Dear friends in service,
In continuation to my earlier letter/Mail dated 22.07.2010, I wish to inform that the cadre restructuring proposal is taking a different shape and direction, completely against the popular belief that we all hold. The reply received in response to an RTI application reveals that none of the legitimate demands put forth by the various Associations have been examined in the right perspective.
The time has come for all of us to come together and react to the situation immediately. If we do not act now, it may be too late in the day, before which the proposal might be finalized and sent to various Ministries/departments for its concurrence/approval and placed before the Union Cabinet, by which time, it will be simply impossible to expect any drastic changes in the proposals, as was the experience of our predecessors during the Cadre Restructuring of 2001.
I hope and trust that all members who are concerned about the future and career prospects of members in the various cadres that they represent, will come forward and participate in the proposed Joint Action Committee. It is regretful to state that I have not got any encouraging response so far to the earlier mail.
Therefore, it is felt that the members must be sensitized about the seriousness of the issue and hence I am making public the minutes of the Board meeting, received by me by post, through this mail/blog. The information being authentic has been provided in response to an RTI application by DGHRD, which is at the helm of affairs in designing the cadre restructuring proposal.
Hoping to see that the immediate revival of the Joint Action Committee of All Associations and expecting that the legitimate aspirations of the members of respective Cadres are fulfilled, I remain.
All India Central Excise & Service Tax
Ministerial Officers Association, Pune.
Reply:- There is no report on cadre restructuring, other than those submitted by the three Study Groups.
(i) Parity of the hirearchial structure of IRS (C&CE) with other services:
It was decided to seek en-cadred posts at the Apex Scale and HAG + level in IRS (C&CE). Further, Commissioner level posts should be proposed both at SAG and HAG levels. Provision for the same to be made in the Cadre Restructuring Proposal.
(ii) Layering in the hierarchy of IRS (C&CE):
Principal Chief Commissioner in Apex Scale and Chief Commissioner at HAG + level should be at the same functional platform in the hierarchy. Similarly, Commissioenr (SAG) and Commissioenr (HAG) should also be at the same functional platform. In the Cadre Restructuring proposal, the organization structure for the Department should be proposed in a manner such that the Chief Commissioner is not required to report to a Principal Chief Commissioner. Similarly, Commissioner (SAG) would not be required to report to Commissioner (HAG).
(iii) Growth at Entry level of IRS (C &CE):
Entry level in Indian Revenue Service (C&CE) should be strengthened and 1671 additional posts at JTS/STS level (excluding reserve posts) should be solicited in the cadre restructuring proposal. The increased functional sanctioned strength at DC/AC/ level would also be required for the successful transition of indirect tax administration to Goods & Services Tax regime.
(iv) Shipping Bill norms for Export Commissionerates:
The Cadre Restructuring Study Group –III has suggested a norm of 3 lakh Shipping Bills for creation of Customs Export Commissionerates. This represents a three fold jump over the earlier norm of one lakh shipping bills considered for creation of Export Commissionerate during the last cadre restructuring. Corresponding increase on import side has been stated by the Group from fifty thousand to one lakh twenty five thousand BOE. The export performance of the country is a vital foreign exchange earner. At the same time significant amounts of customs duty is foregone by way of export linked concessions. Considering the increase in the volume of Shipping Bills and corresponding duty foregone documents, the Board was of the view that the norm of 2 lakh Shipping Bills per annum would be suitable for creation of new Customs (Export) Commissioneates on the basis of the said norms of 2 lakh Shipping Bills per annum.
(v) Issues regarding Organisational structure of PCA:
The Board concurred with the suggestion of an embedded PCA set-up in all Central Excise & Customs Zones to be headed by the Commissioner. It also felt that the separate Audit set up should include Central Excise & Service Audit as well and a dedicated Audit Commissionerate be created in each Zone. In the cadre restructuring proposal, the organization structure for the Department is required to be proposed accordingly.
(vi) Augmentation of Executive grade of Ministerial Grade:
Considering the nature of duties of the Executive Officers and the likely roll out of GST, the Board did not agree to the suggestion for diversion of 50% of the additional strength to ministerial side to provide support for office functions. Moreover the GST regime may require a greater work force of Executive officers for discharging various business processes.
(vii) Report of the High Powered Committee:
Recommendation of the High Powered Committee should be examined independent of the cadre restructuring exercise.
(viii) Abolition of 6906 posts:
The Board directed the identification of the said number of posts so as to be able to fulfill its commitment.
(ix) Creation of Reserves:
Provision for additional appropriate number of posts at entry grade of IRS (C&CE), over and above the proposed sanctioned strength of 5113, be made towards training/ leave/ deputation reserve in the cadre restructuring proposal.
(x) Dedicated set-up at Chief Commissioner level, exclusively for Cadre Control:
Since Cadre Control functions have been assigned to the Chief commissioners, a dedicated CCA-setup headed by a Commissioner level officer should be provided in the office of the Chief commissioner to provide appropriate assistance to the Chief Commissioner in cadre control functions. In the cadre restructuring proposal, exclusive staff strength for cadre control set-up in office of the Cadre Controlling Chief Commissioners to be factored.
(xi) Creation of a regular post of OSD to chairman and all Members of the Board:
Proposal for creation of dedicated posts of Officer on Special Duty for Chairman and all Members of the Board should be incorporated in the cadre restructuring proposal.
5.2 The following identified issues were presented for Board’s consideration and decided as under:
(i) Joint/Additional Commissioner to head the Divisions:
The Board did not find any merit and functional justification in the suggestion.
(ii) Direct Recruitment quota at entry level of IRS(C & CE) should be reduced to 25%:
The issue not being linked with the cadre restructuring was directed by the Board to be processed separately.
(iii) Creation of a separate Adjudication set-up at the Commissionerate and Division levels:
The Board did not find any functional merit or justification in the suggestion made by All India Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers Association, hence rejected the same.
(iv) Audit Teams to be headed by DC/AC:
The Board felt that the issue be dealt with independently and in terms of the recommendations of the High Powered Committee, and delinked from the cadre restructuring proposal.
(v) Quota for ministerial grades for promotion to Appraiser to be enhanced to 10%:
The Board did not find any substance in the demand for enhancement of promotion quota, hence rejected the same.
(vi) Promotion quota in the Inspector grade should be enhanced:
The proposal being shorn of merit and without justification was not accepted by the Board.
(vii) Superintendents having completed one and a half times the qualifying service required for promotion to the grade of Assistant Commissioner be given promotion to the Asst. commissioner’s grade:
The issue not being a cadre restructuring matter was proposed to be delinked and examined separately.
(viii) Creation of 3000 additional posts at DC/AC level: