The DGOF & CHAIRMAN
Ordnance Factory Board
10-A, S.K.Bose Road
Sub:Submission of Memorandum/statement to the Hon’ble DGOF & CHAIRMAN on Cadre Review of JWM cadre by the “applicant” K.K.Velayudhan during the “hearing” on 17.10.2014 held at O.F.Board.
Ref:1) Contempt Application No.310/00083 of 2014 filed by NDGBGOA, OFT Branch Before Hon’ble Madras Bench CAT arising out of OA No. 871 of 2013.
2) Detailed Memorandum submitted to DGOF& CHAIRMAN, O.F.Board from all units On 20.12.2013 regarding the deprived position of JWM cadre with proposal fo Cadre Review.
3) OFB I.D. No. NGO/CADRE REVIEW/A/NG dated 24-12-2013
While acknowledging the receipt of OFB Fax intimating about the hearing, I extend my sincere thanks to the DGOF & CHAIRMAN, as Secretary of NDGBGOA OFT Branch and also as the applicant for allowing me the “hearing”, towards smooth settlement of Cadre Review of Group B Gazetted Officers in Ordnance Factories.
Sir, I wish to submit that as an applicant, I feel it is my foremost and bound duty to explain the facts and background that lead to the extreme situation of approaching the Hon’ble Court which otherwise would have avoided and hence is brought below for your kind perusal please.
The Government Instruction to conduct the Cadre Review was issued in the year 2011 (to mitigate the problem of stagnation, particularly in the posts which were “merged” as perthe recommendation of 6th CPC) vide Letter No. 35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) dt.10th Feb.2011 to all departments. In response to the above instruction almost all other departments have completed the Cadre Review.
The cadre review was completed in respect of Industrial Employees even in our organisation which was implemented in the year 2012 with retrospective effect from 01/01/2006.
OFB has constituted a Cadre Review Committee under the chairmanship of Shri Ralegankar (Present General Manger, OF Korwah),and the committee also submitted its report on 07/09/2012, it is regretted to submit that neither any reference to the report and its recommendations nor the proposal suggested by the affected cadre associations has been taken into consideration in the Cdre Review proposal submitted by OFB to MOD. The Raleganker committee, has made alarming observations regarding stagnation of JWM cadre that goes adversely towards the effectiveness of the organization and also the carrier prospects of the JWM cadre as well. The report also emphasize the need to follow DOPT norms to be followed to avoid litigations. In para 7.2 of its report, It says:7.2
IOFS CADRE REVIEW SHALL BE BASED ON JWM STRENGTH “JWMs strength shall be taken into account in assessing and increasing the number of JTS/STS and so on. This will improve the prospects of JWMs/IOFS and also effectiveness of shop floor administration at critical level of Head of Section in OFs.
The above is required as per GOI/DOPT instructions. JTS is the promotional grade just above JWM. Threshold analysis is required in an organization between any two levels and there after structural ratio between the promotional higher grade and the feeder grade is to be determined. Threshold analysis brings out time span of 10-15 years/15-20 years in the existing profile/pyramid. The existing ratio between JWMs and AWM promotional quota is 7000:185 (38:1),this is phenomenally abnormal. The steepness causes frustration and adversely affects the effectiveness of organisation at a critical level. Legally it is violation of Art 14 and Art 16 as (adequate) promotional opportunities do not exist. Managerially the pyramid is ineffective. Viewed from any angle, the ratio between JWM and AWM (promotes) is required to be changed . As per DOPT norms it is 3-5 times of higher grade in case of selection method of promotion. By that norm even if JWM strength is reduced to 3000,AWM strength shall increased to 600 for PR quota thus total posts becoming 1200 (600+600 DR + Promotion)”
In spite of the above alarming position still allowed to continue as a violation of DOPT norms, OFB has not shown any sign of attempt to increase the AWM posts, through Cadre Review of JWM/IOFS till date.
It is imperative to mention here that the discussion along with the cadre Associations were conducted but the minutes of the discussions were not recorded for reason whatsoever. Even the instruction given by JS/MOD in a similar discussion (conducted on 12.03.2014 at Cossipore IB) to increase the number of posts in PB-3(5400 GP) from 1000 posts to 1300 posts, as an amendment to the present proposal, was agreed by OFB officials who were present in the meeting but the same has not been done till date, which can be seen as an advantage of not recording the minutes of the meeting/discussions conducted with service associations. As per the DOPT norms it is necessary to consult the service associations and to reach a consensus before finalising the cadre review for submission to competent authority.
The present deprived position of JWM Cadre has occurred purely due to erroneous status maintained in the SRO as “Ministerial” by which the 5th & 6th CPC awarded inferior pay and status to the JWM Cadre. While the direct recruitment to this cadre is through UPSC with an essential qualification as Degree/Technical Degree in Engineering, it can not be termed to “ministerial” which means purely of clerical duties.
In the Memorandum/report submitted by OFB to 7th CPC vide No.02/7th CPC/Q/PCC Dated 27 Aug 2014 , through para 5.15.2, it is mentioned that “ the post of JWM was wrongly treated as one of the supervisory levels. But the fact is that JWMs do perform the managerial role in the shop floor and offices in OFs.”
Because of the above misguided position, the 6th CPC also recommended merging of this managerial gazette cadre with supervisory cadre of Asst. Foreman (Non-Gazetted). Due to this wrong doing JWMs are losing their due financial benefit in proper payband and Grade pay with effect from 01.01.2006 which is warranting the necessity to implement the cadre review w.e.f. 01.01.2006 as the cadre review done for industrial cadre in the OFs.
The erstwhile Foreman(existed till 4th CPC) was an NGO Post bestowed with all allowances including Overtime and was drawing the pay almost equal to the pay of General Mangers. Further the pay scale of Foreman was also above the pay scale of Group A entrants i.e AWM(OP).
Being the case in the name of up gradation from Non-Gazetted to Gazetted, all allowances were withdrawn and also the pay scale was brought down below the pay scale of Group A entrants i.e. AWM(OP). This has also resulted the hitherto followed practice of providing training to Group A entrants AWM(OP) by the most experienced and technocrats in the shop floors i.e. Foreman is now made to report to the newly recruited AWM(OP) who does not have practical exposure to the industrial/administrative atmosphere and it is from this very point onwards the hierarchy was disturbed and the Organisation become ineffective. The purpose of upgrading of Foreman in the year 1994 from NGO to GO is to be seen as a reason only to disallow allowances such as OT,Bonus etc.to the cadre.
It is high time that OFB should realize that such tactics of making profit by demoralising their own subordinates will only lead to organizational ineffectiveness. While neglecting the richness of skill and experience we are in the process of neglecting our own existence in the present competitive world.
Today our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, regularly emphasizes the importance of preserving skill to make India to meet global challenges in the manufacturing sector which is to be viewed as a relevant factor to our organization also, particularly as we have to cater the defence preparedness of our country with world class weapons and equipments in a strategic time of disturbing line of borders. IOFS cadre are the leaders of our organization, mending the executives (IOFS new entrants) with practical exposure in the state of the art technology already in place with our infrastructure, is a very much warranted one and by the most experienced FM/JWM, as a practice followed till 4th CPC, we can achieve the target as envisioned by our hon’ble Prime Minister. OFB at least at this stage should realize these facts and endeavour to reinstate the JWM cadre appropriately to bring the erstwhile system back towards achieving the goal.
The present Cadre Review Proposal submitted by OFB, if implemented, will adverse the present scope of benefit attained through ACP/MACP scheme, and hence it is necessary to take the 3 financial up gradations in thirty years of existing ACP/MACP scheme of Govt. (introduced as a temporary measure to alleviate the stagnation/promotions not taking place in time) is to considered as a minimum benchmark for the present cadre review.
In view of the above the following are to be implemented through cadre review for effective functioning of the Organisation and better prospective for middle management cadre.
1 The promotional post of the JTS is to be increased as per the recommendation of Shri. Ralegaonkar Committee Report in proportion to JWM strength and also as per the DOPT norms which is 3 to 5 times of the promotional post.
2. The erstwhile status of Foreman is to be restored to meet the international challenges and to improve the organization for the present scenario.
3. Time bound promotion to JWM Cadre and Non Functional up gradation at par with Gr.A cadre.
4. Pay scale of JWM should be made analytical with previous CPCs, which is on an average, is more than that of the present Matron, and Hindi Officers who were drawing lesser pay than JWM in previous CPS’s, but now awarded higher Grade Pay i.e. Rs 5400/- in PB-III.
5. The cadre review should be done taking ACP/MACP as a minimum bench mark.
6. The cadre review should be done with effect from 01/01/2006 since OFB itself has come out with an opinion that merging of JWM with AF was wrongly done as mentioned in the report submitted to 7th CPC by OFB vide para 5.1.2. and also the cadre review of Industrial Employees have already been implemented with effected 01/01/2006.
7. Cadre Review should be implemented without any further delay and all out efforts had to be taken on a war footing to complete the same as JWMs are put to severe financial loss from 01.01.2006 onwards and are the most affected/deprived cadre.