Thursday, May 7, 2015

ICT related matters

Posted by Secretary General on 5/07/2015 02:21:00 PM with 1 comment
F. No. AICEIA/ADMIN/2014/04                                  Date: 07.05.2015                                
The Member (P&V),
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-1.

Sub:­ Inter-Commissionerate Transfers- Request for issue of instructions –reg.


              This Association would like to draw your kind attention to the Board’s circular F.No.A-22015/23/2011-Ad.III.A dated 27.10.2011, containing the guidelines for Inter-commissionerate transfer of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ officers under CBEC.
2.      This is to bring to your kind notice that the Cadre Controlling Authorities under various zones are following divergent policies owing to which the deserving candidates, whose request was considered as genuine, are unable to get the requisite benefit of transfer.
3.        Kindly find enclosed a copy of the order dated 18.03.2015 passed by the Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulum on a batch of applications filed by the officers who were granted Inter-commissionerate transfer but have not been relieved. The cadre controlling Chief Commissioner, Cochin had granted concurrence in respect of those officers for their transfer to various zones and the respective cadre controlling chief commissioners have issued necessary orders of transfer. However, the CCA, Cochin has delayed the relief on administrative grounds (citing shortage of staff), due to which these officers had approached the Hon’ble Tribunal for relief. The Tribunal has ordered that these officers shall be relieved within a period of 40 days from the date receipt of the order. However, it has come to our notice that the CCA has challenged the said order in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala and obtained a stay order for a period of 4 months. The relief of these officers has therefore been further delayed. 
4.      Madam, you would appreciate that these officers had sought transfers to their respective hometowns/other places of their need, on compassionate grounds, which were considered to be genuine based on which the orders for transfers have been issued. However, if their relief is delayed, the very purpose of which transfer was sought and considered is defeated.  Many zones cancelled the ICT orders due to non-relieving of officers from particular zone.  If an order of ICT is cancelled for no fault of the officers then it may well be impossible for them to get another opportunity for transfer in the near future. The reason cited by the Cadre controlling authorities for delaying the relief on administrative grounds is unjustified, as the vacancy position across all zones is higher. Subsequent to the above, the requests of officers for transfer on genuine medical grounds are not being considered and kept pending.

5.     One of the conditions of ICT is that the officers who are seeking transfers would be placed at the bottom of the seniority list and delay in relief will result in loss of their seniority as officers from other zones are likely to report ahead of them and also in case of new recruits joining the respective zones. Madam, it is now learnt that the SSC has declared the results of the CGL Examination for the year 2013 and new recruits are likely to join the department in the coming days. In case of any delay in relief and cancellation of the orders already issued, these officers will stand to lose enormously and the purpose for which they sought transfer will forever remain unfulfilled. The provisions for inter-commissionerate transfer were meant to alleviate the sufferings of the officers who are posted far away from their hometowns. However, the decisions/divergent views taken by various cadre controlling authorities are scuttling the purpose for which it was brought in.
6.     Many CCAs are not forwarding the applications of ICT to other zones, even on extreme compassionate grounds (i.e. disease like cancer to his/her dependent), which is causing great mental agony, sufferings and economic crisis to the family of Inspectors.  Administration takes different measures for consideration of ICT or granting NOC for ICT.  They, sometimes, act differently under same zone.  For example, a Commissionerate forwards application for ICT whereas other Commissionerate rejects the application in the same Cadre Controlling Zone citing different reasons.  Central Excise Zone, Kolkata is also not relieving Inspectors even the Inspectors have been granted ICT to other zone citing administrative exigencies.  This arbitrary action of the administration is marring the purpose of the Board’s guidelines on ICT.
7.     There are neither proper guidelines for forwarding the application of ICT by a CCA nor any proper guidelines for consideration of the same by other CCA.  There are also no proper guidelines for ICT on Spouse Grounds in this existing circular.
8.     Under these circumstances, it is requested that appropriate instructions may kindly be issued for maintaining uniformity in respect of Inter-Commissionerate transfers. Awaiting issuance of favourable orders, we remain.

        Thanking you.
                Encl. As above.
         Yours faithfully,

Abhishek Kamal

Secretary General


Unknown said...

As rightly put, going back on commitment of transfer after getting transfer order will scuttle the IZT policy. Its also hightime, the Board formulate a policy on IZT and implement at National level rather than leave it to the whims and fancies of the individuals, who go back on the assurance given on writing.