Ref. No. AICEIA/FM/2010/19 Dated : 18-03-2009
Sub : Stagnation in the cadre of Inspector of Central Excise -remedial action required
The cadre of Inspectors of Central Excise is the single largest cadre in the Central Board of Excise & Customs and the chief constituent of the executive arm of the Department. Two third of the posts in the cadre are filled up by direct recruitment and the rest by promotion. Though recruited along with the cadres of Inspector (Preventive Officer) and Inspector (Examiner), and ranks pari pasu, the Inspector of Central Excise is the only cadre that works in all the three wings of the Department – viz. Central Excise, Service Tax and Customs.
THE CADRE AND THE PROBLEM:
The immediate hierarchical post of Inspector is that of Superintendent of Central Excise which is filled up entirely by promotion from the cadre of Inspector. The next hierarchical post is that of Assistant Commissioner which is the entry-level post in the Group - A cadre of Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise). 50% of posts in the grade of Assistant Commissioner is filled up by promotion from the cadres of Superintendent of Central Excise, Appraiser of Customs (promotional post for Examiner) and Superintendent of Customs (promotional post of Preventive Officer) in the ratio 6:2:1.
Despite the fact that the Inspectors of Central Excise is the only multifunctional group B Non Gazetted cadre in CBEC, it is the cadre having the least career prospects. When the sister cadres get their promotion between 6 to 12 years, the Inspector of Central Excise gets his promotion between 18 & 25 years. Despite several rounds of restructuring, not even an iota of change has been made in the career progression of Inspectors of Central Excise and most of them retire with a single promotion in their career.
The Central Board of Excise & Customs is now in the process of finalizing a cadre restructuring and till date no consultations have been made with any of the recognized associations. The previous restructuring done in 2001-02 was also finalized without any consultations with the staff representatives and it did not address any issues faced by the cadre. The Standing Committee on Finance in their report for the year 2005-06 observed that the cadre restructuring made CBEC top heavy and had not taken into consideration the requirements at the cutting edge level.
The bottleneck at the Group A entry level coupled with the promotional ratio skewed in favour of the Superintendent of Customs/Appraisers is the sole reason for the obscene stagnation in the cadre of Inspectors and Superintendents.
This position would be evident from the following table
@ The actual ratio is much more worse since only 50% of vacancies arising at Assistant Commissioner level (approximately 50% of combined strength of Deputy Commissioner & Assistant Commissioner) and only two third of promotee quota vacancies are available for Superintendents of Central Excise. The actual promotion cadre – feeder cadre ratio would be as follows
Yet another cause of heartburn for the cadre of Inspectors is the regional disparity in promotion to the level of Superintendents. The seniority lists of Inspectors are maintained in 15 zones and there is a vast difference is promotional scope in these zones. On promotion as Superintendents, an All India Seniority list is maintained and because of the regional disparity, the officers in the stagnating zones stands discriminated for consideration for further promotion as Assistant Commissioner.
OUR ASPIRATIONS ON THE CADRE RESTRUCTURING:
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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