AICEIA salutes the thousands and thousands of Inspectors of Central Excise across the country who, in response to the call given by this Association, boycotted the Central Excise Day celebrations , despite tremendous pressure exerted on them at several places by the Administration to desist from doing so. Having thus registered our strong protest on the continued discrimination faced by our cadre and apathy of the CBEC and the Govt. of India to our plight , it is time to take stock of the situation, and strengthen our organisation to make it even more broad-based by enhancing membership, more personal contact and mobilisation at the grassroots level by the All India and Regional office bearers by undertaking tours to even the remotest locations in the country where Inspectors are posted, and interacting personally with every single member, by making our functioning even more democratic and transparent by getting elections to all formations held within stipulated time, sponsoring all issues affecting members in JCM/GRM meetings and following up those till they are satisfactorily addressed. Strengthening the Association is the foremost requirement precedent to launching and sustaining any massive agitation programme, which would be the only recourse left with us if the Board continues to turn a deaf ear to our most genuine and just demands.
It should also be the endeavour of the present office bearers at all levels to involve more and more younger Inspectors and to motivate them to actively participate in all Association activities, and shoulder organisational responsibilities and occupy posts. We, the present office bearers, must realise that it is our responsibility to prepare new leadership for this organisation, when we move out of the cadre, which for most of us would be sooner rather than later.
All Branch and Circle Secretaries are requested to obtain Certificates from DDOs regarding deduction of membership subscription from salaries of members of AICEIA, and send them to the Secretary General at the earliest. Despite repeated requests some Circles / Branches are lagging behind in this area, and corrective action needs to be taken swiftly. Organising Secretary is entrusted with the task of co-ordinating with all Circles and Branches and completing this exercise within two weeks.
In this connection I have to commend our youngest Branch - the Aurangabad Branch of the AICEIA, its President Com Nandkumar K Choudhary and General Secretary Com. Vijay R Giram, who within hours of the issue of letter by SG, AICEIA informing the Commissioner, Cus & C. Ex, Aurangabad that the AICEIA Branch there has been granted recognition as a Branch by this Association, have submitted DDO Certificates for 100% strength of Inspectors of Aurangabad Commissionerate. AICEIA extends a very warm and hearty welcome to all Inspectors of Aurangabad Commissionerate to this Association..
There is some more good news coming in from Western India to be shared here. Com . Shishir K Agnihotri, General Secretary of the Mumbai Circle of the AICEIA (who is also our All India Liaison Secretary) informs us that membership in Mumbai Circle is steadily picking up, and the organisation there is now in a robust shape. AICEIA congratulates him, and other office bearers and members of the Mumbai Circle, particularly the President Com.Anil Kumar , Vice President Com.Manish Roy, and Com Chandra Bhushan, whose tireless efforts have revived the Association in Mumbai in a very short period of time. Minutes of a meeting of the Mumbai Circle Office bearers with the Chief Commissioner, Central Excise Zone i, Mumabai, and some press clippings on the Boycott of Central Excise Day too there are posted above.
Having said all this, I cannot restrain myself from observing that we also need to do some soul searching - the Boycott call was not observed at a few places, by a handful of individuals. We need to reach out to them too and try to ascertain reasons for their doing so, and try to reason with them not to subject the whole cadre to such indignity in future as they have done now, and try to invoke in them too some sense of self-respect .
AICEIA has given call for Boycott of all functions / celebrations
in connection with Central Excise Day 2013 being held on 24.02.2013 or any
other day. All Inspectors of Central
Excise, across the length and breadth of
this country, are exhorted not to participate in any events being organized by
the Department to celebrate the Central
Excise Day, not give in to any pressure to do otherwise, and to ignore rumours being spread that the Boycott call has been
Over the past week very successful meetings were organised at Chennai and Hyderabad by the respective regional formations of the AICEIA. Members
participated in very large numbers in these meetings at both places and deliberated on the various issues
confronting our cadre. In this regard, the
contributions of the Assistant Secretary
General Com E.Samy, Vice President (South) Com. C G Prabhu, Comrade R Parthiban
and Com. Suresh of the AICEIA Chennai Circle
and Com.B L N Varma and Com Jai Pal
Singh of Hyderabad Zone Branch are appreciated.
National Office Bearers and all Branch/ Circle Secretaries of
the AICEIA are requested to ensure immediate submission of DDO
Certificates. Any difficulties in this
regard may please be communicated to the
President AICEIA so that any such issues can be immediately addressed and
In all formations of the AICEIA where elections are due,
Branch/ Circle Secretaries are advised
to hold them at the earliest. It is suggested that more and more
responsibilities of the organisation should be shouldered by the younger and
junior Inspectors so that in the days
to come, any en masse promotions does
not render our Association directionless.
given a call to boycott all celebrations to be held in connection with the
Central Excise Day 2013. Notice in this respect has already been served to the
Chairperson CBEC (copy annexed). Similar notices may please be served
immediately by AICEIA Circle/Branch Secretaries to respective Chief
Commissioners / Commissioners, if not already done.
bearers should actively canvass support for this Boycott to ensure that none
from our cadre is forced or lured by the authorities to participate in the
Central Excise Day programmes.
II. Greivance Redressal Mechanism Meetings
Redressal of Grievances have to be conducted regularly at Zonal and Commissionerate levels. If this
is not being followed in any formation the Branch Secretary/ Circle Secretary concerned should immediately take up the
matter with the officers responsible for
convening such meetings and get the same held regularly. It should be insisted
that minutes of such meetings be issued expeditiously, recording all deliberations that transpire in
the said meetings, decisions taken, and
differences arising between the staff side and official side, if any, to enable
proper follow-up at higher levels, on those issues on which it is required.
III.Enhanced Monthly Membership
Subscription from April’13
It is reminded that among the important
decisions taken at the Patna Convention (Dec’12) was that wef 01.04.2013
the AICEIA monthly membership
subscription amount would be Rs 60/-, one-third of which would be payable to
the Central Body of the Association, and our Constitution was duly amended
accordingly. Please do all necessary
preparations for effecting collection
from members’ salaries at the appropriate rate, and inform all DDOs accordingly
well in advance and please keep reminding them to do the needful to avoid any inconvenience on this count in future. A
suggestion in this regard is that for operational and accounting convenience, collection
for a period of 12 months together can be done in JULY of each year, and any new
or left out members can be covered by a supplementary exercise in the following
All Circle/Branch Secretaries should go all out to
mobilize members, enhance membership and collect DDO Certificates (only all
those units who have not yet submitted DDO Certificates issued during or after
October’12 ) and forward those to the Secretary General immediately.
All India office bearers are requested to undertake tours
and hold meetings with members even in the remotest locations in their
respective regions to strengthen the grassroots level Organisation so that
movements can be conducted in the coming days more effectively and cohesively
In this direction, some All
India office bearers will participate in meetings in Chennai on 18th
and 19th February’13, and in
Hyderabad on 20th February. Any Inspector interested to meet the AICEIA Central Committee office bearers and discuss
any issues or put forth any suggestions may please contact Com. R.Parthiban
(09443115450) at Chennai, and Com. B L N
Varma (09866303385) or Com. Jaipal Singh (08019769049) in Hyderabad for fixing time and venue
for the meetings.
VI.CAT Case : Notional Fixation
The hearing fixed
for 07.02.13 in the ongoing case
being fought by the AICEIA in CAT
Mumbai seeking notional fixation of pay in the higher scale
wef 01.01.1996 was adjourned yet
again to 20th April’13.
Ajit Kumar K G
The President, AICEIA, for favour of
All National Office Bearers of the AICEIA
President and Secretary, All
Circles/Branches/Units of the AICEIA
AICEIA, in consultation with sister Associations representing other cadres in Central Excise, has decided to boycott the Central Excise Day Celebrations. This has been communicated to the CBEC .A scanned copy of the subject letter is placed above. Similar letters may be served by all Circle/Branch Secretaries of AICEIA to respective Chief Commissioners/ Commissioners.
For ease of viewing, text of the letter is reproduced below:
F. No.AICEIA/CBEC/Agitation/ 2013 Bhilai, dtd.07.02.2013
Central Board of Excise & Customs
New Delhi -110 001
Sub- Central Excise Day 2013 Celebrations
Boycott by this
regret to inform you that in view of the continuing apathy and indifference of the CBEC and the
Government of India to the appallingly poor career prospects available to Inspectors
of Central Excise including abject stagnation being faced by them for decades ,
very wide disparities in promotions
within and among the three cadres of Inspectors of Central Excise/ Preventive
Officers of Customs/Examiners of Customs to the Gazetted Gr B posts and further
to the Gr A, and several other major grievances ventilated by this Association
from time to time, we find no reason to join in the Central Excise Day
celebrations planned by the Department for 24.02.2013.
Accordingly it is informed that all
members of this Association will be boycotting all official functions and celebrations
in connection with the Central Excise
Day coming up later this month.
The AICEIA has communicated to the Board its expectations from the proposed scheme to grant in-situ promotions to Inspectors based on length of service. All these issues were also represented in detail, in person, before the Member(P&V), DG [DGHRD] and ADG[HRM] last month.
The text of the letter is reproduced below for easy viewing
F. No. AICEIA/ CBEC/
2012/ UPGRADATION Bhilai, dated 01.02.2013
Central Board of
Excise and Customs
New Delhi 110 001
Sub.: Scheme for granting
in-situ promotions to Inspectors of Central Excise
Kindly recall that over the past several years this
Association has repeatedly been raising the demand for time bound promotions
on completion of 8, 15 and 23 years of service (from the date of joining in the
cadre of Inspector of Central Excise), and consideration of seniority in the
base cadre (Inspector of Central Excise/ Preventive Officer/ Examiner) while effecting promotions to the Gr B
Gazetted and further to the Gr A posts, in order to maintain batch-wise parity within
and among the three cadres in promotions. This position is reiterated.
Without prejudice to the above, it
is submitted that any scheme (as the one presently informed to be under active
consideration of the CBEC) formulated to address the abysmal situation of
stagnation being faced by Inspectors of Central Excise should be a continuing one, and it must also
simultaneously address the wide regional
disparities plaguing the cadre, besides affording gazetted status to the beneficiaries. In
other words, it should necessarily include a dispensation where at least the
date of promotion under the scheme should be reckoned for further advancements
in their careers, the inter-se seniority of all such officers promoted en masse
being determined by their respective seniority positions as Inspectors.
It is requested that this
Association’s views must be taken on board while giving final shape to any
scheme affecting the cadre it represents.
4. It is also submitted that a scheme to
promote all Inspectors of Central Excise who have completed 8 years of service,
as detailed with all relevant facts, figures and justifications, in this
Association’s letters submitted under F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/2012/UPGRADATION dated
04.10.12 and 08.01.13 would be more effective in resolving the twin inequities
of stagnation and regional disparity in promotion confronting the Inspectors’
cadre. The same is amply justified on account of minimal financial outgo, an
established precedent being available of a similar exercise undertaken by the
Board in 1996, and the functional aspects that presently obtain in the
Department also tilting the balance more in favour of such a scheme than any