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Sunday, February 2, 2014


Dear Comrade,
     The undersigned along with Comrades from Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata have met officers at various levels at New Delhi to pursue various issues, arising out of Cadre Restructuring and otherwise.  Below is the factual matrix of what happened during 27th Jan to 29th Jan, 2014 through our collective efforts.
     We had a scheduled meeting at 15.30 hrs. with Shri Najib Shah, DG (DRI) who is the Chairman on operational issues and reorganization for implementation of Cadre Restructuring.  We met him around 16.30 hrs. at his chamber and expressed our dissatisfaction over the treatment, matted out to us through this Cadre Restructuring.  We have also requested to maintain openness when it comes to allocation of posts to various zones.
     We had drawn the attention to the need for revamping the duties and functions of CAO, AO, Executive Assistant (EA) and Tax Assistant.  We have asked for assignment of certain functions like refund, rebate, draw back cheques, revenue reconciliation, audit functions etc. for CAO & AO.  We have also requested for alignment of Executive Assistant and Tax Assistant with the executive functions of the department.  The submission made in this regard is pasted below.

     On 28th morning, we met Shri Yogendra Garg, the Chairman of the committee for DPC from Group-B to Group-A.  We have apprised him that the promotion to CAO from AO is also to be expedited by his committee and handed over the copy of the letter from the Board, seeking VC/IC etc. of 345 Administrative Officers.  He has assured to take all necessary action in this regard.  Shri R.S. Gautam, Liaison Secretary, stationed at Delhi has been asked to follow up.
     Thereafter we met Shri B.K. Bansal, the Chairman of the Committee on Recruitment Rule.  He had clarified that he would only consider those issues which are pertinent for framing/amendment of new Recruitment Rule.  Whatever relaxation etc. that may be required for the existing Recruitment Rule would not come under the purview of his committee.  He advised to take up such issues with the Board.
     We had drawn his attention about the provisions of the guidelines on framing of Recruitment Rule, issued by the DoPT, whereby the existing length of eligible service can be retained for the existing employees, in the event of revision of eligible service through framing of new Recruitment Rule.  We requested that the eligible service for promotion to Inspector and Executive Assistant (present STA) be retained as it is at present by making a suitable provision in the respective Recruitment Rules.  We had also asked that the length of service for both STA & DOS are to be counted for Executive Assistant in the new Recruitment Rule.
     In the afternoon we met Smt. Mala Srivastav, Member (P&V) and had a very cordial and meaningful meeting with her.  We explained our dissatisfaction about our demand for restructuring of administrative wing in the form of Principal Administrative Officer, Administrative Officer Grade-I, Administrative Officer Grade-II, Administrative Officer Grade-III, not being considered, despite being raised right from the day one.  On the contrary, DOS & STA have been merged to downgrade a supervisory post.
     She asked our burning issues which she could solve immediately.  We took up the following issues:-
(i)   Immediate holding of DPC for CAO.
(ii)   Regularizing the problem of promotion to Administrative Officer to restore homogeneity among various zones.
(iii) Relaxation in the form of 100% promotion against all vacancies through Cadre Restructuring.
(iv)  Age & Height relaxation and relaxation of eligible service whenever required for promotion to Inspector.
She assured to examine the above issues with the concerned Board officials and also asked to submit separate representation on each of the issues.  We are in the process of finalizing our submission.
On 29th we went to the office of HRM & took stalk of the insight on various actions taken on Cadre Restructuring front.  The Core Committee on Cadre Restructuring was in a meeting in New Custom House, the entire day.  It is understood that they would first finalize the zone wise allocation of Commissionerates and entire matter is being reassessed to take a final call.  Subsequently, the allocation of posts will follow and the promotions to Group-B & Group-C levels will commence when we have to re double our efforts.
Our Secretary General during his next visit will continue to take up our demands before the CBEC.  We will strive to deliver the best and solicit your consistent and generous co-operation.
Thanking you.
(Ashim Pramanick)