Shri Pranab Kumar Das, IRS of 1983 batch has taken over as the new chairman of CBIC. We wish him a happy new year and all success during his tenure as Chairman of CBIC. We also convey our best wishes to Shri S. Ramesh, IRS, the outgoing Chairman of CBIC, a good health and peaceful life.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Meeting with Member (P&V) on 15.05.2013 updates

OUR VISIT TO DELHI DURING 14, 15 & 16 MAY, 2013 –

           The highlight of the recent visit of the office bearers of this Association has been our meeting with Hon’ble Member (P&V) on 15/5/2013 at 11 a.m.  The following points were taken up for discussion in accordance with a pre determined agenda:-

(1) Promotions to CAO:-  In the face of vigorous persuasion of this Association, it was assured that one DPC for the years 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 is most likely to be held in May itself.  The O.S.D. to Member (P&V) and other Board officials are in constant touch with the UPSC to finalize the dates and other aspects of the DPC.  On our request the Member (P&V) has directed the concerned officials in the meeting itself to initiate action for the DPC of the subsequent years.

(2) Recruitment Rule of A.O.:– It has been informed that Recruitment Rule of A.O. has been in the very final stage and presently lying for translation to Hindi, following which it will go for notification in the official Gazette.  So the regular promotions to A.O. will commence very soon.

(3) Pay Scales for A.O. & D.O.S.: – It was pointed out by the leadership that Department of Expenditure is making certain submissions in the court of law through which they have acceded to the recommendation concerning parity between Headquarters organization and field formations like us. Board may take up the issue afresh with Department of Expenditure on the basis of their submissions before judicial fora.  Member (P&V) has been very kind to accept our request and directed the concerned officer to do the needful to send the file to Department of Expenditure.

(4)  Recruitment Rule of Inspector and age relaxation: - The Association vehemently argued for incorporation of a suitable clause in the new RR to protect the qualifying service i.e. – 2 years of present STAs & 10 years of TAs and Stenographers as well in terms of the DoPT’s guidelines.  It was also requested to remove age bar together and extent their facilities even before notification of new RR.  The Hon’ble Member (P&V) has been very kind to appreciate the Board for incorporation of a suitable provision for retention of the present qualifying service in the new RR and issued necessary direction to the concerned officers.  On age relaxation also, the response was positive.  We have submitted a separate representation seeking age relaxation even before notification of new RR.
(5)  Cadre Restructuring:-  The leadership pointed out that nothing has been conveyed to this Association on Cadre Restructuring proposals which has been altered many a times in the recent past.  The Member (P&V) advised to contact ADG (HRM) on this front.  Subsequently, this Association was able to gather some information which indicates that substantial increase of strength in the grade of CAO and AO and to some extent in the grade of TA is expected. Moreover the strength of Superintendent and Inspector will also be up substantially which will benefit the Ministerial Cadre.  The Cadre-restructuring file is still pending with Department of Expenditure and once it is cleared it will be sent to DoP&T.

(6) Compassion Appointment:-  This Association also, for the larger interest, raised the issue of Compassion Appointment and the slow progress thereon because of non-availability of vacancy.  It was requested that all the vacancies falling in all the Group-‘C’ & ‘D’ posts as per the definition of the extent Recruitment Rule of various posts in CBEC, be considered for Compassion Appointment as per DoPT’s guidelines.  A separate submission was also made on this front.

The leadership of this Association also pursued with UPSC officials for an early date of the CAO DPC.  We have also met with the concerned officers in the DoPT to express our views on Recruitment Rule of Inspector which they all agreed.  Besides we move around all the concerned administrative sections and met the officials to pursue our issues, detailed above.  Over all it was a pretty successful tour which has engendered some kind of optimism.  

Comradely Yours
                    Sudharsan J                                           Ashim Pramanik
                Secretary General                                           President

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dear Comrades,

!!! Here is a Feather in our Cap !!!

I am happy to convey that the recognition of our Association has been renewed further for a period of five years with effect from 04.03.2012 (click to see copy of the renewal letter). The renewal of recognition is significant at this stage considering that the cadre restructuring is likely to take place in the department in few months. Any grievances of the members can be taken up with the Board only if we are recognized and renewed in time. A special mention should be made of Shri. Deepak Pal, our organizing secretary in getting the renewal. The unit secretaries are requested to apply to the undersigned for affiliation of their zonal units.

I had to rush to New Delhi last week regarding our seniority case pending in the apex court. As there was only one day for hearing before the vacation, the Bench has posted the matter immediately after vacation i.e., in July for final hearing. I am sure the case will be heard and finalized at that time.

During my visit to the capital, I went to the Board offices to check and follow up the issues relating to the ministerial cadre. Regarding DPC for promotion to the grade of CAO, the UPSC had earlier raised few queries which have been rectified by the Board and the DPC is expected to be conducted shortly. Further, as regards the notification of Recruitment Rules for the post of Chief Accounts Officer and Administrative Officer, it is informed by the board officials that the queries raised by the Law Ministry have been addressed and the file was again re-submitted to the Law Ministry for its approval.  The RRs are likely to be finalized and notified at the earliest.

There is a lot of expectation amongst the members on the proposed cadre restructuring (CR) in CBEC. The CR in CBDT is in advanced stages and in CBEC, it is learnt that the file is presently with Department of Expenditure. The Revenue Secretary has asked the DoE to expedite the file and the process is going on at good pace. It is expected that the CR in CBEC will bring lots of cheers to all irrespective of their rank and cadre. This Association has put in maximum efforts to ensure that the new RRs notified consequent to the VI PC and CR does not have any adverse impact on the members.

It is a known fact that some of the posts like DOS, AO, etc., in our ministerial cadre are stagnated and aggrieved due to some biased policy decisions of the Board during the last couple of decades. This Association has given utmost importance to address their grievances. I sincerely hope that in the ensuing CR, their genuine grievances which were brought to the attention of the Board time and again, are addressed and resolved.

The office-bearers of this association have sought an appointment with Member (P&V) and the same has been fixed on 15.05.2013 at 11 am to discuss the pending issues before the Board on the following issues.

• DPC to the Grade of CAO

• Notification of Recruitment Rules to the post of CAO & AO

• Proposed Amendment in the Recruitment Rules to the post of Inspector

• AO/DOS Grade Pay issue

• Other important issues pertaining to the Ministerial Cadre

Hopefully all our grievances will be addressed positively to bring lots of cheers and happiness to our members.

Comradely yours,
Sudharsan J
Secretary General