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The emergency executive committee meeting of all India Central Excise and Service Tax Ministerial Officers Association and convention of the Gujarat Unit were held jointy on 23rd January, 2016 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In the very beginning Shri Vikas Kumar Gupta, National Organising Secretary, on behalf of the host unit, welcomed the Hon’ble Chief Guest Dr. Manoj Kumar Rajak, Additional Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad; Guests of honour Dr. Arvind Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad, Shri Rajesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad; and all the participating delegates from different parts of the country. The name of Shri Ashim Pramanick, the national President of the association was proposed to preside over the meeting. It was seconded by Shri Sankar Kumar Saha, Shri Vikash Kumar Gupta and Shri Indramohan Chaudhury. Everyone sang the national anthem in unison to mark the beginning of the proceedings. Shri (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Rajak, IRS was requested to inaugurate the programme by kindling the lamp and declaring the session open. The President initiated the discussions and gave his inaugural address. He pointed out the fact that it was a great privilege for all of us to assemble on the land of Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi Ji and that too, on the birthday of another great soul of this country Shri Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. We should show our respect to the great patriots through our actions as public servant in nation building in our own capacity and at our own level. The Chief Guest and the special guests also expressed happiness for organizing such a meeting at the national level in Ahmedabad. They urged to consider the need of the department and also assured to take forward our issues to the appropriate echelon for suitable disposal. Then the Secretary General thanked the Chief Guest and the Guests of honour for attending the convention and providing the encouragement and impetus to this association. Subsequently, the proceeding of the meeting of the Gujarat committee began. The representatives from various parts of the state of Gujarat posted at different Commissionerates attended the meeting (Link list). The all India association was receiving repeated requests from various Commissionerates and units of the state of Gujarat to give separate affiliations to their local units. It was impressed upon them that an all Gujarat committee be formed because that is expected to strengthen the organization and in that case the number of members would be sizable and in the event of any organizational activity this will help. A small organization cannot take strong step at the time of necessity. So they have to remain united and strengthen the organization. Accordingly, it was decided to hold a meeting at Ahmedabad to form a committee for the entire state of Gujarat. Representatives offered their opinions and after long deliberation and under the supervision of the all India committee, an all Gujarat Committee was constituted unanimously (Link list). Shri Chetan Shah, former Vice-President of the all India Association and now a Superintendent, contributed positively towards formation of an all Gujarat Committee. The committee will represent the ministerial officers posted in the state of Gujarat and they will be affiliated with the All India body and they will provide the assistance to the all India association and also abide by the call of the all India body. The all India leaders expressed satisfaction over the formation of an all Gujarat Committee by full consensus and it was also assured to the Gujarat committee that all assistance will be provided by the all India body whenever required. In the post lunch session, the discussion on all India issues were taken up. The Secretary General initiated the discussion and briefed the delegates about the development of the following burning issues: 1. Recruitment Rules of Executive Assistant and the action taken by the association and their developments. 2. Developments on our efforts on one time relaxation in the Recruitment Rules. 3. Promotion to the post of Chief Accounts Officer. 4. Issues related to pay to be decided following the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The Secretary General explained in details as to how this association has taken steps in every moment to protect the interest of the members of this association. All representations were made in time and authorities were approached. Shri Ram Lalit, Liaison Secretary, then briefed the latest status on each of the issues. In fact, Shri Ram Lalit visited Delhi enroute Ahmedabad to take stock of the issues and pursued all the issues at appropriate levels. It was informed that Board is not at all positive and responsive to our requests. The Member (P&V) has given assurances on several occasions on the issues of OTR, EA and CAO DPC. But from the experience, it is found that none of the assurances have been realized. In fact, it was noted with great concern that even the file on One Time Relaxation (OTR) has been kept unattended and nothing is moving and even on the RR of EA board is not taking any action to either amend or give any dispensation to our members. Then the members from different zones deliberated upon the issues (Link name list). They took part in the discussion. They explained the problems being faced by the members. They also suggested to take strong action. The option of agitation was also mooted in the meeting. It was discussed at length. The advantages and disadvantages were also discussed. The option for going for legal battle for Recruitment Rules of EA was also mooted after prolonged discussion. It was decided to adopt a too pronged approach on the issue of RR of EA and TA. We will approach at senior level such as the Secretary, Revenue, Govt. of India and above to apprise of our grievances and particularly the disparity that exists between CBDT and CBEC in the matter of RR of EA and TA. If such efforts fail, then we shall go for agitation. Simultaneously, it was also decided to approach the Principal CAT, Delhi at an appropriate time and after further consultations to redress our grievances on RR. Again on the question on one time relaxation, it was decided to follow the sections as well as at the higher levels. If those efforts fail, then similarly on this issue also the all India association will go for agitation with the assistance of all affiliated units. It was also informed that the association is trying its level best to get the CAO DPC done at the earliest. The efforts put in by Shri V Gurukumar and other Comrades of Hyderabad Unit to do the ground work are remarkable. It was again urged upon to all the delegates present, to see that the reports on VC/IC of the concerned officers of their zone are sent immediately, so that the DPC can take place in a month or two. It was also decided to press hard for publication of the next Seniority List of Administrative Officer and Secretary General explained the efforts taken by this association in this regard. Regarding Pay disparity between the CBDT and CBEC, it was decided to approach Secretary, Revenue and if that fails, other action would also be initiated. Some zones, particularly Mumbai zone reported that the instructions of the Board are not being followed in their zone. They specifically pointed out that the Board’s instruction dated 3rd Nov 2014, clarifying the fact that any officer who has qualified the examination within the age of 50 can be considered even after the age of 50, has not been implemented in Mumbai zone despite several requests even after clarification from the Board. The zone was assured that any assistance required would be extended by the all India body. It was also decided to refer the matter to the Board. The Vizag zone also expressed their problems in details. The zone has given a very vivid picture about the problems being faced by the ministerial officers and also given suggestions to redress such problems. Patna zone highlighted the fact that the order of Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in the matter of promotion from erstwhile Group-D to LDC has not been implemented in their zone while that has been implemented in other zones. The zone was also advised to take up the issue appropriately with the zonal authority. They should first get all information on this issue and take up the matter with the concerned authority. All India association will extend the support as and when it is required. It was a real show of strength and unity. On organizational front the following important decisions were taken: 1. Shri Sankar Kumar Saha who was officiating as Secretary General, after the promotion of G. Samdani Khan to the post of Inspector, has been unanimously elected as Secretary General for the complete tenure till the next convention. 2. Shri Ram Lalit shall hold both the portfolio of Assistant Secretary General and Liaison Secretary. 3. Shri Prosenjit Pandey and Shri Suman Sarkar have been appointment as Treasurer and Office Secretary respectively, as they both are stationed at Kolkata, the place where the Secretary General belongs to. 4. The Bank Account of the association lying in the Bank of Maharastra in Pune will be transferred to Kolkata and will now be operated by any two of the following three office bearers: (a) Shri Ashim Pramanick, President (b) Shri Sankar Kumar Saha, Secretary General (c) Shri Prosenjit Pandey, Treasurer. Shri Shivaji Valu, General Secretary of the Pune zone assured to take all action to transfer the Bank Account of the Association from Pune to Kolkata. 5. All the federating units shall furnish the list of members of their respective units along with the DDO’s certificate (Annexure-II), showing the number of members, contributing the subscriptions. Such list may be prepared as on 01.04.2016 as the all India Body is required to initiate the process of renewal of recognition and submit the necessary documents to the board – action Organization Secretary. 6. Upon operation of the Bank Account of the all India body all the federating units shall contribute their due subscriptions to the all India body. The share of contribution has been revised from Rs. 5/- per member per month to Rs. 10/- per member per month - action Treasurer. Every one vowed to stay together and fight together and at the end of the meeting everybody noted the efforts taken by Shri Vikash Kumar Gupta, Shri Indramohan Choudhary, Shri Kishor Parmar and other leaders of Ahmedabad Unit. They made this meeting a grand success. This meeting has provided the opportunity to the delegates of this association from all over the country to share their anxiety and pain together to look for the solutions. It was agreed by one and all to fight for the cause of the ministerial association and to go to any extent to protect the interest of our members. The President thanked everybody for their participation and contribution and concluded the proceedings.

Friday, December 12, 2008

CADRE RESTRUCTURING- CBEC

Dear friends,

Warm Greetings to all of you during this special season : Winter when we all can be relaxed and enjoy the weather alongwith good food, warm clothing and finally a good sound sleep to rejuvenate us.

The Federation is in receipt of an invitation from the Hon'ble Chief Commissioner, Hyderabad zone, who happens to be the Chairman of Study Group I constituted by the Board for Cadre Restructuring and reorganization of field formations under CBEC.

My mail would definitely be found interesting by one and all who receives it for this is the only cadre/Federation for which the previous Cadre Restructuring issues/complications has not yet been settled and the Board is embarking on a new project for the welfare of its employees. Being given the responsibility, as a Secretary General of the All India Federation, I wish to share that it has been the vigilant act of our President and Organizing Secretary owing to which we are being summoned for this preliminary/final discussion which is about to be held on the 22nd of Dec'08 at New Delhi. Many of us who get this information first hand would be curious to attend meetings and discussions, whereas my opinion would be slightly different one, which you may kindly note.

This is a Federation which is taking into consideration staff welfare issues/grievances of various cadres right from the LDC to A.O (not to forget the CAO grade for which too we have to always plead with the Board for conduction of timely DPCs. In this matter may I invite your kind attention to the various correspondences made by the Ad.II A section to all the Cadre Controlling Authorities for early submission of CCR folders of the eligible Admn. Officers. Many zones are lethargic in sending these folders owing to which the DPC gets delayed badly. As active members of the local Association/Federation I urge upon each one of you to follow up this matter in your jurisdiction and confirm to the Federation by return mail/telephone that the CCR folders of the Admn. Officers sought for by the Board is sent. I once again repeat ….. kindly confirm the sending of CCR folders to the Board as this DPC also reduces the stagnation in the Ministerial Cadre). Allegations are many, that the Federation always takes care of the officers who are likely to get promoted as Inspector and the requirements/aspirations of the mainstream employees are neglected, be it pay matters or promotions etc. Kindly be a part of a responsible organization and let us come together to do this little bit for an early conduction of CAO DPC.

Coming back to the issue involved, during the previous Cadre Restructuring of 2001, I recollect the meeting in C.R.Bldg., which was held on 17.07.2001 in which as a Common General Secretary I had personally requested the then Secretary General not to tender any "NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE" to the Board till all the Units do not agree for the same.. However, we all were taken unawares when a NOC was given during Jan'02 without taking all the elected/nominated representatives of various Units into consideration. I endorse this experience of mine so that "HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT".

The Federation (The President, Organizing Secretary and the Secretary General) are willing to take the additional burden on themselves in proceeding with this Cadre Restructuring issue, since we are willing to share responsibilities and its our bounden duty as Portfolio holders of the All India platform to perform to the maximum, I welcome one and all, whether portfolio holders or otherwise, to come ahead and assist the Federation in sharing your dreams and making it come true.

I have scanned the proposal received, and am endorsing the same to each one of you with a hope that you will circulate/inform the same among/to your colleagues right from the Lower Division Clerk sitting in the Inward/Despatch table till the Chief Accounts Officer sharing a cabin in your esteemed office and take opinions from anyone and everyone who can really share reasonable and valuable inputs which can be a part of our proposal.

As a Secretary General, I accept and admit that it is extremely depressing and agonizing that the senior Ministerial officers in our Cadre are really languishing in the cadres of DOS and AO with not much monetary benefits and promotional prospects in hand. Group discussions with officers of these cadres would mean a lot and some important information as well as inputs for the proposal can be received.

My opinion is that :-

1. DOS posts should be abolished. It should be upgraded to A.O/Examiner post and the three tier system in Income Tax Deptt. Of A.O. Grade-I/II/III be introduced in this Department. However, this would result in stagnation if matching saving is to be done from our cadre. The services of the Examiners can be utilized in each and every Audit party which is existent in your Commissionerate. This would enable the Ministerial officers deprived of joining the Inspector grade to perform technical nature of work and a change in work profile would bring in some amount of positive energy in itself.

2. Senior Tax Assistants posts should be increased and they should be given postings in Range offices too, to perform technical nature of work, which would in turn be useful after getting promoted as Inspector. This would increase the promotional prospects of Tax Assistants too and the Deptt would not loose much as the TA's are direct recruit Graduates with Computer knowledge.

3. Do give me feedback about compassionate appointment and ICT too. These are my personal opinion and much more to share but awaiting for inputs. Kindly send your valuable inputs/suggestions to the Secretary General directly or through the President and Organizing Secretary, so as to reach me by the 17th of this month for proper compilation and for an effective follow-up on the same.

A sincere request : Please do not be lethargic, gear up, activate yourself, boost the morale of your colleagues and forward the inputs in time so that the Federation can do some value addition for the benefit of one and all and for the future generation too. Need there be any need to speak to me, I am always available on 09881139080.

The Federation is heading ahead with its recognition matter which would be pursued during our present visit to Delhi i.e. on 22.12.2008. Being Christmas eve, visit to Delhi will be halfheartedly, but if valuable inputs are seen in my inbox, it would enable us to proceed ahead with a beautiful agenda towards achieving out goals which ought to be set properly.

Anyone willing to come to Delhi is also welcome but suggestions/opinions should reach us by the 17th of this month positively.

Thanks and regards.

Thomas Mony, Secretary General.

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