Thursday, July 24, 2014
Myself accompanied by leaders from Hyderabad, Delhi and Kolkata undertook a visit to Delhi from 15.07.2014 to 17.07.2014 to take stock and pursue various burning issues. We were ably assisted by Shri J Sudharshan, Secretary General who provided us various inputs and documents to Delhi as he could not turn up owing to unavoidable reasons. During our stay we had separate meetings with Chairperson, Member (P&V), DG (HRD) & concerned Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary. The outcome of the meetings and the state of various issues are briefed as under:-
We all know that the proposal for Cadre Restructuring and creation of additional posts have been approved by the Cabinet on 05.12.2013. We also know that the former Finance Minister, just before quitting office, has also okayed the proposal of CBEC on various actions to be taken on implementation of such approved Cadre Restructuring proposals. The Geographical jurisdiction of the newly created Commissionerates of various zones vis-à-vis the no. of zones and the allocation of posts to each zones, have also been finalized. We also learnt that the former Finance Minister has himself given specific direction and advised to ensure that all potential hindrances in the process of implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal are taken care of.
DG (HRD) has finalized all the papers to be circulated to the zones sometimes back which has also been approved by the Chairperson, CBEC. This was sent to Ad.IV Section of CBEC for vetting compilation and circulation. It is understood that the work is also complete there. However Board has decided to bring the Cadre Restructuring proposal to the notice of the Hon’ble Ministers of the present Government before circulation. It is expected that this process will also be over shortly, paving way for circulation of all necessary instructions to the zones. It is also expected that the date of creation of newly re-organized Commissionerates would be fixed at the time of circulation of instructions.
Promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO):
The Chairperson, CBEC during the meeting on 16.07.2014 has given direction that the proposal for DPC for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 be sent to UPSC by 21.07.2014. It is learnt that the proposal is being sent to UPSC on 22.07.2014. However, there is still some minor deficiency which is wanting from a few zones. The date of the DPC will be fixed only after receipt of such information. The leaders of this Association are constantly pursuing to obtain such information/documents.
DG(HRD) has also initiated the work of preparation of a Seniority List of CAO. They have sought information from the zones vide letter F.No.8/B/112/HRD (HRDM)/2014 dated 8th July 2014. I request all the zones to send the required reports.
Promotion to Inspector and age restriction:
While it has been assured that age restriction would be removed in the new Recruitment Rule, there is some confusion in some zones while implementing the judgement dated 17.03.2010 of Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh bench which provides that as per Note:2 of the existing Recruitment Rule of Inspector officers who have appeared departmental examination within 50 years, can be promoted to Inspector even beyond the age of 50 years.
However, the Board vide its letter under F.No. A. 32022/08/2009-Ad.III.A dated 18.07.2012, withdrew its earlier directions and thereby, re-imposed the upper age limit of 50 years. Some Officers availed such benefit for a limited period, whereas the others remained deprived. After this association made a repeated request the Board has informed that the removal of age relaxation is under active consideration (click here to view) and it is will be finalized as and when the Recruitment Rules of Inspector is amended. However we have pointed out that certain zones are considering the age relaxation thus by allowing people who have crossed 50 years for promotion but in certain zones they are not being considered.
This association has requested to maintain an uniformity to ensure its implementation in non-implementing zones pending framing of new Recruitment Rule. It has been decided in our meeting with the Chairperson, CBEC on 16.07.2014 in presence of Member (P&V), DG(HRD) & JS(Admin.) that the issue will be further looked into.
We have once again requested to incorporate the “Saving provision” (as per DoPT’s guidelines for framing/ amendment/ relaxation of Recruitment Rule dated 25.03.1996) in the new Recruitment Rules so that the existing length of eligible service remains applicable for promotion of the existing TAs/STAs. This will curtail the negative impact on promotional prospect if the length of eligible service is enhanced in the new Recruitment Rules. We also took up the anomalies in the newly circulated TA Recruitment Rule (Click here to get the submission dated 16.07.14).
It was also requested to fill up all the vacancies, resulting out of the process of Cadre Restructuring, on the basis of the existing Recruitment Rule, without waiting for the new Recruitment Rule. It was also impressed upon that relaxation will be required in the RR to fill up the vacancies, in keeping with the objective of the Cadre Restructuring (Click here to get the submission dated 16.07.14).
This Association is grateful to Chairperson, CBEC for convening a meaningful meeting in the presence of Member(P&V), DG(HRD), ADG(HRM), JS(Admin.), DS (Ad.IIIA) and US (Ad.IIA) on 16.07.2014. This has provided us to understand the present state of various issues and ventilate our point of views and demands. The decisions were taken during the meeting itself. Separate meeting with Member(P&V) & DG(HRD) were also fruitful.