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26/1, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Central Excise, Annex Building, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034.

Friday, April 4, 2014

CAO Promotion & Recruitment Rules for the post of Tax Assistant

Dear Comrades,

Ad-II A section is yet to receive ACRs/APARs of the following 09 (Nine) Administrative  officers in connection with the promotion to the grade of Chief Accounts Officer (CAO). They have also checked the records of DGHRD.

Sl. No.
Name of the Administrative Officers (Shri/Smt./S)

Present Place of Posting (Zone wise)


Mumbai Zone
Lucknow Zone
Nagpur Zone
Vadodara Zone

The Zonal leaders are requested to pursue with the local Administration, so that the records are sent to CBEC at the earliest.

This undersigned during a meeting with Hon’ble Chairperson on 25.02.2014 has requested that the qualifying service for promotion to the post of Tax Assistant from LDC needs to be further relaxed from 7 years to 5 years as huge number of posts are lying vacant in the grade of Tax Assistant in many zones.

In the meanwhile the board has circulated the Tax Assistant RRs in which the qualifying service has been enhanced from 5 years to 8 years (in terms of DoP&T instruction).  Further in the notification, the minimum educational qualification for LDCs will be Higher Secondary and Combined regular service in the grade of LDC and Head Havaldar shall be taken into consideration for qualifying service.

However, the Ministry has failed to take into consideration of the DOP&T's general guidelines on Framing / Amendment / Relaxation of Recruitment Rules PART-III vide (DOPT OM No. AB 14017/66/2008-Estt (RR) dated 9.3.2009) which is reproduced below



3.1.3 Where the eligibility service for promotion prescribed in the existing rules is being enhanced (to be in conformity with the guidelines issues by this Department) and the change is likely to affect adversely some persons holding the feeder grade posts on regular basis, a note to the effect that the eligibility service shall continue to be the same for persons holding the feeder posts on regular basis on the date of notification of the revised rules, could be included in the revised rules.

It appears that the Ministry has erroneously mentioned Head Havaldar instead of Havaldar for calculation of combined service in the grade of LDC for further promotion to the grade of Tax Assistants.

A letter addressed to Chairperson in this regard can be seen by clicking the link below.

This association has been repeatedly addressing the board for initiating a consultation process with this association prior to any amendment in the Recruitment Rules.
Hopefully, the board will heed to our request in future.

Comradely yours
Sudharsan J
Secretary General

Friday, March 14, 2014

CAO DPC Deficiency list

Dear Comrades,
In-spite of regular appeals made by this association, the particulars called by the AD-IIA section regarding DPC for the promotion to the grade of Chief Accounts Officer for the year 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, large number of dossiers pertaining to almost all the regions/Central Excise zones are yet to reach board’s office. 
A name list of the officers whose dossiers are either incomplete or not yet reached to board's office has been handed over by the AD-IIA section to this association. 
Comrades, There is no point on blaming the boards’ office, for not completing the exercise before our officials get retired.  We need to blame ourselves for the negligence on our part for not ensuring that the requisite particulars are sent in time without deficiencies.
This association humbly requests all the members working in the field formations to look into this issue and take up before the concerned officials of your region for further compliance.
Let us not forget the undue delay will have a cascading effect on all the promotions down the lane in the seniority list.
Please call 011 2309 5503 the AD-IIA section if any clarification is required on the above list.

Ashim Pramanik

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Dear Comrade,
     The undersigned along with Comrades from Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata have met officers at various levels at New Delhi to pursue various issues, arising out of Cadre Restructuring and otherwise.  Below is the factual matrix of what happened during 27th Jan to 29th Jan, 2014 through our collective efforts.
     We had a scheduled meeting at 15.30 hrs. with Shri Najib Shah, DG (DRI) who is the Chairman on operational issues and reorganization for implementation of Cadre Restructuring.  We met him around 16.30 hrs. at his chamber and expressed our dissatisfaction over the treatment, matted out to us through this Cadre Restructuring.  We have also requested to maintain openness when it comes to allocation of posts to various zones.
     We had drawn the attention to the need for revamping the duties and functions of CAO, AO, Executive Assistant (EA) and Tax Assistant.  We have asked for assignment of certain functions like refund, rebate, draw back cheques, revenue reconciliation, audit functions etc. for CAO & AO.  We have also requested for alignment of Executive Assistant and Tax Assistant with the executive functions of the department.  The submission made in this regard is pasted below.

     On 28th morning, we met Shri Yogendra Garg, the Chairman of the committee for DPC from Group-B to Group-A.  We have apprised him that the promotion to CAO from AO is also to be expedited by his committee and handed over the copy of the letter from the Board, seeking VC/IC etc. of 345 Administrative Officers.  He has assured to take all necessary action in this regard.  Shri R.S. Gautam, Liaison Secretary, stationed at Delhi has been asked to follow up.
     Thereafter we met Shri B.K. Bansal, the Chairman of the Committee on Recruitment Rule.  He had clarified that he would only consider those issues which are pertinent for framing/amendment of new Recruitment Rule.  Whatever relaxation etc. that may be required for the existing Recruitment Rule would not come under the purview of his committee.  He advised to take up such issues with the Board.
     We had drawn his attention about the provisions of the guidelines on framing of Recruitment Rule, issued by the DoPT, whereby the existing length of eligible service can be retained for the existing employees, in the event of revision of eligible service through framing of new Recruitment Rule.  We requested that the eligible service for promotion to Inspector and Executive Assistant (present STA) be retained as it is at present by making a suitable provision in the respective Recruitment Rules.  We had also asked that the length of service for both STA & DOS are to be counted for Executive Assistant in the new Recruitment Rule.
     In the afternoon we met Smt. Mala Srivastav, Member (P&V) and had a very cordial and meaningful meeting with her.  We explained our dissatisfaction about our demand for restructuring of administrative wing in the form of Principal Administrative Officer, Administrative Officer Grade-I, Administrative Officer Grade-II, Administrative Officer Grade-III, not being considered, despite being raised right from the day one.  On the contrary, DOS & STA have been merged to downgrade a supervisory post.
     She asked our burning issues which she could solve immediately.  We took up the following issues:-
(i)   Immediate holding of DPC for CAO.
(ii)   Regularizing the problem of promotion to Administrative Officer to restore homogeneity among various zones.
(iii) Relaxation in the form of 100% promotion against all vacancies through Cadre Restructuring.
(iv)  Age & Height relaxation and relaxation of eligible service whenever required for promotion to Inspector.
She assured to examine the above issues with the concerned Board officials and also asked to submit separate representation on each of the issues.  We are in the process of finalizing our submission.
On 29th we went to the office of HRM & took stalk of the insight on various actions taken on Cadre Restructuring front.  The Core Committee on Cadre Restructuring was in a meeting in New Custom House, the entire day.  It is understood that they would first finalize the zone wise allocation of Commissionerates and entire matter is being reassessed to take a final call.  Subsequently, the allocation of posts will follow and the promotions to Group-B & Group-C levels will commence when we have to re double our efforts.
Our Secretary General during his next visit will continue to take up our demands before the CBEC.  We will strive to deliver the best and solicit your consistent and generous co-operation.
Thanking you.
(Ashim Pramanick)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Final All India Seniority of Administrative Officers

Dear Comrades,

The Final All India Seniority of Administrative Officers (Central Excise & Directorates) for the period upto 31.12.2008 has been finally published by the DGHRD (CBEC) on 23.01.2014.  

(Click here to view the Seniority list).

It is informed that the DPC to the grade of Chief Accounts Officer will be conducted on the basis of the final seniority published on 23.01.2014.  Due to the consistent efforts and pressure put down by the All India Federation the zone of consideration list for promotion to the grade of CAO was issued by the Board office and the same was placed on our blog in our previous posting.

It is once again stressed that all our National/Zonal/Regional leaders to take up the issue before the concerned Cadre Controlling Authorities of their respective zones and ensure that the Vigilance Clearance, CCR Dossiers, Penalty Imposed if any statement and other requisite particulars sought by the board may reach in time, thus we can ensure that none of the Administrative Officers will retire without getting their promotion which is due for them. 

The undersigned and the All India President along with some of the regional leaders are scheduled to meet the Committees Chairperson/members constituted for implementation of the Cadre-restructure during our visit to the capital on 27/28/29 of January’2014 to discuss the issues pertaining to our Ministerial cadre.

Regarding the Seniority Case pending in the Supreme Court of India the matter was listed on 23.01.2014.  Since the Department has asked for an adjournment for 2 weeks the matter was posted for hearing on 5th February’2014. 

I want to remember all our comrades that united we stand, divided we fall.   

Let us be vigilant at least now and put a brave front against our opponents.


Comradely yours
       Sudharsan J                   Asim Pramanik
Secretary General                  President

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Dear Comrades

The Cadre Restructuring has been the most-discussed and talked-about issue in 2014, so far. The landscape does not seem to have developed much since the initial circulation was made on 18.12.13. We have already conveyed the primary reaction of this association through our New Year message.

In order to get a further insight of what’s going on, on this front, we are visiting Delhi on 27/28/29 January, 2014. We will be meeting senior officers and stake our claim on various issues. Of course, as we have already expressed, that there is no reason to be euphoric and hysteric about the prospect of our Cadre in the aftermath of this Cadre Restructuring. We shall strive to achieve whatever, bits, on offer. At the same time we shall continue to pursue our basic demand on reorganization of the administrative wing (explained in our previous message).

Here it may be appreciated that various relaxation  for promotion to Inspectors and others  Gr.C posts those may be required at various zone, would only be relevant after finalization of commissionerates in each zone and allocation of post in Gr.B and Gr.C level. However, we shall register our strong demand on the basis of enshrined principle of career advancement of our cadre on par with other cadres. The dispensation granted in the earlier Cadre Re-structuring, will again be sought this time also.

Meanwhile Board has issued a letter on 15.01.2014 (click here to view) seeking APAR/ACR/VC/IC of 345 Administrative Officers (AO) for promotion to CAO, created in last Cadre Restructuring. The zone of consideration list is also been circulated (click here to view).  Since this also cover DPC of the past years, names of some retired officers will also be considered notionally. However, promotion order will not be issued for any officers who have retired on the date of issue of promotion order.

Thus no benefit will accrue to retired officers. This is very unfortunate the seniors A.O are retiring without getting their due promotion to CAO, despite availability of vacancy.

Here it may be kept in mind that names of some of the retired officers have not been included in the consideration zone even for notional consideration. They have retired even before the date on which their names get covered in the zone of consideration in a particular past year with reference to the zone of vacancy of such years. There is no point on disputing this fact as these officers would not have been promoted even if the DPC was held in time as they were not in the consideration zone. In any case the retired officers are not going to get real promotion.

Thus we should speed up our work at the zonal level and summon our all energy to send the desired Vigilance Certificate /Integrity Certificate etc from the respective zones to the board office.

On the question of promotion to A.O after the new Recruitment Rule, we will pursue this issue during our next visit.

Comradely Yours
        Sudharsan J                  Asim Pramanik
  Secretary General                 President

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Dear Comrade,

                We wish a very happy, prosperous and meaningful New Year 2014 which can be very significant in your service career.  Now the Cadre Restructuring of the department has been approved and we wish that you all have come to terms with the consequences and the impacts of the Cadre Re-organization of the department, 2013.  To the best of our understanding, it is even more lopsided than we expected.  The benefits are not equally distributed among various cadres.  The ministerial Cadre has once again been subjected to discrimination and neglect.

                We have been striving for a new hierarchy in the administrative setup of the department, ever since the process for Cadre Restructuring was initiated.  We have stressed this very demand on various occasions and even through joint action committee with other ministerial Associations of Customs.  Our demand has been to create the following hierarchy instead of present structure of CAO, AO & DOS:-

(i)  Principal Administrative Officer   -    GP Rs.6600/- (PB-3)
(ii) Administrative Officer Grade-I    -     GP Rs.5400/- (PB-3)
(iii)Administrative Officer Grade-II  -     GP Rs.4800/- (PB-2)
(iv)Administrative Officer Grade-III -     GP Rs.4600/- (PB-2)

We thought that this would have provided some encouragement for ministerial officers to continue with the ministerial cadre.  The Administrative setup would have also been strengthen and the problem of Grade Pay would have been solved.

We have been told that the Cadre Restructuring was not to solve the Grade Pay issue or create new posts.  It was aimed at increasing or reducing the strength in various posts.  However, the outcome is for everyone to see.  We strongly feel that the same yard stick has not been applied to us as it is done for other cadres.
The Association has immediately reacted after circulation of the approved Cadre Restructuring proposal on 18.12.2013 (Representation is linked herewith-Annexure-A letter dated 24.12.13).  We continue to strive for existence of ministerial cadre.
As you would have seen that there has been an addition of strength of 194 in CAO AND 616 IN AO.  This is expected to result in some upward mobility.  However, for that to happen, DPC for promotion to the grade of CAO has to be held in time.  We found that 5 Sub-committees have been constituted by the Board to conduct DPCs for different Group-A posts vide the communication of Board dated 28.11.2013.  

However, unfortunately no Sub-committee was formed to conduct the DPC for CAO which is also a Group-A post.  We immediately took up the issue (representation is linked-Annexure-B letter dated 06.12.13) and subsequently the Sub-Committee No.1 has been entrusted to conduct the DPC for CAO.  We are thankful for Board for taking such decision.

The promotion to Inspector has always been a key area of interest for the ministerial posts at the level of TA & STA.  Although there is an addition of 5040 posts in Inspectors, but no further relaxation has been granted, unlike the earlier Cadre Restructuring.  The Association also took up this issue with the concerned committee looking after the Recruitment Rule and sought the following relaxation (representation is linked-Annexure-C letter dated 17.12.13).

(i)   Lowering of qualifying service from 2 years of STA to one year of STA.
(ii)  Removal of age bar and height bar.
(iii) 100% promotion against all vacancies arising out of Cadre Restructuring.

There is no denying the fact that there is some element of positive reaction among some members of some zones with merger of posts of DOS & STA and creation of Executive Assistant.  There has been some solace in some zones where the Tax Assistants are crying for promotion to STA by taking into account the vacancies in the grade of DOS.  But merger of a supervisory post is definitely a down gradation for the ministerial cadre and it will further slide towards a state of depression unless something in very seriously done towards our proposal for new hierarchy.  This federation will continue to strive and we hope that Board will realize that decimation of the ministerial posts and the administrative wing is contrary to the interest of the department.

This Association is alive to all the issues which need to be addressed immediately.  We are also in touch with likeminded Association to move jointly.  Persuasion will be made with the concerned Sub-committees to maximize the benefits and extract more from the Cadre Restructuring.  We request you all to remain in touch and work together to achieve a better 2014 with whatever means we possess.  

Once again wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year 2014.

                          Comradely yours
   Sudharsan J                                      Ashim Pramanik
Secretary General                                    President

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Dear Comrades,

The Cadre-restructure and Re-organization of the field formations under C.B.E.C has been notified today i.e. on 18.12.2013.  For Details click the link below.

A detailed message will be posted at the earliest.

Comradely yours
Sudharsan J
Secretary General

Monday, December 2, 2013


Dear Comrades,
            Kindly find the All India Seniority List of Administrative Officers updated upto 31.12.2008, (click here to view) after making all necessary modifications as required to process the promotion for the post of Chief Accounts Officer.  Kindly give a wide circulation of the list among the Administrative Officers and invite their representations, if any.  Send them to DGHRD within the stipulated time.  Otherwise send a no objection certificate from your Zonal Chief Commissioner, if representation/objection is received.

            Kindly note that the next promotion for CAO can only take place once this list is finalized and reported as free from any objection.  The Annual DPC 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 (upto 08th Aug, 2013) will be held by drawing eligibility list, prepared on the basis of this Seniority List.
            The work is presently underway.  All the zones are required to be pro-active and responsive to get the DPC done as early as possible.  Otherwise we have to blame ourselves for the delay.
            The new Recruitment Rule of CAO has been issued on 08th August of 2013.  Therefore the promotion after that date will be on the basis of the new RR.  There also the Seniority List will be also of vital importance.  The expected increase in the strength of CAO can be filled up by promotion on the basis of this Seniority List as per new RR.
            As far as regularization of Ad-hoc promotion in the aftermath of new RR of Administrative Officer on 03.102013, this Association has taken necessary steps.  Board is being regularly pursued.  
On Cadre Restructuring, we suggest to be little patient till the last minute.  We are working tirelessly to derive maximum benefit for our cadres. 
            Remain vigilant and alive. 
     Sudharsan                                    Ashim Pramanick
Secretary General                                  President

Friday, October 18, 2013


Dear Comrades,

It is informed that the Recruitment Rules for the post of Administrative Officer, (Group “B” Posts)`2013 in CBEC have been notified.

Comradely yours

Sudharsan J

Secretary General

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Administrative Officer Seniority list

Dear Comrades,

The DGHRD, CBEC, New Delhi vide its letter dated 12.09.2013 has requested all the Cadre Controlling Authorities to forward the updated seniority list in the grade of Administrative Officer appointed (as on 31.12.2008) on regular basis to prepare the draft seniority list in the grade of Administrative Officers. Many Cadre Controlling zones have already forwarded the updated list.  But few of the zones are yet to forward the requisite details to DGHRD.  

As requested by this Association a reminder letter dated 04.10.2013 issued by ADG (HRM) on the above issue addressed to some of the Cadre Controlling Zones which are yet to forward the updated list is placed below. 

It is requested that the zonal leaders / members of this association working in Cochin, Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai-I, Nagpur and Vadodara pursue the issue immediately and ensure that the updated list reach DGHRD, New Delhi at the earliest in order to speed up the Chief Accounts Officer DPC. 

Also a soft copy of the report may be sent by email to

Comradely yours
Sudharsan J
Secretary General