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Dear Comrades, In continuation to my earlier message on 19.12.2014 let me share some of the details on each of the following issues which were taken up during our last visit to Delhi:- 1. Promotion to Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) and updating of Seniority List of Administrative Officers: While it is necessary to update the Seniority List of Administrative Officers, but the same should not be linked with holding of the next DPC of CAO. It was emphasized that Senior Administrative Officers are retiring every month without getting the promotion, despite availability of vacancy in the post of CAO. We have made a submission on this front (Click to see the copies of letters no. 1.Member(P&V) -Page1 & Page2, 2.JS(Admin.) and 3.Chairman). Member (P&V) was in agreement with our suggestion and assured that necessary action will be initiated to hold the DPC for promotion to CAO on the basis of the final Seniority List of Administrative Officer (updated upto 2008). The Member (P&V) has also assured to see that the Seniority List of Administrative Officer is updated on receipt of full facts from the zone (reports were pending from Mumbai, Chennai and DG Inspection as on date). 2. Promotion to the post of Inspector: This Association has made two separate submissions (Click to see the copies for relaxation letters no. 1.Member(P&V) and 2.DGHRD) and (also Click for Retention clause letters no. 1.Chairman, 2.JS(Admin.) and 3.Member(P&V)-Page1 and Page2, one on relaxation of provisions of the existing Recruitment Rule and the other on incorporation of “Retention” clause in the forthcoming Recruitment Rule of Inspector. The issues were discussed at length with Member (P&V), Deputy Secretary, Ad.IIIA & Ad.IIIB and Under Secretary, Ad.IIIA & Ad.IIIB. It was assured that the same will be examined. We need to follow rigorously on this front. I request the zonal leaders to come forward and make a concerted effort. 3. Operation of existing Recruitment Rule of Senior Tax Assistant (STA): It has been the phenomena in most zones that the additional posts created in Executive Assistant (EA), are not being filled up for want of Recruitment Rule of EA etc. It was requested to issue a clarification on this front (Click to see the copies of the letters no. 1.Chairman, 2.JS(Admin.) and 3.Member(P&V)-Page1 & Page2). The fact remains that the existing Recruitment Rule of STA is still in vogue till the RR of EA is notified and it was requested to operate that RR to fill up the vacancies. The response was also positive and we expect some clarification from the Board. 4. Relaxation/Amendment in the Recruitment Rule of Tax Assistant (TA): We have been making this request for quite some time to amend/relax the Recruitment Rule of TA to facilitate promotion from LDC. Board has also assured earlier to consider this request. We once again made similar request to Member (P&V) (Click to see the copies of the letters no. 1.Chairman-Page1 & Page2, 2.Member(P&V)-Page1 & Page2). As tried to impress upon you that issues are required to be followed up on a regular basis to ensure some result. We are certainly lacking on this front. We don’t have the organization manpower to run an effective show at this moment. Thus it is imperative to induct some broadminded, energetic and willing person in the field of All India Association. I have already told you that All India Convention is likely to be held in Hyderabad in 2nd or 3rd week of April, 2015 to come and join us there.

Friday, June 18, 2010

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NEWS FROM THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHIEF COMMISSIONERS AND DIRECTOR GENERALS OF CENTRAL EXCISE, SERVICE TAX AND CUSTOMS

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today asked tax collectors to become technology-savvy and develop an effective intelligence system to prevent evasion and punish wrong-doers.
"Tax evaders, as well as smugglers, are getting increasingly more sophisticated, using modern technology... you must also develop an effective intelligence system to not only check the evasion of taxes but also punish the wrong-doers," he said.
Mukherjee said this while speaking at the annual conference of the Chief Commissioners and Directors General of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax.
"It is... essential that your intelligence, investigation and regulatory wings must get more and more technology-savvy," he told the taxmen responsible for collection of indirect taxes, who have a target to mop up Rs 3.13 lakh crore during the current fiscal.
Increased use of IT and upgradation of government agencies' cyber capabilities, Mukherjee said, could play a decisive role in checking tax evasion.
"If a tax system could be evolved to follow up on paper and other evidentiary trails, the tax evaders and other economic offenders can easily be brought to book," he added.
Later, talking to reporters, Mukherjee expressed the hope that Goods and Services Tax (GST), which seeks to subsume various indirect taxes, would be introduced from April 1, 2011.
Discussions, he added, were on with the state governments, as introduction of GST would require amendments to the Constitution and the consent of the states.
The new tax would be administered by the Central Board of Excise and Customs, he said, adding that it would be an administrative challenge for the officials, as the number of taxpayers would rise from 13 lakhs to 50 lakhs.
The Finance Minister further said that he held informal discussions with the Chief Ministers of the eastern states on the sidelines of the bankers' meet at Patna yesterday.
The minister will also be taking up the issue of GST with the Chief Ministers of the western states at the next bankers' meeting, to be held in Mumbai on June 28.
With regard to corruption, Mukherjee said there is a need to focus on preventive vigilance and "adopt a strategy of zero tolerance".
However, he was against filing of chargesheets against officials on their last day of service. "I want that no chargesheets are filed against our own employees on the last day of retirement after they have put in more than 30 years of service to the government," he added.

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