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)
|Meeting on GST in Mumbai on 01st Oct|
|Meeting on GST in Mumbai on 01st Oct|
|Meeting on GST in Mumbai on 17th Sep|
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Following is the message from Organising Secretary to President/General Secretary of all affiliated units of AICESTMOA. The signed copy is also placed at bottom.
The President/General Secretary,
All affiliated units of All India Central Excise
& Service Tax Ministerial Officers’ Association.
Subject :- Renewal of Recognition of the Association- Remittance of subscription-submission of DDO Certificates- reg.
May I once again draw your kind attention over the fact that the recognition of this association is required to be renewed on or before 03rd March 2017 as the last extension for renewal of 5 years was granted w.e.f. 04th March 2012.
2. Thus recognition of this Association is going to expire on 03rd March 2017 i.e. within approximately 7 months. In this context, it will be pertinent to mention here that if the Association is able to address letters to the Board/Ministry on the grievances and ensure that they are heard, it is only due to the fact that today ours is a recognized Association. The recognition to all India body of this Association also enables the local units to raise the local issues before the local authorities. Further, the National/Local leaders of this Association also take part in the Departmental Meetings/JCMs, because they are entitled to do so as being part of a recognized Association. The advantages of a recognized Association are many and are well known. Thus it is our binding responsibility to get the process completed well within time for getting the further renewal of recognition from the govt.
3. In order to renew the recognition it is our collective responsibility to ensure that the necessary documents including the DDO certificates are submitted to the Ministry in Advance apart from the audited statement of Accounts of the subscription received during the last two Years. Further, Article 6(f) of the bye-laws of the Association provides that “From the subscription collected by the various units, the proportionate share of the Association should be remitted to the Association”. In this regard, as per decision taken during All India Convention held in Hyderabad on 16th May 2015, Rs 10/- per month i.e. Rs 120/- per year per member is to be remitted to the All India Association along with DDO certificate.
4. Further, kind attention is also invited towards blog message dated 24th June 2016 of the Secretary General, relevant part of which is reproduced below :-
“The DDO’s Certificate (Annexure-II) for submission with the Board, is also required from each zone for renewal of recognition, which will be due in early 2017. A separate circular is being issued on this front. The official bank account of this association has been transferred from Pune to Kolkata and it is made operative. The association activities in some parts of the country are bare minimum or nil, at the moment. It is reiterated that a strong zonal association can take up the zonal issues with the respective CCA vigorously.”
However, despite the above request of the Secretary General as well as request of the President to the zonal/ unit representatives on various occasions viz. Hyderabad Convention and special meeting in Ahmedabad, to remit their share of the subscription amount to the All India Association, barring a few none of the leaders has responded to the said request.
Therefore it is once again requested that all the Zonal unit representatives may kindly remit their subscription to the All India Association immediately, without any further delay. An amount of Rs.120/- per member has to be remitted to the All India Account by way of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Association or remitted directly to the Association’s Account.
5. Further, all the Zonal/unit representatives are requested to kindly obtain and forward the Annexure–II i.e., DDO certificates in the prescribed format to the undersigned immediately to the address mentioned below :-
“VIKAS KUMAR GUPTA
National Organizing Secretary,
All India Central Excise & Service Tax Ministerial Officers’ Association,
1st Floor, Custom House, Near All India Radio,
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad-380 009
The certificate may be obtained for the Annual Year 2016-17. The zonal/unit representatives should strive to achieve 100% enrolment of Members in their respective zone and try to achieve the maximum number of DDO certificates possible latest by 05th October 2016.
6. It is once again reiterated that the renewal of recognition by submitting the DDO certificates and audited statement of accounts in time and any failure to do so will result in huge and catastrophic loss to the entire cadre which will then be difficult to overcome. The absence of recognition cannot be even imagined at this crucial juncture, as we have many unresolved issues related to Ministerial cadre. Therefore, all the responsible leaders are requested to take necessary steps and ensure that the requisite number of DDO certificates, are submitted as soon as possible, latest by 05th October, 2016 and the subscriptions as mentioned above.
(Vikas Kumar Gupta)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
We would like to congratulate all our Senior colleagues who have been promoted to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO). It is a success of our persistent effort towards achieving this promotion. We would also like to place our appreciation on records for all those comrades at various zones who have contributed to the cause. We also thank our Board for granting this promotion. CAO PROMOTION ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED TODAY AND THE SAME IS GIVEN BELOW:
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(Ashim Pramanick) (Sankar Kumar Saha)
President Secretary General
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Monday, August 15, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
We know that you all are busy with the work of preparation of statements of new pay and calculation of arrears on that, as per recommendation of 7th CPC, the Gazette notification for which was published on 25 July 2016 (Notification) and subsequently Office Memorandum was issued on 29 July 2016 (OM). You might have just finished the work related to the annual increment w.e.f. 01 July and AGT of officers of various grades. I am sure that our officers are doing all these work effectively and correctly, besides their routine work. Please do not forget to collect the Form of option and undertaking from each individual officer, as per annexure of given OM, before finalising pay & arrears.
This association has been constantly pursuing the pending issues with Board and some correspondences have been made on the developments in last couple of months. We have written letter to newly appointed honourable MoSF for removal of disparity with CBDT pertaining to our pay and promotional prospects (Pg 1, Pg 2). We also wrote to honourable Minister and other Board officials for effective implementation of 7th CPC recommendation with respect to the pay parity with CBDT and other formations. (Letter to MoSF Pg 1, Pg 2). We have also forwarded letter pertaining to the publication of Recruitment Rules (RRs) of Inspector in CBEC (see letter). It is my pleasure to inform that CBEC has issued a letter on 2nd August 2016 (Letter), addressed to all CCAs, to fill up all vacant (Pre and post cadre restructuring) Group B & C posts on the basis of existing RRS, as has been demanded by this association (our submission Pg 1, Pg 2). I hope the work, to that effect, has already been commenced in all the zones. Zonal leaders are requested to pursue it with their respective CCAs. We have, once again, requested honourable Chairman, CBEC to look into our pending issues and grant us an appointment (Letter).
It has been noticed that CBDT has put the draft RRs of Inspector and EA in their website, in which the qualifying service in the feeder grade posts has been proposed as three years in both. We are going to approach CBEC to have the parity with CBDT in both the RRs.
This association is also trying its level best to get the DPC for CAO conducted in this month itself so that our senior AOs may have some good news. We are also in touch with Board to get the amended RRs for Administrative Officer, at the earliest.
AICESTMOA wishes all its members and their families a very happy ‘Independence day’.
(Sankar Kr. Saha)
(Sankar Kr. Saha)
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Good evening, everybody. As you know, NJCA has deferred the decision of indefinite strike, as of now, we are not going to have any programme of "black badge" etc. until further decision. Besides Pay Commission, we have other issues to settle, so we need to continue to struggle till we achieve our desired result. So be united and work together, towards building a strong association. I convey my sincere thanks to the leaders, who took pain to call urgent meetings and forwarded the resolution/views of members, on strike call.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Friday, June 24, 2016
In continuation to my earlier report of Delhi visit, I would like to share the details of discussion held in the meeting with Shri Jayant Sinha, honourable Minister of State for Finance, in presence of Member (Admin) and Joint Secretary (Admin). Of course, the meeting was an outcome of our efforts to get an appointment with the Hon’ble Minister, highlighting the disparity between CBEC and CBDT (Request letter Pg1, Pg2, Pg 3).
At the outset, the Minister extended us a warm welcome. After the introduction, our president initiated the discussion by projecting the difference in pay structure in the grade of Administrative officers and had a rigorous parley to make him understand that CBEC has never shown much interest to increase the grade pay of AO to Rs. 4800/-, neither any serious attempt was made to replicate the hierarchical structure of CBDT. We adduced the copies of all our submissions, to different officials of Board and Pay Commission, in front of him to make him realize our legitimate demands. The Member (Admin) stated that all our demands have already been forwarded to Empowered Committee of 7th Pay Commission. However, it was not clarified as to whether our demands have been seconded by our Board. It was also pointed out that obtaining the approval of the Cabinet to restructure the Administrative Wing on par with CBDT could be difficult. However, on our repeated submissions, Minister advised the Board to liaise with CBDT on this front. Subsequently, another submission has been made with the Minister to pursue the issue of Pay Scale even further (Submission Pg 1, Pg 2).
As regards to disparity of promotional aspects of CBEC and CBDT our presentation was equally strong as we argued with, starting from DoPT guidelines for framing of RR to the different RRs that are being followed in these two Boards. We projected the conditions of present Tax Assistants and conveyed him that there would be none to give option of joining CBEC, if the RR of EA is not amended. We also submitted the papers to show as to how CBDT continues to give promotion to STA, even relaxing the qualifying service from three years to two years. To make him understand the clear disparity, we put forward the RRs of TA of two Boards (Submission Pg 1, Pg 2)
The Hon’ble minister appreciated that there was disparity in both pay structure and promotional aspects between two Boards and advised our Board to sort out the reasons of discrepancies. The meeting lasted about 40 minutes and ended in cordiality.
Meanwhile, I would like to inform you that the effort on the part of the Association to address the problems through legal path, simultaneously, is expected to yield some result. Some TAs of Delhi zone have come together to file a case, for amendment of EA RR, to CAT Principal Bench. They have already appointed the lawyers and prepared the case file.
Brief on other issues:
(i) The proposal for review DPC as well as promotional DPC for promotion to Chief Accounts Officer has been sent to UPSC and we hope to get positive news in a few days.
(ii) It is learnt that the file on One Time Relaxation for promotion to the grade of Inspector has been returned to the section. It is presumed that Member (Admin) has raised some queries. There appears to be not much of a movement on this front. However, we continue to strive for the same (Submission).
(iii) We have also written letter to fill up the additional posts, created through cadre restructuring in all grades (Submission Pg 1, Pg 2)
Regarding our participation in the strike call given by the NJCA, we would support the move morally and involve ourselves in some activities, protesting the Pay Commission report, after giving due notice to the Board. Such programmes will be intimated in due course of time. The leadership is continuously vetting our next steps keeping in mind our meeting with the Minister.
It is understood that constant persuasion with Board is required to get the updates/result from the Board. The financial condition of the association is in a bad shape as there has been no subscription amount deposited in the national bank account, except by Bihar & Jharkhand Zone. It is not possible for Kolkata and Chandigarh zone alone to always provide fund to meet the expenses for office bearers to move to Delhi whenever required. In fact no further move is possible if the other zones keep quiet in this respect. The DDO’s Certificate (Annexure-II) for submission with the Board, is also required from each zone for renewal of recognition, which will be due in early 2017. A separate circular is being issued on this front. The official bank account of this association has been transferred from Pune to Kolkata and it is made operative. The association activities in some parts of the country are bare minimum or nil, at the moment. It is reiterated that a strong zonal association can take up the zonal issues with the respective CCA vigorously.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Friday, June 10, 2016
Shri Ashim Pramanick, President, Shri Ram Lalit, ASG & Liaison Secretary and I have attended the meeting with Mr. Jayant Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Finance, in presence of Member (Admin.) and JS (Admin.), in his office at 2 PM, today. The Hon'ble Minister gave a patient hearing to our presentation and appreciated the disparity between CBEC and CBDT in the context of Pay structure and Recruitment Rules. Hon'ble Minister has advised our Board to take stock of the situation with reference to CBDT. The meeting ended with cordiality.Details followed....
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Shri Ramlalit, Assistant Secretary General and I have been to Delhi on 19th and 20th May, 2016. We visited all concerned offices to find out the status of the pending issues. 20th morning, we had a meeting with Member (Admin.), in presence of JS (Admin.), DS and US. Here is the gist of the following issues:
1. CAO PROMOTION:
The file of CAO promotion is being put up for sending the proposals to UPSC.
2. SENIORITY LIST OF AO:
Updated Seniority List of Administrative Officers, onwards 2008 to 2014 is now ready, barring two small things which are being sorted out and they have been contacted.
3. RELAXATION OF RR:
On the matter of One Time Relaxation of existing Recruitment Rules the Board will intimate the status of relaxation of RRs of each grades.
4. PUBLICATION OF AMENDED RR OF AO:
It is learnt that the new amended Recruitment Rules of Administrative Officer is under process.
5. WITHDRAWAL/AMENDMENT OF RR OF EA:
On the issue of withdrawal/amendment of new Recruitment Rules for the post Executive Assistant, we have to write to Board to bring out the lapse on the part of Board and DoPT.
6. PARITY OF PAY & CADRE STRUCTURE WITH CBDT:
We have to submit afresh letter to the Board with full justification for granting pay parity and identical cadre structure with that of CBDT.
7. COUNTING THE LENGTH OF SERVICE SPENT IN THE GRADE OF SEPOY:
On the issue of counting the length of service spent in the grade of Sepoy for promotion to the post of Tax Assistant, the file has got approved from DOPT and the order to that effect will be published soon.
8. CONSIDERATION OF ADDITIONAL VACANCIES FOR PROMOTION CREATED THROUGH CADRE RESTRUCTURE:
On the subject issue of consideration of additional vacancies for promotion with existing RR, created through Cadre Restructuring, it is learnt that presently the file is lying with JS.
We will soon submit the papers to the Board as required and the submissions will be published in this Blog, as and when the same are done. In the Meanwhile, an ad-hoc committee of Delhi Unit has been formed and they are in touch with lawyers for withdrawal/amendment of the RR of EA.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Friday, May 20, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Following two letters have been submitted to the Board for kind consideration:
1. Comments submitted for proposal for amendment of Recruitment Rules of Administrative Officer (Group-B Post), 2013.
2. Request for grant of promotion against additional vacancies created through Cadre Restructuring, 2013.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Kind attention is drawn to the Board's recent letter under F.No.8/B/85/ HRD(HRM)/2015/5317-5373 dated 13th April, 2016 posted below and accordingly all zonal leaders are requested to pursue with the concerned sections so that a positive reply is sent to the Board at the earliest.
OTR GR-B GAZETTED POSTS
OTR GR-B GAZETTED POSTS
And secondly in response to DGHRD's letter dated 11.04.2016 the following comments submitted by this association is also posted below for information:
(Snkar Kumar Saha)
Friday, April 22, 2016
In continuation to my earlier message, I would like to share the following about my visit to Delhi, along with Shri Ashim Pramanick, President, and Shri Ram Lalit, Liaison Secretary during 05th Apr 2016 to 07th Apr 2016.
DPC for CAO promotion: Commendable work has been done by Shri V Guru Kumar and Shri P Reddy of Hyderabad unit to sort out pending VC/IC cases by communicating to different zones and brought down the number of pending cases to around 40. Presently, the pending cases are mostly from Lucknow and Bhubaneshwar zone. We have interacted with our leaders there, who have been putting all out efforts to forward the documents. Hope the file for conducting DPC will be put up soon.
One time Relaxation / promotion to AO, Inspector: The RRs for the post of AO is on the pipeline and the draft RR is already put up in the CBEC website (Click Here to see). The qualifying service for the promotion is kept as five years and for which the total service in the grade pay of Rs. 4200/- is kept as we demanded.
During our conversation with Joint Secretary (Admin) and Deputy Secretary (Ad-IIIA), it reveals that doubts are not clear on the issue of One Time Relaxation in the post of Inspector. We had detail discussion with the present Deputy Secretary, regarding One time Relaxation to the posts of AO, Inspector, STA & TA, who has assumed charge in December 2015, on this issue. We tried to convince him as to why one time relaxation is required for these posts. The file for OTR of inspector is presently on his table.
Both the JS(A) and the DS have inclined to the fact that the posts created as a result of cadre restructuring may be filled up with the existing RRs as is being done in the case of direct recruitment. A submission to this effect has been done for issuing clarification against the Board’s order dated 17.9.2015, so that the promotion can be given in different zones and the scan copy of our submission dated 06.04.2016 is posted below:
Withdrawal/Amendment of RR of EA: Our demand for withdrawal of RR for EA is not being entertained by the Board and they held the DoPT responsible, for not accepting the saving clause. It is understood, that we need to go to the higher official and accordingly putting the submission to MoS, Finance. The affected TAs may have to go to CAT to have their legitimate rights to have protection from the new RR. Discussions were held with the members of Delhi unit on this front and it is felt that we need to have a strong Delhi zonal association for this purpose. Some members have come forward to form the unit with all ministerial officers, which would take shape very soon, it is believed.
Counting of length of service rendered in the post of Sepoy for LDC/TA promotion: The counting of service rendered as Sepoy, before merger of the posts of Sepoy and Havaldar, are being considered by the Board as demanded by us. The file, learnt to have been sent to DoPT. We are hopeful of getting the positive result in near future.
Similar pay structure with CBDT and HQ Organisation: As you are aware that a CoC has been formed with all the associations of CBDT and CBEC to have better and similar pay structure with HQ organisation and CBDT and also to materialize the demand of this cadre to the 7th Pay Commission. Our President is in constant touch with the CoC leadership to move ahead with it.
Looking forward for your cooperation and support in future days. We need to strengthen ourselves to fight for our right.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)