Wednesday, August 28, 2013

News on Cadre Restructuring in the CBEC

Posted by Secretary General on 8/28/2013 10:57:00 AM with 4 comments
It is learnt that the Committee of Secretaries met on 27.08.2013  and approved the Restructuring Proposal of the CBEC. Reports say that as per  the approved proposal, for the Gr B executive stream, there would be an increase of around 5000 posts each in the Gazetted  and Non-Gazetted cadres. 2118 posts are reported to have been approved for promotion to Group A from Group B. Now this proposal would be placed before the  Union Cabinet for approval. The Draft Cabinet Note has already been prepared by the DGHRD Customs and Central Excise, and things are now expected to move fast.  
AICEIA remains committed and firm in its stand that regional disparities in promotions across various Cadre Control Zones needs to be addressed on topmost priority. Equally important  is the need to accord parity in promotions among the three base feeder cadres for promotion as Assistant Commissioners.The well considered, justified and longstanding demand repeatedly and persistently raised by this Association for time bound functional promotions at the end of 8, 15  and 23 years of service is also reiterated. These measures alone can provide relief from the twin curses of stagnation and regional disparities that have been plaguing our cadre for decades.  
Ajit Kumar K G 
Secretary General  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All India office bearers of the Association will be in Gujarat to meet and interact with Inspectors of Central Excise in the next few days. The programme is as under:
Meeting at Surat : 31st August, 2013 at   11:30 a m . Venue:  Kshitij Restaurant, 1-2, Western Corridor, Adajan Circle, Hazira Road, Adajan,  Surat    For further details contact Com Prashant Mishra  08000659375
Meeting at Rajkot ( for Inspectors of Commissionerates of  Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Customs Jamnagar)   1st September 10.30 am to 1.30 p.m  Venue: Central Excise Hqrs Office, Rajkot  For details contact Com Dilip Pandya  09428231609
Meetings and interaction with members  will be held at Vadodara on 3rd  September and also on 4th September (in the forenoon).  In the evening of 4th September, a meeting will be held at Vapi .For details of programmes at both these places,  please contact Com S Ramesh  09879145823 Com Kishor Kumar 09033749575,  Com Dilip Pandya  09428231609.
Meetings and interactive sessions of office bearers and members will be held at Ahmedabad  in the afternoon / evening of 5th September. For details of venue and time please contact Com Chetan Shah 09426326354.
The entire programme in Gujarat will be co-ordinated by Com Dilip Pandya  and Com Chetan Shah.
 West Zone office bearers of the AICEIA are requested to participate in these programmes. All    Inspectors posted in Gujarat are cordially invited to all/any of these meetings which they can conveniently attend.

Elections were held recently to the Lucknow Branch of the AICEIA . Congratulations to the newly elected office bearers
(i)         Shri Pankaj Mani Tripathi –                           President;
(ii)        Shri Sanjay Chatterjee –                               Vice-President;
(iii)       Shri Rajesh Bholadutt Pande –                     Vice President;
(iv)       Shri A I Abbasi –                                            General Secretary;
(v)        Shri Shishir Srivastava –                               Joint Secretary;
(vi)       Shri Pradeep Tewari –                                   Joint Secretary;
(vii)      Shri K K Kushwaha –                                    Joint Secretary;
(viii)     Shri Lokendra Pratap Singh Gangwar –       Joint Secretary;
(ix)       Shri Rakesh Pandey –                                  Joint Secretary;
(x)        Shri Govind Mishra -                                       Treasurer.

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General

Friday, August 16, 2013

Welfare Measures, Other Developments

Posted by Secretary General on 8/16/2013 11:46:00 AM with 1 comment
News received from Com Sanjay Srinivasan, VP(West Zone) AICEIA is that next hearing in Mumbai CAT on our OA our seeking notional fixation of pay wef 01.01.1996 has been fixed for 29.10.2013.

A meeting of all members of Hyderabad Unit of AICEIA will be held on Monday, 19th August, 2013 . All India  and South Zone office bearers of the AICEIA will also participate in the same. All members in Hyderabad and nearby stations and office bearers of all formations in AP are requested to attend the same. For details, General Secretary of Hyderabad Unit Com B L N Varma  09866303385 may please be contacted.

AICEIA has submitted its views on the CBEC's proposal to launch a Health Insurance Scheme for all employees. Same are reproduced hereunder

Directorate General of Human Resource Development
Customs & Central Excise
Infrastructure & Welfare Wing
                                                      C-4, IRCON Building            
District Centre, Saket
New Delhi-110 017
All Staff Welfare Associations                                                    26th JULY, 2013
(Recognized under CBEC)
Sub:    Proposal of  “HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME  for CBEC Employees” – Reg.
                                    As you are aware a new scheme for HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME for CBEC Employees is under consideration by the DGHRD. All the Associations are requested to actively participate in drafting of the proposed HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME such that the scheme is sustainable and its benefits can percolate to all cadres effectively.   The draft of the proposed scheme is enclosed. You are requested to through the proposed modalities of the draft Scheme and give suggestions on the following points:

(a)    Should the CBEC employees (proposed beneficiaries) also contribute a portion of the premium for the proposed Health Insurance cover?

(b)   What should be the estimated contribution? It is felt that 20% of the premium should be the contribution from the employee and the rest 80% of the premium would be paid from the Welfare Fund. Approximately 20% of the estimated premium will be Rs. 500/-per annum which can be deducted yearly from the salary of the Departmental employee. Income tax benefit may also be available on the premium paid for the proposed Scheme.

(c)    At present, the CGHS beneficiaries pays Rs. 600/- to Rs. 6000/- per year for the CGHS Scheme benefits as a  contribution of Rs. 50/- to Rs. 500/- per month, (depending upon the Grade Pay of  a CGHS beneficiary) is deducted from   his/her salary. With a meager payment of Rs. 500/- per annum, additional medical benefits worth Rs. 2 lakh will be available to the employee and his family under the proposed Scheme. The CGHS Scheme will continue and contribution of premium will also be deducted from the salary of the employee.

(d)   Each Association may like to estimate as to how many employees are willing to participate with the above broad parameters? You may estimate the numbers for the respective cadre the concerned Associations is representing through an informal survey and commit to enroll a minimum number from each Cadre .this will enable this office to estimate the size and spread of the scheme.
  Any other suggestions in any of the proposed components of the Scheme can be given by email/fax latest by 16.08.2013.
                                                       With Regards,
                                                                                                                Yours Sincerely,
Meenu S.  Kumar

Addtnl. Director, (I&W); DGHRD

It is learnt that the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries to examine the CBEC's CR proposals may be held by this month-end. The CBEC's proposals endorsed by the FM and  the truncated proposals approved by DOP&T, both would be placed before the Committee of Secretaries.

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shimla Meeting of the CEC : Highlights

Posted by Secretary General on 8/14/2013 05:18:00 PM with No comments
The AICEIA CEC met on 27th and 28th of July, 2013 and deliberated on all important issues concerning the cadre.  To provide more focus issue wise, and make better  and more effective use of available inhouse expertise, proposals to introduce a Committee system were adopted   

Three Committees were constituted for  making a database of relevant literature , judgments, orders and the like, service conditions and provisions , analysing opinions received from various quarters, seeking relevant information under provisions of the RTI Act, and preparation of  drafts of various communications  to be transmitted to the Executive Committee through the Secretary General who will make appropriate consultations with the Executive Committee before a final view is taken on the issues. The Committees  will also present periodic  reports on their work to every meeting of the Central office bearers / Central Executive Committee.
Any suggestions or proposals may be mailed to any member of  the concerned Committees.

Committee to look at Revision of Recruitment Rules,   Methods for removal  of regional disparities in promotions  among Inspectors of different zones, All  India Seniority for Inspectors of Central Excise:
Com Samir K Sinha,  Chairman
Com R C Sharma     
Com Chetan Shah  
Com  N K Chaudhari
Com  Abhishek Chakraborty

Committee on Legal Issues, ACP/MACP issues, Entry level pay distortions, Correction  situations of Seniors drawing less pay than juniors,     Legal Options for attaining Pay parity with comparable GoI Cadres, Offering support to units in legal matters    
Com P V Satyanarayana
Com Sanjay Kumar      
Com  R C Sharma          
Com Chetan Shah        

Committee for  strengthening organisation, enhancing Membership, and mobilization of  members to maximize participation of members in agitational programmes, Strikes , especially those called by Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.
Com E  Samy
Com A I Abbasi
Com Pradip Bannerjee
Com Prakash Gaidhani

It was also decided that the next meeting of the CEC would be hosted by Mumbai  Circle in the second fortnight of December 2013. All units of the West Zone offered to cooperate with the Mumbai Circle in this regard.

The CEC welcomed the renewal of recognition of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association by the Ministry for a period of five years.
Minutes of the Patna Convention were presented to  the CEC. Certain  corrections and omissions pointed out by a few units were incorporated, and the same would  be presented for adoption before the next Convention.

Audited Accounts upto 30th June 2013 were also presented, and the same was passed by the CEC. A sum of Rs One Lac has been transferred from the AICEIA General Fund to the Litigation Fund, as reflected therein. It gives me great pleasure to announce that another amount of Rs 1,14,138/-  too has now been transferred to the Legal Fund. We have thus been able to fulfill the promise made at the Patna Convention that amounts used from the Legal Fund for regular operational expenses of the Association would be made good. With this  the Legal Fund has now been replenished by the entire amount  withdrawn therefrom .  We have been able to do this in a short span of seven months only by strictly practicing austerity. This  has also left our funds severely depleted, and it is therefore requested to all Circles/Branches/Units having dues outstanding against the All India body to  immediately settle all dues to ensure that  the organisation’s  activities are not stymied.

It was decided by the Central Executive Committee to go ahead with the filing of an Application for Early Hearing in the Supreme Court and pursuing the case for grant of Rs 5400 Grade Pay to Inspectors 4 years after grant of ACP. The OA filed in Mumbai Bench of the  CAT seeking notional fixation of pay wef  01.01.1996 is also being continuously pursued.  It  was decided in the CEC also to  explore  the judicial route to find redress to many of our pay related problems.  It was also decided to call for more contributions to the AICEIA Legal Fund so that we can engage competent counsel and ensure that our chances of success in these endeavours  do not get not compromised for lack of funds.

The CEC adopted several resolutions including those calling for bringing in All India Seniority for Inspectors with conditions ensuring minimum displacement , that too only on request or promotion  and with assured repatriation to home Zone on arising of vacancies there, Abolition of Control Room duties  for Inspectors, Putting a stop to victimization of Association Office Bearers, Representing to the Board for allowing alternate mechanisms for pay  fixation for Inspectors who joined after 01.01.1996 as available in other departments.

Com Devender Kumar, General Secretary of the Tirupati Branch was elected as the  Joint Secretary(South) in place of Shri C JThomas, who was promoted recently. 

Two amendments to the AICEIA Constitution were proposed – one for  including in the Constitution a list of AICEIA Circles/ Branches, and  another stipulating a new format for Application for Membership of the AICEIA. Both were unanimously adopted, and will be presented for ratification before the next Convention. The new form is appended to this post, and is also being sent as an attachment to an e-mail to all Branch and Circle Secretaries. The same may be used henceforth to enroll new members.

I once again exhort all office bearers at all levels to immediately start working  to reach out to all Inspectors posted to even the remotest locations and attempt to get them involved in the Association’s activities. Enhancement of membership is another area that needs constant attention. We  need to  share organizational responsibility with the youngest of our brethren so that their vigour and vitality is reflected in the Association’s  functioning too.

Some All India office bearers will very shortly undertake a tour of Gujarat  - the proposed itinerary includes meeting members at Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara. All West Zone office bearers and Branch office bearers of Gujarat are requested to  be prepared to join the All India team for this programme at short notice. Active and interested  office bearers and  members (present/prospective) of Gujarat  are requested to start mobilizing members and arrange meetings to make these programmes a massive success.

With Fraternal Greetings on this Independence Day Eve,

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General  

Application form for admission as member of
All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association (AICEIA)
(Affiliated to the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and recognized by Ministry Of Finance)
    (To be obtained in quadruplicate)

Applicant’s Name               :           
(In Block letters)
Date of Birth                      :  _____________________________________________________________
Designation in the office     :     Inspector      
Blood Group    :         
Date of entry into Service   :           
in present cadre
Office in which employed   :           

Residential address           :
(with phone number)                

Mobile No.&E-mail id      :

I declare that the particulars furnished above are correct.  I agree to abide by the Constitution, discipline, and directive of the AICEIA.  I may be enrolled as a member of the AICEIA.

Station :
Date     :                                                                                   Signature & Initial

(To be filled in by the Office Bearer of Branch/Circle)

Name of the Branch/Circle in which the                      :  
Applicant is admitted as a primary member                                      

Name of the Branch/Circle (Zone/Commissionerate)  :           

Membership Number                                                    :

Receipt No. issued to the Applicant for having             :
received the admission fee                                           

   Signature of the President / Secretary of Branch/Circle    

(To be filled in by the Secretary General)

It is certified that Shri / Smt. ________________________________________       and Membership No. (………….. Circle) is a member of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association (AICEIA) from …………….Circle.

              Signature of the Secretary General, AICEIA       

- cut here & submit to DDO -

Letter of Authorization
[Authority: O.M. No. 2/10/80-JCA, dated 31-1-1994]
I, ______________________________________________            (Name and Designation) and Membership No.being
a member of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association (AICEIA), hereby, authorize deduction of annual subscription of  Rs. 720/- (Rupees Seven Hundred and Twenty only)  every Financial Year in the month of August/September from my salary and authorize its payment to (Name of the Branch/Circle ) AICEIA……………. Circle. This authorization will be valid till the same is withdrawn by me in writing.

                             Signature & Initial

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shimla Meeting of the AICEIA CEC, update on CR

Posted by Secretary General on 8/01/2013 12:10:00 PM with No comments
The first meeting of the present  Central Executive  Committee of the All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association was held at Shimla on 27th and 28th of July 2013. AICEIA wholeheartedly thanks the host unit – the Chandigarh Circle of the AICEIA - for the excellent arrangements.

All issues concerning the cadre were discussed at length in the meeting, and several decisions taken on the course to be charted by the Association in the days to come, and some Committees have been formed to deal with specific sectors. Details will be posted here very soon.

Prior to the CEC meet and for a couple of days after that, the  Central office bearers were at Delhi, meeting Board officials and influential government functionaries. The DGHRD has informed that the date for meeting by the Committee of Secretaries for taking a decision on the CBEC’s CR proposals has not been fixed yet, but the matter is being pursued continuously with DoP&T and the Cabinet Secretariat at the highest level. 

Fresh representations have been submitted to the Board demanding promotion of Inspectors who have completed the residency period, and casting of All India Seniority List of Inspectors, even as we  reiterate the organisational desiderata of time bound promotions and parity in promotions among the three feeder cadres. AICEIA  has been assured that at least in the  Restructuring exercise, stagnation and regional disparities in promotion from Inspector to Superintendent will be done away with.   

Yet unresolved issues like denial of MACP benefits to certain classes of officers  among Inspectors, and delay in allowing to all Inspectors the  benefit of  entry level pay stipulated for direct recruit Inspectors have been taken up again in the concerned sections of the Board office, and copies of certain documents not available with them were provided.

Ajit Kumar K G

Secretary General