All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
(RECOGNIZED BY GOVT. OF INDIA)
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-2/2020/1391-94 Dated: 09.06.2020
Smt. Soma Roy Burman,
Controller General of Accounts,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
4th Floor, GPOA, Block-E, INA,
New Delhi – 110023
Subject:- Restoration of AAO (Civil) Examination system discontinued for last three years - implementation of examination and continuation of exemptions acquired by the candidates in the old pattern of examination in consideration of proposals given by the AICAEA.
Reference: This Association’s letters
1. No. AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2020/665-667 dated: 27.01.2020
2. No. AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2020/127 dated: 11.02.2020 and
3. No. AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2020/127 dated: 12.02.2020
I have been directed to invite your kind attention to the above referred letters on the subject matter and state that, It is nearly 3(three) years now the Controller General of Accounts did not conduct the AAO(Civil) Examination on the pretext of bringing changes in the pattern of the examination. "Draft Syllabus, Pattern" were published vide OM dated 15th May, 2018 for comments of stakeholders. Responding to the said O.M, the All India Civil Accounts Employees Association being the stake holder had submitted a detailed proposal vide its letter No. AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2018/2015 dated 29th June 2018 with the request of providing it an opportunity of oral deposition to the proposal it had given. A meeting with the representatives of the All India Civil Accounts Employees Association was convened on 21st August 2018 by the office of the Controller General of Accounts which was Chaired by the then Jt. CGA in charge of the Departmental Examinations. In that meeting, apart from other matters, the staff side was given to understand that the proposed new pattern of Examination shall be introduced and conducted by the office of the Controller General of Accounts in the year 2018 itself. Simultaneously, in all subsequent official meetings held after 21st August 2018 with the official side of the office of the Controller General of Accounts this Association used to keep on requesting to resume conducting the AAO (Civil) Examination without further delay. Not only this, the Association had been continuously requesting through various request letters to restore the AAO (Civil) Examination system.
But it is nearly three years now, no regular AAO (Civil) Examination has been conducted by the office of the Controller General of Accounts other than the odd Supplementary Examination in 2018. As such, serious adverse impacts on the departmental activities and career prospects to the totality of cadres of the employees working below the level of AAOs have caused. Some of the prominent points are jotted below:-
1. Since more than 500 (five hundred) posts of AAOs are lying vacant for years together, the works in the Civil Accounts Organization is suffering very badly and the existing AAOs and other category of employees below the level of AAO are sharing the burden of work of highly technical nature of the posts of AAOs. This situation is causing serious harm to the efficiency of the Civil Accounts Organisation.
2. Hundreds of the aspiring candidates are facing irreparable damage to their career prospects as they are not able to appear for the examination which is very much connected with their future benefits. Not only this, it has been causing non-creation of promotional potential below the level of posts of AAO which is also causing equal harm to the future prospects of low paid employees. Large number of employees, who have become eligible to appear the examination as per the provisions of the rules and procedure in force, could not be able to appear the examination for the last three years which has caused serious setback in their future prospects.
3. As a result of the chain linked effect, hundreds of MTS, LDC, Accountants, Stenographers and DEOs are not getting their legitimately overdue promotions to next grades for years together as the vacancies are not emerging in higher grades through promotion of AAO (Civil) Examination passed candidates from the feeder grades.
1. The candidates who have cleared less than 8(eight) papers of the existing pattern of examination are facing double edged injustice of not being able to clear their uncleared papers on one side and the threat of losing credit of clearing less than eight papers while other candidates of same examination have become AAO, AO and Sr. AO even as the existing pattern of examination was brought in to operation from the year 2006 on the other side.
The Civil Accounts Employees of the country could see a ray of hope after the OM No:- A.34012/MF.CGA (E)/AAO online Exam/Vol II/1049 dated 15th January, 2020 had been issued by your office conveying the regulation and syllabus for AAO(Civil) Examination. It was also a notable feature in the regulation and syllabus that majority of the suggestions given by the All India Civil Accounts Employees Association including continuation of 8(eight) papers instead of proposed 4(four) papers was accepted and retained. Even there was hardly any change in the syllabus in comparison to old syllabus and thus the syllabus has become very comfortable for both fresh and existing candidates.
After the issuance of the regulation and syllabus, prospective and existing candidates for the examination were aspiring that, after a gap of three years the AAO (Civil) Examination shall now be conducted by the office of the Controller General of Accounts very soon.
In appreciation of the OM No:- A.34012/MF.CGA (E)/AAO online Exam/Vol II/1049 dated 15th January, 2020, this Association vide its above referred letters had requested you to kindly convene a meeting with the representatives of this Association at your level in the first week of February 2020 and thereby give the opportunity to the Association to supplement its views it has placed through the letters to resolve the issues connected with the exemption to the candidates cleared upto 7(seven) papers in old pattern in particular as the employees had developed a very clear understanding that the system of AAO (Civil) Examination would stand restored in the Civil Accounts Organisation in no time and all categories of candidates shall be able to take effort for their career advancements without any more delay or interruption.
But it was very disappointing to observe by this Association and its members that no notable progress in this direction has been there and the request of the Association to convene a meeting has been kept aside. Even the letter of requests by the Association for discussions and settlement of such a vital issue concerning the growth of Civil Accounts Organisation and future prospects of thousands of low paid employees have not been considered for the last six months.
Therefore, on behalf of the Association, I have been once again directed to request you to kindly convene a meeting at your level within a fortnight's time so that the issue could be settled across the table and existing congenial atmosphere could travel a long way.
Krishna K. Yadav)