Ref No. NDGBGOA(CE)/General/50/2014 -07 Date:-17-07-2014
The Hon’ble State Minister for Defence ,
Ministry of Defence,
Govt. of India,
South Block, New Delhi.110011.
Sub: Earnest pleas for reprisal of Grievances of Group B Gazetted Officers of Ordnance Factories – Reg
On behalf of the members of the National Defence Group’B’ Gazetted Officers Association of Ordnance Factories, Ministry of Defence, I extend my heartiest congratulations on your assumption of charge as Honorable Minister of State for Defence of our great nation. We sincerely hope that Ordnance Factories will be back on track under your expertise and esteemed leadership.
The Ordnance factories has played a creditable role in the supply of Arms, Ammunitions, Combat Vehicles and Clothing to the Indian Armed forces ,Navy, Air force and Para Military Forces, after Independence. Of late due to certain developments taken place, the Organisation has received setbacks and lost the luster. This has naturally lowered the morale of one and all connected with the Organisation. Now it is time to take strong measures to put the Organisation back on the track and put an end to the squabbles and make it a capable of providing latest requirements of the Armed Forces. It should be capable of reducing our dependency on imports and should be the first choice of the customers. This can be taken care by forming a committee of honest retired senior officers to study the existing conditions and suggest the remedial actions within a framed time.
Sir, this association has formed recently and could recognize by Govt. of India on 5th July 2013. NDGBGO association represent the Group B Gazetted Officers (middle management level) of Ordnance Factories those have got highest experience in all the level (Production, Planning, Procurement, Administration, etc). This Association is not only limited for the cadre interest but also striving to bring back the Golden History of Ordnance Factories. The middle management cadres who are well known about reality of Ordnance Factories are always neglected by the top bosses and their voice was never been considered in any level (Factories, BOARD or Ministry level). The highest experienced cadre was always being used by top Officers to implement the orders without any discussions.
It is deeply regretted that 5th and 6th CPC has demoralized the middle management cadre due to merging the cadres without any financial benefit. CPC has considered the industrial sectors at par with Office work of Central government Department. It is brought to your kind notice that, Government Industrial Organisations are degraded day by day for which more private and public sectors industrial setup is establishing in the country. This can be overcome by JOB EVALUATION SYSTEM in Govt. industrial organization. In the industrial set up in govt. organization, the highest experts of group B officers used to kept aside for decision making process and they were neglected for their deserved pay packages. But it is deeply regretted that the middle management cadre in Govt. Industrial Organisations were never compared with middle management cadre of private and public Industrial sectors which results the demoralization of the whole cadre. If the Back Bone (Middle management cadre) of any organization is not strong then definitely the organization cannot stand as its own.
Moreover this cadre does not have any forum to address the Grievance of the cadres like Joint Consultative Machinery. This scheme was introduced in 1966 with the object of promoting harmonious relationship and of securing the greatest measure of co- operation between the Government, in its capacity as employer, and its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, and further of increasing the efficiency of public service. However, such Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) scheme has been denied to Group’B’ Gazetted Officers at all the levels. In JCM forum, Group ‘A’ Officers are representing from Officials side and Group C employees are from staff side but there is no representation from Group B Gazetted Officers which results in the deprived position of the cadre. No opportunity has been assigned to Group B Gazetted Officers to express and short out their grievances. Therefore, this Association is constrained to pray for the intervention of the Honorable Defence Minister in the following matter to undo the injustice that has persisted for decades.
1-Cadre Review of Group’B’ Gazetted Officers (JWM T/NT) – It is brought to your kind notice that even after completion of two decades, the cadre review of Junior works Manager has not been carried out by OF Board. As mentioned above, 5th and 6th CPC has merged the middle management cadre in Ordnance Factories resulted not only lack of promotional hierarchy but also created much more confusion in functioning of Ordnance Factories. The promotional channel for 7694 JWMs (Group B Gazetted) has been compressed to 188 AWM (Group A) with ratio of 41:1 which is negligible. Our Association has taken up the matter with OF Board as well as MoD many times after which a proposal from OF Board was forwarded to MoD and at present pending at Min. of Finance for approval. This association has suggested some modification in the OF Board Proposal keeping views on Functional requirement without any financial implication which was not been included by OF Board. Your kind intervention is requested in this regard at the earliest please.
2- Granting of MACP in Promotional Hierarchy ( Pending with Min. of Fin.)- After implementation of Modified Assured Carrier Progression Scheme many Govt. employees has approached to Honorable CAT. In this regard Honorable CAT Chandigarh, as well as Principal Bench, New Delhi, has passed order more than three judgments for granting MACP in Promotional Hierarchy for which Min. of Finance has not yet issued clear guidelines as a result uniform policy has not been followed in all the Govt. Department.
In this regard OF Board has submitted representation for clarification on granting MACP in promotional hierarchy but it is pending at Min. of Finance. Your kind intervention is requested in this regard at the earliest please.
3-Grievance redressal mechanism’ for Group B – Gazetted officers – Middle management cadre always considered to be the Back bone of Organisation. Group B – Gazetted officers cadre does not have any forum to address the Grievance of the cadres like Joint Consultative Machinery. Group ‘A’ Officers are representing from Officials side and Group C employees are from staff side but there is no representation from Group B Gazetted Officers which results in the deprived position of the cadre. No opportunity has been assigned to Group B Gazetted Officers to express and short out their grievances. Therefore, this Association is constrained to pray for the intervention of the Honorable Defence Minister to include our cadre for redress of our Grievance.
4-Incentive scheme for Group B – Gazetted Officers in Ordnance Factories- It is brought to your kind notice that the pay package of a Group B Gazetted Officers is very low as compared to Group B Non Gazetted and Group C employees in Ordnance Factories resulting demoralization of the cadre. After becoming Group B Gazetted cadre all the allowances like Over Time Allowance, PLB, etc were curtailed as a result the monthly salary become less as compared to Non Gazetted Status. Therefore your kind consideration for extending incentive for Gazetted cadre is requested.
5-Reinitiation of Cancelled Transfer Order of JWMs:- Sir, OF Board ,Kolkata has published Transfer Order (vide order no. JTR-60/A/GB/2012 dtd 29-02-2012) of nearly 180 JWMs. But it is a matter of concerned that except transfer of 40 JWMs all other JWMs transfer was materialized. It is deeply regretted that OF Board has cancelled the transfer of 40 JWMS( vide letter no JTR-60/A/GB/2012 dtd 07-12-2012 ) after completion of 10 month by which the Concerned JWMs and their family are facing much more difficulties as all of them has got the transfer in Compassionate ground. NGDGBGOA has discussed this point in various forums at OFB as well as MOD but it was assured all the time but no action has been taken so far. Hence, your kind intervention in this matter is requested to grant the JWMs and their Family a real Justice at the earliest.
6-LDCE for AWM (Group-A) from JWM (Group B) – Sir, in all the department there is a provision of Limited departmental Candidates Examination from Group B to Group A Cadre which is not prevail in our department as a result many Group B Gazetted Officers are Leaving to other Department from our Organisation. Therefore Provision of LDCE from JWM to AWM may be initiated with proper revision in SRO of Group `A’ cadre for better utilization of talent in Group B cadre
7-Approval of proposed amendments in SRO/RR of JWM T&NT- Sir,O.F.Board has submitted Proposed amendments in SRO of Chargeman and JWMs which is pending in MOD for approval. Needful action may please be taken for early approval and amendment of SRO and Recruitment Rules.
NDGBGOA requests Hon’ble State Minister for Defence for his kind intervention on the above long pending legitimate grievances of Jr. Works Manager (Group’B’ Gazetted) of Ordnance Factories for enhance their morals.
With deep regards,
( JAIGOPAL SINGH )
- Hon’bleDefenceSecretary,New Delhi
- Hon’bleSecretary,Min. of Finance,New Delhi
- Secretary, DefenceProduction,MoD,New Delhi
- Jt.Secretary(P&C), DefenceProduction,New Delhi