Monday, January 12, 2015

Visit of Delhi, Ghaziabad & Meerut

Posted by Secretary General on 1/12/2015 09:54:00 PM with No comments

Updates from Delhi:-

Com. Anupam Neeraj, President and the undersigned were in Delhi from 6th January to 10th January 2015 for meetings with the officers of CBEC, DGHRD and others. Many issues were discussed in details and letters were submitted to them during the meeting.  During meeting with the Member (P&V), we raised the issue of non-conducting of DPC for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent (CE) against consequential vacancies in Chennai Zone and Mumbai Zone.  We explained this situation, in which Inspectors of stagnated zones are repeatedly forced under sufferings.  We also told her that the cadre is agitated and this situation will hamper the smooth work  of these zones,  if problem is not addressed on time.  The Member (P&V) assured us that she will enquire into the matter and give suitable direction to the concerned authorities soon. 
Further, we also discussed the matter related to All India Seniority, stagnation, regional disparity, time bound completion of vigilance proceedings and compassionate appointments.  We strongly opposed any move to reduce the residency period and suggested to fill the vacant posts of Superintendent (CE) at well placed zones by calling the options from the officers of the stagnated zones who have rendered sufficient length of services in the department and are still awaiting promotion.  The Member (P&V) assured us that the residency period will not be decreased.

Copy of the letter submitted during meeting:-

F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/38                                Date: 07.01.2015                               

The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Critical issues related to the Cadre of Inspectors of Central Excise, which require immediate attention of CBEC - Reg.

Please refer to our letters dated 05.08.2014, 20.08.2014, 28.10.2014, 07.11.2014 and 18.11.2014 on various subjects.

      The following issues related to our cadre need immediate attention of yourself:-
1.    Acute stagnation in the grade of Inspector of Central Excise and regional disparity in promotion to the grade of the Superintendent of Central Excise: - The cadre of Inspector of Central Excise is the most stagnated cadre in Central Government Departments.  There are various reasons behind this acute stagnation.  Despite the recent Cadre Restructuring, the stagnation continues to haunt the cadre.  If this problem is not addressed on time, it will be disastrous for the cadre in coming years. Second most demoralizing fact is that the cadre is suffering from discriminating regional disparity in promotion to the grade of Superintendents in different cadre controlling zones of Central Excise. Though, the department constituted one Study Group on this issue but we are sorry to submit that no way out has been achieved till date and the cadre is forced to believe that it is nothing else but one coolant to cool down the agitation and aspirations of the cadre.
2.  Delay in conducting DPC for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent against the vacancies arising out of the cascading effect of the Cadre Restructuring in some of the Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise and fixation of single unified date for reckoning of seniority in the grade of Superintendent:- The DPC has not been conducted in Central Excise Zone, Chennai and Mumbai.  The DPC for the promotion of Inspector to the grade of the Superintendent has already been conducted in almost all the zones of Central Excise.  It is, therefore, requested to order:-
i.     the respective Cadre Controlling Authorities to conduct the DPC on priority basis and without further delay.
ii.   to protect the seniority in the grade of the Superintendents, of those Inspectors, who have been badly affected due to these inordinate delays.

3.  Redressal of cases of Compassionate Appointment as one time measure: - As part of welfare measure it is submitted that long pending cases of compassionate appointments are still pending in want of vacancies.  At this juncture when there are sufficient vacancies due to cadre restructuring, the department can impart some relief to the plight of the families sailing through the tough time because of death of their bread earner.
4. Time bound completion of Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings:- From  time  to  time,  the Government of  India has  issued executive  instructions  to  further  streamline  the  procedure  for Disciplinary/Vigilance  Inquiries  in conformity  with  judgments  of  the  High/Supreme  Court.  Nevertheless,  there continue  to  be  instances  of  inordinate  delay  in  the  disposal  of  such  disciplinary inquiries.  At present, hundreds of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries are lying pending in different Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise, which needs urgent disposal in accordance with the guidelines/norms/rules framed by CBEC, DoPT and CVC.  Time norms specified by CVC for conclusion of disciplinary proceedings should be followed in letter and spirit.  It is, once again, requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Authorities in Central Excise to complete the Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings in time bound manner in accordance with various guidelines issued by the Government of India.
     The Association, once again request,  not to give any relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent to fill the vacant posts of the Superintendents in various well placed zones.  The Inspectors joined through same examination in previous years are still waiting their first promotion in stagnated zones whereas the Inspectors joined up to the year 2005 have been promoted in well placed zones.  So, if any relaxation in qualifying service is given, it will further aggravate the Regional Disparity and hamper the genuine prospects of the Inspectors posted in stagnated zones who are already facing the discriminating regional disparity.  Hence, the still vacant posts of the Superintendent, Central Excise may be filled by the officers of the stagnated zones who have rendered sufficient length of services in the department and are still awaiting promotion due to no fault of theirs. 

Thanking you.                                                                                  
                                                                         Yours faithfully,
Abhishek Kamal
                                                                                                      Secretary General
Copy to:-
The Member (P&V), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi-1.

Secretary General

Visit of Ghaziabad and Meerut:-

   With a view to strengthen Organization at all India level and to facilitate the interaction with the members at grass root level, meetings with the members were organized at Ghaziabad and Meerut on 09.01.2015 by Com. A. I. Abbasi, Vice President representing North Zone. Com. Anupam Neeraj, President and the undersigned were interacted with the members of the Ghaziabad and Meerut.  During the meeting, members were of the view that the members/office bearers from Meerut must represent their Circle in CEC/Convention in order to get their voice heard at national level, which they are lacking.  They were of the view that the national body of the Association should support the legal battle in order to bring parity in promotion across all Cadre Controlling Zones.  We reiterated the fact that we support morally, legally and financially all the endeavours to bring All India Seniority and parity in promotion across all Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise.  During his interaction with the members, Com. A I Abbasi called the young blood to participate in Association-activities.  Com. Anupam Neeraj apprised the members about the activities/initiative of AICEIA.  During our visit, we were happy to see and interact with the members posted at Ghaziabad and Meerut.  We are looking forward for a robust Association at Meerut.

  We were also wanted to organize meetings at Chandigarh and Jaipur Units, in which many office bearers have been promoted.  The meetings could not be organized on short notice as the existing office bearers are posted out of headquarters. We are looking forward to organize similar interaction programs at these places in near future.

  Yours fraternally,

  Abhishek Kamal
  Secretary General