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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.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Office bearers of our All India Federation - President

DEAR COMRADES, LETTER ADDRESSED TO OUR BOARD OFFICIALS AND ALL THE CHIEF COMMISSIONERS OF C.B.E.C INTIMATING THE NEWLY ELECTED OFFICE BEARERS OF OUR FEDERATION IS PLACED BELOW

Comradely Yours
Ashim Pramanik
President


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Message from the outgoing Secretary General

Pune, the 28th August, 2012
Dear friends in service,
       
        We a handful few, have been acutely aware of the essentiality and the importance of building up of an organization both at the local level and the national level, for which the first step was taken in 2003.

        Right from the inception, every effort has been put in to create an organization which works for the upliftment of the cadre, bringing in awareness & transparency among its members, remains united in achieving its goals and simultaneously ensures that the Administration is assisted in every possible manner, thus making the organization proud.

        In the initial stages of organization building, there were many a hurdles faced mainly because of certain traditions and age old practices coupled with the drastic implications of Cadre Restructuring 2002, which were overcome slowly and steadily, and today we can surely boast of having been successful in some endeavours, with a special mention of the Herculean efforts put in during the Implementation of Hon’ble Andhra Pradesh High Court judgment, which has brought in a feeling of satisfaction among the members, thus boosting their morale.

        It has been a privilege indeed, to take over the leadership of the Cadre at a stage when the Restructuring issue was gaining momentum.  Though the merger of Data Entry Operators with the Ministerial cadre was objected to, by my predecessors and the Central Board of Excise & Customs, owing to interference in the policy decision of the Board by other Departments, the Board was compelled to merge the erstwhile DEO Cadre in the Ministerial mainstream at the last moment, in order to witness the file go through the Cabinet approval. The relevant portions of the notings can be accessed by clicking here and are also placed below for information.







        I would be failing in my duties, if I do not acknowledge the sincere and hard work put in by many of the office bearers during implementation of Hon’ble Andhra Pradesh High Court judgment & lifting of Ban on Inter-Commissionerate Transfers, attending the Anomaly Committee meetings, discussions in the meeting related to Cadre Restructuring, pay related matters etc., to be very specific, and in general the support extended by the various Units affiliated to the All India Body.  The seed was sown and slowly the harvest was being reaped in some way or the other.  However, with the alleviation of some active office bearers from the All India Body, the Ministerial Cadre could not witness the most important agenda points, prioritized by the All India Body, receiving appropriate results. I am sure sincere and hard work always pays and the new body would follow up all the pending matters.

        As no King can rule with empty coffers, so also no organization can perform without monetary help. I take this opportunity to point out the broadmindedness and unity of the members of this Association in various Units and across the country, in defending litigations and taking initiatives, which were awe-inspiring. The ultimate recognition is yet to come.  We have to emerge victorious in the various litigations pending decision in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India where-after the affected Ministerial officers would surely find the right placement in the respective grades of Senior Tax Assistant and Tax Assistant post 2002 & 2003 respectively. 

        My continuous association with New Delhi and interaction with National office bearers of other Associations under CBEC in forums like Joint Action Committee etc., did bring in a conviction that until and unless all the individual Associations come under a single banner of All India Federation constituting of respective Associations, similar to that of CBDT, positive results would not emerge in time.  Similar belief is shared by many office bearers of our Association and the sentiment is shared by the other Associations too.

        After the elevation of myself and Mr.Chokkalingam to the executive grade, the posts which were held by us fell vacant. During the Convention held at Indore on the 25th of August, 2012 a new energetic body has been constituted which would surely maintain the desired follow-up and appropriate results/positive outcome shall surely be reaped in the following issues like :-

i)      Timely conduction of DPC for promotion to the grade of CAO.
ii)      Grant of regular promotions to the officers in the grade of AO.
iii)     Implementation of Hon’ble Kolkotta Tribunal’s order relating     to pay scales for the grade of AO and DOS.
iv)     Early hearing of SLP filed in the seniority case before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
v)      Last but not the least, the ensuing Cadre Review that is likely   to shape the future of many members of this Association.

        Before concluding, I wish to acknowledge the relentless services rendered by Mrs.K.Nageshwari (from Hyderabad) & Mr.M.Chokkalingam (from Bangalore) in particular apart from many other office bearers and members of the cadre in helping me perform my role in the All India Association. I wish to place on record that we will continue to extend our services for the causes concerning Ministerial cadre and the cadre can look forward for an active involvement of these ex-members of our Association for the overall welfare of the cadre. [All of us will be available for any assistance and can be contacted on the phone/e-mail :- Myself – 09881139080 - monythom@gmail.com, Mrs.K.Nageshwari – 09441887010 - karrinagi@yahoo.co.in , Mr.M.Chokkalingam – 09449889987- chokkalingamrmn@gmail.com ]

        Lastly, on behalf of all those who have been alleviated to the cadre of Inspector, and have opted to continue with their service to the Ministerial cadre, we wish the new team of All India Association office bearers good luck and hope that whatever issues remained unsettled during our tenure, gets the required attention and the same gets settled at the earliest.

       Hereafter the blog shall be updated by the Secretary General Mr. Sudharshan and we hope the entire Ministerial community shall be kept updated of happenings on a much regular basis.  Hats off to the Indore and Bhopal unit who had put in such a marvelous arrangement & to the members of those units who depicted unity and strength even in a state when they are reeling under acute stagnation.  The frustration of these stagnated Ministerial officers surely deserves immediate attention of one and all.

        Sincerely yours,
Sd/-
(Thomas Mony

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NOTICE OF ALL INDIA CONVENTION

Date:- 30.07.2012


Dear Members,

       Notice is hereby issued for holding the convention of the All India Central Excise & Service Tax Ministerial Officers’ Association, on the 25th of August, 2012, at Indore (M.P.). The venue of the convention is as under:-
Kanha Garden
(Near Bombay Hospital)
Indore.

        All the Local/zonal unit leaders are requested to attend the convention positively. The Members/zonal leaders may kindly contact the local office Bearers Com. Dipak Paul, Indore - 09425957082 & Com. Nitin Jain, Indore - 09425348028 for confirmation and assistance. The number of delegates who are likely to attend the convention may kindly inform the undersigned on 09830068463.

Comradely yours,
Sd/-
(ASIM PRAMANICK)