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Monday, 13 October 2014

PROTEST AGAINST THE AADHAR BASED BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE SYSTEM FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

RESOLUTION - I

(IN PROTEST AGAINST BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE SYSTEM)

            The 6th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations held at Cochin on 18th and 19th September 2014 discussed the decision of Govt. of India to introduce the Aadhar Card based biometric attendance system for the Central Govt. Employees.

            The meeting observed that introduction of Aadhar based attendance and punctuality in the offices-
(a)   Every employee is expected to be on seat and to start work at the prescribed opening of office hour. Ten minutes grace time may be allowed in respect of arrival time to cover up any unforeseen      contingencies.
(b)   (i) Every employee should note down the time of arrival and departure under his /her initial in ink in the Attendance Register(S 37)
(ii) The Register should be initialed at the bottom by the Section Officer.
(iii) The Register should be sent to the Branch Officer 10 minutes after the prescribed arrival time.
(c)    (i) The Section Officer will see that the entries are made correctly.
(ii) The section Officer will draw the attention of the Branch Officer to the names of the person(s) who frequently or habitually late.
(iii) The section officer shall denote prescribed abbreviations for non- attendance by any official
-          This system of recording attendance and watching the punctuality of individual government servants and the portrait of his/her attendance and non- attendance is in vogue from a date prior to independence and its efficacy was never questioned by the Administrative Reforms Committees of any of the six Central Pay Commissions. The administrations of Government departments have been most effectively maintaining the punctuality and discipline in the offices for the last seven decades by using the omnibus register for maintaining the attendance and punctuality. 

            The meeting felt that giving publicity of the decision of enforcing attendance in a disproportionate manner is retrograde and derogatory to the dignity of the employees and officers of Central Government establishments. The electronic and print media are using this internal administrative decision of the Central Government as an instrument to malign the officers and employees of Central Government which is untenable.   

            The meeting also noted that the Aadhar Card based biometric attendance system is nothing but pointing of fingers towards the integrity of the employees & officers of central Government establishments. Before taking such decisions, the Government did not bring the fact of deteriorations in the position of attendance and punctuality if any, in the National Council JCM justifying the requirement to replacing the manual system by machine. As per the Government of India, Department of Personnel and Training OM. No. 3/42/87-JCA dated 28th January 1988 read with clause 8(Jurisdiction and functions) of JCM  the Staff side is to be consulted before introduction of any new Technology.

The meeting therefore, urges upon the Govt. of India to delink the Aadhar Card from the process of implementation of Biometric attendance system and before implementing the new scheme of biometric attendance system in the Central Government Offices, take the following actions-
1.      Discuss the issue of introduction of Biometric attendance system/Adhar Card based Biometric Attendance system in the National Council(JCM)  and  Departmental Council (JCM)
And
2.      Upgrade infrastructure and communication system in all cities of the country or introduce pickup point system for the employees & officers so that they could report for duty in time.

The meeting also urges upon the Government of India not to consider introduction of aadhar card based attendance. The National Federation of Civil Accounts Association stands for strict implementation of punctuality, discipline and work culture in all central Govt. offices and extend its full support and co-operation to maintain punctuality and discipline in the offices.

The meeting Resolves to forwarded the Resolution to the Cabinet Secretary, Controller General of Accounts, the Secretary, staff side National Council (JCM) and the Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers.

(T.R. Janardanan)
President
                                                              

RESOLUTION - II

 (ON THE TRANSFER POLICY OF AAOs)
            The 6th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, held at Cochin on 18th and 19th September 2014 discussed the serious problems prevailing due to the deficiencies in implementation of the transfer policy of AAO/PAO. The meeting observed that-
·         The officials promoted as AAO or PAO are being transferred indiscriminately to faraway places up to the distance of 3000 Kilometers from their place of posting/choice stations. A standing order have been issued to the heads of the Civil Accounts Organizations that, representation of the individuals expressing their difficulty/inability to move out station should not be forwarded to CGA office. As such, applications submitted by the individuals even on medical grounds are not also being forwarded to the CGA by different Civil Accounts authorities.

·         The persons posted outside on promotion are representing repeatedly for their transfer to their choice stations. But they are not getting any justice while their juniors are being promoted in the same stations.

·         Several Sr. Accountants who are on the verge of retirement and shall not be entitled to any financial benefit even after getting the promotion as AAO, have been promoted under 10% promotional quota and ordered to move out station on promotion. Their representations for considering their cases on health ground and family circumstances are not being entertained at all.

·         While the indigenous employees of Civil Accounts organization have been made victims of transfer policy, several persons from other Departments have been brought on deputation basis as AAOs and posted in the same station.

·         Shifting vacant posts from one office/station are being done indiscriminately for adjustment of selected persons by the authority. It is causing great harm to the functions of the offices in particular and interests of the employees in general.

·         Despite repeated requests by the Associations, the policy of local rotational transfers has not been made operational by the authority and it is being applied only in selective cases. 

The meeting therefore, urges upon the Controller General of Accounts to kindly discuss the matter with the representatives of the Associations and take following favorable actions in the interest of the department and employees as well -
1.      Transfer the officials on promotion within the state. In case there is no vacancy available in the state, post the persons in the neighboring state and preferably within a distance of 500 kilometers from their original station of posting to save the money of the Government and provide minimum inconvenience to the  individuals.
2.      Retransfer/promote the officials posted at other station to choice stations   strictly on seniority basis. When a junior is being promoted, his/her senior working in a different station (outside choice stations) may be transferred back and he/she may be posted there. 
3.      Officials due to retire within two years may not be transferred on promotion to out of station.         
4.      Post(s) diverted to other offices/stations may be restored with the parent office itself as soon as they fall vacant.
5.      Since the Senior Accountants promoted against 10% promotional quota do not get any financial benefit and they being very senior in age may not be posted outside the station of their choice.
6.      Local rotational transfer may be implemented strictly in all stations.
7.      Original policy of posting of 2 AAOs at CBEC Field formations may be restored and maintained and in CBDT & in other formations, this policy may be strictly adopted.
The meeting resolves to forward the resolution adopted to the Controller General of Accounts, , New Delhi  for  necessary action.

(T.R. Janardanan)
President


RESOLUTION -III

(AGAINST DECLARING THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES)
The 6th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, held at Cochin on 18th and 19th September 2014 deliberated on the latest order of the Department of Personnel & Training (DOP&T) which stipulates that, all the Central Govt. employees, have to declare their assets and liabilities, both movable and immovable, as well as their spouses and dependents latest by 15th December 2014. All these informations would be  put up by the respective ministries on their website accessible to everyone.

It has been reported in the meeting that a large number of Central Govt. Employees have expressed their fear that putting up details of movable assets such as jewellery and cash in hand and bank would pose a security threat to them and their dependents,  their children will be vulnerable to kidnapping and ransom demands.

Further, the Government employees would have accumulated wealth such as gift from parents, property from grandparents, wife-side property, or children's contribution etc. Putting this information in the public domain would leave them and their family members vulnerable.

The meeting therefore, urges upon the Government of India to consider the letter of the Confederation of Central Government Employees& Workers letter dated 11th September 2014 in which the Confederation has requested that necessary action may be taken in this regard, so that all such information as stated above shall not be displayed on public domain.

The meeting resolves to forward the resolution to the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, The Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department Expenditure, New Delhi, Secretary , Staff side National Council (JCM), Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees And Workers, New Delhi. 

(T.R. Janardanan)
President

RESOLUTION- IV

(ON THER DEMAND OF SETTLEMENT OF 12 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES)
The 6th Federal Council meeting of the National Federation of Civil Accounts Associations, held at Cochin on 18th and 19th September 2014 expressed its strong resentment against non settlement of the 12 point Demands of the Central Government employees raised by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The demands have been submitted to the Government of India on 11th September 2014 through their respective heads of departments/ organizations  by all apex Level Central  Government Employees Organizations functioning as affiliates of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers'.
The sixth Federal Council Meeting once again urges upon the Government of India to discuss and settle the following demands of the Central Government Employees through mutual dialogue with the employee's representatives at the earliest.
1.              Merger of DA with pay for all employees w.e.f. 01.01.2014 including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.
2.      Grant of Interim Relief to all employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Pensioners.
3.      Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under the purview of 7th Central Pay Commission
4.      Scrap PFRDA Act and grant statutory defined pension to all including those appointed on or after 01.01.2004.
5.      Date of effect of 7th CPC recommendation should be 01.01.2014.
6.      Regularisation and Revision of wages of casual labourers and contract workers.
7.      Removal of 5% condition for compassionate appointment.
8.      Fill up all vacant post and creation of New Post wherever justified.
9.      Stop Downsizing, Outsourcing, Contractorisation and Privatisation of Government function.
10.   Grant productivity Linked Bonus to all without ceiling; Computer bonus as weighted average of PLB for those not covered by PLB agreement.
11.   Revise OTA and NDA and implement arbitration awards.
12.   Settle all pending anomalies of 5th and 6th Pay Commission.

The meeting resolves to forward the resolution to the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, The Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department Expenditure, New Delhi, and Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, New Delhi. 


(T.R. Janardanan)
President
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