National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY
Recognised by DAE vide DAE OM No. 8/1/2007 – IR&W/95 dated 13th June 2007
JCM Office, Brindavan, Anusaktinagar, Mumbai 400 094
Ref. No: nfaee/15/48 27.02.2015
Atomic Energy Education Society
Sub: Revision of Tuition Fee, PUVVN
with effect from the Academic year 2015-2016
A meeting of the office bearers of the unions, associations and welfare associations of DAE employees stationed at Mumbai & Tarapur was held on 26.02.2015 at the Seminar Hall, Nabhikiya Bhavan, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai to discuss about subject mentioned above
The meeting discussed issues pertaining to the hike in Fee as well as other issues related the Schools as well as the educational activities.
A resolution adopted in the Meeting to bring the issues to the notice of the AEES/DAE authorities and express the concern of the employees. The resolution is self explanatory and hence no need of explanation. The meeting was attended by the recognized unions and associations of the employees of BARC, NPCIL, DCSEM, DPS, HWB, AEES, BARC Tarapur, TAPS Tarapur, ARWA, SC & ST Association, Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samithi, etc.
We request you to take up the matters illustrated in the resolution may be considered seriously and resolved at the earliest.
Address for Correspondence: Jayaraj. KV, Secretary General, NFAEE
PESS/UED; BARC, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085
Tel. No: (O): 022 – 25596519; (Res): 022 – 25554179; (Mobile): 9869501189
The meeting of the employees’ representatives of DAE establishments’ stationed at Mumbai & Tarapur unanimously resolved to urge the Chairman AEES to withdraw the proposed hike in the tuition fee and PUVVN proposed from the academic year 2015 – 16 and to continue the existing rate.
The Tuition Fee was introduced to all classes subsequent to the implementation of Sixth CPC report. The Tuition Fee was fixed at the rate of Rs. 500/-per month (PM) and PUVVN was revised to Rs. 150/- PM for DAE wards which itself was exorbitant. The meeting noted that request from the employees was not heard during that time and arbitrarily continued the tuition fee at the higher rate for all these years.
Now the AEES has further increased the Tuition Fee to Rs. 800/- PM and PUVVN to Rs. 350/- PM. An increase of 60% in Tuition fee and 134% increase in PUVVN at a stretch. By enhancing the fee irrationally, the parents has to make payment about Rs14200 to the School and merely Rs3800 will be available for paying Tax, and reimbursement of purchase of Test books, Note books, Two sets of Uniforms, Winter Dresses, Shoes, etc.
The meeting further noted that the withdrawals of Fee exemption to certain categories of students like single girl child/ girls students/ students belonging to SC/ST categories of serving employees (under the plea that Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) is available from their Units) is in contravention with the Policies and Rules of Government of India and State governments. Even if the Reimbursement of CEA is availed by the above said employees the employees shall be additionally burdened by the Income Tax on the Reimbursable amount @ of 30%/ 20%/ 10% as applicable to the individuals. In the other words the employees are taxed in the resources mobilization process of AEES. As such as by this act the Department is not gained any fund in exchequer and only transferring fund from one account to another account in AEES.
The meeting found that the tuition fee for students of Central School in Department of Space which also coming under the same ministry varies, Nil, Rs. 200 and Rs. 400 for the classes upto 8th standard, 9th & 10th standard and for 11th & 12th respectively. Whereas, VVN for the students of the classes from 1st to 10th standard are Rs 160 and for 11th & 12th standard are Rs 200 respectively.
According to the PUVVN guidelines the expenditure from PUVVN shall be incurred ONLY under the “Authorized Expenditure of Heads under PUVVN” such as expenditure on participations of students in functions/competitive events, distribution of prizes/cash awards to students, and on printing, for organizing the School Annual Day and various Zonal or All India AECS Events such as Sports/Cultural/Orientation programmes etc., on repairs/maintenance and for Purchase of Items of Library books, notice/display boards, items to replace on buy-back basis, Consumables for labs and teaching aids, Materials and consumables for sports, etc.
But the meeting observed that a huge amount in PUVVN is diverted/ being utilized beyond the scope of ‘Authorized Expenditure of Heads under PUVVN’ in violation of the guidelines governing the PUVVN especially after September 2014 as the Department asked to find out resources for running the school activities which is violation of the Bye laws of the AEES. The Bye Laws of the AEES is clear that the entire funding shall be done by Department of Atomic Energy and thus the meeting of the employees strongly noted here that Department and AEES violating the rules framed and notified.
The meeting also observed that to accommodate children under Right to Education in the first standard, the wards of Non DAE employees who are enrolled in various schools under AEES in Pre – Prep and who all are in now Prep may deny the admission in the first standard because of want of seats which will become problem for getting admission in other school in between.
In the light of above the meeting held on 26th February 2015 unanimously resolve to urge the Chairman, AEES:
· To withdraw the hike in Tuition fee as well as in PUVVN immediately and continue the pre revised fee structure
· To spend the amount in PUVVN strictly as per the guidelines given in Annexure II of the “Authorized Expenditure of Heads under PUVVN”
· To examine/audit the utilization of PUVVN has been done in the previous years.
· To ensure admission to the wards of non DAE employees who all are admitted in Pre – Prep and now in Prep classes in first standard.