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Meetings with Board Officials: Secretary General, Mr. G Samdani Khan along with Assistant Secretary General, Shri Shankar Kumar Saha and Shri Suman Sarkar from Kolkata, Assistant Secretary General, Shri Ram Lalit from Chandigarh and Organizing Secretary, Shri Vikas Kumar Gupta from Ahmedabad had been in Delhi from 08 Jun to 11 Jun 2015, to pursue various issues. Appointments were sought from Hon’ble Chairman, Hon’ble Member (P&V) & JS (Adm.) of CBEC on the following agenda points and other miscellaneous issues: Gist of the discussions is given as below: 1. DPC for promotion to the grade to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) from Administrative Officer (AO) for the vacancy years 2013-14, & 2014-15: Since there has been a dispute arisen in the Seniority List of AOs, where 37 names have been reported to be omitted in the present updated Seniority List. The office of DGHRD was rigorously pursued to take necessary action to correct the situation (Click here to see our submission). Accordingly a letter was issued on the very same day vide letter under F.No.8/B/78/HRD (HRM)/2015/ 2807 dated 09.06.2015 (Click here to see the Board letter dated 09.06.15). This Association requested to conduct the DPC at the very earliest by exploring all options. A submission has been put forward by this association to the concerned Authority for due consideration. It has been assured that the matter will be looked into on priority basis. 2. One time relaxation in Recruitment Rules of Inspector, Stenographer, STA & TA due to Cadre Restructuring: Issue of grant of one time relaxation, in the existing RR for promotion to the grade of Inspector, STA and TA, has been taken up with the Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary of AD-IIIA/B. They have been apprised of the situation, which will badly affect the working environment, due to shortfall of manpower in every cadre, if the relaxation is not granted (Click here to see our submission). They were apparently impressed and positive action is expected. 3. Re-designation of the posts of STA & DOS as Executive Assistant: The confusion created among the field formations due to issue of Board’s Letter dated 15.04.2015 was once again brought to the notice of the Board and request was made to issue a clarification to the Commissionerates. A submission has also been made on this issue (Click here to see the submission). 4. Amendment/Rectification in RR of Tax Assistant, notified under GSR.12 (E) dated 10.01.2014 (Ad.IIB): The combined service of LDC and Head Havalder for counting the qualifying service for promotion to Tax Assistant, notified in the recently published Recruitment Rule of Tax Assistant, has been not in order as pointed out many a times in the past, has been explained to the concerned officers. It has been requested to amend the RR be issued in near future, where the word ‘Head Havalder’ will be replaced by the word ‘Havalder’ (Click here to see our submission). We also pursued to our earlier demands to incorporate a "Retention Clause" in the new Recruitment Rules of Inspector and Executive Assistant. It is also requested to incorporate a clause in the upcoming Recruitment Rules, which will ascertain that while counting the qualifying service for promotion to next higher grade, the total service rendered in the same ‘Grade Pay’ will be considered, e.g. for AO promotion, the service rendered in the grade of STA and DOS will be counted as qualifying service. Meeting with Hon’ble Member (P&V) on 11.06.15: Members of the Association had a meeting with Hon'ble Member (P&V), CBEC, Ms. Vanaja N Sarna on 11.06.2015 in presence of the Deputy/Under Secretaries of AD-IIA/B, AD-IIIA/B and AD-IV. Madam wanted to know if this was the only Association for the Ministerial Cadre. It was clarified to her that it was the only Association of Central Excise and Service Tax Ministerial Officers (Click here to see the intimation letter of new Executive Committee). She said that she had gone through all the issues, which were projected as Agenda Points for the meeting and accordingly instructed the concerned officers to put the files before her. The members were informed that a reply will definitely be given shortly about the status of the ongoing issues. Meetings ended with cordiality. Other than the Agenda issues we also submitted a separate representation for a special drive for recruitment of Tax Assistants (Click here to see our submission).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inter-Commissionerate Transfers - CAT's Order and implications

Pune, the 23rd May, 2011

Dear friends in service,

The seniority protection granted by the Board to the officers proceeding on Inter-Commissionerate Transfer on spouse/ compassionate/ physical handicapped grounds was under challenge in the Hon'ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench for quite a long time. 

Finally, the OA's challenging the seniority protection alongwith a batch of other related O.A's has been decided by the Hon'ble Tribunal, much against the decision of the Board.
Judgement of the Tribunal 
 
All along, this Association has been requesting the Board to re-consider the issue relating to grant of seniority protection to the ICT transferees, as the said transfers are granted on Compassionate grounds and protecting seniority would open a Pandora's box and unsettle the settled seniority in various zones across the country.  However, nothing positive has come out from the Board owing to a stalemate situation prevailing with regard to the disputed Executive Instructions issued from time to time.

Moreover, it is once again highlighted that had the Board observed the lacunae in the Recruitment Rules of Superintendent as regards the absence of "Senior Junior" clause, the seniority disputes in the Central Excise Delhi Commissionerates would never have cropped up and there would have been no reason for the Board to ban Inter-Commissionerate Transfers which was unconsciously done during 19th of February, 2004 inorder to please the then Administrators serving in the Central Excise, Delhi Commissionerates.

Vide this message, it is once again requested that those officers serving the Department in the various Group 'B' and 'C' cadres need to come together, identify the lop-sided decision of the Board in imposing ban on Inter-Commissionerate Transfers, which system has been successfully working for decades and has withstood the test of judicial scrutiny and to take up the issue relating to lifting of Ban on ICT through their respective Associations, thereby ensuring that the officers requiring to proceed on ICT from one zone to another are not stranded in alien places and subjected to the mercy of individuals trying to take undue benefit of such situations.

Hope this Associations long pending request for lifting of Ban on Inter-Commissionerate Transfers is giving due cognizance by the Board and it is also expected from the concerned Office Bearers of Inspector Association that at a time when the Recruitment Rules are getting framed in DG, HRD and views are being called for, the Note of "Senior-Junior" clause may be got incorporated in the Recruitment Rule of Superintendent, thereby bringing the said RR in consonance with the requirements of DOP&T and thus avoiding litigations on ICT.

Awaiting valuable feedback from interested members/readers, I remain,

Yours Sincerely,

Thomas Mony.
Secretary General

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