Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
We had a lot of activities in last a few days.
The 2nd meeting of Anomaly Committee took place on 24th May 2018 at North Block, New Delhi, under the chairmanship of Additional Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. Our point for increase of pay of Tax Assistant was discussed at length. Though the official side put their views that different department has different set of work, hence can’t be compared to each other but we put our point that we do a lot of technical work and the TA comes through the same examination (CGLE) with additional qualification of computer proficiency of 8000 k.d.p.h. hence, the pay level should be increased to bring it at par with other departments. We also pointed out that an employee comes through H.S. level examination of SSC, draws the same pay as drawn by a Tax Assistant. They assured that the issue would be examined and will call us again if required. Administrative Officer (AO), being a G.O. post, the committee did not consider the issue for discussion. However, we talked about the discrimination; the AOs of the CBIC are facing in regard to pay. The Chair directed us to take up the issue with Board. The increase of pay of LDC was also taken up but that can take effect only when the pay of TA is increased.
We visited the other offices on 25th and tried to find out the file position of other issues. A D.O. letter was again issued by Commissioner (Coord) for submission of documents for 38 no. of officers, which have some deficiencies by 30th May 2018. Unfortunately, some zones are yet to fulfill the requirement.
We had submitted another letter to the Chairperson of CBIC to personally intervene in the matter of withdrawal of letters due to which the DPCs are at halt and also to get the promotion to the grade of AO immediately. The Chairman instructed the Member (A) to call us on urgent basis to discuss the issue. This is very urgent for DPC of CAO.
On 26th May the Gujarat zonal meeting was held at Ahmedabad and a new committee has been formed in my presence. The members were present from almost all the Commissionerate of the State and some of them were included in the present committee. Shri Mohan has taken over as the President and Shri Vikas Kumar as General Secretary of the Zone. We congratulate the new committee and wish them to do well for the cadre.
We received the call of Member (A), CBIC to attend the meeting on 31st May at his chamber to discuss on two critical issues as mentioned above. President, the Regional Secretary of Northern region and I attended the meeting. General Secretary of Jaipur Zone also accompanied us. We put our points once again in front of the official side with all supporting documents. The Member (A) again asked time to sort out the issue but we wanted to know the time limit. The Pr. ADG of DGHRD requested to submit the documents once again with a copy to him and asked a week time to go through all the papers. He told that we would be called for the discussion again after the given time frame. It was informed that the RRs of Administrative Officer is being forwarded to DoPT through Secretary level for giving the final shape.
Later, on the day, we met the Chairperson and apprised her of about the dismal condition of the cadre and non action of Board to sort these critical issues. She assured to direct the Member (A) to look into the issues personally and sort it out before she leaves the chair on 30th June.
We once again request the zones to strengthen themselves and prepare to fight with any adverse situation. Since the convention is only a couple of month away, the due subscription may be deposited to the national account at the earliest.
We hope for the best and trying to nurture all the issues through all possible ways.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The required documents in respect of the officers eligible for CAO promotion have been forwarded to Board. The D.O. letter issued by Member (Admn), CBEC, on our demand, has helped to hasten the process. The shortcomings mentioned in the letter were mostly the absence of training certificate. By this time, most of the eligible officers have completed the training and a few left over officers will complete it soon. We have written a letter to Member (Admin), CBEC with request to further accelerate the process so that the DPC can be held in the month of June.
The 2nd meeting of the anomaly committee, to settle the anomaly arisen out of the last CPC, is scheduled for 24th May 2018 at Kalpavrisksha, North Block. As you all know, we have demanded to increase the grade pay (as per VI CPC) of AO to ` 4800/-, for TA to ` 2800/- and LDC to ` 2400/-, the points will be taken up for discussion as these have been forwarded from our Board after we pressed hard in the meeting on 17.01.2018. We will attend the meeting and also meet other officials to find out the status of all pending issues.
We have also requested the chairperson, CBEC to give us an appointment to discuss our pending issues. However, it is not granted yet, and it is learnt that Member (Admn) is instructed to talk to us. We will write again and request the chairperson to meet us and give us the desired solution over the critical issues.
The Executive Committee meeting was held on 06th May 2018, as scheduled and some important decisions have been taken. The minutes of the said meeting is drawn and is appended below. Chandigarh Zone has shown its willingness to hold the convention and was unanimously accepted by all office bearers present in the meeting. Later, Shri Ram Lalit, President informed that the convention will be held on 04th August 2018.
We congratulate our Vice President Shri Shivaji Valu for his promotion to the grade of Inspector. We are thankful to him for his contribution to this association. Wish him all success for his future in the executive cadre.
Gujarat Zone is going to have 2nd All Gujarat Convention on 26th May 2018. We wish them all success.
The submissions are attached herewith for information please.
(Sankar Kumar Saha)
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.