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Proposal for DPC for promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) for the vacancy years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is now 100% complete. It has already been re-submitted to UPSC and the file is being processed for an date of the DPC. Our Chairperson has written a DO letter to the Chairman of UPSC for an early date of DPC, preferably before her superannuation on 31.10.2014. Further message follows:

Friday, October 17, 2014


Dear Comrade,
                             Proposal  for  DPC  for  promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) for the vacancy years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is now 100%  complete.  It  has  already  been  re-submitted  to UPSC and the file is being processed for an date of the DPC.  Our Chairperson has written a DO letter to the Chairman of  UPSC for an  early  date  of  DPC,  preferably  before her superannuation on 31.10.2014.  Further message follows:

                                                                               Yours Comradely,

                                                                             (Ashim Pramanick)

Monday, September 22, 2014


Dear Comrade,
                                Board has once again sought some information in respect of 09 officers, posted in 07 Zones and 01 Directorates.  Such information is required to satisfy the requirement of UPSC which is presently considering the proposal for DOC for the vacancy years 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 for promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO).  The copies of the letters are given below:-

May I request our members in the concerned Directorate/Zones namely:-

1.       Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi
2.    Central Excise & Customs, Ghaziabad.
3.       Central Excise & Customs, Cochin Commissionerate.
4.       Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax, Visakhapatnam-I Commissionerate.
5.        Central Excise Lucknow Zone.
6.       Central Excise & Customs Vadodara Zone.
7.       Central Excise & Service Tax Ranchi Zone.
8.       Central Excise Bangalore Zone.

to take initiative and ensure that the desired reports are sent immediately.  It may be ensured that the reports containing VC/IC, penalty statement, copies of the charge sheet if any, below bench mark certificate if any, are sent by return FAX.  Kindly see that the FAX is sent without any loss of time.  Dossiers may follow within the day or two.

                Dear Comrade, it is understood, that promotion to the grade of Inspector is getting impeded in many of the Zones particularly against the additional strength provided in the Cadre Restructuring.   I would request to zonal leaders to take up with the concerned administration.  We shall take a holistic stand and ventilate our views to Board.
Yours Comradely,


(Ashim Pramanick)


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Jurisdictions defining the field formation offices notifications  has been issued by the CBEC on 16.09.2014 under Cadre Restructuring. This notifications will be effective from 15th October, 2014.  This notifications are given below:-

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Dear Comrade,

                        By now, you have come to terms with the various aspects of the Cadre Restructuring plan and its probable impact both at the national level and zonal level.  Facts are out and we can sense the impact on our Cadre.  There has been no relief for the dwindling administrative wing.  No new posts with higher Grade Pay has been introduced, despite our relentless efforts over the years.  On the contrary, the supervisory posts of DOS has been clubbed with STA to form a new post called Executive Assistant (EA) with no change of Grade Pay.  We will continue to voice our descent and persist with our struggle in different fora to restore the lost gravity and hierarchical structure with commensurating pay.  Meanwhile we have submitted our Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission which you might have seen in our earlier message.  Board will continuously be perused in the future also.  Such persuasion will also be carried out in different judicial fora.

            Now the focus is obviously on the numbers those are created in different zones.  We know that the members are busy in working out Arithmetics and Statistical Probabilities, off course for the good reasons.  We all look for a better service career and brighter promotional opportunity.  Promotions to Inspector and other ministerial grades will start happening very shortly.  Board will fix a deadline and try to create a height about it to ensure smooth implementation of Cadre Restructuring plan.  Meanwhile a meeting has been conveyed on 27.08.2014 with all CCAs to discuss the promotions in Grpup-B and Group-C posts in the wake of Cadre Restructuring.  However, the crux lies with the fact that in most zones there are not sufficient eligible officers for promotions to Inspector.  At the same time Board is not willing to relax the recruitment Rule, at least in the first instance, as we have been told during our meeting with the Chairperson on 16.07.2014.  On the flip-side, the noise of amendment/framing of the Recruitment Rules of our ministerial grades and that of Inspector is also pretty much loud.  This process was initiated some time back.  We had met the B.K. Bansal Committee and tendered our submissions more than one time.  Our moot emphasis has been to retain the length of qualifying service of the existing employees even in the new Recruitment Rule by invoking the DoP&T’s guidelines.  This is expected to protect the existing employees from loosing their opportunities to get promotion in time, particularly in view of creation of new posts in the Cadre Restructuring.  Board’s response has not been fully clear to us except the fact that it was assured that all the posts will be filled up on the basis of existing Recruitment Rule wherever possible.  We need to work in this area relating to relaxation of Recruitment Rule and framing of new Recruitment Rule.

            I have no words, to convey solace to our senior members who are retiring without getting their due promotions to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO).  One would hardly believe the kind of efforts that we are putting into get the DPC done.  I am compelled to say that response from some of the zones in sending the requisite documents, have not been very encouraging despite several oral persuasions.  Presently the proposal for DPC for 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13 is with UPSC and we are expecting some date of the DPC shortly.  We are also requesting the Board to initiate action for the next DPC (Click here to see the submission dated 18.08.2014).

            Comrades, the work on hand is colossal but the work force is a depleted one.  Our good friend and very good servant to the organization Shri J. Sudharsan has been promoted to Inspector in the recent past.  He has been providing great service to the Association over the past few years which will no longer be available now.  This has already created a vacuum.  However, I have already advised him to carry on the work, pertaining to Supreme Court case on Seniority as no one else will be best-suited for the job at the moment.  Other zonal leaders are also expected to get elevation in the service, resulting further gap in the Association.  Thus the need of the hour is to revamp the Association.  I therefore, appeal to all the zonal leaders stationed in various parts of the country to come forward and join hands to work for the well being of the Cadre.  Further course of action on the organizational front will be conveyed in due course.
                                                                         Comradely Yours


(Ashim Pramanick)

Friday, August 1, 2014


Dear Comrades,

The Final Submission made before the Secretary, 7th Pay Commission on behalf of our All India Ministerial Officers' Association is posted below for our members perusal.

Thanking You
Comradely Yours

Ashim Pramanik

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Dear Comrades

          Myself accompanied by leaders from Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata undertook a visit to Delhi from 15.07.2014 to 17.07.2014 to take stock and pursue various burning issues.  We were ably assisted by Shri J Sudharshan, Secretary General who provided us various inputs and documents to Delhi as he could not turn up owing to unavoidable reasons. During our stay we had separate meetings with Chairperson, Member (P&V), DG (HRD) & concerned Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary.  The outcome of the meetings and the state of various issues are briefed as under:-

Cadre Restructuring:   

We all know that the proposal for Cadre Restructuring and creation of additional posts have been approved by the Cabinet on 05.12.2013.  We also know that the former Finance Minister, just before quitting office, has also okayed the proposal of CBEC on various actions to be taken on implementation of such approved Cadre Restructuring proposals.  The Geographical jurisdiction of the newly created Commissionerates of various zones vis-à-vis the no. of zones and the allocation of posts to each zones, have also been finalized.  We also learnt that the former Finance Minister has himself given specific direction and advised to ensure that all potential hindrances in the process of implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal are taken care of.

DG (HRD) has finalized all the papers to be circulated to the zones sometimes back which has also been approved by the Chairperson, CBEC.  This was sent to Ad.IV Section of CBEC for vetting compilation and circulation.  It is understood that the work is also complete there.  However Board has decided to bring the Cadre Restructuring proposal to the notice of the Hon’ble Ministers of the present Government before circulation.  It is expected that this process will also be over shortly, paving way for circulation of all necessary instructions to the zones.  It is also expected that the date of creation of newly re-organized Commissionerates would be fixed at the time of circulation of instructions.

Promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO):    

The Chairperson, CBEC during the meeting on 16.07.2014 has given direction that the proposal for DPC for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 be sent to UPSC by 21.07.2014.  It is learnt that the proposal is being sent to UPSC on 22.07.2014.  However, there is still some minor deficiency which is wanting from a few zones.  The date of the DPC will be fixed only after receipt of such information.  The leaders of this Association are constantly pursuing to obtain such information/documents.

DG(HRD) has also initiated the work of preparation of a Seniority List of CAO. They have sought information from the zones vide letter F.No.8/B/112/HRD (HRDM)/2014 dated 8th July 2014. I request all the zones to send the required reports.

Promotion to Inspector and age restriction:   

While it has been assured that age restriction would be removed in the new Recruitment Rule, there is some confusion in some zones while implementing the judgement dated 17.03.2010 of Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh bench which provides that as per Note:2 of the existing Recruitment Rule of Inspector officers who have appeared departmental examination within 50 years, can be promoted to Inspector even beyond the age of 50 years.  
However, the Board vide its letter under F.No. A. 32022/08/2009-Ad.III.A dated 18.07.2012, withdrew its earlier directions and thereby, re-imposed the upper age limit of 50 years.   Some Officers availed such benefit for a limited period, whereas the others remained deprived.   After this association made a repeated request the Board has informed that the      removal of age relaxation is under active consideration (click here to view) and it is will be finalized as and when the Recruitment Rules of Inspector is amended.  However we have pointed out that certain zones are considering the age relaxation thus by allowing people who have crossed 50 years for promotion but in certain zones they are not being considered.  
This association has requested to maintain an uniformity to ensure its implementation in non-implementing zones pending framing of new Recruitment Rule.  It has been decided in our meeting with the Chairperson, CBEC on 16.07.2014 in presence of Member (P&V), DG(HRD) & JS(Admin.) that the issue will be further looked into.

Recruitment Rule:        

We have once again requested to incorporate the “Saving provision” (as per DoPT’s guidelines for framing/ amendment/ relaxation of Recruitment Rule dated 25.03.1996) in the new Recruitment Rules so that the existing length of eligible service remains applicable for promotion of the existing TAs/STAs.  This will curtail the negative impact on promotional prospect if the length of eligible service is enhanced in the new Recruitment Rules.  We also took up the anomalies in the newly circulated TA Recruitment Rule (Click here to get the submission dated 16.07.14).

It was also requested to fill up all the vacancies, resulting out of the process of Cadre Restructuring, on the basis of the existing Recruitment Rule, without waiting for the new Recruitment Rule.  It was also impressed upon that relaxation will be required in the RR to fill up the vacancies, in keeping with the objective of the Cadre Restructuring (Click here to get the submission dated 16.07.14).
This Association is grateful to Chairperson, CBEC for convening  a meaningful meeting in the presence of Member(P&V), DG(HRD), ADG(HRM), JS(Admin.), DS (Ad.IIIA) and US (Ad.IIA) on 16.07.2014.  This has provided us to understand the present state of various issues and ventilate our point of views and demands.  The decisions were taken during the meeting itself.  Separate meeting with Member(P&V) & DG(HRD) were also fruitful.

Comradely yours

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Dear Comrades,

       We are still struggling to get CAO DPC finalized.  Certain information is still pending from the following zones:-

Central Excise,  Mumbai-I &  Mumbai-II Zone                                        -              for 16 Officers

Central Excise,  Bangalore Zone                                                            -              for 05 Officers

Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax,  
Hyderabad Zone                     
                    -              for 05 Officers

Central Excise & Customs, Lucknow Zone                                            -              for 07 Officers

Central Excise & Customs, Vadodara Zone                                           -              for 02 Officers
   Customs & Central Excise, Directorate of Public & 
   Public Relations            
                          -              for 02 Officers

Member (P&V) has written a DO letter to concerned Chief Commissioner’s to send the desired reports by 27th May, 2014.  

I request the leaders of the concerned zones and the central office bearers to take initiatives and pursue with the concerned zonal administrations, so that the reports are sent in time.  It is sad to note that the leaders of some of those very zones regularly pursue with us whereas the reports are pending from their zones themselves.  

Kindly do the needful so that at least the officers retiring in the month of June, 2014 can get their long-over-due promotion before retirement.  

As regards to Cadre Restructuring, we share anxiety of many of our members the order on allocation of posts and the related notification on newly curved out Commissionerates are yet to be issued.  

It is understood that the related files are now being vetted at the highest level in the Board’s office. 

Comradely yours

    Sudharsan J                                 Ashim Pramanik
Secretary General                               President

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dear friends,

As you are aware that your association always remains alert and alive to the development those concern us and our future.  We were given to understand that Shri Rajiv Takru, IAS, Secretary (Revenue), on assumption of charges of Department of Revenue, during April, 2014 has been showing keen interest in the problems and demands of different Cadre Associations in CBEC.  Accordingly, we sought an appointment with Secretary (Revenue) and got it on 5th May, 2014.

The undersigned along with Comrades of Delhi and Kolkata attended the meeting at the scheduled date and time.  While it was conveyed that we were not particularly keen only to halt this present Cadre Restructuring but we had some genuine grievances which had not been addressed during the present Cadre Restructuring.  We submitted a resentation which will speak for itself ( click here for the submission).

Secretary (Revenue), was very kind to give a patient hearing to our problems and wanted to know the full details and background of our issues.  The meeting lasted for more than half an hour.  He assured to look into our demands by obtaining feedback from the Board.

Before, the meeting with Secretary (Revenue), we also met the Chairperson, CBEC in her chamber where Member (P&V) and DGHRD were present.  We explained our position and apprised the issues to be taken up with Secretary (Revenue).

Member (P&V) also took a separate meeting on 6th May, 2014 where we further explained the problems of DOS, getting merged with STA in the Cadre Restructuring.  We also pointed out the fact that the Board needs to come out with a specific stand when it comes to implementation of Chandigarh judgement on the question of applicability of upper age limit on promotion to Inspector. 

We made it amply clear that our basic demand of re-organization of administrative wing on the lines of CBDT, is not to be compromised and we will continue to agitate in different forum till it is achieved.

We also pursued issue relating to promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO).  As of now, pendency of some information is there for about 50 officers among the list of 345 officers.  Member (P&V) has assured that she would personally pursue with the concerned Chief Commissioners to set right the discrepancies.  The objective is to send the complete proposal to UPSC by 1st week of June, 2014.

Thanking you,
Comradely yours,
                                                                    (Ashim Pramanick)