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
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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)
|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)