Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DETAILS OF COMMITTEES FORMED FOR CENTRAL EXCISE DAY-2015 CELEBRATIONS

As per the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23.01.2015 in the Conference Hall, Central Excise, Rajkot, after due discussion and deliberation, it has been decided that following functions may be held to celebrate the Central Excise Day, 2015:

(i)                 Organization of Blood Donation Camps;
(ii)               Release of “Saurashtra Gaurav” Fourth Edition;
(iii)             Distribution of Commendation Certificates to Recommended Officers;
(iv)             Distribution of Prize & Participation Certificates to Contestants of Various Cultural & Sports Activities;
(v)               Distribution of Certificate of Excellency to Top-10 Assessees of Rajkot Commissionerate;
(vi)             Organization of Cultural Activities like Dance, Drama, Mimicry, Solo Acting etc.;
(vii)           Organization of In-House Activities like Quiz, Debate, Essay Writing, Painting etc.;
(viii)         Organization of Sports Activities like Cricket, Table Tennis, Chess, Badminton etc.; and,
(ix)             Dinner on the Eve of 24th Feb., 2015.

The Additional Commissioner (P&V), CCE, Rajkot, after due discussion and deliberation with the officers present in the Meeting, announced the formation of below mentioned Committees and nominated the officers to co-ordinate & to organize the concerned activity with the help of other officers:

(i)                 Committee to Decide Over Award of Commendation Certificates

(a) Shri Pramod Vasave, Additional Commissioner;
(b) Shri Akash S. Shrikhande, Assistant Commissioner; and,
(c) Shri Rajesh Tripathi, Assistant Commissioner.

(ii)               Organizing Committee

(a)    Shri Rajendra S. Raithatha, Assistant Commissioner;
(b)   Shri Jasmine B. Dattani, Superintendent;
(c)    Shri Bhavesh V. Makadia, Superintendent;
(d)   Shri Rananjay Pratap Singh, Inspector; and,
(e)    Shri Himanshu Patel, Inspector.

(iii)             Cultural Committee

(a) Shri H K Meshram, Assistant Commissioner;
(b) Shri M P Solanki, Assistant Commissioner;
(c) Shri Mahesh Prasad Rai, AAO;
(d) Smt. Ajitha Menon, Senior PS;
(e) Smt. Shiny Dennis, Superintendent;
(f) Shri Manvendra Singh, Inspector;
(g) Shri Vikrant Shrama, Inspector; and,
(h) Shri Amrendra Kumar Thakur, Stenographer.

(iv)             Committee to Organize In-House Activities

(a)    Shri Rajesh Tripathi, Assistant Commissioner;
(b)   Shri N Mohan Krishna, Assistant Commissioner;
(c) Shri G K Jhala, Superintendent;
(d) Shri M K Gandhi, Superintendent;
(e) Shri Manish Kumar, Superintendent;
(f) Smt. Priyanka Trivedi, Superintendent;
(g) Smt. Krishna Shah, Inspector;
(h) Shri Chandan Singh Bisht, Inspector; and,
(i) Shri Pawan Kumar, Inspector.

(v)               Sports Committee

(a)    Shri Moni K. Das, Deputy Commissioner;
(b)   Shri Naresh K. Saini, Assistant Commissioner;
(c)    Shri Saju John, Superintendent,
(d)   Shri Neeraj Dave, Inspector; and,
(e)    Shri Kamal Kumar Sulaniya, Inspector.

As per the said Minutes, it has been decided that the function shall be jointly held for Central Excise, Rajkot Commissionerate, Kutch Commissionerate & Audit-III Commissionerate. It has been decided that the Division/Section Heads shall forward the names of suitable candidates to the competent authority for award of Commendation Certificates. The work relating to publication of Commendation & Participation Certificates and dinner management has been accorded to the Organizing Committee. Willing officers are requested to contact the nominated officers for ensuring their participation in the concerned activity.


All the activities relating to Central Excise Day-2015 shall be performed under the overall supervision and guidance of Shri Pramod Vasave, Additional Commissioner (P&V) & Shri Binod Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner (AE), Central Excise, Rajkot.

Note: The purpose of sharing the details of the Minutes dated 27.01.2015 as circulated to the General Secretary, AICEIA (Rajkot Branch) is to disseminate information among the officers only.

Monday, January 19, 2015

SUBMISSIONS MADE BEFORE TARC ON 19.01.2015 AT AHMEDABAD


ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS’ ASSOCIATION
(WEST ZONE)
(RECOGNISED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF FINANCE, CBEC)
 VIDE F.NO.B.12017/1/2004-Ad.IV A dated 27.05.2013


FEEDBACK ON THE
RECOMMENDATIONS
OF
TAX ADMINISTRATIVE
REFORMS COMMISSION



On behalf of Inspectors of Central Excise Working throughout Gujarat State




Address for Correspondence:
RANANJAY PRATAP SINGH, NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT,
AICEIA (WEST ZONE), CENTRAL EXCISE BHAVAN,
RACE COURSE RING ROAD, RAJKOT-360001


Submission made at Ahmedabad on 19.01.2015

To,
The Secretary,
Tax Administrative Reforms Commission,
New Delhi.

Sir,

       Sub:    Feedback on the recommendations of TARC-reg.

            The Association would like to convey its gratitude to the Tax Administrative Reforms Commission for having provided an opportunity to submit feedback on its Report.

             There are some issues pertaining to the largest workforce working under CBEC which need to be addressed for ensuring better working conditions leading to the growth of the Nation and the same are submitted herein below for kind consideration:

(         (1)  RECRUITMENT OF INSPECTORS

The Commission has recommended that “Recruitment needs to be made on the basis of carefully drawn recruitment plans that balance the short and long term needs and career aspirations of officers.”

In this regard, it is to submit that reduction in DR quota vacancies may have a cascading effect on employment of youth in this country and so, no reduction in DR quota should be proposed.

(         (2)  LIMITED DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION

The Commission has recommended that “A system of limited Departmental competitive examinations should be introduced by earmarking 33 per cent of the vacancies in the promotions quota in Group B as well as Group A, so that relatively more meritorious and younger officers in the feeder grades can get a fast track in promotions”. (Section IV.3.c)

In this regard, it is to submit that the recommendation is appreciable one keeping in view the interests of meritorious, young and energetic officers.

(         (3)  LATERAL ENTRY OF EXPERTS

The Commission has recommended that “Provision should be made for lateral entry of experts in key roles and specialized areas. While they may be on contract for 5 years, subject to their suitability and willingness, they should be able to integrate with the organization at the end of the contract period.”

In this regard, it is to submit that the recommendation is appreciable one with an addition that the entry of technical experts should not be restricted to a certain period.

(         (4)  LITIGATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT ON SERVICE MATTERS

There is much litigation that is pending in various Courts/Tribunals on Service matters. In many cases, it has been experienced that even if, the cases are decided in favour of the employees, when it comes to acceptance and implementation of the judgments of the Hon’ble Courts, the Department always takes a rigid stand and challenges the Orders by way of Appeal in a higher judicial forum. Even in cases where relief is granted by the highest judicial forum, the Department chooses to implement it only to the employees who have gone in Appeal instead of extending the benefit to all the similarly placed employees.

Under such circumstances, it is requested that the Commission may recommend that in the event of above identical situations, where the Courts grant relief, right to equality must prevail and differential treatment should not be meted out. This ratio of the Courts’ Orders should be applied to all such cases leading to reduction of Court Cases.

(         (5)  ABOLITION OF UNIFORM FOR INSPECTORS

It is suggested that the Commission may, in order to usher in a fresh era in the Department, like to recommend, abolition of Uniform for Central Excise and Service Tax and the age old practice of wasting man hours on Control Room duties.

(         (6)  HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Commission has recommended that “The CBEC needs to develop a human resource management system, as has been done by the CBDT; collaboration and knowledge exchange between the two DG’s (HRD) will enable CBEC to get such a system going in shorter time”. (Section IV.3.b)

The DG, HRD is not fully operationalised to carry out the functions for which it was originally created. All these years, the officers from CSS who are experienced in administration/establishment related matters were handling these matters. However, after the work is shifted to the HRD, the things have not improved for want of experienced hands in the field of establishment and administration. Basically the officers in the field formations who are currently posted to man these offices do not always have the personal/domain knowledge in the area of establishment and policy formulation. Therefore, it is necessary that a pool of officers are identified and they are imparted proper training by the DOP&T/UPSC in order to get accustomed to the varied procedures and rules in formulating the policy and administering them.

(         (7)  PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEM

The Commission has made elaborate recommendations in order to revamp the existing performance appraisal system.  The system should be reformed in such a manner that the weightage is given to the actual work performed by the officer and the skill sets he/she possesses rather than the personal attributes. A measurable system in each area of work should be formulated so that the evaluation can be made in a scientific manner.

(         (8)  TRAINING

The Commission has recommended that “Learning and development should occupy a central place in people advancement and all officers must undergo a minimum 10 days of training every year.” (Section IV.3.f)

The Inspector Cadre is not being offered adequate training facilities at NACEN which has paucity of residential accommodation and one has to make his own arrangement when nominated from an outstation. Also, officers are being imparted training months after actual working in field formations.

If required, net connected conferencing classroom may be adopted so as to ensure better quality training methods and a larger pool of faculty needs to be created for the purpose. Further it should be ensured that whenever an officer is nominated for training at NACEN from outstation, arrangements should necessarily be made by the Department for their stay and travel.

Moreover, suitable substitute should be provided in lieu of officers proceeding on training so that Departmental work may not get hampered and the concerned officers on return from training may not feel overburdened by pending work.

(         (9)  INFRASTRUCTURAL ISSUES

            The Department has moved from manual filing to on-line filing and wants to improve the tax payer facilitation. However, the above policy remains mostly on paper and has not been implemented to its full potential due to inadequate infrastructure. The situation has become worst after Cadre Restructuring.  Therefore, it is requested that the Commission may recommend upgradation of infrastructure at all levels in CBEC.

    (10)RECRUITMENT OF LAW OFFICERS AND CREATION OF LEGAL CELL

In the present set up, the Show Cause Notices are drafted by the Executive Officers working in Ranges/Divisional Office/Audit/Anti-Evasion.  After adjudication proceedings gets over, reaching finality of the case takes several years after passing through the appellate process with Commissioner (Appeals), CESTAT, High Court, Supreme Court depending upon the nature of the case.  As per the rotation/transfer policy of the Department, no officer continues to handle a case for more than two years; the new officer has to study the entire case once again for appearing before Appellate Authorities, submission of parawise comments and submitting feedback to the Departmental representatives. Therefore, the present system reduces the efficiency of presenting the cases before legal foras thereby reducing the percentages of verdicts in favour of revenue considerably.  Whereas, on the other hand, the trade hands over their case to expertise consultants who handle their case and the major Assessees have their own legal cell to attend their cases, so that the continuity is not lost and results in higher probability of the ultimate decision in their favour. 

If an exclusive legal cell, like in Banking Sector, is formed at Commissionerate level by encouraging officers with Law background, who will exclusively handle the litigations, the efficiency of the adjudication system can be improved to a great extent. Officers posted to such legal cells should be paid special allowance similar to the allowances paid to the Departmental Representatives who are representing the Department before the Tribunal. This will help improve the performance of the Department in handling Legal matters effectively.

With best wishes and hope that the feedback submitted hereinabove shall be taken into consideration while formulating the final recommendations,


Yours faithfully,
-sd-
(Rananjay Pratap Singh)
National Vice-President

Monday, January 5, 2015

CEC Invitation from Kolkata Circle

To,
1.      The President, Secretary General & All the National Office-Bearers, AICEIA
2.      The President & General Secretary of  all the Circle/Branch Committees, AICEIA

Comrades,

            Circle Committee Members of All India Central Excise Inspectors’ Association, West Bengal, Sikkim & Andaman Nicobar Circle, would like to take the opportunity to cordially invite the pleasure of your esteemed presence at the Central Executive Committee Meeting of the All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association on 13th & 14th of February 2015 at the city of joy, Kolkata.

            It is requested to confirm your presence and details of arrival and departure to the following members :-

A.     Sri Smarajit Bandyopadhyay (Contact No. 09831527312 & Email amismarajit@yahoo.co.in
B.     Sri Devesh Sankar Srivastava (Contact No. 09163783370 & Email devesh07@rediffmail.com)
C.     Sri Abhishek Chakraborty  (Contact No. 09830410199 & Email abhishek.irs@gmail.com)

           Your august presence is highly solicited.
         
Comradely yours,

(Dina NathKar)
General Secretary
AICEIA, KOLKATA


        N.B. :-   Venue of the Meeting will be intimated in due course.        

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

UPDATES FROM GUJARAT & MUMBAI



The undersigned alongwith the National Vice-President (Representing West Zone) started the interaction programme from Ahmedabad where a General Body Meeting was organized on 06th Dec, 2014.

Com Rananjay Pratap Singh & the undersigned thanked the members of Ahmedabad Unit for the respect & regard shown and pledged that the National Body shall work with its Ahmedabad Unit to achieve the desired goals. We apprised the members about the efforts being taken by the National Body for general welfare and reminded the members that the real power of any Association vests in its members and emphasized the need to broaden the base of the Association. We motivated the members for giving their best to the Department & to shun the selfish attitude so as to make the Association strong. We also emphasized the need to bring sincerity towards the accomplishment of common goals and to develop bonding amongst the members. We advised the Office-Bearers to develop a Blog/Website/FB Page for Ahmedabad Unit for smooth dissemination of information and to bring in transparency in the working of the Association.

Since the Chief Executives of the Association had got promotion as Superintendent, after due deliberation and discussion among the members present over there, the House unanimously formed an Interim Body as under:

S.No.
Name of the Officer-Bearer
Post Held
Cell No.
01
MANOJ KUMAR SINGH
PRESIDENT
9904713348
02
SHYAM SUNDER
VICE-PRESIDENT
9377211217
03
MANOJ KUMAR YADAV
VICE-PRESIDENT
9662171849
04
SANDEEP KUMAR
GENERAL SECRETARY
8000320396
05
SANTOSH KUMAR ROY
LIASON SECRETARY
9558197308
06
D K MEENA
ORGANIZING SECREATRY
9227793286
07
SHAILENDRA KUMAR
JOINT SECRETARY
9327521946
08
LOKESH KUMAR
JOINT SECRETARY
8905120235
09
SANJAY SHUKLA
TREASURER
9426579937
10
PRABHAT MADHUP
OFFICE SECRETARY
8306384308
11
BEENA RAJESH
LADY REPRESENTATIVE
9426343495

On this occasion, as a goodwill gesture Com Chetan Shah, Ex-President of Ahmedabad Unit handed over a Cheque of Rs. 41,000/- to Com Abhishek Kamal, towards the Annual Subscription Fee for 2014-15 which will be adjusted once membership drive is completed.

Thereafter, we left for Surat and participated in an interaction programme in the Commissionerate Building in the morning of 07th Dec, 2014 where Com Rajesh Meena, General Secretary of Surat Cluster welcomed us. The members of Surat Cluster seemed well conversant with the issues confronting the Cadre and the interaction programme was very successful there. Com Rajesh Meena intimated us that election schedule has been announced and expressed hope that very soon a vibrant Body shall come into effect. Recently, he has intimated that the election process has been completed and the members have unanimously formed the new Body as under:

S.No.
Name of the Officer-Bearer
Post Held
Cell No.
01
KISHORE UPADHYAY
PRESIDENT
9328911006
02
WASEEM AHMED
VICE-PRESIDENT (SURAT)
9978575997
03
PRASHANT MISHRA
VICE-PRESIDENT (BHARUCH)
8000659375
04
M S PRABHAT
GENERAL SECRETARY
9925260545
05
BADRAM MEENA
JOINT SECRETARY (SURAT)
9537565566
06
RAJEEV KUMAR
JOINT SECRETARY (BHARUCH)
8000078533
TREASURER SHALL BE APPOINTED/NOMINATED SOON.

Having interacted with the members at Surat, we left for Vapi, the most southern part of Gujarat and attended another interaction programme in the Commissionerate Building in the evening of 07th Dec, 2014 where Com Uday Singh Meena, General Secretary of Vapi Unit welcomed us. Though the number of members was not very impressive, yet the interaction was fruitful one as new entrants also participated in the programme. We informed the members about the issues on which the National Body is working. Discussions were also held regarding the ways to increase the membership and to make Vapi Unit more interactive. The need and ways to spread information among members was also discussed. Com Uday Singh Meena intimated us that very soon a new Body shall take the charge and assured us that in the forthcoming CEC, new Body of Vapi Unit shall participate and assured us of full co-operation with the National Body.

At every place, we invited the members to share their experiences & grievances and to offer suitable suggestions for the general welfare of the members of the Association. In response to the same, the members expressed their grievances & also offered suggestions for the better working of the Association.

Thereafter, the undersigned left for Mumbai to interact with the members of Mumbai Circle. Due to lack of co-ordination and planning on the part of Organizing Secretary & Joint Secretary representing West Zone and lack of motivation among the remaining Office-Bearers of Mumbai Circle, no interaction programme could be held at Mumbai. However, the undersigned visited many offices to interact with the members at grass root level where it transpired that most of the members are not in touch with their local Office-Bearers and do not know about the activities of the Association. It was also noticed that one-man ship has destroyed the democratic structure and reach of the Association in the Mumbai Circle. Mumbai Circle lacks organizational discipline and needs urgent attention for revival of the Association to serve the cause of its members. Members also brought to the notice of the undersigned the apathy shown by the administration as well as the Office-Bearers towards the issues pertaining to the Cadre. As a gesture of goodwill, the undersigned also wrote a letter to the Chief Commissioner, Mumbai Zone and assured the members that in future, it will be ensured that the issues pertaining to the Cadre are duly taken care of.

Last but not the least, the undersigned must thank Com Rananjay Pratap Singh for organizing and co-ordinating such wonderful interaction programmes throughout Gujarat and expects other National Office-Bearers to organize such activities at their respective Zones so as to strengthen organization at grass root level.

Hope that the National Office-Bearers shall act more sincerely in future,

Yours fraternally,

(Abhishek Kamal)
Secretary General