Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Dear Comrades, Dated: 14th Nov,2014.
Many of our members are wondering as to why the promotion order of Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) is getting delayed so much. We fully share the anxiety. The fact remains that the concerned file has duly been processed for approval of the Competent Authority and we are also trying on our part in best possible manner. Meanwhile, our Comrades of Bangalore have met Ms. Joy Kumari Chander, Hon'ble Member (P&V) today at Bangalore. Member (P&V) was very kind to give a patient hearing despite her busy schedule. The issue of present promotion order and the next DPC for CAO for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 have been represented today also. I request our friends at various zones to see that all requisite information relating to updation of Seniority List of CAO, ACR/APAR etc. (whenever calls for) are sent at the earliest.
Meanwhile, I have received many representations from some of the zones, urging for the Association to take up some issues with the Board for immediate redressal. The issues basically centre around the problems, being experienced in various zones in the matter of promotion to various posts. The hype created before CR seems to have not been fulfilled, resulting in accumulation of grievance among our members.
The main problem area after implementation of Cadre Restructuring has been the preserved confusion on appropriateness of length of qualifying service for effecting the promotion to the post of Inspector against the additional strength. We are trying to resolve the impasse that exists in some of the zones in an appropriate manner.
Promotion to the grade of Tax Assistant (TA) has also been halted in many zones owing to notification of new Recruitment Rule dated 10.01.2014. The qualifying service has been lengthened and educational qualification has been raised. We had earlier taken up this issue and have been following it up. We will continue to do so with greater thrust.
Also, it is informed that even the regular promotion Senior Tax Assistant (STA) is not implemented in some of the zones, citing the fact that STA and DOS (Deputy Office Superintendent) posts have been merged as Executive Assistant (EA). It has been clarified by the Board and DoP&T in the past that a post only to be considered to be created once the Recruitment Rule (RR) of such post is notified. Any RR does not become infractuous automatically only through an executive order. It will continue to be effective till new Rule is notified in its place through laid-down process and after the approval of the Competent Authority. Therefore, wherever such problem has cropped up, it is suggested that the zonal administration may be requested to take note of the above facts and appreciate that the Recruitment Rule (RR) of STA and DOS are still in vogue, till the RR of Executive Assistant (EA) is notified.
This Association is also alive to the need for some relaxation in Recruitment Rule of Inspector in terms of qualifying service and other conditions. There shall be considerable number of vacancies which will not be filled up for want of eligible officers in the feeder post. In order to impress upon the Board, we need data on number of posts, lying vacant after first phase of DPC, post Cadre Restructuring. I request to all the zonal leaders to mail me (Email Id : email@example.com) the following information of their zones at the earliest:-
1. Name of the zone : ........................................................
2. Number of vacancies in Promotee Quota (PR Quota) of Inspector as on 31.07.2014 (pre-cadre restructuring) : ...................................................
3. Number of additional posts sanctioned in the PR Quota through Cadre Restructuring as on 01.08.2014: ....................................................
4. Number of posts filled up after Cadre Restructuring (CR) against Point No.2: ................................................
5. Number of posts filled up after Cadre Restructuring (CR) against Point No.3: .................................................
6. Number of pre-cadre restructuring vacancies (Point No.2 - Point No.4): ..........................................................
7. Number of post-cadre restructuring vacancies (Point No.3 - Point No.5): ..........................................................
It will be highly appreciated if the above data is made available with this association, so that the issue of relaxation can be taken up with the Board in a much stronger manner.
The implementation of the judgement of Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh bench dated 17.03.2010 on promotion of officers beyond the age of 50 years to the post of Inspector, has not been uniformed all over the country. We tried hard to get a clarification from the Board to pave the way for implementation in every zone. The said clarification has been issued on 03 Nov, 2014 (to see the order click here) which will be of great relief to many of our members.
Thanking you, yours Comradely,
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
DPC for promotion to CAO for the vacancy years 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13 has been conducted on 30.10.2014 & 31.10.2014 as scheduled. Subsequent action has also been initiated. Active pursuation will be made to get the Promotion Order issued at the earliest.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It is our bad luck that the DPC for regular promotion to CAO for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13 has not taken place before this Diwali. It is learnt that the Chairman UPSC has already nominated the Chairman for this DPC. However, the date of the DPC is yet to be finalized. We expect that it will be held very shortly.
Meanwhile the Board has taken initiative to update the All India Seniority List of Administrative Officers for the period 01.01.2009 to 30.06.2014. Letter has been issued by ADG (HRM) in this regard vide letter no.8/B/187/HRD (HRM)/2014 dated 21.10.2014 posted below:-
I request leaders and members of all the zones to send the reply at the earliest.
The DPC for various other grades are taking place in different zones. Although DPC for promotion to Inspector against the additional posts sanctioned through Cadre Restructuring during this year, are getting held up in many of the zones.
Association wishes to take stalk of the situation, prevailing in various zones and I request the zonal leaders to apprise me about the difficulties and development at various zones, consequent upon the Cadre Restructuring. They may send their factual reports at my e-mail id (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that a comprehensive stand may be taken by this Association at all India level.
I also wish to involve new leaders to the Association activities and also desire a convention at the earliest possible opportunity.
Friday, October 17, 2014
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:
Monday, September 22, 2014
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.
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
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.