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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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

CADRE RESTRUCTURING IN CBEC

Pune, the 20th February, 2011

TIME FOR INTROSPECTION- FOR ALL CONCERNED -
DO WE DESERVE ANYTHING BETTER?

Dear Comrades,

While each and every member of the cadre is eagerly awaiting to know the outcome / status of the Cadre Restructuring Proposal, it is about time to take a look back at the sequence of events leading to date and the efforts / contributions put forth by the Association and its Members and the Department as a whole, in order to come to terms of the situation that we are forced to live with as on date. This post is just to put forth the bare /simple facts, so far as they have occurred, the evidence of which are available in the previous posts/ Messages of the Association.

For all practical purposes, the current cadre restructuring exercise began with the meeting held by the ADG, HRD with the recognized cadre Associations during the month of April, 2010. Neither the basis nor the roadmap of the proposed restructuring was put forth before the Associations and we were simply asked to put forth our legitimate aspirations. Though views/opinions/suggestions were called for from the Members and all the regional units of the Association, there were not many responses that came forward. Therefore, the leaders who met at Delhi for this purpose proposed, debated, deliberated and finalized a proposal addressing the majority of the issues affecting the cadre and submitted the same in person to the ADG, HRD, with a specific demand that the further consultations be held with the association before finalization of the proposals. Though all the leaders including the President had approved the said initial submissions, the President in his own wisdom took the extra-ordinary step of submitting another letter, in continuation to the original submissions made collectively. Unfortunately, this led the ADG, HRD to ignore the original proposals and confine the legitimate aspirations submitted by our President to be the actual submissions of the entire cadre. Be that as it may. Even after a lapse of six months nothing was made known to the Association, nor was there any meeting convened, due to which a couple of letters were submitted seeking appointments from the Chairman and the Member (P&V), to convey our grievances. Since these requests did not yield the desired results, it was felt that a Joint Forum with like minded Associations on Board would be able to bring the pressure on the Ministry/Board to give an audience to us. Thus a Joint Action Committee was formed, which you all are well aware of by now.

Soon after receipt of the first communication from the platform of Joint Action Committee, the Board became proactive and convened a meeting of all the Associations on the 10th of November, 2010. All the leaders requested to provide a copy of the proposal, in order to maintain transparency, which was not acceded initially. On putting across our grievances to the Hon’ble Revenue Secretary, he intervened and directed that a copy of the proposals be given to us and our concerns be addressed. Thereafter a copy of the Cadre Restructuring proposal was given to us with an understanding that the Associations are free to submit their grievances once again which will be examined and a considered decision would be taken after another round of consultation. Though all the leaders representing respective cadres were provided with the copy, it was not brought out in the open for obvious reasons. In order to make the members realize the magnitude of change that is likely to take place this Association had taken the lead to place the same in the public domain, with an aim to get as much response as one would expect. Unfortunately, this time too, no positive feedback/inputs were received from the Members/ Units especially from the affected cadres of Administrative Officers and the Deputy Office Superintendent.

Nevertheless, a revised proposal reiterating the original demands were submitted, which also included objections to those proposals that were against the long-term interest of the cadre. It was hoped that the Associations would be called for another round of discussion as was promised in the meeting held on 08.11.2010. After a disappointing wait it was decided that the JAC would submit another letter to the Board seeking an audience. In the meanwhile some of the leaders had met the Chairman on the 16th December, 2010, where again the proposals submitted were explained to him in detail. While doing so the learned comrades from Kolkatta Zone had submitted a separate proposal regarding the issues affecting their zone, which also included a proposal for formation of one more Commissionerate, in the present Cadre Review proposal. The Hon’ble Chairman agreed to look into all of them and assured the leaders that another meeting would be convened shortly.

Since nothing was heard again for a fortnight from the Board, the Joint Action Committee had sought an appointment with the Hon’ble Chairman based on which a meeting was again convened on the 18th January, 2011. When all the Leaders expected that a positive decision would emerge or at least some sort of ground work would have been made in the original draft proposal to accommodate the legitimate aspirations, it was an anti-climax to learn from the ADG, HRD’s presentation that nothing would change or can be changed except for a few cosmetic changes. However, it was by now clear that the demand for an additional commissionerate in Kolkatta zone was under consideration. Despite all this, the Association Leaders expressed their disappointment in the meeting with the Chairman, in reply to which another opportunity was provided for submitting a revised proposal till the 27th of Jan, 2011.

A revised proposal was submitted by the 27th of January, 2011, as directed by the Chairman which was to have been considered by the Board on the 3rd February, 2011. It was also decided by the Joint Action Committee on the 18th January, 2011 itself that if nothing positive emerges by the 3rd of February, 2011, a proposal charting out the agitation programme would be given to the Board so as to organize the first step of agitation on the 24th of February, 2011. Despite a clear agenda being set out and agreed upon, the leaders who were expected to take the lead have failed to take any initiative on this front, while everyone is awaiting with bated breath to know their fate. Eventually, the fate might have been already sealed by the Board, which may not be known to anyone, until it is approved by the Cabinet, or without a strong intervention or serious agitation. Let it be known to all concerned that any agitation will not succeed, unless it is wholehearted and has support from each and everyone of you. Also, the Cadre Restructuring proposal of CBDT has moved a long way and one of the prominent observation in the said proposal is that all the Staff Associations have endorsed their No Objection to the said proposal. In the previous Cadre Restructuring too, a “No Objection” was required to be obtained from the respective Staff Associations, which “NOC” was taken only on the 27th and 28th of January, 2002 i.e. much after the Cabinet nod on 16.07.2001.

Now, the question on everyone’s mind would be what next? This is not the time for me alone to decide as to what next? It is time for each and every one of you to ponder over as to what has been your contribution until now and suggest a way forward? The suggestion may even include allowing this stalemate to continue and wait to watch us being bulldozed by those who are having vested interests and who are not worried about the long term interests of the Ministerial Cadre. This is not meant to demean or bring down any individual or point fingers at some one, but this is one last attempt to awake those sleeping Tigers and Lions.

Finally, it is but obvious that incase the legitimate aspirations of the Ministerial Cadre is not given due cognizance in the forthcoming Cadre Restructuring, the day is not far when the officers in the Department would find themselves busy sorting out administrative problems put forth to them by the Ministerial officers who would be skeleton in size and more so with the knowledgeable officers waving goodbye to the Department owing to an insulting situation put forth in front of them, wherein junior officers would be drawing higher salary than the ones who have put in more than 30 years of service in the Department and awaiting recognition of their hard work and sincerity. Before concluding, I wish to mention the eye catching statement which surely would remain in the minds of the Departmental officers for years together.

“United we stand, Divided we fall. In such situations do not ignore Association’s call”.

However, the JAC which has been formed with the sole objective of taking care of the legitimate aspirations of the respective Cadres at the larger level has not been able to issue any call thereby meaning that the unity, even if prevailing, has no sense and would virtually lead to a conclusion that there would never ever be another Joint Action Committee in the Department as the same is being formed to suit the vested interest of some.

Yours sincerely,
Thomas Mony

Awaiting some anxious and heated responses, I remain,

3 comments:

Ramnath said...

From the posting dt.20.2.2011, I am not able to make out anything but something bad appears to be on the way.
I am sorry to come here again and again & trouble you all. Anyhow, I express the following views:-
1) The question of matches savings need not be in place at all in CE department as Economy is growing/booming, industry is growing, and revenue is also growing. Such a step is resorted to only in loss making (or revenue depleting departments). Then what for this matches savings at lower level especially when total strength increases from 60000 to 100000. It is not justified.

2) Why such NOC is not obtained from the respective associations in CE for cadre review/restructure.

3) DOS/AO grade pay issue can be sorted out only in this restructure by redesignating them in a suitable manner. Especially STA/DOS have been allowed to remain on same grade pay (on restructure also). Will any sane person opt for this post.

4) Case should now be filed for Grade pay without loss of time (DOS issue).

5) Injunction should be obtained from legal forum against this restructure.

I hope my views will be taken up for action by the Federation.
Ramnath

anil bera said...

Hallo,
CBDT recently has extended the intercommissionerate transfer to the unmarried lady officials, physical handicapped person and ex-service men vide their letter F.No. HRD/CM/104/1/2010-11 DATED 31.12.2010.but being also a revenue department we are deprived off from the smae benefits. This is not only ridiculous but also a very painful. Therefore it is requested to all the association Head and members to raise their voce against this injustice...

anil bera said...

CBDT has opened Inter Commissionerate transfer for physically handicapped person , Ex- servicemen and un married lady officer but being also a revenue department we are not given such benefit which is very painful. its a request to the Federation to take up the matter to the higher authority.