily to build up unity in the organisation keeping a noble cause in the projection and secondly, by remitting a reasonable amount to the Government fund credibility of NFCAA, its membership base and effectiveness etc. could be established before the authorities so that these could have a bearing on the pending demands of the members of the affiliates of NFCAA.   
However, due to tireless efforts of some of the Federal executive members, the situation has changed now. We have received a reasonable amount of money in the Bank Account of the Association due to response and co-operation of a large number of our members, retired leaders and a few of the Accounts Officers. We offer our sincere thanks to them. List of the contributors is under preparation and it shall be published.  The amount accumulated shall be handed over to the authorities concerned by the available Federal Executive Members soon after the Lookdown is withdrawn.   
We once again appeal upon all those members who have not yet responded to the call of remitting Rs. 500/- to kindly appreciate the endeavour of NFCAA and extend their helping hand in strengthening the organisation. 
Ministry of Finance vide OM. 23(4)/ECoord/2020 dated 23-03-2020 has declared the office of the Controller General of Accounts and the Pay and Account Offices as essential service. This is significant development.
Due to spread of pandemic Coronavirus infections, the NFCAA, in pursuance of the approach of the Staff side National Council JCM (NC), NFCAA requested the Government to consider the proposal of staff side declaring for closed holidays from 23rd to 31st March 2020 and take the decision to extend date of closing of financial year 2019-2020 to 30th April 2020 as a special case to curb the spread of coronavirus and safety of the officers and employees of Civil Accounts organization. But the Government instead of accepting the proposal of the Staff side JCM or NFCAA, declared the functioning of Civil Accounts organisation all together as essential service. The NFCAA had reacted very sharply and demanded total safety of the employees and officers throughout the country.  Secretary, Department of Expenditure responded positively and requested the secretaries of all Ministries/ Departments of Government of India to extend fullest support to the offices of Civil Accounts organisation so that the payment and Accounting functions of the Government of India could be completed within the targeted date of 31st March 2020. Following this, CGA also took lots initiatives in support of the question of safety of the employee and officers. 
We congratulate and salute our members for the yeomen service they have been giving to the Nation by operating the system of payment and Accounting throughout the country during this pandemic and lock down.  The Civil Accounts Employees and Officers Associations could identify themselves with the employees in medical,  air India, police,  postal services and armed forces services. We are very effectively discharging our responsibilities as a part of the essential services. One of our members from Hubali   faced police atrocities while performing the duty. Our staff members were exposed directly to the threat of getting infected in one of the offices in Jaipur and Mumbai. 
Declaration of Civil Accounts organisation as essential service has armed the employees and their organisations with an additional apparatus in fighting their long pending demands. Being an essential service organisation, the demand for formation of Department of Accounts pending for the last forty years would get more oxygen as a result of this and if a united fight could be given by us, the demand shall definitely see the light of the day. Moreover, many other facilities shall have to be arranged by the Government for upgrading the Civil Accounts organisation as one of the essential services. 
The affiliates of NFCAA have already raised the issue of putting the employees and officers of Civil Accounts under compensation coverage of Rupees One crore in the event of their death due to corona infection while performing duty like  employees other essential services. The letter in this regard has been issued to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure by the affiliates of NFCAA on 25.04.2020. Further, 
The judgement given by the Pr. CAT against OA No.619/2020 MA No.803/2020 in the case of Sudhanshu Sekhar Singh, Sr. Acctt. and 62 others versus Secretary, Department of Expenditure and CGA was examined by the NFCAA headquarters. The petition on the plea of both granting grace marks up 10 and continuation of exemptions from old to new pattern of examination were dismissed by the Pr. CAT on merit ground. It is apparent from the judgment that weak pleadings on the part of the applicant caused the damage.
We have learnt that as soon as the lockdown period is over, some of the members are going to file a petition in CAT on the demand of granting of exemption in AAO(C) Exam. Some of the candidates who were unsuccessful in AAO(C) Exam by very narrow margin of 1 mark are also contemplating to file a case in CAT for granting grace marks in 2018 exam and the applicants of the last CAT case (dismissed) are going to Delhi High Court.
The NFCAA requests all the candidates trying to seek remedy through legal course of action may review their stand. The agitation backed negotiation by the Associations could make reasonable progress in the matter. If our members stand along with the Association, the issue could be settled. Filing of multiple numbers of cases in different courts shall help the authorities to further complicate the situation and avoid conducting the examination. Postponement of examination shall not cause any loss to the authorities but the candidates shall suffer. On the plea of pendency of decisions in Court, authority shall fill up the vacancies of AAOs by calling persons on deputation from other departments which shall be causing permanent damage to the career prospects of our members who are eager to appear the AAO (Civil) examination. Further, it would most appropriate that, in the event of final shut down of negotiation, a composite Petition in the court of law should be filed by the Association which would be the most effective in achieving a favourable settlement.    
All the Branches are therefore, requested to take effective steps in this matter immediately. They are requested to contact the members who are appearing or to appear the AAO (Civil) examination and explain to them the approach of the NFCAA.  Branches are also requested to provide feedback after having interaction with the members concerned.   The feedback however, should be the views of the Branch Committees.
1st   May every year is observed as a day of the working class and the working class takes the pledge of taking forward the struggle for an exploitation free world. But this year May Day has emerged before the Working Class in a different manner due to spread of pandemic COVID-19 throughout the world. The working masses of our country in particular are passing through a very critical situation. Due to Lockdown lakhs of workers have become jobless, shelter less due to anti-working class attitude of our government. Many workers and their family members died due to starvation or while walking thousands of kilometers towards their villages/home. So far as Central Government Employees and Central Government pensioners are concerned, the government has freezed the DA/DR for next eighteen months. Therefore, it is a very critical situation for the working class. But due to lockdown and social distancing, there cannot be any protest rally of the workers. In this back ground, NFCAA appeals upon the members not to organize any gathering in any work spot or participate in any rally or meeting as it would be harmful for the workers and an irresponsible action. May Day Spirit should be in our body and mind. However, the NFCGA-EWO has directed its affiliates to send the protest letter against the DA/DR freeze to their respective heads of the Departments and the Cabinet Secretary. The Central headquarters of the affiliates of NFCAA shall therefore, issue the letter to CGA and Cabinet Secretary accordingly.

Brief History of May Day
May Day began in the U.S. with a strike on May 1, 1886 to demand a limit of the workday to 8 hours. This first ever national strike in the U.S., centered in Chicago, was very successful, with some 350,000 workers taking part. the working class won the 8-hour day. However, during the struggle, police killed 6 striking workers at the McCormick-Harvester plant in Chicago, and 8 of the leaders of the May Day struggle were arrested; 4 of them were hung and others were sentenced to long prison terms. The fight for the 8-hour day led to the recognition of May 1 as international workers’ day. In many countries it is an official holiday. But the leaders of the American Federation of Labor, and later the AFL-CIO, have never recognized May Day as international workers’ day. Even in our country May Day is not a holiday.
With warm greetings,
Secretary General
Copy of the AICAEA-AICAEACAT II letter No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/A-2/2020/1230- 1251 dated: 12.04.2020 To, Smt. Soma Roy Burman Controller General of Accounts,

Subject:    Relaxation in Central Government Account (Receipt and Payment) Rules, 1983 for ensuring smooth payments by PAOs/ CDDOs and enabling them to “work from Home” (WHF) - facilities of GPF advance/ withdrawal to Civil Accounts Employees -reg.
                 We are thankful to find in the website of the office of the Controller General of Accounts that, the request made by us vide our letter No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/A-2/2020/1209- 29  dated 07.04.2020  to  kindly promote “e-office” and  “work from home” pattern has been taken care of  and your office vide Office Memorandum No. 3(2)/TA-II/2020/173 dated 08-04-2020  has decided to amend certain provisions of Receipts & Payment Rules, 1983 temporarily. This decision of yours has undoubtedly been well appreciated by the officers and employees.
            The government has taken few decisions appreciating the prevailing situation in the country and may not discontinue or withdraw the Lock down in the near future. So far as the Civil Accounts organisation is concerned there exists a need to explore amendments to procedures which cause undue hardships to employees and officers of Civil Accounts organisation as the Principal Accounts offices of various Ministries/ Departments situated at Delhi are not able to function like normal times. In majority of the Ministries/ Departments powers for approval/ sanction of GPF advance and withdrawal rest with Principal Accounts offices. It is therefore, becoming inconvenient for the individuals who suddenly fall in the dire need of money as they find it very difficult to reach upto their local HOO even in the present scenario sometimes. 
            In view of the circumstances described above, we have been directed to request you to kindly ask the Heads of the Departments of Civil Accounts Organisation (PCCAs, CCAs, CAs) to delegate sufficient powers to Head of offices (PAO/ ZAO/ RPAO) to make payments of GPF Advance/ withdrawal or necessary arrangement may be made so that on the basis of electronic instructions/ approval of the competent authority, payment or the provision of taking ex post facto sanction from the competent authority for the same may be made.
            We hope you will kindly take an early favourable decision in this regard and direct your office to intimate the favourable decision of yours to us through a line in intimation.
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 for kind necessary action.
2.      All National Executive Members of AICAEA and AICAEACAT II for information.
3.      Secretary General, National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, New Delhi.
4.      All Branch and Unit Secretaries concerned for persuasion with the appropriate authorities from their levels.
 Sd/-(Amol V. Sule)                                                                                                                 Sd/-(Krishna K. Yadav)
Secretary  General                                                                                                                             Secretary General
All India Civil Accounts                                                                                                          All India Civil Accounts
Employees Association Category II                                                                                    Employees Association
Copy of the AICAEA-AICAEACAT II letter No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/A-2/2020/1292- 1312 dated: 22.04.2020 To, Smt. Soma Roy Burman Controller General of Accounts,

Subject:  preventive measures to contain spread of COVID19 - non-operation of centralized Air Conditioners-reg.
             We have been directed to state that, according to opinions given by the experts especially in the electronic media recently, Centralized Air Conditioning system, when in operation, circulates the Air of one particular area/ portion of any hall or room to another room/ hall in cyclic form. As such, if any corona virus infected individual makes his/her presence in any location even for few minutes in the centrally air conditioned area, there is possibility of spreading the viruses in entire Air Conditioned area and it would obviously increase the risk of COVID-19 infection to the persons sitting or moving in the  said air conditioned area. The experts have also opined that air conditioning of the rooms with window Air Conditioners do not indicate such type of risk.
            Many offices of Civil Accounts Organisation including the office of CGA and PFMS centre, etc. being centrally Air Conditioned and hundreds of the employees and officers are working in those places/Buildings, we seek your kind attention to this serious matter and request you to kindly take appropriate action in this regard as the summer season is setting in very fast.
            We shall be highly thankful, if a line intimating the action taken on this letter is forwarded to us at an early date.
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:-
5.      All National Executive Members of AICAEA and AICAEACAT II.
6.      Secretary General, National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, New Delhi.
7.      All Branch and Unit Secretaries concerned.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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 of the AICAEA-AICAEACAT II letter No:- AICAEA-AICAEA CAT II/HQ/A-2/2020/1313- 1335  dated: 25.04.2020 to  Dr. T. V. Somanathan,Secretary, Department of Expenditure with copy to CGA.

Subject:- Compensation of at least Rupees one crores to the family members of  Civil Accounts  Employees and Officers in the event of death due to infection of coronavirus while on  essential duty. 

Respected Sir, 
We the undersigned have been directed to state that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has extended insurance benefit of a meagre amount of Rs. 50 lakhs (Rs. Fifty Lakhs) to the health workers on account of accidental death for their direct contact and care of COVID -19 cases or at the risk of being infected by this. 
         It has been reported by the media that the Government of Delhi shall be giving Rs.1 Crore to the family of security personnel who died on duty, families of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and sanitation workers will also be given an equal amount if they die while dealing with corona patients.
       The scheme of extending compensation has been further extended to employees of the Department of Posts on the ground of being a part of the essential service.
 The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide OM. 23(4)/E.Coord/2020 dated 23-03-2020 has also declared the office of the Controller General of Accounts and the Pay and Account Offices as essential service.  As Employees and Officers organisations, we have welcomed the decision of the Department Expenditure and assured total co-operation of the employees and officers of Civil Accounts organisation when we could find that the Secretary, Department of Expenditure and the Controller General of Accounts themselves are taking keen interests in providing necessary support to the Civil Accounts employees and Officers in their effort to work in such a critical situation. The move of declaring Civil Accounts as an essential service has resulted in timely disbursement of direct benefit transfer to targeted groups of society like farmers and other deserving sections of the people. Amid the atmosphere of fear and likelihood of exposure to Coronavirus all employees and officers of Civil Accounts organisation worked to full potential and year end activities for the financial year 2019-20 have been completed. There are of course incidents wherein the Civil Accounts Employees have faced direct exposure to Corona infected patients, witnessed highhandedness of police and local administration. They overcame the problems of transportation as in the majority of the cases they were not provided transportation facilities, risk of health as basic amenities were not provided like masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc.  Many times drinking water and first aid facilities were missing due to total lock down and curfew situations throughout the country.                         
               Under the above circumstances, we have been directed to urge upon you to kindly put the Civil Accounts employees and Officers in the same cluster with regard to infection of COVID-19 while on duty and grant equal amount as compensation to their family members in the event of their death due to infection of coronavirus. The amount of compensation may be fixed not less than Rupees One Crore as the death cases would be comparatively young persons and they shall be leaving behind their family liabilities. 

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 Smt. Soma Roy Burman, Controller General of Accounts, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, 4th Floor, GPOA, Block-E, INA, New Delhi – 110023 with the request for taking up the matter with the appropriate authorities for its early settlement.

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

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