Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Updates of the meeting dated 18.08.2017

Posted by Secretary General on 8/23/2017 12:38:00 PM with No comments
A meeting was convened at Kalpvriksha, North Block, New Delhi under the chairmanship of the Member (Admin.), CBEC with associations of CBEC on 18.08.2017.  From staff side, Jt. Secretary (Admin.), Commissioner (Co-ordination), Director (Ad-IIB), officers from DGHRD, Ad-III & IV etc. were present.  AICEIA was represented by the undersigned along with Com. Anubhuti Chaterjee, ASG and Com. R. P. Singh, Liaison Secretary.

Before the commencement of the meeting, we had got some inputs that the department has not mentioned all our points in their list of discussion.  We told our apprehension and submitted a letter giving the full details of our points and requested them to bring it on record.

Further, due to paucity of time and keeping in view the big numbers of Associations, the Member (Admin.) requested all the associations to present only 3-4 main agenda points despite the fact that all the associations had many agenda points to discuss.  In the meeting, we presented almost all the points except the points which were already covered by other associations.  Since we had much grave issues in our hand, the Member (Admin.) called us again to discuss the points at 3 PM in his chamber.  In the next meeting, Commissioner (Co-ordination) and the Director (Ad-IIB) were also present.  Meeting was held in very amiable atmosphere and the Member (Admin.) directed the concerned authorities for immediate redressal of the grievances of AICEIA.

The brief of points discussed during the meeting are, as under:-

1. Decimal Presence of Dispute Resolution Mechanism in Field Formation:-
Under this point, we discussed the wrongful conduct of DPC in Vadodara, Adhoc status of Inspectors of Kolkata zone since 2013, MACP issue of Kolkata, Seniority issue of Kanpur/Meerut/Lucknow, JCM issue in Meerut Zone, derogatory remarks by senior officer in respect of Group-B officers in Meerut Zone  etc. were discussed.  On the matter of Vadodara and Adhoc issue of Kolkata, the Member (A) directed the concerned for immediate redressal.  Further, the seniority issue of Kanpur/Meerut/Lucknow need to be raised with complete details and relevant factual position. 
2. Career Prospect of Inspector of Central Excise:-
Under this, we raised the reports of various committee and their non-implementation, which had the capacity to enhance the career prospects of the Inspectors. All India Seniority was also discussed but no commitment made from the chair but told that something has to be done to increase career prospects.  Further, in light of the certain objections and apprehensions of some branches/circles of AICEIA, we sought clarifications from the Board in respect of their letter F. No. C-18012/19/2012-Ad.IIB dated 03.08.2017.  Due to lack of clarity, different zones are interpreting it different way.  As a result, many zones are not accepting ICT applications and some zones are getting confused about the benefits given to ICT applicants.  To avoid this situation, an early clarification was asked.
One report of the "Stagnation Committee" (Stagnation in Promotion from Group "B" to Group "A") has recently been published.  In this context, we requested the Member (A) to take our views and relevant facts on this matter to which we are also one of the stakeholders and he accepted it.
3. Pay Prospect of Inspector of Central Excise:-
A number of times the horizontal pay parity with counterpart in other departments was disturbed and restored. The recent disturbance was made after 7th CPC where on the basis of wrong postulates the long standing pay parity with Inspector of CBI was disturbed. While in most of the countries employees of Revenue Department enjoy better pay prospects in comparison to counterparts in other Departments, here we are pushed down from parity every time.
There is urgent need for restoration of parity which was disturbed in 7th CPC on the basis of wrong facts.  The matter was discussed with Board, and they have very little role to play so the same will be raised in with the Anomaly Committee of the 7th CPC.

The following points were also discussed and the Member (Admin.) asked the concerned Authorities to go through the written submission over these points and then necessary steps will be taken on priority basis:-

4. Review of the practices which have outlived it’s utility and continuing in the name of Tradition:-
The matter related to Uniform, Protocol and Control Room were raised and discussed.
5. Delayed DPC/ DSC for promotion and MACP
6. Extension of the benefit of 1% incremental scheme to Group-B Officers
7. Proper Office accommodation and logistics support for optimum utilization of officers
8. Posting of Officers on loan / rotation basis to the Directorates/ Outside Agencies / Government       Departments
9. Provisioning of seats in Private Hospitals in Non-CGHS Cities

10. Issuance of general circular in respect of judicial decisions in Service Matters