Letters to the Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal by HC120809162320

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									              Letters to the Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal
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To
Smt. Mamata Banerjee,
Hon`ble Chief Minister,
Government of West Bengal,
Writers Buildings,
Kolkata- 700 001



Respected Madam,

    First of all, we take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt greetings to you on becoming
the Chief Minister of our state. All of us welcome this change and salute the attitude of
perseverance of yours.
    Ours is the service, West Bengal Audit & Accounts Service, is the only constituted state
service specialized in the field of Finance, Accounts and Audit. We also humbly like to avail
of this opportunity to inform you that ours is the largest Association of the officers of West
Bengal Audit & Accounts Service and like your kind self we also do have a long history of
struggle.
    It all started way back in 1974 when Government decided to merge Jr. and State tiers of
WBCS and 7 other state services as a matter of policy. Unfortunately, despite having the
same logic and rationale, Jr. Audit & Accounts Service was not merged with State Audit &
Accounts Service. Sri M.G.Kutty , then Finance Secretary , Govt. of W.B. sent a memo to the
2nd Pay Commission strongly recommended to merge two tiers of the service into one as the
two tiers bear the same work and responsibility. But the matter did not materialize due
hindrances created by some heinous and subversive element within our service.
    Then we formed a new association of ours and started movements in our own way .We
left no stone unturned but the Government turned a deaf hear to it. We were compelled to
engage ourself into a legal battle and the matter went up to the Supreme Court. In 1994 the
apex court was pleased to direct that the unification was the prerogative of the Government.
Thereafter instead of giving up, we continued our struggle to convince Government about the
necessity of the unification. At the same time the handful of officers of other Association
tried to play a spoilsport with the blessings of some political big wigs of the earlier regime.
Despite constant opposition unification order saw the light of the day in March 2001 with
prospective effect after a long battle of 23 years. However most of the senior officers, who
have fought the battle over the years, remained deprived totally. Again we started
approaching the Government mentioning this fact of deprivation to senior officers. After a
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long and constant pursuasion, the Government considered our demand and approved a order
in file in February, 2006 giving notional effect w.e.f. 1.4.1981 keeping inter-se-seniority
undisturbed. But the said order was not officially issued due to stiff resistance by a few
members of Higher & State Audit & Accounts Service Association with the help of their
political bosses of the erstwhile ruling party. But we believed the fight for justice can be
delayed and can never be denied. At last on 23rd September 2009 all our efforts bore fruits
partially as the unification order was antedated to 1981 without awarding any seniority and
arrear. Despite the partial justice meted to us, we accepted to same with humility. But the
said rival Association changed their stance overnight and filed three cases against the
Government in the matter of unification and other things. Though there are no stay orders
from the court,
the Finance Department has not given the benefits to most of the officers even after two
years. Most unfortunately, officers who have retired on superannuation since August
2010 are not getting pension and other pensionary benefits due to lackadaisical attitude
of the Finance Department.
    In this connection we would like to draw your kind attention to the fact these particular
set of 78 officers, who are engaged in the heinous activities opposing any kind of
development of our service, have already overdrawn a huge amount of Government money
by way of deliberate wrong fixation and Hon`ble WBAT has already ordered to recover the
said overdrawn money immediately upholding the refixation order already issued by the
Government. But unfortunately till now the Finance Department is very much reluctant for
giving due importance for implementation of the said order in a motivated way to favour
them through extending the benefits beyond the petitioners. It may be mentioned that this
issue relates to leakage of crores of rupees from the Governments` exchequer.
    Madam, you can easily appreciate the fact if we have the real political blessing of the
erstwhile regime, we could have easily reached our goal in early 1981 with full benefits and
we could not have remain satisfied with this partial benefits after nearly 30 years.
    I would in the above circumstances request your good self to kindly allow us a few
minutes time to apprise you on the above subject.
    Thanking you,


                                                                            Yours faithfully,

                                                                             Sd/- 10.6.2011
                                                                              (N.K.Sarkhel)
                                                                           General Secretary
                                                                            (M)9831826488
                                               -2.-


To,
Smt. Mamata Banerjee,
Hon`ble Chief Minister
to the Govt. of West Bengal,
Writers Buildings,
Kolkata- 700 001

Respected Madam,

            All of us are well aware of the precarious condition of the state economy at this very
juncture. We as a responsible Association would like to put forward our views on this issue
before your kind self. We have also made submission before Hon`ble Finance Minister Dr. Amit
Mitra earlier in this regard. Our demands as detailed below bears a close relationship with the
well being of state economy as such and proper utilization of West Bengal Audit & Accounts
Service for instilling stringent discipline in financial sector.
            Madam, you can well appreciate that implementation of our suggestion warrants a
drastic overhauling and shake up of the total administrative and bureaucratic set up of the state
economy. We also seek a few moments of your valuable time to apprise you of the standing
significance of our demands. We expect unlike the previous Government, your Government
shall render proper attention to our demands with a rational attitude. We also hope that this will
extend a helping hand towads good governance in the state economy.

          Extension of the benefit of 3rd Higher Scale under CAS to all eligible State Service
           Officers, who have served 22 years service.
          Encadre the posts of Director of Treasuries and Accounts, Director of DPPG,
           Director of Accounts (Education) in our service.
          Creation of one post of Financial Advisor in each department and that to be manned
           by the senior of our service.
          Introduction of Double Entry System in place of existing Single Entry System in
           Government Accounts.
          Separation with full set up of Treasury establishment from district administration and
           brought it under the direct control of DTA.
          All posts of Accounts Officers of Finance Accounts Department and Addl. Pay &
           Accounts Officers of Pay & Accounts Office to be encadred and manned by our
           service as we are specialized in this regard.
          Inclusion of our officers in policy matters and decisions.

           Other than these demands we also put forward our views in a separate enclosure.

           Thanking you,

                                                                                 Yours sincerely,


                                                                                  (N.K.Sarkhel)
                                                                               General Secretary
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To
Smt. Mamata Banerjee,
Hon`ble Chief Minister,
Government of West Bengal,
Writers Buildings,
Kolkata- 700 001

                            Sub: Deprivation of Pensionary Benefits.

Respected Madam,

          Most respectfully we beg to draw your kind attention to the following facts for
your sympathetic consideration.

             Some officers belonging to the cadre of West Bengal Audit & Accounts Service,
who retired on superannuation in August, 2010 and afterwards after rendering satisfactory
service, are not getting any pensionary benefits till date. We would like to mention here that a
file concerning the release of pensionary benefits to 50 odd officers is lying with the
Principal Secretary, Finance Department for nearly a month. Earlier the file was initiated by
the Finance Department in pursuance of Hon`ble WBAT `s instruction. The file was moving
from one section to another for nearly six months for necessary approval and vetting of the
Law Cell and Pension Cell etc. After completing all the procedural paraphernalia the said file
was submitted before Ld. Legal Remembrancer and he vetted it. Then the file has been
submitted to the Principal Secretary, Finance Department for his kind perusal.

            It is unfortunate and painful to note that these retired officers have been spending
their days through acute financial hardships and mental agony.

             Under the circumstances, we make a fervent appeal to you kind self to give
necessary instruction to the Principal Secretary, Finance Department to do the needful at the
earliest, so that the retired officers can live a decent and tension -free retired life.

           Thanking you,


                                                                               Yours sincerely,


                                                                                (N.K.Sarkhel)
                                                                             General Secretary
                                                                              (M)9831826488

								
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