Monday, February 24, 2014

Warm wishes to all the members of AICEIA, Rajkot Branch

on the occasion of 

Central Excise Day
24th February, 2014


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Agitation Program at Central Excise Bhavnagar



Agitation program jointly held by Superintendents and Inspectors Association at Central Excise Bhavnagar on 11.02.2014 :






Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Agitation Program at Central Excise Rajkot

Agitation program jointly held by All India Association of Central Excise and Customs Gazetted Executive Officers, Rajkot Unit and All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, Rajkot Branch on 10.02.2014 & 11.02.2014 :






Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Letter dated 04.02.2014 to the Cheif Commissioner, C.Ex. Ahmedabad




ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE AND CUSTOMS GAZZETED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
:RAJKOT UNIT

ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION
:RAJKOT BRANCH:
F.No. AICEIA/RJT/Feb/2014                                                                     Date: 04.02.2014

To,                                                                                         
The Chief Commissioner,
Central Excise,
Ahmedabad.

Sir,

Sub :- Points to improve administrative system for the betterment of the department and welfare of the members of the core cadres, i.e. Supdt & Inspector :-

Your kind attention is invited to both the Associations letter dated 04-02-2014. Further elaborating the points, the members of the Association have suggested the following points to improve the administrative mechanism and to bring transparency into it executing apparatus.  The members are of a firm opinion that if the following points are considered it will substantially improve the functioning  of  system and reduce the grievances of the members. This will also result it into the increasing efficiency within the department :

1.         Powers of the Sectoral Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) of the Rajkot sector is vested with the Commissioner C. Excise, Rajkot. But it is often observed that Establishment orders are frequently being directly issued by your honors office from Ahmedabad bye-passing the local CCA at  Rajkot. The members of the  Associations are   of a considered view that  if  the establishment orders pertaining to officers of Rajkot sector  are issued  by the jurisdictional cadre controlling authority of the sector,  it would be add to fairness  and justification to posting order.  Reason for it is  very simple, the jurisdictional Cadre Controlling Authority (in short, CCA), i.e. the  Commissioner, Central Excise, Rajkot is better stationed to gauge the nuances and  the nature of jurisdiction and its sensitivity and more importantly antecedents of the officers. Moreover, the CCA  may have a pending list of representation of reshuffling with him, which can be adjusted only against such  order. So the members of the Association  feel that if the zonal authority at Ahmedabad do not show  excessive zealousness in issuing orders directly at their end and permits the jurisdictional CCA  to carry out  the personnel management task  entrusted him it would work  well for   improving  the personnel management  system being operated through the Transfer and Posting Policy.

2.         During the course of the Restructuring, 2002, Bhavnagar Commissionerate was created. Till date, we have failed to strike equilibrium with the staffing position inspite of passage of over  12 years.  In past, some occasions have arisen to set right the disparity in  staffing position, but somehow the task of striking balance in  the staffing position of Bhavnagar Commissionerate has remained elusive.  It seems that opportunity is again round the corner to  solve the staffing  position imbroglio of the Central Excise, Bhavnagar Commissionerate.   

3          With regret, it is to submit that administration does not adhere to the policy framed by the administration itself. Recently while allocating the newly recruited Inspectors to various Commissionerate, the administration has grossly violated the existing policy. As per the existing Central Excise Policy, it is clearly mentioned that that “ in allocation of officers amongst Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar Commissionerate, the administrative control shall continue to vest with the Commissioner , Central Excise Rajkot-the cadre controlling Authority of the sector”. However, in violation to the same, the Chief Commissioner’s Office has directly posted 34 newly recruited Inspectors to Rajkot Commissionerate and 37 Inspectors to Bhavnagar Commissionerate. Further, as per the existing policy, the postings between Rajkot and Bhavnagar Commissionerate are to be decided by the Committee comprising of Commissioner, Central Excise, Rajkot and Commissioner, Central Excise, Bhavnagar. These guidelines have not been followed while allocating the newly recruited Inspectors.

4          New batch of inspectors are to join the department. To solve the problem the Association would like to suggest that in light of guidelines of transfer policy the newly recruited Inspectors may first be posted to Rajkot Central Excise Sector and further as per para 4 (ii) of the existing transfer policy newly recruited Inspectors may be posted to Bhavnagar Central Excise, Commissionerate in substitute against the officers who may be transferred from Bhavnagar Commissionerate to Rajkot Commissionerate i.e. to their parent Commissionerate. By posting such newly recruited officers would help to have a permanent strength of Inspectors in Bhavnagar Commissionerate.

5          By doing so the department will be saving lacs of rupees in form of TTA being wasted by way shuffling the officer already working in Rajkot to Bhavnagar and posting newly joined inspectors in Rajkot Commissionerate. To consider that the newly recruited inspectors are not competent to handle the work of office, would tantamount to making mockery of the entire selection procedure, leading  selection of the inspectors. Even empirical evidences  have shown  that newly recruited officers have proved themselves and have given good performance even in the field of Audit, Range  offices and other sections.

6          Sir, if we fail to grab the opportunity this time around, the situation may  worsen further, when we will give birth two more commissionerates, in form of Audit and Gandhidham Commissionerate within this sector. Your honor is well aware of a wide sprawling  jurisdiction of Saurashtra and Kutch which  is as wide as  800 kms. from one point to another.  We understand that transfers are necessary evils. In the existing policy also the officers are being shunted from one place to another  even before completion of the stipulated  station period. The officers are being shunted to Customs formation or to Bhavnagar Commissionerate or are being sent to Gandhidham under compulsion. Our members considered themselves as duty bound and are accepting posting at far flung remote places even before completion of their stipulated  period at one station.  So, when the members of the Associations  demonstrate their  positive disposition, it is a bounden duty of the administration to reduce the scale of displacement amongst staff members. This will go a long way in reducing the hardship of the members and  the department  will be spared of needless expenditure.

7          Sir, it would be hard to find any officer who has not suffered displacement owning to rigourous nature of jurisdiction and peculiar circumstances prevailing in the Rajkot Commissionerate, before completion of the stipulated station period. So the members of associations are   not of ‘immobile’ mindset, that they are not ready to leave station, come what may, like  their counterparts in other commissionerates. History of posting of any officer of  Rajkot Commissionerate is  testimony to above claim of the Association. There would hardly any officer who have not seen four or more stations in their career.  So in the interest of the staff members of the Association, and to reduce the displacements of the staff, it is requested your honor to adhere to the policy and directly post maximum number of newly recruited inspectors to Bhavnagar Commissionerate.

8          At present the officers whose children are studying in standard XII are not disturbed by way of Annual transfer. In Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board. in case of science stream importance has not been restricted to standard XIIth and as they have divided the Higher Secondary education in four semesters and consolidate marks sheet is given for all four semesters. Semesters exams are also conducted by the Board only. The members of  Associations feel that relaxation to those officers whose children are appearing in Higher Education Semester examination may also be granted. It is also requested to extend this relaxation for Xth Board examination.

9          Before two / three month your honour’s office sought the names of ranges or any other formations which  needs to be declared as ‘non sensitive postings’. Associations have already given the feedback on the subject matter, but till date nothing  is heard from the side of management. So it would be  better if the decision is taken to  re-categorize the postings as non-sensitive  or sensitive in  the altered scenario, prior to AGT, 2014.

10        SEZ postings are now encadred post of the C. Excise jurisdictional Commissionerate. To avoid undue midterm shuffling and to avoid the disputes of eligibility  the transfer and posting may be done at the time of AGT only. Your honour may use your one time discretion to extend the period up to AGT and solve the problem forever.

11        As mentioned above SEZ posting is a encadred and posting order are issued just like routine posting order of the commissionerate. So whenever a list is prepared for Customs or Bhavnagar Commissionerate, the names of the officers working at SEZ should also be included like any other officers working in the Commissionerate. No special privilege may be given to the officers working  in SEZ for granting deemed exclusion from the queue of Customs formation or Bhavnagar Commissionerate at the time of AGT. Otherwise, the officer will runaway to SEZ posting to escape and circumvent his turn to Bhavnagar Commissionerate or Customs formation. So as per the  policy their name should also be considered for any due routine posting and treated as any other posting of the Commissionerate.

12        On promotion the officers are resuming at the CCO’s office, Ahmedabad. Till his final posting order is issued he has to sit ideal in anticipation. Sometimes this sedentary period last for  a couple of months. This  is a gross wastage of human resources at Govt. cost.  Last three Hon’ble Chief Commissioners have  principally agreed to allow the promoted officer to resume the duty at the place of working at his parent commissionerate. But till date no instructions have been issued in this regard to put end to  this unwarranted and  wasteful system. Your good office is again requested to issue specific instructions in this regard, as soon as possible.

13        Members of Association have also raised points that sometimes the willingness for a particular deputation posting is not forwarded citing reason of  shortage of staff. In past also the same complaint was made to your good office that due to administrative ground no officer should be deprived of his right to get exposure to new kind of work at deputation posting. Your office has issued the instructions that in no case the willingness will be withheld. But once again we request your honor to instruct your subordinates level officers to act in  line with the instructions issued in this regard and oblige our members by forwarding their willingness.

14        In Customs policy there is a clause that proportionate staff will be given by the Central Excise Commissionerate, as per their sanctioned strength of that Commissionerate. This clause needs to be amended immediately. Instead of sanctioned strength it should be working strength. This is quite logical demand of our members, because we are usually running short of  staff and if staff is shifted as per ‘sanctioned strength’ more vacuum will be created in the commissionerate where there is less ‘working strength’. It is principally agreed by all the Establishment In-charge that proportionate ratio of Sanctioned strength vis-a-vis Working strength will be maintained in each Commissionerate. To continue with this principle, it would be more logical to maintain proportionate the working strength in each commissionerate.

15        Members have also  raised point that the officers posted to other  commissionerate should return after stipulated period. It is a existing policy that officers are normally posted to other Commissionerate for a period of one/two years. However, in  some instances the officers are desirous of  overstaying in the other non-parent commissionerate/formation. The management should issue instructions that in such cases he will have to work in that Commissionerate/formation for at least  four years.

16        As the members of Association have desired  there would be hardly any officers who would have enjoyed privilege of fully completing the  stipulated station period. But if at all there are any such cases, he/she may be posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate to fill up deficiency in staffing position. If such officer is transferred within the commissionerate, next year he would become due for Bhavnagar Commissionerate. To avoid such multiple displacements and to save Govt. money such candidates should be posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate.

17        The officer posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate under compulsion under the  Transfer and Posting Policy for a specific period,  when he returns back to his parent Commissionerate, the period/tenure of non-sensitive posting should be counted for posting him to a sensitive posting.

18        Sir, I would like to assure your honor and it will be our humble attempt to convince you sir that both the Associations and its members are here  together for the sake of development of the department and the country at large. We, the members of Associations, have always keep the interest of the department  on top priority over our interest. We are not of the here with mindset that we want to exploit the system for our vested interest. We have always moved and toiled even in rough-seas for days together at our life’s risk. Few of our officers have even sacrificed their lives while carrying out their duty. We always stand by the administration to scale new heights and frontiers. But we fail to understand as to why this  simple TRUTH has no takers. No one has taken the pain to go through  feelings of members in form of our representations. Hundreds of letters have been written to various authorities but till date The Association have not received a single acknowledgement !!!  We fail to understand, Whether the departmental  authority feels that the Association as necessary evil or has become callous to their own staff. We always shout our lungs out for the betterment of the  members of Associations to legitimately derive the solutions of the problems from the management.  However we feel that our efforts so far gone all in vain. Officer are retiring with just a single promotion in his / her entire carreer of  35 years !!!  It is  requested your honor to read carefully and think over after reading this representation. What are we asking  for ?  Or has enough or due been given to our cadres.  
           
19        The Transfer and Posting Policy has been framed for the  sake of smooth administration, and it is humble request of the members of the Associations to adhere to the existing policy.  We have deep faith and are sure that policy would be followed in the letter and spirit.

20        It is our moral responsibility to request you to go by the  letter and spirit of the  policy. So the members of the Associations have all resolved that till we get the Acknowledgement from your honour we will continue to demonstrate our feeling in different ways without hampering the work and interest of the  department.  The programmes for manifestation of feelings  will be in the following manner:-

1.         04.02.14 to 07.02.14             Will wear Black badge/ribbon.
2.         10.02.14 to 12.02.14                         Lunch hour demonstration.
3.         13.02.14 to 14.02.14                         Before and After Office hour DHARANA.
4.         17.02.14 to 21.02.14                         Relay fasting.

            Sir, Associations assure your honour that this is not a pressure technique or gimmick,  but just a spontaneous outburst or cry. Just like a citizen charter we expects that our above demands/representation be acted upon  in the reasonable timeframe.

PRAYER: - 1. Please acknowledge our feeling point wise.
2. Before making any amendment the existing Transfer and  Posting policy a draft should be put on the table to discussed  threadbare with both  the Associations.

                                                            Yours faithfully,


(Dilip Pandya)                                                                                   (G.K. Jhala)
   Secretary                                                                                             Secretary
Copy to:

01               The Member (P&V), CBEC, New Delhi.
02               The Chief Commissioner of Customs, Ahmedabad Zone, Ahmedabad.
03               The Commissioner of Central Excise, Rajkot
04               The Commissioner of Central Excise, Bhavnagar.
05               The Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Jamnagar.
06               Secretary General, AIACEEGO.
07               Secretary General, All India Central Excise Inspectors Association.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Joint Meeting Circular - an update

All members are requested to take note 
that the joint meeting of 
Superintendents & Inspectors Association 
held on 02.02.2014 Sunday 
will be followed by lunch.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Joint Meeting Circular



ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE AND CUSTOMS GAZZETED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
:RAJKOT UNIT

ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION
:RAJKOT BRANCH:

CIRCULAR

            A joint meeting of the members of both the Superintendents and Inspector’s Association, Rajkot Branch is being convened on 02.02.2014 Sunday at the below mentioned address at 10:30 Hrs :-
               
                Room No. 401,
                Central Excise Bhavan,
                Race Course Ring Road,
                Rajkot.
 
The agenda of the meeting is as under:

1.      On request by the Chief Commissioner, Central Excise, Zone Ahmedabad, discussion on suggestions to be given for any amendment in the present Transfer/ placement policy.
2.      Arbitrary and whimsical decisions of the administration by posting direct recruit Inspectors directly to Rajkot and Bhavnagar Commissionerate, and its impact thereof.
3.      Continued apathy of the administration towards the genuine concerns of the members of AICEIA (Rajkot Branch) and further course of action, to get resolve the grievances.
4.      Annual General Transfer, 2014 and decision regarding routine posting of encadred post of SEZ at the time of AGT.
5.      Any other issue with the permission of the Chair.
All the members Superintendent and Inspector’s Association, Rajkot Unit/ Branch are requested to attend the meeting and give their valuable suggestions/ inputs for welfare of the members and to make this Association strong. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall.


G.K.JHALA
  D.J. PANDYA
SECRETARY
SUPERINTENDENT ASSOCIATION
SECRETARY
INSPECTOR’S ASSOCIATION

Copy to : 1.   The Commissioner, Central Excise, Rajkot.
     2.   The Commissioner, Central Excise, Bhavnagar

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Republic Day


Warm wishes to all members on 

the 65th Republic Day 

of our beloved Nation. 




Friday, December 13, 2013

Letter to the Cheif Commissioner, C.Ex., Ahmedabad reg. non-forwarding of applications



F.No. AICEIA/RJT/1/2008                                             Date: 11.12.2013

To,
The Chief Commissioner,
Central Excise Zone,
Ahmedabad

Respected sir,

Sub.:   Non-forwarding of representations / Transfer Applications to competent authority.

It has been brought to the notice of the Association that the Representations/ Transfer Applications submitted by the Inspectors serving at Bhavnagar Commissionerate are not being forwarded to the competent authorities i.e your good office and to the Commissioner, Rajkot Commissionerate. The reason cited being that there is acute shortage of staff at Bhavnagar Commisssionerate and hence no one can be relieved so, the representations need not be forwarded.

The officers have their personal reasons, also some difficulties and their transfer requests which they want to put up to your good self / competent authorities for kind consideration. However these applications are not being forwarded to you or Commissioner, Rajkot. The reason given is also not satisfactory and justifying. Sir, when representations made for Inter Commissionerate Transfer have been forwarded and also the officers in the grade of Inspectors have been relieved, there seems to be no justification for non-forwarding of representations/ transfer applications made by  officers on various grounds. Injustice and unequal treatment is done to these officers by not forwarding their Transfer Applications by the concerned Section. Further various instructions are issued stating that the representations / transfer applications received by the administration may be forwarded to the competent authorities.

In view of above, it is requested to kindly issue suitable directions to Bhavnagar Commissionerate regarding forwarding of Transfer Applications to the competent authority at the earliest.

Association would be greatly indebted to your Honour if the above concerns are looked in to favorably.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,


(Dilip J. Pandya)
Secretary
Copy to: The Commissioner, Central Excise , Bhavnagar.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Letter to the Chief Commissioner of Customs, Ahmedabad Zone reg. ICT applications



F.No. AICEIA/RJT/1/2008                                             Date: 27.11.2013

To,
The Chief Commissioner,
Customs Zone,
Ahmedabad

Respected sir,
                     
Sub.:   Non Forwarding of Inter Commissionerate transfer applications to competent authority.

Kindly refer to the Board’s circular F.No. A.22015/23/2011-AD-III.A dated 27.10.2011vide which ban on Inter Commissionerate Transfer in respect of willing officers in Group “B”, “C” &”D” posts under CBEC has been lifted.

In this connection it has been brought to the notice of the association that the Inter Commissionerate transfer applications submitted by the Inspectors of Custom Preventive Commissionerate, Jamnagar were not forwarded to the Chief Commissioner Customs, Ahmedabad. However after reply to various queries by the administration and personal persuasion/ request by the individual officers and association their applications were forwarded to the Chief Commissioner Customs, Ahmedabad office after almost one and a half year.

Now these applications of Inter Commissionerate Transfer transferred are stuck up at Chief Commissioner Customs, Ahmedabad office and are not being forwarded to the competent authority i.e. Chief Commissioner, Central Excise Zone, Vadodara (the cadre controlling authority) for onward transmission.

Sir, after various representations and vigorous efforts made by national Association ban was lifted by the Board to provide an equal opportunity to all the officers who wanted to be transferred to or near to their home town or their home state subject to their losing of seniority. Some officers of Customs Preventive Commissionerate Jamnagar who have submitted Inter Commissionerate Transfer application are being deprived from the benefits of this policy framed by Board. Injustice and unequal treatment is done to the officers of Custom Preventive Commissionerate, Jamnagar by not forwarding of their ICT applications  by the administration  because on other hand ICT applications received from other Central Excise Commissionerate of the Zone and of other Zones are being forwarded to the competent authorities and also the ICT orders are also being issued.

In view of above it is requested to kindly forward the Inter Commissionerate Transfer Applications submitted by the officers of Customs Preventive, Jamnagar, which fulfill the conditions as liad down in the aforesaid circular, to the competent authority at the earliest. Further it is also requested to kindly issue suitable instructions the Customs Commissionerate, Jamnagar to forward the application to your office at the earliest upon receipt of the same by their office.   

Association would be greatly indebted to your Honour if the above concerns are looked in to favorably.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,

(Dilip J. Pandya)
Secretary

Copy to: The Commissioner Customs Preventive, Jamnagar.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Representation dated 22.11.2013 made to the Chief Commissioner, C.Ex. Ahmedabad



A representation letter was submitted by the Office Bearers of the Association to the Chief Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad during his visit t0 C.Ex. Rajkot Commissionerate on 22.11.2013. The text of the letter is reproduced below :


F.No. AICEIA/RJT/1/2008                                         Date: 22.11.2013

To,
The Chief Commissioner,
Central Excise Zone,
Ahmedabad

Respected sir,

Kindly refer to the Estt. Order No. 100/2013 dated 28.10.2013 issued by the Office of The Chief Commissioner , Central Excise & Service Tax Vadodara Zone vide which order of Zone wise allotment of newly recruited Inspectors candidates were issued.

Sir, during the AGT-2012 and 2013 some Inspectors of Central Excise Rajkot Commissionerate and some officers on repatriation from Customs Preventive Jamnagar were posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate to fill the deficiency of Inspectors as per the existing transfer policy for a period of 1 year. These officers are to be repatriated back to their parent Commissionerate i.e. Central Excise Rajkot Commissionerate as per the transfer policy.

In this connection, your kind attention is invited to the Transfer Policy for Rajkot Sector framed by the Hon’ble Chief Commissioner, Central Excise, Ahmedabad vide his office letter F.No. II/3-11/CCO/2002 Pt.-I dated 13.05.2009 wherein the posting of officers to Central Excise Bhavnagar Commissionerate is elaborated at para (4) which reproduced below for ready reference :

            (4)        In case of deficiency/vacancy in the number of officer in Bhavnagar Commissionerate, subject to administrative exigencies, the officers shall be posted in the following manner.

(i)         the officers who are willing to work in Bhavnagar Commissionerate may be given priority;

(ii)        newly recruited officers shall be posted at Bhavnagar  Commissionerate;

(iii)       Officers posted from Ahmedabad Sector may be posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate;

(iv)       If there is shortage of officers, even after above exercise, then newly promoted officers may be posted and, if still required, senior most officers in terms of tenure in Rajkot Commissionerate may be posted to Bhavnagar Commissionerate;

(iv)       Except on administrative exigencies, tenure of officer posted to Bhavnagar from Ahmedabad Sector as well as Rajkot Central Excise will normally be same.

In the aforesaid transfer policy the criteria of posting of officers in Rajkot Sector is also mentioned which says that the officers to be posted to Rajkot Central Excise Sector (comprising of Central Excise Rajkot and Bhavnagar Commissionerate), the administrative control shall vest with Commissioner, Central Excise, Rajkot.

Recently newly recruit officers are posted to Central Excise Zone, Ahmedabad and are to be further posted to the Commissionerates of the Zone.

The Association would like to suggest that in light of guidelines of transfer policy the newly recruited Inspectors may first be posted to Rajkot Central Excise Sector and further as per para 4 (ii) of the existing transfer policy newly recruited Inspectors may be posted to Bhavnagar Central Excise, Commissionerate in substitute against the officers who may be transferred from Bhavnagar Commissionerate to Rajkot Commissionerate i.e. to their parent Commissionerate. By posting such newly recruited officers would help to have a permanent strength of Inspectors in Bhavnagar Commissionerate.

Association would be greatly indebted to your Honour if the above concerns are looked in to favorably while posting of newly recruit Inspectors. 

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,

(Dilip J. Pandya)
Secretary

Copy to:
1.         The Commissioner, Central Excise, Rajkot.
2.         The Commissioner, Central Excise, Bhavnagar.