|We are with honourable chairperson|
Sunday, April 16, 2017
We have been to Delhi from 12th April 2017 to 13th April 2017 to meet and congratulate our new chairperson Ms. Vanaja N Sarna besides attending the meeting convened by JAC in CBEC and the Special Executive Committee meeting of our own association. The Chairperson invited this association to interact on different issues after assuming her charge as Chairperson of CBEC. During our discussion we narrated all our pending issues and emphasized that some of these have been discussed many times with her during her tenure as Member (Admin) but did not yield any positive result. Madam agreed to look into those and instructed her OSD to note down. She gave a patient hearing to us and the meeting ended with a very cordial atmosphere. She stressed upon regular meetings with local CCAs at zonal level and at National level with Board officials.
We also greeted Shri S Ramesh, newly appointed Member (Admin) of CBEC, with a bouquet and wished him success. He assured us to listen to our issues within a couple of week from now.
The JAC meeting was attended by Shri Ram Lalit on our behalf and he expressed our concerns about the repositioning of ministerial officers in GST regime.
Shri Ashim Pramanick, President of our association has submitted his resignation on 27th March 2017, quoting personal reason, to Shri Tarun Kumar Seal, Vice President. The Special meeting of AICESTMOA was convened to discuss on his resignation and also to co-opt the office bearers for the vacant posts, created due to resignation or promotion etc. The resignation of Shri Pramanick was accepted and Shri Ram Lalit has been chosen as the new president of AICESTMOA. The vacant post of Vice President is filled up by Shri Shivaji Valu of Pune Zone. Shri Prosenjit Pandey of W.B. zone, treasurer of AICESTMOA has been chosen as Asst. Secretary General. He would continue to hold the post of treasurer till the next convention. Shri Vivek Kumar is now the Organising Secretary of the association. Ms. Shashi Baje of Odisha and Shri Rajesh Yadav of Gujarat zones are now the regional Secretaries of Eastern and Western zone respectively. This arrangement will continue till the next convention of AICESTMOA is held and get its approval. We welcome all new office bearers to AICESTMOA and wish them good luck.
We also visited other offices of CBEC and checked the progress of our issues. We requested to issue the letter for notional promotion, addressing to all the CCAs, from the date of actual vacancy as issued to a couple of zones. The issue was also raised during the meeting with Chairperson. The relaxation for EA and Inspector promotion files are with DGHRD and we requested the concerned officer to take an early decision. The delay in Publication of amended Recruitment Rules of AO and finalisation of seniority list of AOs from 2009 onwards resulted to delay in promotion to the post of AO and CAO were discussed during the meeting with chairperson of CBEC and madam instructed OSD to note down and look after the issues.
We expressed our concern regarding the position of Ministerial Officers in GST regime to Shri Balesh Kumar, ADG HRM1 of CBEC during his visit of Kolkata and told that he hopes that there won’t be any downsizing or major shuffling of the posts. He agreed to discuss the issue in any future date in detail.
Long Live AICESTMOA. Jai Hind.
Monday, April 10, 2017
It has always been our endeavour to convince the Board officials about our genuine demands and achieve the goal in the way of getting instruction to conduct DPC and follow the right procedure. Some CCAs follow the instruction in right spirit and some would like to get more clarifications. One such instance is the letter issued on 02.8.2016 which has helped to get promotions in many zones on the basis of RRs, existing at the time of occurrence of vacancies.
Recently, some zones got clarifications issued by Board in respect of giving promotion on the basis of the above mentioned letter and to give compliance report. Other zones are also demanding such letter for their zones. We will take up the issue with higher officials of Board and demand for the same.
We will be in the national capital on 12th and 13th April to meet and congratulate our new chairman of CBEC, attend a JAC meeting and also have our Special Executive Committee meeting. We will be visiting Board offices to find out the status of different issues pending at different level.
We have learnt from sources that Relaxation files for EA and Inspector and also the file for issuance of Executive Instruction for promotion to AO are on the move. We will take up these issues to move the file faster and try to get our desired result.
All India Seniority List of AOs from 2009 onwards have been at the final stage and stuck up for the want of some information from a couple of zones. We will talk to authorities to finalize it soon.
Meanwhile, the minutes of the meeting held on 14.03.2017 with honourable Member (Admin), CBEC has been received at this end. (Minutes).
Long live AICESTMOA.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
We congratulate all our members, across the country, who got their due promotion to the next higher grade. We believe that the hard work always pays. At many places our zonal leaders put their sincere efforts to convince the respective CCs and CCAs. Most of them succeeded in their endeavour and a few are yet to get the desired result. Members are requested to stand by the leaders to achieve the goal. Please keep in mind that we can fulfill any of our genuine demand by standing together under the umbrella of the association.
Zonal leaders are always in touch with the national leadership and the pending issues are constantly being pursued with the Board officials. The office bearers are going to camp in Delhi for a couple of days in next week, to find out the status of each pending issue and meet higher officials to press hard for desired result. An executive committee meeting is also scheduled in Delhi on 13th of this month to further strengthen the national body by co-opting new office bearers in vacant positions.
We once again convey our best wishes to all our zonal leaders and our members who got promotions to the next higher grades.
Long live AICESTMOA.
Monday, March 27, 2017
As we all know Goods & Services Tax (GST) is expected to roll out from 1st July 2017, Honourable Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has given approval for re-organisation of field formations of CBEC for effective implementation of GST. DGHRD, CBEC has issued an order in this regard (Link) .The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) is being renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIT) after legislative approval.
In a nutshell, CBIT will have 21 zones, 101 GST Commissionerates comprising 15 sub-commissionerates, 768 Divisions, 3969 Ranges. There will be 49 Audit Commissionerates and 50 Appeal Commissionerates, as reported by sources.
The 164 pages report on "RE-ORGANISATION OF CBEC FORMATIONS IN GST REGIME", published by DGHRD, CBEC can be seen here.(Link).
This association has been in touch with DGHRD, CBEC for effective utilisation of human resources of this cadre in GST regime. another appointment has been sought from Shri Balesh Kumar, ADG HRM1, DGHRD, CBEC to have discussion on this issue.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
|We Wish all our lady members, lady family members and all respected ladies associated with us, a 'VERY HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY'|
Monday, February 20, 2017
Good Morning friends.
Extended Executive Committee meeting of the association was held on 19th January 2017 at CR building, New Delhi. Office bearers of national body and various zonal bodies and their representatives were present. The meeting was chaired by Shri Ashim Pramanick, President of All India Federation. In his inaugural speech, he reiterated that the renewal of recognition of all India federation is to be done on priority and without renewal of recognition; it would be difficult to pursue the issues with Board. Secretary General briefed the present status of all the issues and the exact demands of the association. Leaders present in the meeting agreed that the association should be strengthened and all the zones should be brought in the purview of the association. It was agreed that the signed annexure of respective DDO should be forwarded to organizing Secretary/Secretary General and the subscriptions of each zone should be deposited to the bank account of Federation by the end of February.
All the pending issues with Board and future course of action were discussed. The leaders present in the meeting expressed their views on the issues and narrated the problems of their respective zone. It was opined that, we may have to consider the agitational programmes, if the Board continues to turn deaf ears to our legitimate demands. The option of going to CAT to remove the lacunae of recently published Recruitment Rules (RRs) of Inspector was also accepted, as last option, if Board does not give any favourable decision to the present stakeholders. The decision of joining other joint platforms like Joint Action Committee (JAC) and CoC in Department of Revenue has been endorsed in the meeting.
The meeting ended with a cordial note after giving thanks to the chair.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) in CBEC called an urgent meeting in CR Building, New Delhi on 03.02.2017. Shri Ram Lalit, Asst Sec Gen attended the meeting along with office bearers of Delhi zone. The meeting was chaired by Sh. S.K. Bansal, Secretary General, IRS (C&CE) Association. All the common issues were discussed, the minutes of which is given separately.
This association wrote numerous letters to honourable Chairman and Member (Admin) of CBEC to grant appointment to the office bearers to sort out the pending issues. In our letter dated 04/02/2017, we conveyed our decision to boycott Central Excise day celebration if we were not heard before 10th Feb 2017. A meeting was convened by honourable Member (Admin) scheduled on 10th February 2017 to discuss on all pending issues. Accordingly, Secretary General, Asst. Secretary General and Organising Secretary had been to Delhi to attend the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Honourable Joint Secretary (Admin) due to last moment change in the schedule of Member (Admin). However, it was conveyed that Madam would meet us again in the following week.
The minutes of the meeting, with Joint Secretary on 10th Feb, has been published but some of the important discussion took place in the meeting has not been reflected. The gist of the meeting on each issue is placed below:
Sepoy service counting with effect from 01.01.2006 :
It was informed that the order will be published on next working day with the date of effect from 29.8.2008 i.e. the date of notification of VI Central Pay Commission, as per instruction of DoPT. The order has already been issued.
Recruitment Rules (RRs) of E.A. :
Board is in the view that the RRs of EA has been prepared as per DoPT guidelines and was cleared by DoPT, UPSC and Law Ministry, so the amendment of RRs is difficult. We further demanded to fill the 40% direct vacancy quota by promotion as no recruitment has taken place since publication of new RRs on 28.9.2015. It was agreed by the chair and instructed the officers to examine it and also to put the proposal for one time relaxation.
Recruitment Rules (RRs) of Inspector :
It was informed that the comments were not sought because the proposal for amendment of RRs of Inspector has gone through DoPT, well before 31.12.2015, (date of DoPT guidelines for seeking comments). We brought the fact to the notice of the chair that since LDCE concept is not clear (who shall conduct, who is eligible, qualifying service, % of vacancies of DR quota etc.), the RRs is incomplete and it should be put on hold till the issue is settled and the promotion should be given on the basis of old RRs. The chair instructed to place the file with all the details and also to look into the relaxation aspect.
Recruitment Rules (RRs) of A.O. :
We have brought the fact to the notice of chair that even after completion of nine months since the comments were sought from the stakeholders, the RRs of AO has not been published and as a result, promotions are held up in various zones. We also demanded that till such time i.e. publication of new RRs, an instruction may be passed on the same line of new RRs (considering five years service in the same grade pay as qualifying service) so that the huge vacancies in the post can be filled up. It was also brought to the notice that such instruction was passed during the creation of post of Tax Assistant in 1987 and the RRs was published in 1996. The concerned officer sought one month time to finalize it or else the ‘issue of executive instruction’ may be considered.
All India Seniority List of A.O. :
We expressed our concern on the fact that the CAO DPC for about 200 vacant posts is held up due to the delay in finalization of A.I.S.L. of A.O. from 2009 onwards. The officer present from the O/o the DGHRD informed that the process of finalization is held up due to non receipt of desired information from a couple of zones. Hon’ble Joint Secretary (A) instructed the officers to put the issue on priority and to give him a regular feed back. It was also informed that since regularisation of ad hoc promotion of AOs was not granted uniformly across the zones, Board is trying to sort out the tangle. He also requested the association to contact the respective zones to forward the desired information at the earliest.
Interview for promotion to Gr. B and Gr. C posts :
The interview for promotion to Gr. B and Gr. C posts have been abolished w.e.f. 01.01.2016, vide Board order. However, in some zones, interview was being conducted while giving promotion on the basis of old RRs. A fresh clear instruction on this aspect is demanded. Chair agreed and directed the concerned officer to issue a fresh instruction at the earliest.
Instruction for conducting Pending DPC for all grades :
It was requested to issue the instruction for conducting DPC in all grades wherever DPC is held up for the want of RRs or any reason. It was assured that another letter will be issued on the same line as it was done on 02.8.2016.
The Office bearers also attended the meeting with honourable Finance Minister of India on 10th Feb 2017, along with JAC leaders, where besides GST related issues, the HR issues were discussed and we raised our concern about the disparity exists between CBEC and CBDT in respect of Promotional Prospect and Pay structures. Honourable Minister assured to look into each issue and expressed his concern.
Another meeting with Honourable Member (A) was held on 14th Feb 2017 at her chamber. Shri Ram Lalit, Asst. Sec. Gen. attended the meeting along with office bearers of All India Customs Ministerial Officers’ federation and the pending issues were discussed again in the meeting. It was expressed that regular meeting on pending issues will be held with recognised associations and updates will be provided. Minutes of the meeting is awaited.
It is once again requested to all the zonal leaders to collect the annexures of their respective zones and forward it by the end of this month for initiating the process of renewal of recognition.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
In view of the decision taken by some constituents of the steering committee of Joint Action Forum and after consultation with our President, it has been decided to not to boycott Customs Day celebration on 27th January 2017 by this association.
Next course of action pertaining to GST and other pending issues of our association will be intimated accordingly.
(Sankar Kr. Saha)
This association is very happy to note that an initiative has been undertaken to strengthen the unity of all group A, B and C associations of the department to fight against the likely consequences of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. This association has always been an active partner of the Steering Committee of Joint Action Forum, constituted sometime back, to pursue the HR issues in the light of the reorganization of the department, post GST. A meeting was hurriedly convened in CR building, New Delhi on 25th Jan 2017 where our representative of Delhi unit was also invited. Although our association was not informed in advance, we authorized our representative to join the meeting and strengthen the unity as GST is a cause, which will impact everybody across the board. We have been briefed about the outcome and the decision of the meeting to undertake the following agitational programme:
i) No Customs Day celebration on 27th January 2017 at any place.
ii) Observing Black Day by wearing Black Badges on 30th January 2017 on Martyrs day.
It is felt, that a detail discussion at all India level is necessary before launching full-fledged agitational programme. This association is in touch with all other associations to strengthen the umbrella association in CBEC. We are also in touch with IRS (C&CE) association and keeping all options open. At the moment, it has been decided in consultation with President and other office bearers of this association that the zonal units should observe the programme as mentioned at sl. no. (i) above, with consultation with the leaders of all other associations. Further course of action will be intimated as and when it is decided after thorough discussion.
(Sankar Kr. Saha)
|Wish all our members and their families |
a very happy 68th Republic day of India.
Friday, January 13, 2017
An Executive Committee meeting along with the Zonal leaders is scheduled to be held at 17:00 hrs on 19th January 2017 at Conference Hall/Library of CR Building in New Delhi to discuss about our pending issues with CBEC and the future course of action. All Executive Committee members and Zonal Leaders are requested to attend.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Saturday, December 31, 2016
|Wish a very Happy New Year '2017' to you and your family. May this new year brings prosperity and good health for you and your family members.|
Monday, December 26, 2016
Wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year 2017.
Our members are definitely in festive mood and enjoying the winter with family and friends. However, all is not well for this association when our Board is not responding much to our communication pertaining to some long pending issues. We have forwarded many letters, addressed to honourable Chairman and Member (Admin), CBEC, with request to grant us appointment to discuss and offer our comments on these issues but unfortunately there is no response from that end. We know that Recruitment Rules (RR) for Inspector is being amended/finalized without taking any comments from stakeholders, Whereas, RR for Administrative Officer (AO) has not been finalized even after taking comments seven months ago. The seniority list of AOs, from 2009 onwards, is yet to be published for conducting DPC for the promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO). No order has been issued from Board with respect to ‘counting the length of service of ‘Sepoy’ for promotion to the grade of LDC’. Blatant disparity, in respect of pay structure and promotional prospect, still exists between the administrative wings of CBDT and CBEC.
We have written another letter to honourable Minister of State for Finance to listen to our pathetic condition & agony and waiting to receive the response from his good office (Submission Pg1, Pg2). We are writing to honourable Chairman and Member (Admin) to resolve our issues from time to time (Appointment, AORR). Meanwhile, O/o the DGHRD has circulated another letter dated 09/11/2016 pertaining to preparation of seniority list of AO (Letter Pg1, Pg2). It is informed that reply is still awaited from some zones. Please make sure that it is forwarded as early as possible, if not already sent.
We once again request all ministerial officers to join hands and come together to claim our veritable rights from Board. Please Keep in mind that this is the only recognised association for ministerial officers of CBEC and Board cannot ignore our justified demands. We are going to visit the Board offices in the month of January 2017 with all our pending issues.
Do well and be healthy. Long live AICESTMOA.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The all India seniority list of Administrative Officers (AOs), from 2009 onwards, is being prepared by the O/o the DGHRD, CBEC, which is required to conduct the DPC for the post of CAO. However, Board has sought some information vide its letter dated 18th August 2016 and subsequent reminder dated 10th October 2016, addressed to all CCAs, pertaining to the regularisation of Ad-hoc promotions. We should put our all efforts to ensure that the desired report is sent at the earliest. (Letters Pg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
A letter has been forwarded to Shri B. Ginkhan Mang, Under Secretary to Govt. of India, as reply to his office letter dated 04th October 2016. It was requested to be more specific on our pending demands. (Letter Pg 1, 2, 3, 4).
We have forwarded another letter to honourable Chairman and Member (Admin), CBEC requesting an appointment, to take our views before finalizing/publishing the RR of Inspector in CBEC. (Letter)
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Wish you all a very happy Diwali!
As a constituent of Steering Committee (formed to protect the interest of employees of CBEC in the process of cadre reorganization for implementation of GST), the office bearers of this association attended the meeting with honourable Member (Admin), CBEC, at her chamber on 13th Oct 2016. Joint Secretary (Admin) and ADG (HRM1), CBEC were also present in the meeting. The meeting ended with a positive note with the assurance of Hon’ble Member to protect the interest of our members. Accordingly, the demonstration program scheduled for 14th October 2016 called by the Steering Committee had been called off (Meeting Notice).
We had a meeting with Shri Balesh Kumar, Additional Director General (HRM1), on 14th October 2016, to project our cadre specific demand in the ongoing process of cadre reorganization in view of implementation of GST. During the meeting, we also discussed other issues like finalisation of seniority list of Administrative Officer from 2009 onwards and disparity exists in the administrative wings between CBEC and CBDT (Submission).
Meanwhile, the Coordinating Committee (CoC) of Revenue department has submitted its memorandum to Honourable Finance Minister of India to register grievances against CBEC and CBDT for their lackadaisical attitude towards the employees. Two of our prime demands figured in the charter of demands. i.e. i) Removal of disparity in pay structure and promotional hierarchy between CBEC, CBDT and HQ Organisation and ii) consider views/comments of federations/associations representing the stakeholders before finalising/amending any RR (including the ones for EA and TA). The memorandum has mention of some demonstrative programs during the month of Nov 2016 to Jan 2017 (CoC Memorandum Pg1, 2, 3), which we have to observe.
Eastern Region Convention of AICESTMOA was held at Patna on 22nd October 2016 as arranged by the Bihar & Jharkhand Unit. Shri V.C. Gupta, Commissioner of Customs (P), Patna, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Office bearers of other associations of that zone were also present. Office bearers of Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Shillong zonal units of our association attended the meeting and actively took part in the discussion. All the issues were discussed in details and the members vowed to further strengthen the association to face the challenges ahead. The cultural program at the end was really refreshing after a day-long activity. We convey our gratitude to Bihar & Jharkhand Unit for the beautiful arrangement of the convention. Minutes is being published.
We have written numerous letters to Member (Admin), CBEC, with request to consider the views/comments of stakeholders before finalizing the upcoming RR of Inspector. The letters are linked herewith for information. A letter is also being forwarded to honourable Chairman, CBEC to consider our demand to discuss the issue before finalisation of upcoming RR (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
The Zonal leaders and members are once again requested to complete the process of collecting Annexures from respective DDOs within the month of November as we have to submit the renewal request and documents to Board in December itself. Hope everyone will take it seriously and do the needful.
(Sankar Kumar Saha) Secretary General
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Shri Ashim Pramanick (President), Shri Ram Lalit (AGS) and I have attended the meeting with Member (Admin) on likely impact of the GST roll out, along with the office bearers of the other associations. We expressed out concerns on HR issues. The meeting was also attended by Joint Secretary (Admin) and ADG, HRD. The meeting ended with positive note; hence the programme on 14th has been deferred as decided by the Steering committee.
We also had a separate meeting with JS (Admin) and followed up cadre specific issues. Tomorrow, we are going take up the cadre specific concerns, particularly in the light of GST, with the authorities at different level. All other issues will be appropriately addressed.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
During the last month a lot of activities took place which I shall share with you.
We have been demanding parity in pay structure and promotional prospects with CBDT and other Hq organisation for quite some time. We still have many pending issues like insertion of protection clause in EA RR, counting of Sepoy service, finalisation of AO RR, relaxation on RRs, publication of seniority list of AOs from 2009 onwards etc. We have been asking for an appointment with Member (Admin) for last one month but not granted to. The third letter with requesting an appointment has been sent on 06th October (Letter1, 2). We understand that Board officials are quite busy with the work of implementation of GST, but resolving these issues are no way less important than that in view of our association. We have been constantly pursuing to get the result.
Recently, the Co-ordinating Committee (CoC) of Department of Revenue has been formed, in which all the associations of CBEC and CBDT have joined hands together to raise the demands of their members to the appropriate authority. A meeting of CoC was held at NACEN, Kolkata on 24th September 2016, where the representatives of individual association brought forward their demands, to be raised through CoC. We have demanded to include two vital issues, inter alia, in the Charter of Demands of the Memorandum, to be submitted to hon'ble Finance Minister of India - (i) to bring in identical pay structure & promotional hierarchy in Admin wing of CBEC, CBDT and Hq organisation (ii) to finalise/rectify the RRs (including EA RR and TA RR of CBEC) after taking into account the suggestions/views of Recognised associations. The memorandum is almost finalized and it will be placed in the blog after submission to honourable Finance Minister and other Board officials. CoC has decided to take up some agitational programmes in the month of November, December and January if no positive response is obtained from other end. The programmes will be intimated in due course of time.
It is believed that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will very soon replace the present system of indirect taxes (Central Excise & Service Tax). However, to protect the interest of employees of CBEC, a steering committee, consisting of the representatives of all recognised associations, has been formed which met in Mumbai on 17th September and 01st October this year. A letter was submitted to honourable Finance Minister of India on 08th October 2016, to apprise him of the effect of implementation of GST on the present workforce of CBEC and also requesting him to take the recognised associations into confidence before taking any major decisions on some matters. The letter can be read in ‘cengoindia’ blog. A meeting is now convened by the CBEC with all the associations of the steering committee, on 13th October 2016, under the chairpersonship of Member (Admin). This association, being the part of the steering committee, attends all the meetings by its office bearers/representatives.
President and I have been in Mumbai and visited the office of the Mumbai Commissionerate at Church Gate, Mumbai on 30th September 2016. A warm welcome was arranged by the office bearers of the Maharashtra Zonal Unit. During the visit, we called on the honourable Chief Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and had a courteous talk with all of them. We had a meeting with the members of the zone in the conference hall, which lasted for about two hours.
The Bihar & Jharkhand Unit has planned to arrange the Eastern Regional convention/meeting of the association which is scheduled to be held on 22nd October, 2016 at Auditorium of Central Revenue Building, Patna. The President and General Secretary of the Zone have invited all the office bearers of national body and members of other zones to be present in the meeting. Participating members may contact Shri Vivek Kumar, president of B & J Unit (Mob. No. 08051572455). (Link)
Looking forward to the co-operation of all the members in future days.
Long live AICESTMOA. Jai Hind.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
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|Meeting on GST in Mumbai on 01st Oct|
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