Friday, June 27, 2014

Long Live AICEIA

Posted by Secretary General on 6/27/2014 11:57:00 PM with No comments

Dear Comrades,

I write today to announce the election of a new Central Committee at the ongoing  XVIIIth Convention of the AICEIA  at Trivandrum.  

Com. Anupam Neeraj of Kolkata will be the new President  and Com. Abhishek Kamal of Patna  the new Secretary General of our Association.

I and my colleagues of the outgoing Committee thank each one of you from the bottom of our hearts for the co-operation extended to us because of which we could discharge all  the responsibilities assigned to us by you.  

We have the satisfaction of handing over charge to a very competent and dedicated  band of young men, who, I'm sure will keep the flag of  this Association flying high.

Wish the very best to the new  Committee for all their endeavours.

Goodbye and a big thank you for everything.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Farewell, Comrades

Posted by Secretary General on 6/26/2014 05:10:00 AM with 1 comment

It's time now for a new Central Committee to take charge of the AICEIA. The XVIIIth Convention beginning tomorrow in Trivandrum will elect a new Committee, as  the present one steps down with six months of its tenure still remaining, an important reason for this being to foster  transition to a more youthful and even more representative leadership. I trust delegates to the Convention will exercise their franchise astutely, with foresight  and  show good judgment.

For this Committee, it has been a great privilege to champion the cadre's causes since December 2012 when we were elected at the Patna Convention.

We have the satisfaction of having achieved in large measure the objectives we had set for ourselves then, and having fulfilled the  promise made  to our fraternity. It is the result of the relentless efforts of this Association that the CBEC in its meeting on 09.04.2014 approved the proposal put forth by the DGHRD that there should be an All India Seniority for Inspectors of Central Excise. Though the modalities of the same as envisaged by the Board are not to our satisfaction, fact remains that it is a historic breakthrough. We have to continue to employ all our means to ensure that All India Seniority must be ensured for all Inspectors recruited  on the basis of an All India Merit List. Over the past year and a half this Committee has left no stone unturned to eliminate the shameful  disparities that exist among different Zones in promotions of C.Ex. Inspectors to Superintendents. This issue has dominated our agenda throughout our tenure. There is hardly a door which we haven't knocked in pursuit of solutions to this chronic and extremely vexing problem. From M(P&V) to DG HRD, successive Chairpersons of the CBEC and Revenue Secretaries, and also Union Ministers, we have met them all and presented the issue and proposed just and workable solutions. It remains to be seen how fruitful our efforts have been  when the Cadre Restrucuring in CBEC gets rolled out.

There have been disappointments too. Lack of  discipline shown by some regional units in approaching and meeting  the Board/DGHRD officials directly and communicating demands divergent from the ones reflected in resolutions of the AICEIA CEC meetings and Conventions have done great damage to the Association's overall credibility and severely eroded the influence it had mustered through protracted and  massive efforts. Also we need to be far more responsible in fulfilling our responsibilities and obligations towards the organisation - enhancing membership, collectiion and forwarding of DDO Certificates, timely collection of membership subscriptions,  payment of dues regularly to the national body, holding of meetings and elections as mandated in our bye-laws, and the like - much is left to be desired on all these counts in several Circles/ Branches/Units.          

Another area where we failed miserably was in forging an alliance with the present  leadership of the Association of Central Excise Superintendents. For reasons best known to them they have been, overtly and covertly, trying to thwart all our efforts to remove regional disparities in promotions within our cadre, and have also been viciously opposing our demand for All India seniority for Inspectors.

The coming days, hopefully, will see  some significant improvement in these two aspects of the organisation's functioning.

We wish all success to the Committee that will take over from the present one the charge of running the AICEIA from here on. We also assure them of all support and assistance, should they require it of us.

Serving the cadre has been a privilege for each one of us on this Committee, and an experience that  each one of us shall cherish and treasure for the rest of our lives. It has been a magnificient team effort, with each one contributing his best. Truly outstanding have been the contributions made to the organisation's causes by two individuals - our beloved President Com A. Satish  and Com. Ashish Biswas, Treasurer of the AICEIA, both of whom despite personal inconveniences,  devoted  time and energy in immense measure and toiled tirelessly  to take the Association forward - the organisation, and I, personally, are hugely indebted to them.

We also received very valuable guidance and advice from several past office bearers of the AICEIA. We are extremely grateful for this, especially to Shri Tirthankar Pyne, Shri R Manimohan, Shri Arun Zachariah, Shri K P Manoj and Shri Kousik Roy.  

I thank every single Central Excise Inspector in the country, all the National and Regional office bearers of the AICEIA, and sister organisations in the CBEC for their unstinted support and all the love they showered on me. I have been truly fortunate in having been able to travel to many parts of the country and interact with thousands of our members.  

As we bid adieu , it would only be appropriate that we share here the link to the recording of the brilliant and enlightening Inaugural Lecture in the AICEIA Annual Lecture Series on Participatory Governance delivered at Nagpur on the 25th of January 2014 by  our erstwhile President and Secretary General, Shri R Manimohan, who is a Superintendent now - a rare talent in the Department, and truly an embodiment of  the trinity of virtues of goodness, wisdom and courage. This lecture, I'm sure, will be an inspiration and source of enlightenement to all those interested in organisational matters, especially the young men and women among today's Inspectors, as well as many many others, to be listened to carefully, understood , imbibed and put into practice. I also hope that the AICEIA shall in the years to come continue with this Series which we have only initiated. 

Lecture Part I

Lecture Part II

Lecture Part III

Farewell, dear Comrades. It has been a wonderful journey together.
Long Live AICEIA !

Forever yours fraternally,

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recent Communications, Update on OA in CAT Mumbai Bench

Posted by Secretary General on 6/24/2014 10:20:00 PM with 1 comment

Dear Comrades,

Scanned copies of two communications made recently are placed below

Uncertainty continues on when and in what manner CR will be implemented in the CBEC.

Hearing in the OA in CAT Mumbai filed on behalf of AICEIA seeking notional fixation of higher pay wef 01.01.1996 was scheduled for 18.06.2014. Com. Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice President (West) who is co-ordinating the case has informed that
 "OA No. 323/2012 in CAT Mumbai, Date of next hearing is 08/08/2014.
The Income tax case is also being followed. The date of next hearing in the WP No. 9649/2012 in Mumbai High Court is 08/07/2014.
Further progress shall be informed in due course."

Yours fraternally,

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General

Friday, June 20, 2014

Welcome to the XVIIIth Convention of the AICEIA

Posted by Secretary General on 6/20/2014 12:43:00 AM with No comments

Dear Comrades,

Eagerly waiting to see you all at the Convention to be held in Trivandrum on the 27th and 28th of this month.
In spite of repeated reminders by the SG, some units have not complied so far with the procedural requirements for effective participation in the Convention. I would once again request all the Circles/Branches to immediately send the required data in the proper format, the DDO Certificates and clear all the subscription dues to ensure the conduct of the Convention and the Election of the new Committee process in a smooth manner.

Moreover, in order to avoid repetitions and in order to have a healthy discussion on vital topics, all Circles are requested to submit a write up of their resolutions well in advance. A very important issue to be decided by the Convention is the Memorandum to be submitted by AICEIA to the 7th CPC. We will exactly have 30 days to submit the Memorandum after the Convention since 30.7.2014 is the last date for such submission. The work in this regard should start seriously from Trivandrum itself.Branches/Circles are requested to take up this issue at their Branch/Circle level and submit a write up to the Convention giving their respective recommendations/ suggestions.We also hope to have some experienced speakers who have served AICEIA in the past sharing their experiences, throwing light on important issues and interacting with us on the morning of 28.06.14.

May I also take this opportunity to inform that the AICEIA has very effectively taken up the issue of regional diparities in promotions of Inspectors of Central Excise with the new Ministry at the Centre .

Placed below is the Invitation from the host Unit, Kerala Circle, for the XVIIIth Convention, which will begin at 10.00 AM on 27.06.2014

Hope to have a Grand Convention.


[Recognized vide Ministry of Finance F. No.B.12017/1/2004-Ad IV A dated 27-5-2013]

President: D.Satheesan                                                Gen. Secretary: Varghese John

Dt: 19.06.2014


The ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION, KERALA CIRCLE extends a warm welcome to all the delegates attending the National Convention to be held on 27th and 28th of June 2014 at Trivandrum. The details of the venue are as below:

HYCINTH by Sparsa,
Manorama Road,
Trivandrum 695001.

Ph No : 0471 255 2999
Fax : 0471 233 4343

(Other Contact Nos Mobile : 9400000731 (Bala Krishnan , General Manager),

9400 000 744 (Animon Chacko).

We are happy and feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to host the National Convention. Hope this convention will provide a better platform to discuss all issues affecting our cadre including that of the ongoing Cadre Restructuring, proposals with regard to All India Seniority etc. Let all of us strive to find out the best possible solutions for all our concerns with a focused mind and mite. On behalf of the Kerala circle I once again wish all the delegates a meaningful convention.

As you all know, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is the State Capital of Kerala- ‘The God’s Own Country’. It is also a good tourist attraction place with its scenic beauty, beaches, museum, zoo, Sri Padmanabha swamy temple etc. Moreover, being the rainy season, Monsoon tourism is also in the swing. Needless to say, we found it difficult to locate a decent convention venue with accommodation facilities for all the delegates. Hence the expected expenses of the convention is bit high. In view of this it has been decided to fix the delegate fee as Rs 1500/- per day per delegate (Rs.3000/- in total).

The organizing committee has arranged accommodation from the evening of 26.06.2014 to the evening of 28.06. 2014. Food package starts with the dinner on 26.06.14 and ends with evening tea on 28.06.2014. Anyone desirous of staying beyond this may extend their stay (before or after) at a specially discounted rate of Rs. 3500/- per day on twin sharing basis. (Hotels with lesser tariff will also be available around the venue). Rainy season could be at its peak during the period and hence those who wish to plan for an outing, please come prepared.

The participating delegates are requested to contact the accommodation conveners for any assistance.

1. Shri Prabodh Mobile No:9995361697

2. Shri Stalin Mobile No:9446503056

In case of any difficulty the delegates can also contact me, i.e. Varghese John, General Secretary of the Kerala Circle ( Mobile No 09446361793) or Com. D Satheesan (Mob No. 09846032943), President of the Circle.

Once again we whole heartedly welcome all the delegates for the Annual National Convention of our Association at Trivandrum and also expect your full co operation for the success of the same.

Thanking you,

Comradely yours,

Gen Secretary, Kerala Circle.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

AICEIA Convention at Trivandrum, News on CR in CBEC, Other Updates

Posted by Secretary General on 6/12/2014 11:58:00 PM with No comments

An important e-mail has been sent to all AICEIA Circle/ Branch Secretaries and Presidents and All India office bearers on 10th June informing them of the Venue of the Convention and arrangements made for the same, formalities to be mandatorily completed by the Units participating in the Convention, Reminder about informing the host unit the details of delegates and their travel plans etc. If any Circle/ Branch/Unit Secretary and/or President  has not received this mail, they may send a mail to asking for a copy, and it shall be sent forthwith to them.

There are indications that the CBEC is planning to issue Notifications / OMs in the next few days on jurisdiction of new formations, and allocation of staff to those. It is also understood that the process to effect promotions in cadres which don't require to be  figured  in the Budget and  Finance Act (i.e. to, within, and from Group B ) will be initiated immediately thereafter.

Com. Sanjay Srinivasan, Vice President (West) has informed that the next hearing  in the OA in CAT Mumbai filed by the Association  seeking notional fixation of revised  pay wef  01.01.1996 has been scheduled for 18.06.2014.

A letter has been written to the Additional Director General (HRM) , DGHRD requesting for copy of minutes of the 19.05.2014 Meeting on All India Seniority for Inspectors  and also other relevant information. A scanned copy of the same is placed below.

Ajit Kumar K G
Secretary General