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					                               JOINT FORUM
                                             OF

  CPWD Junior Engineers‟ Association (India)
                                             &

           Central PWD Engineers Association
       Correspondence address :- A wing, Ground Floor, IP Bhawan, New Delhi-110002
                                  Telefax : 011 - 23378469




To,
       Sh. B.K.Chugh
       Director General (Works),
       C.P.W.D., Nirman Bhawan,
       New Delhi


Sub :- Submission of „Memorandum of Demands‟ after holding Mass Rally at Nirman
       Bhawan, New Delhi on 14-07-2010 (during Lunch Hour) on 23rd Unity Day – reg.

Sir,

       Thousands of Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Promotee Executive Engineers
held MASS RALLY on UNITY DAY today on 14th July 2010 at Nirman Bhawan and all the
Regional, Zonal, Branch and Unit Headquarters all over the country under the Banner of
JOINT FORUM of CPWD JUNIOR ENGINEERS’ ASSOCIATION (INDIA) AND CENTRAL
PWD ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION. We were protesting against the inordinate delay in
realization of our genuine demands and redressal of grievances which are being submitted in
the enclosed „Memorandum of Demands‟ to your goodself.

       The ‘Demands’ placed in the ‘Memorandum’ are legitimate and most genuine. Many
demands are long pending and non-settlement of these has created a strong resentment among
the JEs, AEs and Promotee EEs of CPWD posted at different parts of the country. Our various
requests through our letters of both the Associations highlighting our demands could not stir
the ‘CPWD Directorate’ & ‘Ministry of Urban Development’ for early settlement. We are
therefore constrained to mention the apathy of ‘C.P.W.D. Directorate’ & ‘Ministry of Urban
Development’ for undue delay in resolving the issues mainly the „most burning problems of
irrational and unjustified Modified ACP Scheme and also the problem of rampant
stagnation affecting the cadres of subordinate Engineers of CPWD‟
       Our Associations have exhausted all the possible channels and modes of amenable
persuasion for amicable settlement in the rightful and just manner for our legitimate demands
to avoid any type of confrontation, but to no avail. Any more delay in addressing our issues is
bound to invite trade union action, for which ‘CPWD Directorate’ & ‘Ministry of Urban
Development’ will be responsible.

      We, once again request your goodself to pay your kind attention for a sympathetic
consideration for redressal and fruitful solution to our legitimate demands and genuine
grievances in a time bound manner. We also expect an early action taken report in this regard
from your end.

      Thanking you.

Encl :- Memorandum of Demands
                                                               Yours faithfully,


                 (T.N. Pandey)                                 (P.R. Charan Babu)
               General Secretary                                General Secretary
           CPWD JEs Association (India),               Central PWD Engineers Association,
                  New Delhi-2                                     New Delhi-2


Copy alongwith „Memorandum of Demands‟ for information and necessary action to :-

1) Sh. S. Jaipal Reddyji, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development, Nirman Bhawan, New
   Delhi.
2) Sh. Navin Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.


        (T.N. Pandey)                       (P.R. Charan Babu)
      General Secretary                      General Secretary
  CPWD JEs Association (India),     Central PWD Engineers Association,
         New Delhi-2                           New Delhi-2
                                JOINT FORUM
                                               OF

 CPWD Junior Engineers‟ Association (India)
                                               &

          Central PWD Engineers Association
      Correspondence address :- A wing, Ground Floor, IP Bhawan, New Delhi-110002
                                 Telefax : 011 - 23378469



                    Memorandum of Demands
                            Summary of Demands

1. Immediate review of Modified A.C.P. Scheme issued on 19-05-2009 by granting all the
   up-gradations as per promotional hierarchy in the cadre.
2. Grant of Initial Grade Pay of Rs 4600/- to Junior Engineers by amending Recruitment
   Rules and accordingly Rs. 5,400/- grade pay in PB-3 to AEs (refer para 3.4.7 of 6th CPC
   report).
3. Immediate setting up of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies in
   the payscales of JEs and AEs with similar cadres like CSS etc. in implementation of 6th
   CPC.
4. Promotion from J.E. to A.E. within 20 years of service and regularization of ad-hoc
   promotions of AEs & EEs.
5. Amendment of recruitment rules of J.E.s & E.E.s.
6. Proper Cadre Review without any ill-effects on the cadre of J.E.s and Promotee
   Engineers.
7. Immediate filling up of all the vacant posts of J.E.s , A.E.s, E.E.s and S.E.s
8. Redesignation of J.E.s post as Junior Executive Engineer and AEs post as Deputy
   Executive Engineer.
9. Regularisation of 37 days strike period during the year 1987.
10. Improvement of maintenance sector including granting enhanced financial powers to
    JEs & AEs.
11. Proper Training programme for all J.E.s and Promotee Engineers.
                               JOINT FORUM
                                             OF

 CPWD Junior Engineers‟ Association (India)
                                              &

          Central PWD Engineers Association
      Correspondence address :- A wing, Ground Floor, IP Bhawan, New Delhi-110002
                                 Telefax : 011 - 23378469



                   Memorandum of Demands
                              Details of Demands
1. Immediate review of Modified A.C.P. Scheme issued on 19-05-2009 by granting all the
   up-gradations as per promotional hierarchy in the cadre.
         The Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, promotee Executive Engineers and all
members of Joint Forum are shocked to see the OM No. 35034/3/2008-Estt(D) dtd. 19-5-2009
for Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme issued by the Government in super session
of previous ACP Scheme dt 9-8-99, because the upgradation under the MACPS has been
proposed in the hierarchy of the pay band & Grade Pay instead of promotional hierarchy of
the posts in the cadre. The only solace of getting the financial upgradations under the ACP
scheme introduced on 09-08-99 to the much stagnated cadres of JEs and AEs has been diluted
completely by the introduction of MACPS. The ACP Scheme (of Aug. 1999) was considered a
safety-net to deal with the problems of stagnation and hardship faced by the employees due to
lack of adequate promotional avenues, where as Modified ACP Scheme issued by the present
Government is against the basic principle of Assured Career Progression Scheme of August,
1999. The de-linking of financial upgradations from the promotional hierarchy and linking the
same to the grade-pay hierarchy is a major blow on these cadres who are not getting their 1 st
promotion from JE to AE even after 26 years of meritorious service. The Directorate of CPWD
is not seriously pursuing the restoration of promotional hierarchy in the MACPS also with the
DOPT and Finance Ministry. This has resulted in major financial loss to the Junior Engineers
and Assistant Engineers who joined the department after the year 1984 since they could not get
the second upgradation to the scale of EE before 31-08-08. The future JEs joining the
department will also be at a great disadvantage and suffer financial loss in case the
promotional hierarchy is not restored in the MACPS. This shift in the basic approach and
policy of the government in the Assured Career Progression Scheme has created a wide spread
resentment and discontentment among our thousands of departmental Engineers of Central
PWD who will be in disadvantageous position and will be suffering with unbearable financial
losses in future also.

      Recently the Government has acknowledged the discrepancies of MACPS vis-à-vis
ACPS and constituted a Joint Committee within the National Anomaly Committee. The Joint
Committee had also identified the loss caused to CPWD Subordinate engineers during its
meeting on 25-05-10. It is also learnt that the Ministry of Urban Development has sent its
considered view to JCM that all the upgradations should be granted as per promotional
hierarchy only. Hence it is demanded that immediate steps be taken to ensure that MACPS
is suitably amended immediately as per promotional hierarchy in the cadre only.

2. Grant of Initial Grade Pay of Rs 4600/- to Junior Engineers by amending Recruitment
   Rules and accordingly Rs. 5,400/- grade pay in PB-3 to AEs (Refer para 3.4.7 of 6th CPC
   report).
       In the past one decade, the majority of candidates selected for the post of Junior
Engineers are having higher qualification than prescribed for the post (which is a diploma in
engineering), such as Graduation in Engineering and Post Graduation in Engineering. In the
changed circumstances, the CPWD Junior Engineers Association (India) has demanded an
amendment of Recruitment Rules of J.Es with the proposal to change the entry level
qualification to both i.e. „Graduate in Engineering‟ or „Diploma in Engineering with 2 years
experience‟. The Department and the UD Ministry has already accepted the need of
upgradation in entry level qualification for the Junior Engineers. Hence, it is demanded that
the Recruitment Rule may be suitably amended by incorporating qualification at entry level as
both ‘Degree in Engineering’ or ‘Diploma in Engineering with two years experience’.
       The 6th CPC in para 3.4.7 of its report has prescribed Rs. 4600/- Grade Pay in PB-2 for
subordinate engineers with minimum qualification of degree in engineering and with an
element of direct recruitment. It is also stated that these subordinate engineers will form feeder
cadre to the post carrying Rs. 5400/- Grade Pay in PB-3 in which direct recruitment in group A
is being made. After the amendment of the recruitment rules of JEs as above, they will form
feeder cadre to the next hierarchical posts and as per the report of 6th CPC the Assistant
Engineers to which the JEs are being promoted as per the cadre structure in CPWD should be
placed in the PB-3 with Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/-. We demand that the CPWD Directorate and
the Ministry of Urban Development should ensure early amendment of RRs of JE and grant
the above pay scales of Rs. 4600/- GP in PB-2 to JE and Rs. 5400/- GP in PB-3 to AEs.


3)    Immediate setting up of Departmental Anomaly Committee to settle the anomalies in
      the pay scales of JEs and AEs with similar cadres like CSS etc. in implementation of
      6th CPC.
        Vide the office memorandum No 11/2/2008-JCA dated 12.01.2009 issued by Ministry of
personnel, public grievances and pensions, DOPT-JCA section New Delhi, the departmental
anomaly committee should be constituted by the respective ministries, so that anomalies &
problems arising out of implementation of 6th CPC recommendations can be studied in its true
spirit for to give justice to all cadres in their ministry. But till date the same has not been
constituted by the CPWD or MoUD. We therefore once again demand for immediate
constitution of “Departmental Anomaly Committee” to settle the anomalies arising with in
the department and also simultaneously demand to forward & recommend the ‘Anomalies’
pertaining to ‘National Anomaly Committee’ at the earliest for redressal, as submitted by our
Associations already.
       The Junior Engineers of CPWD have been accorded Group ‘B’ status by the government
of India after the acceptance of 6th CPC report since they have been granted Rs. 4200/- Grade
Pay in PB-2. But various lower and analogous cadres in the government like Primary Teachers,
Nurses, Office Assistants in CSS, Stenographers in CSSS etc. have been placed either in
Rs. 4600/- in Grade Pay or in Rs. 4800/- Grade Pay in PB-2. Similarly the Assistant Engineers
of CPWD who are Gazetted Group B Engineers have been placed in PB-2 with Grade Pay of
Rs. 4600/- whereas many lower and analogous cadres in Central Government like TGTs,
Assistant Nursing Superintendents, Section officers in CSS, Personal Secretaries in CSSS etc.
have been placed in Rs. 4800/- Grade Pay in PB-2. Many of these in Group B officers like
Section Officers in CSS, Personal Secretaries in CSSS have been granted non functional fitment
scale of Rs. 5400/- Grade Pay in PB-3 after four years of regular service in their posts. This non-
functional scale is not considered as part of ACP upgradation, which is clearly mentioned in
the 6th CPC report itself. Even the recent circular issued by DOPT clarifies that those who are
granted Rs. 5400/- GP in PB-3 as non-functional fitment scale will further be allowed another
upgradation to the Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- in the MACPS. Hence it is demanded that the
anomalies in the Pay Scales of Junior Engineers and Assistant Engineers with similar cadres
should be removed immediately.


4) Promotion from J.E. to A.E. within 20 years of service and regularization of ad-hoc
   promotions of AEs & EEs


Name of post :- Junior Engineer              =   Rs. 4200 (Grade Pay)
(Selected through All India Competitive
Examination, now conducted by SSC)
Promotional post :- Assistant Engineer       =   Rs. 4600 (Grade Pay)
Difference in Grade Pay                      =   Rs. 400/- Only
The residency period in Grade Pay of =           5 Years
Rs. 4200 to be promoted in Grade Pay of
Rs.4600 as per latest DOPT Circular.
In actual, number of years needed in =           28 to 30 Years of regular service.
CPWD to get 1st promotion from Grade
Pay of Rs. 4,200 to Rs. 4,600
Future Projections                           =   Uncertain
Reason                                       =   Poor Cadre Management in the department for
                                                 Subordinate Engineers
Name of Department                           =   Central P.W.D., The Principal Engineering
                                                 Department of Govt. of India

Main Work                                    =   Execution of public work projects, in time
                                                 bound manner for Govt. of India

Result                                       =   Uncertain
Why                                          =   Management failure of Department on all fronts
Who is responsible                           =   Higher - ups of the department, who don’t have
                                                 time for the subordinate staff and works
Our expectations                             =   Positive introspection and just action to reduce
                                                 stagnation.
        With painful heart, once again this is brought to your notice that the state of seniority
promotion of Junior Engineers of CPWD has become pathetic & worst. One has to wait for
more than 26-30 Years to get his Ist promotion. As per existing recruitment rule, 50 %
promotions are being done by seniority cum fitness basis and other 50 % are done through
Limited Departmental Competitive Examination conducted by CPWD Training Institute
headed by one senior officer of CPWD, designated as A.D.G. (Training). Since merit is the
criteria of selection through LDCE, many brilliant as well as senior J.Es are also deprived of
promotion particularly through this method. The Examination is also not being conducted on
regular intervals for the Annual vacancies, arising for the past 30 Years and only 8 such
Examinations were conducted. Large recruitment of J.Es at a time, is also one of the cause
where competition becomes very tough in LDCE. Method of conducting LDCE is also not fool
proof and is vulnerable to corruption, where real meritorious aspirants are also left behind.
        Because of vacancy based rosters, every time 50% vacancies go towards seniority quota
& 50% kept for LDCE. As the retirement happens in the seniority promoted AEs and in the
absence of regular promotion or less promotions to the post of EE, which has caused imbalance
and therefore scale has tilted more towards LDCE quota, which has also created imbalance in
the promotion of Seniority & LDCE promoted AEs. If LDCE promoted AEs & LDCE quota
vacancies for AEs are added, it will be more than 65 % of the total strength of AEs in CPWD.
Because of such bad cadre management the Junior Engineers of CPWD in general has to wait
for more than 26 -30 years for their Ist promotion even after performing their Govt. duties
honestly, sincerely with full intellect & intelligence with his Engineering wisdom and also in
many cases in hard areas, remote areas and that too with full determination & dedication. The
situations and projections for the future will be more serious.
       This rampant situation of stagnation is prevailing in spite of two cadre reviews
happened in the past i.e. Ist one in 1987 & IInd one in 1995 with surrender of thousands of
posts of Junior Engineers, therefore Department failed to give any long lasting solution to this
problem of stagnation in the cadre of Junior Engineers of CPWD.
       The department after introspection had now approved change in ratio to 80:20 instead
of 50:50 (for Seniority & LDCE) which has recently been notified in the RR. Regarding our
other suggestions, the department & Ministry must rise to the occasion to give relief to this
cadre of Junior Engineers of CPWD by considering one time diversion for disputed LDCE
vacancies from 2002-03 to 2007-08 in favour of seniority. So that at least one promotion can be
given to every eligible Junior Engineer of this Department before completion of his 20 years
of regular service as envisaged by the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development. There are
hundreds of Assistant Engineers and promotee Executive Engineers who are working on ad-
hoc basis for many years without the benefit of regularization of their services. We demand
immediate steps to regularize these ad-hoc promotions so that they can avail the benefits of
regular service.


5)    Amendment of recruitment rules of J.E.s & E.E.s


       The demand for amendment of recruitment rule for the post of Junior Engineer has been
discussed in the foregoing para at Sl. No. 2, hence the same is not being repeated. In addition
to this the recruitment rules for the post of Executive Engineers are also needs amendments.
After 6th CPC report is accepted and implemented the DoPT has already directed all the
ministries to amend the recruitment rules of various cadres as per the new pay band system
and residency periods according to the new grade pays. The ‘CPWD Engineers Association’
has been demanding amendment of recruitment rules for Executive Engineers since long
asking for clubbing of diploma and degree quotas into a single quota with eligibility period of
7 and 9 years for degree and diploma holders. They also demanded introduction of “failing
which clause“ in the RRs enabling the automatic diversion of unfilled quota from one stream to
the other as required from time to time and there by avoiding the need for diversion of posts
from one quota to another which caused many litigations in the past. Once this clause will be
in place, the requirement of adequate number of eligible officers for filling the posts of
Executive Engineer will be fulfilled and no posts will remain vacant for want of eligible officers
of a particular stream. Provision of ‘failing which’ clause is an accepted norm in various cadres
and we demand similar clause should be introduced in the RRs for Executive Engineers
immediately.


6)    Proper Cadre Review without any ill-effects on the cadre of J.E.s and Promotee
      Engineers


       The Junior Engineers promoted through earlier cadre review vacancies had retired
within 6 to 7 years service and again the situation of stagnation came back at the same level
due to ‘Bad cadre management system’. Moreover the ill-effects on JEs cadre due to Group – A
Cadre Review has not been corrected till date. In the present scenario, the J.E.s of CPWD needs
more than 26-30 years of regular service to get his 1st regular promotion in normal
circumstances and the future projections are also not in favour. Under the circumstances, the
time is also not far away when JE of CPWD will be retiring as JE only, if the present situation
continued. The situation of stagnation at the AE level is also not much different as AEs of more
than 20 years service are still not getting promotion as EE.

       The Directorate of CPWD had prepared one proposal for ‘Cadre Review’ of Group A
(CES, CE & MES & CAS) and Group B & C Engineers of CPWD, which was approved and
forwarded to DoPT by the Urban Development Ministry some time back. Both the associations
i.e. CPWD JEs Association (I) and CPWD Engineers Association have raised certain objections
regarding increase of AEEs posts and posting of Superintending Engineer in some division
which are supposed to be important divisions. We also objected that the benefits of cadre
review are not equal for all cadres and the class I DR cadre is being doled out many goodies
whereas the subordinate cadres of JEs and AEs are being offered marginal benefits. Even then
we have given our conditional consent to the proposal since it is for the benefit of all cadres of
Engineers that too after the DG (W) has promised us to remove the imbalance and see to it that
our objections are taken care of. We also stated that the posts of EEs created during the last
cadre review in the year 1995 are not yet filled on regular basis even after lapse of 15 years and
the proposal to create further posts of EEs will not be justified when hundreds of the existing
posts are still not filled on regular basis even though due to some court cases which are mainly
caused by Class I DR Engineers. Hence we demanded to fill all the existing posts on regular
basis. But it is learnt that the final proposal of cadre review sent to DoPT was not amended
accordingly as promised and by and large the same proposal which was discussed in the DG’s
Meeting was sent to DoPT. We demand that the cadre review proposal be suitably amended
and efforts may be made to get the same approved from DoPT and Finance Ministry so that
the fruits of cadre review are reached to the subordinate engineers to reduce the unparallel
stagnation to some extent.
7)     Immediate filling up of all the vacant posts of J.E.s , A.E.s, E.E.s and S.E.s


       A good number of posts of Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Executive Engineers
and Superintending Engineers are always lying vacant in the department at any given time.
Therefore, the existing Engineers are overloaded and field & planning works are suffering.
The Engineers posted in Hard Areas i.e. Jammu & Kashmir, Border Fencing / Lighting, I.B.B.
Zone, North East Region are not getting relief due to non-availability of relievers and are
forced to stay in Hard Areas beyond their normal tenure of posting. Non filling up of all the
vacant posts of Engineers is not only causing undue stress and strains on existing engineers
but also affecting the quality and pace of construction as well as maintenance activities. Yet all
pleadings in this regard have fallen upon the deaf ears of the CPWD Directorate.
       Because of large number of vacant posts of Engineers (Civil & Electrical), the
department is taking excuses for not accepting the new projects. The projects of ‘BFR’ and
‘AIIMS’ at different locations alongwith other important projects are being refused or
acceptance is being delayed by the department due to this reason. It is evident that CPWD
Directorate is continuing its legacy of over large recruitment of Engineers at various levels in
one go by clubbing vacancies of many years, thereby flouting the norms of cadre management
continually, which ultimately results in more stagnation and frustration, which in turn
adversely affect the overall performance of the department. The officers, who are deputed on
the job of cadre management are never made accountable for their inaction, though existing
DOPT guidelines explicitly stipulate for filling up of all the vacancies in a yearly manner.
       This is a matter of great concern that hundreds of vacancies of AE (Civil) and AE
(Electrical) are lying vacant. These posts are lying vacant due to non-conducting of LDCE for
the last 8 years. The department is totally responsible for creating a dispute for these vacancies
by notifying the permission to appear in LDCE for those, who had not completed 4 years in the
grade. Specifically the Junior Engineers, redeployed in CPWD through surplus cell in January,
2003 onwards, are being permitted by the department to appear in Limited Departmental
Competitive Examination for the post of AE for the vacancies, even when they have not
completed stipulated 4 years in the grade
        The JEs Association strongly objected this type of unjustified move of the department
and also submitted protest against this permission of allowing JEs without completion of
stipulated 4 years in the grade as needed for the eligibility of LDCE as per recruitment rule for
the post of AEs of CPWD. This matter is still unresolved and is under dispute. The situation of
stagnation in CPWD is also becoming more and more pathetic day by day. It was informed
that the proposal for one time diversion of the vacancies of AEs accrued out of examination
quota from the year 2002-2003 to 2007-08 to seniority quota has already been sent to Ministry
for approval. Department also intends to hold LDCE for the clear undisputed vacancies of
the year 2008-09 onwards in near future. We therefore demand to act immediately as per
above decision without any ambiguity, so that the cadre of Junior Engineers may get partial
relief on the stagnation front. This proposal of the department which is with an intention to fill-
up all the vacant posts of AE in the department is in the line with the ‘intention’ and ‘concern’
shown by the Hon’ble Urban Development Minister. Hence we demand that all vacant posts
from the JE level to SE level should be filled up immediately to avoid over loading of
working officers.
8.     Redesignation of J.E.s post as Junior Executive Engineer and AEs post as Deputy
       Executive Engineer.


       Earlier the Junior Engineers of CPWD were placed in Group ‘C’, but as per notification
in Extraordinary Gazette of India dated 9-4-2009 vide no. S.O. 946(E), A Central Civil Post
carrying the following Grade Pays has been classified as Group ‘B’ i.e. Rs. 5,400, Rs. 4,800,
Rs 4,600 and Rs. 4,200 in the scale of pay of Rs. 9300-34800 in Pay Band – 2. The Junior Engineer
post in CPWD is carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- and hence they are now categorized as
Group ‘B’ officers.
      The demand of redesignation of JE post as JEE was well taken up by the CPWD JEs
Association (India) and AEs posts as ‘Deputy EE’ has been taken up by the CPWD Engineers
Association for the last many years.
        This is pertinent to mention here that the Hon’ble Urban Development Minister has also
consented to redesignate JEs of CPWD as JEEs and AEs as Deputy EEs as there is no financial
implication in doing so, but the Directorate of CPWD is unnecessarily delaying the proposals
till now even after submission of functional justification as demanded by the department.
      We therefore demand that the proposal of redesignation of both the posts may be got
approved and notified in time bound manner.


9.     Regularisation of 37 days strike period during the year 1987.

      The Joint Forum would like to place few facts and circumstances leading to the Strike by
the Junior Engineers in 1987, subsequent agreements there to and yet betrayal of the
management in non-regularization of the strike period.
       The strike was the result of non-fulfillment of demands of Junior Engineers, despite
several memorandums, Rallies, Demonstrations etc. Even the balloting carried out by the
Association in regard to the strike could not stir the management out of its slumber. Strike was
thus the last resort, which took place on 14th July 1987. The strike was later on called off at the
instance of the then Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development and the then Joint Secretary
reached an agreement on 20th August, 1987 with the representatives of the Association.
       There was explicit and specific mention in the agreement at Para 8 that there shall be no
victimization of Junior Engineers on account of their participation in strike, yet the betrayal of
the management to that agreement was quite palpable when the striking Junior Engineers
were denied the payment of salary for the strike period and concept of break in service (Dies-
non) was applied, causing the date of their annual increment and other benefits etc. to advance
by 37 days. After the aforesaid agreement, the Junior Engineers worked with dedication and
mutual trust without any trace of bickering of the past. In many cases, to meet out the
scheduled targets they worked diligently even beyond duty hours and on holidays.
       Last but not the least, there has been discrimination in our case. The strikes in other
Ministries, i.e. Teachers Strike in 1987, Government of Indian Press Strike in 1988, Telecom
Employees’ Strike in 1988, and ONGC strike in 1991 have been regularized by compensating
strike period with leaves. As recent as in 1997, strike period of P&T staff have been regularized
by the then Government, Strikes of Nurses, Postal Staff, Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff of health
department have also been regularized on the same pattern by the NDA Government.
       This all shows how badly the Junior Engineers of CPWD under similar conditions
and circumstances have been discriminated by the very same Government. As such kindly
look in to the matter afresh so as to ensure that 37 days strike period in the case of Junior
Engineers of CPWD is regularized / condoned on the very same pattern, as has been done in
many other cases of Central Government Department as mentioned herein above to fulfill
the long cherished aspiration of Junior Engineers of CPWD. Many of the Junior Engineers
who participated in the strike are now working as AEs and EEs and some of them even
retired without the benefit of regularization of strike period.


       At this juncture, we would like to remind about one more problem that has been
forcibly thumped on us due to this dies-non of 37 days strike period. While granting ACP to
the Junior Engineers, the date of effect has been shifted by 37 days by the department.
The D.O.P.T. circular clearly mentions to ignore the dies-non period while granting the ACP,
but the department fails to implement it. We demand the immediate remedial action in
deferment of effective date of ACP also.


10)    Improvement of maintenance sector including granting enhanced financial powers to
       JEs & AEs.


        The performance of the department in the maintenance sector is being perceived to be
deteriorating for the last few years by the Members of Parliament as well as residents of
various colonies especially in the National Capital. This is partly due to rising expectations of
the allottees and mainly due to system failure of the department in satisfying the needs of the
clients in the open competitive atmosphere. The departmental manuals, procedures and rules
are mainly focused on original construction works which are being adopted in maintenance
works also without any improvisation to suit the special requirements and supernumerary
nature of maintenance jobs. The maintenance sector is mainly looked after by the field staff i.e.
JE, AE and EE and without required delegation of financial powers and powers to take spot
decisions to attend the complaints of the allottees and early redressal of the same, the
dissatisfaction is bound to increase day by day. The field staff are bearing the brunt of client
dissatisfaction without any major fault on their part. Instead of improving the system to meet
the changing requirements. CPWD Directorate is introducing new schemes ‘now and then’
every day like call centres, SMSs by field staff, online monitoring of CPWD enquiries etc.
without going into the root cause of the problem. The recent incident of suspension of three
officers in ‘H’ Division is a glaring example of the system failure than the individuals’ fault.
Even though the suspension orders have been revoked in due course, to prevent such
unfortunate and embarrassing situations in which the Hon‟ble Minister of Urban
Development had to announce the suspension of the officers on the floor of the House
(Rajya Sabha) on 6th May 2010 in reply to starred question regarding a minor maintenance
complaint, a serious introspection at all levels is the need of the hour and all stake holders i.e.
mainly the field staff and the Associations representing them should be consulted and an
improvised system should be put in place to really meet the challenges. During the 156th year
celebration of CPWD day the Hon’ble UD Minister emphasized the need to improve the
performance of the department in a big way to earn good reputation in maintenance works
similar to construction works. Hence, we demand immediate constructive steps to improve
the performance in maintenance sector. One immediate solution will be to enhance the
delegated powers of field engineers substantially including financial powers to Junior
Engineers of maintenance with allocation of „emergency fund‟.




11)   Proper Training programme for all J.E.s and Promotee Engineers.


       The Training ‘Arm’ of CPWD is headed by senior officer in the rank of Additional
Director General (Trg.). CPWD has constructed ‘Central Training Institute’ at Ghaziabad long
back, which is a good infrastructure facility for such an institute spreaded in more than 30
acres. There is also training set up at regional level i.e. in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, but
these set ups are ill equipped to train the Engineers of CPWD.
       In spite of good infrastructure facilities at the CPWD training institute at Ghaziabad, it
has failed to motivate the subordinate engineers i/c JEs to participate in training programmes.
The reason may be either programmes are not well conceived or these programmes are not
properly circulated. It has also been observed that Subordinate Engineers are discouraged to
attend training programmes at Ghaziabad. All important training and management
programme like IIM Bangalore in which specialized and experienced faculty will be teaching
management techniques are being recommended only for Class I DR Engineers and none of
the promotee executive engineers have been sponsored for the same by the department in the
recent list placed on the website. This amply shows the biased attitude of the CPWD
administration towards their own class of Engineers and denial of the benefits to promotee
engineers.
        Hence, there is a need for introspection so that the benefit of technology advancement
can be infused upto grass root level. In the phase of globalization and liberalization, the
training programmes for latest material and machinery, latest design, modern construction
techniques, quality control methods, with project management system has become more
vital. Hence, the subordinate engineers of CPWD must be trained for to update time to time in
these fields. To implement the proper training programmes a qualified, experienced and
specialized ‘faculty’ team is needed to be empanelled for CPWD training institute; which is not
available today.
      The Directorate of CPWD is determined to computerize the working of the Department
We welcome and appreciate such policy of the Department, but unfortunately the role of
CPWD training institute to train the Subordinate Engineers in ‘computer related syllabi’ is
lagging behind. We therefore demand that the whole process of ‘training programmes’
alongwith ‘faculty’ deployment must be looked into, so that the employees of CPWD in
general and Subordinate Engineers in particular can be updated time to time in the modern
engineering techniques and latest engineering materials for the ultimate benefit of ‘CPWD
working’.




   (T.N. Pandey)                                               ( P. R.Charan Babu)
   General Secretary                                             General Secretary
CPWD J.E.s’ Association (India)                      Central PWD Engineers Association
   New Delhi-2                                                      New Delhi -2

				
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