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The emergency executive committee meeting of all India Central Excise and Service Tax Ministerial Officers Association and convention of the Gujarat Unit were held jointy on 23rd January, 2016 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In the very beginning Shri Vikas Kumar Gupta, National Organising Secretary, on behalf of the host unit, welcomed the Hon’ble Chief Guest Dr. Manoj Kumar Rajak, Additional Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad; Guests of honour Dr. Arvind Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad, Shri Rajesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad; and all the participating delegates from different parts of the country. The name of Shri Ashim Pramanick, the national President of the association was proposed to preside over the meeting. It was seconded by Shri Sankar Kumar Saha, Shri Vikash Kumar Gupta and Shri Indramohan Chaudhury. Everyone sang the national anthem in unison to mark the beginning of the proceedings. Shri (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Rajak, IRS was requested to inaugurate the programme by kindling the lamp and declaring the session open. The President initiated the discussions and gave his inaugural address. He pointed out the fact that it was a great privilege for all of us to assemble on the land of Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi Ji and that too, on the birthday of another great soul of this country Shri Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. We should show our respect to the great patriots through our actions as public servant in nation building in our own capacity and at our own level. The Chief Guest and the special guests also expressed happiness for organizing such a meeting at the national level in Ahmedabad. They urged to consider the need of the department and also assured to take forward our issues to the appropriate echelon for suitable disposal. Then the Secretary General thanked the Chief Guest and the Guests of honour for attending the convention and providing the encouragement and impetus to this association. Subsequently, the proceeding of the meeting of the Gujarat committee began. The representatives from various parts of the state of Gujarat posted at different Commissionerates attended the meeting (Link list). The all India association was receiving repeated requests from various Commissionerates and units of the state of Gujarat to give separate affiliations to their local units. It was impressed upon them that an all Gujarat committee be formed because that is expected to strengthen the organization and in that case the number of members would be sizable and in the event of any organizational activity this will help. A small organization cannot take strong step at the time of necessity. So they have to remain united and strengthen the organization. Accordingly, it was decided to hold a meeting at Ahmedabad to form a committee for the entire state of Gujarat. Representatives offered their opinions and after long deliberation and under the supervision of the all India committee, an all Gujarat Committee was constituted unanimously (Link list). Shri Chetan Shah, former Vice-President of the all India Association and now a Superintendent, contributed positively towards formation of an all Gujarat Committee. The committee will represent the ministerial officers posted in the state of Gujarat and they will be affiliated with the All India body and they will provide the assistance to the all India association and also abide by the call of the all India body. The all India leaders expressed satisfaction over the formation of an all Gujarat Committee by full consensus and it was also assured to the Gujarat committee that all assistance will be provided by the all India body whenever required. In the post lunch session, the discussion on all India issues were taken up. The Secretary General initiated the discussion and briefed the delegates about the development of the following burning issues: 1. Recruitment Rules of Executive Assistant and the action taken by the association and their developments. 2. Developments on our efforts on one time relaxation in the Recruitment Rules. 3. Promotion to the post of Chief Accounts Officer. 4. Issues related to pay to be decided following the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The Secretary General explained in details as to how this association has taken steps in every moment to protect the interest of the members of this association. All representations were made in time and authorities were approached. Shri Ram Lalit, Liaison Secretary, then briefed the latest status on each of the issues. In fact, Shri Ram Lalit visited Delhi enroute Ahmedabad to take stock of the issues and pursued all the issues at appropriate levels. It was informed that Board is not at all positive and responsive to our requests. The Member (P&V) has given assurances on several occasions on the issues of OTR, EA and CAO DPC. But from the experience, it is found that none of the assurances have been realized. In fact, it was noted with great concern that even the file on One Time Relaxation (OTR) has been kept unattended and nothing is moving and even on the RR of EA board is not taking any action to either amend or give any dispensation to our members. Then the members from different zones deliberated upon the issues (Link name list). They took part in the discussion. They explained the problems being faced by the members. They also suggested to take strong action. The option of agitation was also mooted in the meeting. It was discussed at length. The advantages and disadvantages were also discussed. The option for going for legal battle for Recruitment Rules of EA was also mooted after prolonged discussion. It was decided to adopt a too pronged approach on the issue of RR of EA and TA. We will approach at senior level such as the Secretary, Revenue, Govt. of India and above to apprise of our grievances and particularly the disparity that exists between CBDT and CBEC in the matter of RR of EA and TA. If such efforts fail, then we shall go for agitation. Simultaneously, it was also decided to approach the Principal CAT, Delhi at an appropriate time and after further consultations to redress our grievances on RR. Again on the question on one time relaxation, it was decided to follow the sections as well as at the higher levels. If those efforts fail, then similarly on this issue also the all India association will go for agitation with the assistance of all affiliated units. It was also informed that the association is trying its level best to get the CAO DPC done at the earliest. The efforts put in by Shri V Gurukumar and other Comrades of Hyderabad Unit to do the ground work are remarkable. It was again urged upon to all the delegates present, to see that the reports on VC/IC of the concerned officers of their zone are sent immediately, so that the DPC can take place in a month or two. It was also decided to press hard for publication of the next Seniority List of Administrative Officer and Secretary General explained the efforts taken by this association in this regard. Regarding Pay disparity between the CBDT and CBEC, it was decided to approach Secretary, Revenue and if that fails, other action would also be initiated. Some zones, particularly Mumbai zone reported that the instructions of the Board are not being followed in their zone. They specifically pointed out that the Board’s instruction dated 3rd Nov 2014, clarifying the fact that any officer who has qualified the examination within the age of 50 can be considered even after the age of 50, has not been implemented in Mumbai zone despite several requests even after clarification from the Board. The zone was assured that any assistance required would be extended by the all India body. It was also decided to refer the matter to the Board. The Vizag zone also expressed their problems in details. The zone has given a very vivid picture about the problems being faced by the ministerial officers and also given suggestions to redress such problems. Patna zone highlighted the fact that the order of Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in the matter of promotion from erstwhile Group-D to LDC has not been implemented in their zone while that has been implemented in other zones. The zone was also advised to take up the issue appropriately with the zonal authority. They should first get all information on this issue and take up the matter with the concerned authority. All India association will extend the support as and when it is required. It was a real show of strength and unity. On organizational front the following important decisions were taken: 1. Shri Sankar Kumar Saha who was officiating as Secretary General, after the promotion of G. Samdani Khan to the post of Inspector, has been unanimously elected as Secretary General for the complete tenure till the next convention. 2. Shri Ram Lalit shall hold both the portfolio of Assistant Secretary General and Liaison Secretary. 3. Shri Prosenjit Pandey and Shri Suman Sarkar have been appointment as Treasurer and Office Secretary respectively, as they both are stationed at Kolkata, the place where the Secretary General belongs to. 4. The Bank Account of the association lying in the Bank of Maharastra in Pune will be transferred to Kolkata and will now be operated by any two of the following three office bearers: (a) Shri Ashim Pramanick, President (b) Shri Sankar Kumar Saha, Secretary General (c) Shri Prosenjit Pandey, Treasurer. Shri Shivaji Valu, General Secretary of the Pune zone assured to take all action to transfer the Bank Account of the Association from Pune to Kolkata. 5. All the federating units shall furnish the list of members of their respective units along with the DDO’s certificate (Annexure-II), showing the number of members, contributing the subscriptions. Such list may be prepared as on 01.04.2016 as the all India Body is required to initiate the process of renewal of recognition and submit the necessary documents to the board – action Organization Secretary. 6. Upon operation of the Bank Account of the all India body all the federating units shall contribute their due subscriptions to the all India body. The share of contribution has been revised from Rs. 5/- per member per month to Rs. 10/- per member per month - action Treasurer. Every one vowed to stay together and fight together and at the end of the meeting everybody noted the efforts taken by Shri Vikash Kumar Gupta, Shri Indramohan Choudhary, Shri Kishor Parmar and other leaders of Ahmedabad Unit. They made this meeting a grand success. This meeting has provided the opportunity to the delegates of this association from all over the country to share their anxiety and pain together to look for the solutions. It was agreed by one and all to fight for the cause of the ministerial association and to go to any extent to protect the interest of our members. The President thanked everybody for their participation and contribution and concluded the proceedings.

Friday, November 12, 2010

CADRE RESTRUCTURING IN CBEC

Date:- 12.11.2010
Dear members in Service,

Being concerned about the career prospects of numerous members of respective Associations, responsible leaders came together to form a Joint Action Committee, because of the bitter experience had during the previous Cadre Restructuring and with a view to bring in transparency in the ongoing Cadre Restructuring, sought for details of the present proposal which finally has been given to all the Associations on the 11th of November, 2010.

2. While the basic intention of forming the Joint Action Committee was to get a feel of the entire proposal, now that the details of proposal has reached the responsible leaders, the onus is now upon the elected/nominated leaders of respective Associations to ensure that the pros and cons of the entire proposal is looked into and discussions held in closed door meetings and finally frame suggestions/proposals related to respective cadres which would be beneficial to the entire Department at large.

3. Gist of the present proposal would surely be made available on this blog within some time. However, it is sincerely hoped that all members work unitedly in the overall interest of respective cadres without causing any harm to the career prospects of the feeder cadres, and more so, as a responsible leader representing the Joint Action Committee, I am of the firm opinion that issues identified to be seriously affecting members of respective Associations may be highlighted, and a consolidated proposal be tabled to the CBEC by the Joint Action Committee, (on behalf of all Associations) during the week commencing on 22nd November, 2010 thereby maintaining absolute transparency and by resorting to this methodology, the concerns & legitimate aspirations of all cadres are taken due care of, with minimal loss of time.

4. Needless to mention, it would surely be our endeavour to ensure that the bitter experiences of the previous Cadre Restructuring, is not repeated, and the sincere services of those officers who have dedicated ample years to the Department does not go unrecognized.

5. Expecting similar co-operation and support from one and all for years to come and anticipating that the present format of Cadre Restructuring Proposal is actively reconsidered by our Board after giving due consideration to the legitimate aspirations of the various Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ which has been totally ignored in certain areas and assuring that the reconsidered proposal is actively pursued by all the Cadres for getting nod of respective Departments, I remain,


Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(THOMAS MONY)
SECRETARY GENERAL

The Cadre Review proposal is available on the following link.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B1EcYYJmjAiBZDBmNDc4MWMtNThlMi00YjA3LWEyNjctOWRjYzRlY2IyYjJh&hl=en&authkey=CJDls8ID



7 comments:

n s dev said...

dear all;

cadre review proposal in this form cannot be acceptable for subordinate cadres. the proposal to merge sta and dos is heights of stupidity. they should have delayered DOS/AO and redesignated as AAO, AO & Sr AO in 4600,4800,5400 grade pay. TA post should have been placed at 2800. no mention.

executive cadre is let down.

united we win, divided we fall

Dev

Ramnath said...

As usual the Board has not been liberal with regard to DOS and AO posts.

While Stenographers have been granted upto 6600 gradepay, In the line of AO such scales are limited to 5400 gpay (CAO).

Also, when there are no takers (in many zones) for DOS post, it is still retained in 4200 gpay (STA also has this gpay). When DOS post is retained in the Department, they should have given 4600 gpay. When 4600 is not given, then, it should have been totally abolished and upgraded to AO (all those existing in that post) and STA strength should be increased. STA should have 2 lines of promotion from it to AO and Inspector.
AO ofcourse already there is demand for 4800 gpay for AO (after 4 years 5400 gpay).

On the lines of Stenos, post above CAO with gpay 6600 should be created.

There are my suggestions/wishes.

Ramnath

Ramnath said...

The posts that are related to Vigilance, Confidential., etc., which are presently headed by Supdts. should be again brought back to be headed by AOs. to increase the number of posts of AOs.
Ramnath

Ramnath said...

SUGGESTION No.1 Restructuring is the special opportunity to create avenues for promotion of the cadres concerned. But in this case, It is expected that (especially in Central Excise), 80% of the DOS are expected to remain in the same post even after this exercise.
It is a fact well know that in many of the zones there are no takers for the post of DOS because of the following reasons:-
1) Many ministerial people do not wish to go in Admn line.
2) Grade Pay also remains same (4200 for both STA and DOS).
Now Board itself has taken exercise (proposal) to abolish 750 posts in 4200 grade pay (must of of DOS only as STA post is going to be increased). Restructuring is an unique opportunity to set the things right. Even after this, if DOS is retained in its existing shape (4200 grade pay), there will be ultimately no takers for that post. It will also result in uselessly keeping many posts vacant. If those posts belong to STA atleast many TAs will get promoted, who (STA) will be able to be Inspector on their next promotion. Department will also get the required hands as there will no posts lying vacant (unfilled).
Hence, when Board has decided to abolish, it is better to abolish DOS post altogether (Till the last DOS gets elevated to AO). It may take 7-8 years for that to fully exhaust (to absorb them in AOs post as the present increase in AO post is not sufficient). But at the same time, increase no. of posts (All posts of DOS including 750 posts) in the grade of STA. Hereinafter, STA should be made feeder cadre for both Inspector and AO.
OR
Having decided by the Board to keep DOS (by partially cutting about 750 posts), it is of no use in retaining that in 4200 grade pay. In that case, it should be made that DOS is given 4600 grade pay atleast by redesignating them with a unique designation like AAO or so. With this exercise, retention of the post is also justified (as STA who opts for this line gets different grade pay).

SUGGESTION No.2 It is seen that the posts relating to Admn work like Confidential and Vigilance sections, CAT Cell are handled by Supdts. It should be allocated to AOs because of this exercise in each Commissionerate, minimum of 3 posts of AOs can be got. This will result in many DOS to get elevated to AO post.

SUGGESTION No.3 Admn. Officers should have been given 4800 grade pay with 4 years 5400 grade pay. A unique post should be created above CAO level with grade pay 6600 grade pay.

Yours sincerely,
Ramnath

anil bera said...

Dear Thomas sir,
first of all let me congratulate you for you relentless job towards your comrade. this is the first time our voice is reachig to the authority through proper platform. please take the case of Ex- service men who have served 20 years all overindia and posted to some where which is 2500 kms away from his native place. in this age it is very difficult for an ex service men to continue his duties with so family burden and settle his family.so, for such exservicemen at least ICT should be open.
Further GP of Tax Asst should be 2800 which is the auditors grade pay in CAG. as both are facing same examination with same qualification and job.
thanking you
yours faithfully
anil Bera. 16.11.2010

Jay Hind

indra bahadur said...

after going through the cadre restructuring proposal we found that 10 service for the promotion of TA to the grade of inspector is not justice for the ministrial staff because post of TA is created and commenced from march 2003.As per my comment it should be either 5 years as TA or 10 years of service in ministrial cadre and there should be no qualifying service for promotion from STA to inspector and the post of DOS should be merged in the grade of AO.It is also proposed that the grade pay of 5400 to the AO after completing 4 years service in the grade of AO. The post of UDC before restructuring 2002 may be treated as STA for counting services for the promotion in the grade of inspector.

indra bahadur said...

After going through cadre restructuring proposal 2010 it is found that ministerial cadres are demoralised by the cadre restructuring as well as 6th pay commission. As per proposal of cadre restructuring 2010 the post of DOS are being merged with STA which is showing the demotion of the present working DOS. AO a Gazzetted post equalent to Supdt but AO has been granted the grade pay of 4600 in stead of 4800 and Rs 5400 after completing 4 years.It is more unjustice with all the ministerial cadre. As per my view the minimum qualifying service for the promotion in the grade of Inspector should be 5 years as TA or ten years of total service.There should be no qualifying service for the promotion in the grade of Inspector from the grade of STA. All the UDCs promoted before restructuring 2002 may be redesignated as STA. All vacancies raised after restrucuturing 2010 should be filledup by the promotion of ministerial cadre by giving one time relaxation of all types.It is also proposed that the grade pay of DOS should be 4600 and initial grade pay of AO should be 4800 and after completing 4 years they are eligible in grade pay of 5400 equailent to Supdt.