Monday, April 16, 2018
Hope u all r doing well.
We, jointly with other two Customs Ministerial associations, forwarded the proposal to Board for immediate filling up of vacant posts of AO by any means, whether by notifying RRs of AO or by issuing the Instruction / Order. The proposed RRs of AO has been returned by DoPT, once again, with the same objection. It is learnt that the Board officials are in talk with DoPT for finding out a solution.
The required documents in respect of eligible AOs, for promotion to the post of CAO, have been sent to Board by all the zones. Now, the documents will be scrutinized by Board and if any shortfall comes to notice, will be informed to the respective zone. The zonal leaders and the concerned officers have to take initiative to meet up the lapse, if any. We hope that the DPC would soon take place. We also demanded a D.O. letter from Member (Admn), CBEC, addressing CCs, for forwarding the desired documents from the respective zones at the earliest.
The proposals, forwarded for filling up the vacant posts of EA and Inspector along with the proposal for amendment of both the RRs, are under examination by Board. We would be able to know the status in a few days as a visit to Board is planned in coming week.
A letter has also been forwarded to have uniformity in promotion across all the zones in CBEC and demanded to take immediate decision on the letters issued by Shri B.K. Manthan, Under Secretary, on various dates, due to which the DPCs are held up in many zones.
The Co-ordination Committee in CBIC (CoC in CBIC) will meet again on 05th May 2018, in Kolkata to decide its future course of action. The President and other leaders of this association will attend the meeting.
A letter is forwarded to The Additional Secretary (Revenue), Ministry of Finance, to convene the 2nd meeting of Anomaly Committee, at the earliest, as the CBEC has forwarded the points to be discussed in the meeting.
We will have an Executive Committee meeting on 06th May 2018, in Kolkata on various issues including the upcoming convention date and venue. The minutes of the meeting will be published for your information.
The submissions are attached herewith for information please.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hope u r feeling fresh after a very hectic financial year ending. Some of us enjoyed a very happy weekend with four consecutive closed holidays. This association has no holidays and always been awake for the betterment of its members.
We have forwarded the proposal for amendment of Recruitment Rules for Executive Assistant and Inspector. Also, urged to fill up the vacant posts by promotion by considering relaxation. These have been done as suggested by the Member (A), CBEC, during our meeting on 06th March 2018, in the presence of DG of DGHRD. The submissions, signed by Secretaries of all three Ministerial Associations of CBEC, are put below for information to all our members. We will also be sending the proposal for filling up all vacant posts of AO by tomorrow.
The DPC for CAO is still taking some time as a couple of zones have not forwarded the desired documents of eligible officers till now. Our leadership present there are trying their best to pursue the matter and do it at the earliest. Some AOs are really doing good work to get the documents reach to Board and are in touch with us.
We have written to Additional Revenue Secretary, Dept. of Revenue to arrange for 2nd meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee. Hope to get the call soon. We are in touch with the leadership of CBDT Association too.
Wish all our members a very happy financial year 2018-19!!
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Monday, March 12, 2018
We attended the meeting at DGHRD Office, Gole Market, New Delhi on 06th March 2018. The meeting was initially chaired by Shri B. Bhattacharya, the Director General of DGHRD and later Shri S. Ramesh, Member (Admn), CBEC. However, Member (Admn) left after sometime to attend another important meeting. From the official side, the meeting was attended by the officers of concerned sections (Ad IIIA & IIIB, Ad IIA, DGHRD etc.). The office bearers of two Customs Ministerial Associations (AICMOA AND AICMEF) also attended. From AICESTMOA, Shri Ram lalit, President, Shri Tarun Kumar Seal and Shri Shivaji Valu, Vice President, Shri Prosenjit Pandey, Asst. Secretary General, Shri Vivek Kumar, Organising Secretary and I attended the meeting.
The issues were discussed point wise as the sequence of the points was same for all the three associations. The details of the discussion are given below:
Amendment of RRs of EA & Inspector:
It was briefed by our side that the comments of stakeholders were required to be taken before publication of these RRs to make it error free and to save both the department and the career of stakeholders, as it is mandatory as per DoPT guidelines and was also used to be done even during the year 2002-2003. The effects of enhancement of qualifying service from 03 yrs to 10 yrs and 02 yrs to 05 yrs for EA and Inspector respectively, were briefed and it was pointed out how the Board did not pay heed to the betterment of employees before publication of these RRs. Even though the previous Member (A), CBEC, foreseen the problem of these changes but later much attention was not paid to overcome the problem. It was pointed out that the decision of 40% Direct Recruitment for EA and only 10% promotion quota for Inspector grade was taken in haste and not correct. The logic and supporting documents were placed before the Chair and convinced him by saying that the CBDT is still following the old RRs, keeping in mind the welfare of the employees. We also informed that the LDCE concept brought in the existing RRs of Inspector is not clearly defined, hence the RRs may be termed as defective.
It was requested to the staff side to not insist upon the old mistakes, rather to suggest how to overcome the problems. It was agreed that the amendment proposal can be sent to DoPT with proper logic and the staff side will prepare the proposal and forward to Board. Since the process may consume sometime, hence the relaxation to fill up all vacant posts of EA and Inspector will be taken up in fast track.
Letters issued by Shri B.K. Manthan, Under Secretary to Govt. of India of Ad IIIA Section.
When this issue came up for discussion, the Member (A) had to leave in hurry. We informed the DG that the letters issued by Shri B.K. Manthan on date 04.01.2018 and 11.01.2018 were without the approval of competent authority and against the verdict of Hon’ble Supreme Court and A.P. High Court, followed by the Board’s instructions. The letters issued on those dates created confusion amongst the zones in CBEC and the promotions have been affected badly. The eligible candidates are not getting promotion even though vacancies are available. The matter was brought in the notice of Member (A) immediately by our submission and also by meeting him on 16.01.2018. Assurances were given to sort out the issue within 10 days after discussion with the concerned associations but nothing has been done.
The chair assured to discuss the issue with the Member (A), on the same day and find out the solution at the earliest so that the career of the affected people is not hampered.
It was informed by our Asst Sec Gen Shri Prosenjit Pandey, who met Member (A), on 07.03.2018 during the visiting hours, that, the Member (A) discussed the issue with DG of DGHRD and assured that no such decision would be taken which may affect the career of employees concerned. An early solution will be provided to clear the mess.
RRs of AO
Official side informed that the RRs of AO with feeder grade as EA is once again being sent to DoPT with proper justification and hopefully, it will be cleared this time.
Our side informed that since the notification of amended RRs is still not in sight hence, Board should take alternative measure to fill up all vacant posts of AO immediately. It was brought to the notice of House that Para 6 of Cadre Restructuring letter dated 18.12.2013 has a solution if a situation like this occurs. “Pending notification of revised RRs, wherever required, the newly created/redesignated posts will be filled up on the basis of extent guidelines for RRs, issued by DoPT”. Board can take immediate measure to fill up the vacant posts on the basis of DoPT guidelines i.e. here in this case those who have completed 5 yrs of regular service in the G.P. of Rs. 4200/- may be considered for promotion, the decision for which may be taken at Board level only.
Official side informed that if DoPT does not clear the RRs file this time, then similar proposal may be forwarded to DoPT for filling up the vacant posts of AO.
All vacant posts of Ministerial cadre to be filled up immediately
We informed the house that in all the grades of Ministerial cadre, there is less than 50% manpower presently working. Work pressure on ministerial officers is excessively high at all field formations. Board must consider special onetime relaxation to fill up all vacant posts in Ministerial cadre. It was also pointed out that no benefit has been extended to this cadre in the last cadre restructuring effected in 2013.
Official side replied that information will be obtained from field formation to grant onetime relaxation.
DPC of CAO
We requested to conduct DPC of CAO in time bound manner. To get the papers (APAR, VC/IC etc.) of eligible officers, Member (A) was requested to write D.O. letter to all Pr. CC/CC immediately. Director Ad IIA said that, it would be done after consultation with Member (A).
Grade Pay of A.O. to Rs. 4800/- and T.A. Rs. 2800/-
Director Ad IIA informed that these points have already been forwarded to Anomaly Committee for consideration. This side requested to supply a copy of the forwarding letter to all ministerial associations. It was agreed to, subject to the willingness of Member (A)/Commissioner (Coord). Later, we met Commissioner (Coord) at her office; she agreed to give a copy endorsing the name of the association.
Past service counting and education bar
We requested to give weightage to the experience and educational bar should be removed in case of promotion to all the grades. We requested to amend the RRs of TA with qualification as 10th pass instead of 10+2 as it is not possible to acquire additional qualification at a later stage. If these officers are not considered for promotion the Department would lose the experienced manpower. We supplied the copy of TA RRS of CBDT, where the educational qualification has been kept at 10th Pass only.
The chair agreed in principle that the parity should be maintained in CBEC and CBDT in case of promotion. The proposal can be considered after examination.
The uniformity in case of promotion
We narrated the situation as to how the uniformity is not maintained in case of promotion. Board issued letter to Delhi Zone for granting promotion to the grade of Inspector, who passed the qualifying exam after 50 years of age, on the basis of the judgement of Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT. We requested several times to issue the order for all the zones of CBEC but no response from Board.
Similarly, the TAs of CGL 2011 batch of Jaipur Zone are yet to get the promotion to the grade of EA/STA, even though some zones have granted promotion to the grade of Inspector for the officers of same batch.
The Chair agreed to examine the proposal and do the needful.
RRs of TA
The RRs of TA should have the same qualifying service and same educational qualification as in the RRs of TA in CBDT, notified in the year 2015. We informed that in any case, we are not going to accept the RRs having qualifying service at 11 yrs at ‘failing which’ clause as it is kept at 08 years in case of CBDT. The educational qualification is also kept at 10th Pass only unlike CBEC.
We will do our part as decided in the meeting and wait for the response of Board. Meanwhile, we have to remain united and decide the further course of action.
Long Live AICESTMOA. Jai Hind.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Sincere thanks to all members who made the programme on 01 Feb 2018 successful. Request to respond in similar manner, in future, whenever call is given. Please keep it in mind that it is just to get our legitimate right.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
As I informed through my last message that we are going to observe some programs under the banner of 'COC in CBIC', I request once again to all our members to take part actively in these programs. Join hands with other Associations and make it a success. Circular, containing Issues and Demands, has already been issued addressing Central Committee Members & Zonal Leaders.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
We have visited Board and DGHRD offices from 16th to 18th January to pursue the issues and to attend the meeting with CBEC Officials for finalizing the points for forwarding to anomaly committee.
I have no doubt to say that we are going through rough weather as the Board is not taking care of the issues pertaining to this cadre.
President and I accompanied by Secretary General of AICMOA (All India Customs Ministerial Officers’ Association), met Member (Admin), CBEC and raised the ongoing issues. Regarding the letters issued by Mr. B.K. Manthan, Under Secretary, on dates 26.12.2017, 04.01.2018 and 11.01.2018, he assured us of having a meeting soon before taking any decision. We tried to make him aware that these letters are just purposely written to ruin the career of ministerial officers and against the letters issued by Board earlier, which were issued as per guidelines of DoPT and various judgments pronounced by Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Court of the country in different cases. We also requested him to take all possible steps to get the RRs of AO published or else to issue the Instruction for immediate promotion to the grade of AO.
DPC for promotion to CAO would take some time as required documents pertaining to each individual officer, under consideration, are yet to be reached to Board from field formations. I request the zonal leaders to pursue the matter and take necessary steps to forward the same at the earliest. Board has already issued a reminder for this.
We (Shri Prosenjit Pandey, AGS of AICESTMOA and Gen Sec of Kolkata was also present) strongly put our points in the meeting, chaired by Member (Admin), CBEC on 17th January 2018 at DGHRD office, for forwarding the demand to raise the Grade Pay (as per 6th CPC) of LDC to RS 2400/-,TA to Rs 2800/-, AO to Rs 4800/- and EA to be at par with CSS Assistant post (now ASO).
We also had a meeting with 12 other constituents of COC in CBIC, at C.R. Building, New Delhi on 16th January 2018 to finalize the programmes to put demands in front of Board jointly and unitedly. On 1st February 2018, we will have lunch hour meeting and further submit memorandum to authorities jointly and also by individual association. On 28th February, we will observe ‘Demands day’ by putting black badge and conducting lunch hour demonstration.
I request all our leaders and members to stand together and raise our voice to overcome the ongoing adversities and obtain our legitimate rights. I am sure, together we will be able reach our goal.
Long Live AICESTMOA. Jai Hind.
Monday, January 1, 2018
Monday, December 25, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
We are going to have an extended Executive Committee Meeting on 19th/20th December in New Delhi. All Executive Committee Members and the General Secretaries of the Zones are requested to attend. The letter is attached herewith for information to all our members.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
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We have not interacted for about a month. We were all engaged with different festivals and hopefully enjoyed it with family members. The activities of the association have been continued and pursued with Board by the office bearers of AICESTMOA.
In the interim, All India Seniority List of Administrative Officers (AO) from 01.01.2009 to 30.06.2014 has been finalised and put in the DGHRD website on 08.11.2017. The soft and hard copy have been forwarded to Board for further action for DPC of Chief Accounts Officer (CAO).
Draft of amended Recruitment Rules (RR) of AO has been returned again by DoPT with some queries. We are taking it very seriously and written a couple of letters to Member (Admin), CBEC and also in touch with Board, to get it returned with positive note and in the mean time we are demanding the instruction to conduct DPC for all vacant posts of AO.
The DGHRD has sought some information on One Time Relaxation (OTR) on EA and Inspector but yet to receive from all the zones. Even some information has been sought regarding the STA/EAs, who passed promotion examination for Inspector after 50 years of age, However, we have put our demand on this issue.
This is the time to strengthen the association and connect all parts of the country with us. I request all zonal leaders to come forward and increase the membership and join hands together.
Thanking you. Assuring the best possible effort for betterment of our members. All the letters forwarded to Board and DGHRD in the month of October and till date are attached here for information.
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