Tuesday, 3 March 2015


The Seventh Pay Commission will submit its report by October 2015

After 14th Finance Commission, 7th pay panel’s report looms 

Finance ministry fears that its revenue will be affected in 2016-17 as it has to absorb new pay panel recommendations

New Delhi: After the recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) forced the government to reduce its plan expenditure in the 2015-16 budget, the Union finance ministry fears its revenues will remain constrained in 2016-17 as well since it has to absorb the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) in that year.

“The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17. The phase of consolidation, extended by one year, will also be spanning out in this period. Thus, in the medium-term framework, the fiscal position will continue to be stressed,” the finance ministry said in the macroeconomic framework statement laid before Parliament along with the budget on Saturday.

The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. Though the deadline for submitting the report ends in August this year, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to seek extension till October.

The Sixth Pay Commission which was constituted in October 2006 had submitted its report in March 2008.

As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the Union government employees more than doubled between 2007-08 and 2011-12—from Rs.74,647 crore to Rs.166,792 crore, according to the Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates.

“As a ratio of GDP, it jumped from a little over 0.9% in 2007-08 to 1.2% in 2008-09 and about 1.4% in 2009-10 on account of both pay revision and payment of arrears. However, it moderated to little over 1% in 2012-13,” the Finance Commission said.

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission were implemented by states with a delay mainly between 2009-10 and 2011-12, with “significant expenditure outgo” in arrears on both pay and pension counts, the FFC said.

The FFC said that while the finance ministry projects an increase in pension payments by 8.7% in 2015-16, a 30% increase is expected in 2016-17 on account of the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission, followed by an annual growth rate of 8% in subsequent years.

However, it maintained that given the variations across states and the lack of knowledge about the probable design and quantum of award of the Seventh Pay Commission, it is neither feasible, nor practicable, to arrive at any reasonable forecast of the impact of the pay revision on the Union government or the states. “Further, any attempt to fix a number in this regard, within the ambit of our recommendations, carries the unavoidable risk of raising undue expectations,” added the Finance Commission.

A senior Pay Commission official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said its recommendations will surely have significant impact on the revenues of the central government. “The 14th Finance Commission was at a disadvantage since it did not have the benefit of the recommendations of the Pay Commission unlike its predecessors,” he added.

N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, said the FFC has tried to factor in the impact of the recommendations of the SPC on the central government expenses. “The FFC report shows the capital outlay of the central government will dip in 2016-17 to 1.4% of GDP from 1.64% a year ago due to the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation before it starts rising to 2.9% of GDP by 2019-20,” he added.

The FFC said that all states had asked it to provide a cushion for the pay revision likely during the award period. The FFC advocated for a consultative mechanism between the centre and states, through a forum such as the Inter-State Council, to evolve a national policy for salaries and emoluments.

The FFC also recommended that pay commissions be designated as Pay and Productivity Commissions, with a clear mandate to recommend measures to improve productivity of employees, in conjunction with pay revisions. “We recommend the linking of pay with productivity, with a simultaneous focus on technology, skills and incentives. We urge that, in future, additional remuneration be linked to increase in productivity,” it said.

The Pay Commission official quoted earlier said it has been mandated to recommend incentive schemes to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity, which it will do. “Though previous Pay Commissions have talked about linking pay with productivity, the earlier governments have not accepted such recommendations. Since this government has shown strong political will, we hope they will accept our recommendations,” he added.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Union Budget 2015-16

D.O. Letter dt. 28-Feb-2015 from Alok Shukla, JS (TRU-I)

D.O. Letter dt. 28-Feb-2015 from M. Vinod Kumar, JS (TRU)
D.O.F. No. 334/5/2015-TRU

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No Change in the Rate of Personal Income Tax and The Rate of Tax for Companies on Income in Financial Year 2015-16

Surcharge @12% Levied on Individuals, HUFs, AOPs, BOIs, Artificial Juridical Persons, Firms, Cooperative Societies and Local Authorities Having Income Exceeding Rs 1 Crore

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech in Lok Sabha today proposed no change in the rate of personal Income-tax. He announced the tax proposals with no change in the rate of tax for companies in respect of the income earned in the financial year 2015-16, assessable in the assessment year 2016-17.

However, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley proposed to levy a surcharge at the rate of 12% on individuals, HUFs, AOPs, BOIs, artificial juridical persons, firms, cooperative societies and local authorities having income exceeding Rs 1 crore. Surcharge in the case of domestic companies having income exceeding Rs 1 crore and upto Rs 10 crore is proposed to be levied @ 7% and surcharge @ 12% is proposed to be levied on domestic companies having income exceeding Rs 10 crore.

Shri Jaitley further proposed that in the case of foreign companies the surcharge will continue to be levied @ 2% if the income exceeds Rs 1 crore and is upto Rs 10 crore, and @ 5% if the income exceeds Rs 10 crore.

It is also proposed to levy a surcharge @ 12% as against current rate of 10% on additional income-tax payable by companies on distribution of dividends and buyback of shares, or by mutual funds and securitization trusts on distribution of income.

The education cess on income-tax @ 2% for fulfillment of the commitment of the Government to provide and finance universalized quality based education and 1% of additional surcharge called ‘Secondary and Higher Education Cess’ on tax and surcharge is proposed to be continued for the financial year 2015-16 for all taxpayers.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.
Here are the highlights of Jaitley's budget for the fiscal year that begins on April 1.
* To abolish wealth tax
* Replaces wealth tax with additional 2 pct surcharge on super rich
* Proposes to cut to 25 percent corporate tax over next four years
* Corporate tax of 30 percent is uncompetitive
 * Net gain from tax proposals seen at 150.68 billion rupees
 * Jaitley proposes modification of permanent establishment norms so that the mere presence of a fund manager in India would not constitute a permanent establishment of the offshore fund, resulting in adverse tax consequences.
* Proposes to rationalise capital gains tax regime for real estate investment trusts
* Expects to implement goods and services tax by April 2016
* To reduce custom duty on 22 items
* Proposes to increase service tax rate and education cess to 14 percent from 12.36 percent
* Plans to introduce direct tax regime that is internationally competitive on rates without exemptions
* Exemptions for individual tax payers to continue
* To enact tough penalties for tax evasion in new bill
* Tax dept to clarify indirect transfer of assets and dividend paid by foreign firms
* Fiscal deficit seen at 3.9 percent of GDP in 2015/16
* Will meet the challenging fiscal target of 4.1 percent of GDP
* Remain committed to meeting medium term fiscal deficit target of 3 percent of GDP
* Current account deficit below 1.3 percent of GDP
* Jaitley says have to keep fiscal discipline in mind despite need for higher investment   
* GDP growth seen at between 8 percent and 8.5 percent y/y
* Aiming double digit growth rate, achievable soon   
* Expects consumer inflation to remain close to 5 percent by March, opening room for more monetary policy easing
* Monetary policy framework agreement with the RBI clearly states objective of keeping inflation below 6 percent
* "One of the achievements of my government has been to conquer inflation. This decline in my view represents a structural shift."   

* Revenue deficit seen at 2.8 percent of GDP

* Non tax revenue seen at 2.21 trillion rupees
* Agricultural incomes are under stress   
* Government targets 410 billion rupees from stake sales in companies
* Total stake sale in 2015/16 seen at 695 billion rupees   
* Propose to merge commodities regulator with SEBI
* To bring a new bankruptcy code
* Jaitley says will move to amend the RBI act this year, and provide for a monetary policy committee
* To set up public debt management agency
* Proposes to introduce a public contract resolution of disputes bill
* To establish an autonomous bank board bureau to improve management of public sector banks   

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Draft Minutes of AIACEGEO convention held in Daman on 1st and 2nd November, 2014

               . All of the delegates present in the Daman convention are  requested to go through the draft minutes posted below  and point out within one week, if anything important is missing.

Minutes of AIACEGEO convention held in Daman on 1st and 2nd November, 2014

            The meeting started with the customary lighting of lamp by Sh. Lalubhai Babubhai Patel, sitting Member of Lok Sabha from Daman, Sh. Karnail Singh, Commissioner of Central Excise, Vapi, Sh. Lokanath Mishra, President and Sh. Ravi Malik, Secretary General. Following this, melodious prayer songs were rendered by a local music troupe as a prelude to the meeting. Sh. B. S. Nehra, Superintendent, kick-started the proceedings with his eloquent comparing. The Chief Guest, Sh. Lalubhai Babubhai Patel and Guest of Honour Sh. Karnail Singh were then felicitated.  
            The address by Sh. Lokanath Mishra, President, briefly took the audience through the developments and events that led to successful culmination of promotions to over 2000 Superintendents in the Cadre Restructuring in October, 2014. He pertinently pointed out that the unjustifiable delay in promotions had occurred due to flawed and skewed HR policies of the CBEC. Yet he heartily praised and thanked Smt. Shanti Sundharam, the then Chairperson of CBEC and all those associated with her in making these promotions a reality. Sh. Mishra also highlighted the problems of the cadre relating to stagnation, pay and MACP anomalies etc. 
            Sh. Karnail Singh, the Commissioner of Central Excise of Vadodara, while agreeing with the observations of Sh. Lokanath Mishra on the "flawed and skewed" HR policies of the CBEC, made an elaborate speech in his address to the gathering attempting to defend the policies of the Board and HRD and sought co-operation of the Association to make better working conditions. He attempted specious explanation of constraints faced by the administration in dealing with the issue of stagnation. He went on to advice the Association to urge its members to perform well in their work and enhance the image of the department in order to make a strong claim for the career aspirations of its members.
            The chief guest, Sh. Lalubhai Babubhai Patel, expressed delight for being a part of the happy and celebratory occasion of several Superintendents being promoted as Assistant Commissioner in his address. He stressed the significance of the officers of taxation department who discharge sovereign functions to protect the growth and health of the economy. Explaining his humble beginnings as a politician and his growth in the politics, he expected such growth in the career of every officer of the department. Besides, he stated that his doors are open for officers for any help and he promised to render every help that is at his command. He declared the convention open and wished the officers all the best and expected that it would lead to well-meant and purposeful deliberations.   
            Sh. Sushil Pareek, the Ex-President, in his brief address commended the role of AIB and several other members in achieving the cadre restructuring. He pointed out that the Cabinet Secretary had categorically recognised that the CR does not give a permanent solution to the stagnation in the Superintendent cadre. So, he urged to explore the ways and means to get over this problem. He also touched upon the various pay related issues including MACPS and urged for sustained effort to resolve these issues.
            Sh. Ravi Malik, the Secretary General of the Association, welcomed the delegates come to attend the meeting from all over the country. He also thanked the Daman-Vapi Unit for making beautiful arrangement to conduct the meeting. He briefed the house about the path taken by cadre restructuring since its beginning to the finality. He said that it was started with merely around 800 posts of Asstt. Commissioner and reached finality with more than 3000 promotional vacancies for JTS level. He also added that the Cabinet Secretary was also pleased to recommend some additional measures independent of cadre restructuring to remove stagnation of group B officers in CBEC on regular persuasion by the Association. He said that nothing is easy for us; we always have to toil hard to get anything. The only key to our success is our unity by every means including physical efforts, dedication & commitment and also funds. He said that the concerned authorities can do anything bad to us, if we are not united. He also said that we should not become prey of any type of ‘fear factor’. He added that it is only the beginning and we all have to keep fighting until each of our officers enters into PB4. He also briefed about the legal cases already pending in various courts in r/o pay scale, arrears of pay, MACPS, time scale in PB3 and parity with the intra-organisational counterparts. He also appealed the delegate units not only to donate maximum funds to the Association but also clear the pending dues.
            Sh. Lokanath Mishra, in his brief Presidential address, explained how the sustained persuasion and perseverance by the Association led to the Cadre Restructuring being a reality. He explained in detail about the approval of CR starting from submission of reports by study groups, submission of proposal by CBEC, recommendations and suggestions by Department of Expenditure, DOPT, Finance Minister, CR committee and final approval by the Cabinet. He thanked all those who made this possible. He said no credence need be given to the advice or opinions of Sh. Karnail Singh. He declared the following agenda for deliberations and handed over the floor to the Secretary General to present the report of the current body.
            A. Presentation & discussions of/on the report of the current body along with the statement of accounts.
                  B.  Confirmation of the minutes of Chennai AEC meeting. 
                  C.  Presentation of Constitutional amendment report by Sh. A. S. Roy.
                  D.  Elections for new committee.
                  E.   Introduction of new committee.
                  F.   Resolutions to be passed.
                  G.   Any other point/s with the permission of the Chair.

            Before taking over the floor for further proceedings, Sh. Ravi Malik showed his displeasure on the comments made by Sh. Karnail Singh about the work performance of our members. He said that these are the sincere, dedicated and committed efforts & performance of our members only due to which the govt is able to get the revenue always above the set targets. He reiterated that group A officers play no role and their performance is always zero in this regard. He felt proud of the performance being shown by the members. He also recalled the contributions of past leaders and acknowledged their work for the betterment of the cadre. He appreciated & thanked all of the former leaders including S/Sh. Biswas, Satish Thakkar, Amitabh Chaterjee, S. P. Siddhanta, R. Kumar, Ramesh Babu, S. K. Pareek etc. for their efforts in the interest of the cadre.
            He presented the report by reading the salient features of the achievements of the Association and action plans for future in order to accomplish our objectives. He then sought the opinions of the participating units on the report.
            The Ahmadabad Unit, while appreciating and thanking the efforts of AIB in achieving the cadre restructuring, approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Allahabad Unit appreciated the efforts of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Suresh Kumar of Bangalore Unit opined that all is not well with the AIB. He pointed out that some units are working in conflict with the AIB. He stated that, besides the cadre structuring, many other issues are also to be resolved. He pointed out that the issue of recovery of MACP benefit given to those officers, who also got NFG after four years of being Superintendent, is to be resolved. He indicated the conflict between the contents of paragraph 6 and 7 of the report. He questioned the approach of AIB to seek 'base cadre seniority' for future promotions, while stating that Inspector grade is "not an all India cadre". On the accounts side, he questioned how 'scrapping of laptop' can be shown as expenditure. He sought break-up for the expenses made by way of annexures. 
            The representative of Bhopal unit commended the AIB for its performance and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.  
            Bhubaneshwar unit appreciated AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Chandrasekhar, President of Chennai Unit, thanked the relentless efforts made by AIB in pursuing the cadre restructuring into a reality. He recalled the protests organised by AIB at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and the perseverance of the protesters under the most unhygienic conditions at the venue. He also recalled the contributions of earlier leaders like S/Sh. Biswas, Siddhanta, R. Kumar and Sh. Ramesh Babu etc. for the cause of our cadre. He, on behalf of the Chennai Unit, appreciated the efforts of the Association and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Chandigarh Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Rajagopal of Coimbatore Unit appreciated AIB and expressed happiness over the outcome of cadre restructuring. He urged that the regional disparities in promotions should be removed. He also urged the AIB to intervene in the recovery of 3rd MACP benefits granted to officers. He, on behalf of the Coimbatore Unit, appreciated the efforts of the Association and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Cochin Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.   
            The Daman-Vapi Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts. They also cautioned that present windfall in the CR cannot be expected at all times.
            The Delhi Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Goa Unit approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Guntur Unit congratulated all the office bearers and others for successful implementation of cadre restructuring. They also sought AIB to look into instances where some officers were not given promotion due to vigilance cases. They also pointed out that reservation was also not considered. They appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Hyderabad Unit, after having approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts, sought clarification from the President that they had some issues, whether they could present them now or later. The President stated as the discussions were with reference to the report, we should confine to it. Sh. Venkatesh on behalf of the newly promoted Assistant Commissioners from Hyderabad donated a sum of Rs. 75,000/- and also pledged to give more later to the AIB. 
            The Indore unit sought that the report be given a day earlier for proper study and meaningful discussions. They also pointed out the conflict between paras 6 & 7 of the report. Sh. Singhvi also raised the issue of zonal disparities. He also urged that the representations made before the Stagnation Committee headed by Sh. B. B Agrawal should be tabled in the house for discussions.
            The Jaipur Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Kandla Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Kanpur Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Tirthankar Pyne of Kolkata Unit felt that though the promotions by cadre restructuring need to be savoured and enjoyed but the excessive elation should be avoided. He drew attention to para 2 of Order No.192/2014 and para 7 of the Board letter F. No. 11019/08/2013-Ad IV dt. 18.12.13 and pointed out the apparent conflict between them. In the para 2 of the first mentioned order, it is stated that the promotion under this order "does not confer any right" to be reckoned as regular service for further promotions. However in para 7 of the second mentioned letter, it is stated that these 2118 posts to be abolished after five years would remain effective until they are "relinquished by existing incumbent by way of promotion, transfer, retirement resignation etc.” Therefore, the promotion order is not in tune with the notification of the impugned posts. He said that this issue needs to be contested. He also said that the issue of differential treatment between the GP of 5400/- in PB-2 and GP of 5400/- in PB-3 should be resolved. He also touched upon the uselessness of various stagnation committees to resolve the stagnation in the cadre. He also pointed out that the report says nothing about the issue of grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- and its subsequent recovery. Despite some favourable court cases in this regard, this issue still remains unresolved. He reiterated the conflict between the Paras 6 & 7 of the report as reflected by the Sh. Suresh Kumar earlier. He also pointed out that scrapping of laptop cannot be regarded as an expense. He suggested that comparative expenses for the previous year be given to see the expenditure trend of the Association.
            The Lucknow Unit commended AIB for its performance and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts. They also urged other associate units to clear the arrears in order to effectively run the organisation.
            The Meerut Unit thanked the AIB for its efforts in the interest of the cadre and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.  
            Ms. Varsha Kolhatkar of Mumbai Unit, while commending the elaborately prepared report, pointed out the conflict between Paras 6 and 7. She recalled the discussions on zonal disparities held in Patna AEC meeting and sought about the follow-up on this matter. Referring paras 8 & 9 of the report, she stated that the individual units are constrained and compelled to take up the causes with administration when the AIB fails to do so. Citing para 29, she sought if the AIB raised the issue of framing a fair and transparent "transfer policy" in its charter of demands. Furthermore, she went on to observe the present promotions to Assistant Commissioner grade ought to have come on regular basis instead of on ad hoc basis. Therefore, we cannot be unduly elated about these promotions. As regards the travel expenses to the tune of over Rs.6.00 lakhs shown in the statement of accounts, she sought justification for such a huge expenditure when the Secretary General is stationed in New Delhi. She finally appreciated the attitude of the leadership for maintaining a smiling face despite criticism. 
            Sh. Jayashankar Iyer of Nasik Unit, after congratulating all those officers who were newly promoted as Assistant Commissioner, reminded the house that nothing on the zonal disparities has happened during the tenure of this body. At this point, the President intervened to point out that AIB has been fighting for reckoning base cadre parity for promotions to higher posts which will automatically remove the zonal disparities. 
            The Patna-Ranchi-Jamshedpur Unit said that the present moment of promotions to Assistant Commissioner is a cause for celebration. They thanked the AIB for its unstinted work and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts. They urged that more needs to be done regarding the MACP issue and direct promotion of our Superintendents to STS post.
            The Pune Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Raipur Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Rajkot Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Salem Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Shillong Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            The Tirupathi Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts. 
            After approving the AIB report alongwith the statement of accounts, the Surat Unit pointed out that ad-hocism would not give the officers any further promotions. This aspect needs to be contested. They urged that MACP issue is also to taken care of. The pay parity with officers of other central government agencies, who were given higher pay, should also be taken care of. The  encroachment on land Customs formations by the Appraisers was also brought to the notice of the AIB and it was urged that this should be prevented. They urged that all units should pay the arrears of subscription immediately in order to enable the AIB to function without money constraints. 
            The Tirunelveli unit drawing attention to para 6 of the report queried what the follow-up was done by the AIB in this regard. They appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Tirupathi Unit after congratulating the AIB approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Trichy Unit sought if there is any DOPT order stating that no reservation need be considered for temporary posts. They approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Vadodara Unit appreciated the performance of the AIB and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Vatan Kamble of Aurangabad stated that the officers in advantageous zones should not be pulled while addressing the issue of zonal disparities. It should be an equitable solution acceptable to all. He also observed that the functions of the new Assistant Commissioners need to be well-defined and they should not be made to perform the functions of a Superintendent. With regard to the statement of accounts, he concurred with the views of Suresh Kumar on the scrapping of laptop being shown as an expense. However, he observed that the details of certain expenses cannot be explicitly recorded and approved the report alongwith the statement of accounts.
            Sh. Lokanath Mishra, while replying to all the queries raised by different units on the report of AIB presented by the Secretary General, made a detailed summation of the efforts taken by the AIB in achieving the current cadre review and the associated promotions. He also acknowledged the efforts of the previous office bearers of the AIB. He also explained the delay caused in implementation of the cadre review. He predominantly attributed it to the lack of all the required APARs. He conceded that the zonal disparities would get sorted out, once the issue of base cadre parity attains fruition in our favour. He defended the ad-hoc promotions citing the procedure laid down by the DOPT. He assured the house that the vacant temporary posts would be filled up regularly and would not be abolished after five years since these were created on functional necessity basis. Further, he stated that the AIB is persuading the administration to grant the direct promotion to Senior Time Scale post for our Superintendents. He also confirmed that the posting of Appraisers in land Customs formations has been stoutly protested. As the MACP anomalies are related to all India issue concerning all departments of Central Government and matter is still pending before the Supreme Court, the same will get finality after the case is decided in Apex Court. He also explained that AIB has already filed a case on MACP anomaly in Principal Bench of the CAT. He averred that the pay scale at par with other agencies like CBI from 01.01.86 is being vigorously pursued and is already in the legal court. As regards expenditure shown in the audited balance sheet about laptop, he explained that it has been reflected correctly as per audit and accounting procedure. He also explained in details about the clarifications sought by the different units on the report of AIB presented by the Secretary General. Finally he declared the report alongwith statement of accounts as approved as the majority units had accepted the same. Suddenly few delegates shouted and stated that the President should not give any clarification on the report of AIB presented by the Secretary General. The President explained that as a head of the AIB, it is his duty to give proper replies on the queries raised by the different units on the report and if anyone is interested to get further clarification on any issue from the Secretary General, it is open for him to ask queries separately from the Secretary General.  However due to certain noisy interruption from certain units, the President had to cut his peroration short on disgust without completing his replies on the quarries on the report. 
            At this juncture the Secretary General took over and made an appeal to maintain order. He clarified to those who questioned the propriety of President answering the queries on the AIB report that the replies given by the President are also his replies. Hence, the need for a separate reply was unnecessary. Besides, he allayed the doubts of some units on the issue of reservation not considered in the promotions to 2118 temporary posts of Assistant Commissioner.
            After it, the minutes of Chennai AEC meeting were also confirmed by the house on being asked by the chair.     
            As asked in Jaipur convention about the inclusion of promotee Central Excise group A officers as the members of the Association, Sh. A. S. Roy presented the "Report of the Constitution Amendment Committee" suggesting various amendments to the Constitution of the Association including the inclusion of Central Excise group A officers as the members of the Association. The other members of the committee included S/Sh. Nirajan Pradhan of Bhubaneshwar, N. N. Lal of Lucknow, B. A. Chakravarthi of Chennai and Jitendra Singh of Ahmedabad.    
            Sh. Sushil K. Pareek, former President, welcomed the suggestion of the Committee to include the promotee Central Excise group A officers in the Association as members. Further, he admonished certain member units for uncalled for and uncivil remarks on the incumbent President. He urged that discourse should be conducted in a civilised fashion. 
            After detailed discussions, the President declared the amendment of Constitution with immediate effect to include the IRS(C & CE) officers promoted from the grade of Superintendent as members of the Association.
            In the afternoon session, Sh. Lokanath Mishra announced that Sh. Sushil K. Pareek would be the Election Officer for the elections to be held on next day for electing the new body. He will be assisted by Sh. B. A. Chakravarthi and Sh. Sampat Rai for conducting the elections.

Proceedings of 2nd November, 2014

Conduct of Elections
            Sh. Sushil K. Pareek, the Election Officer, declared the time for filing and withdrawing the nominations of the candidates desirous of contesting for the posts of President and Secretary General. Sh. R. Chandramouli filed nomination for the post of President while Sh. Ravi Malik and Sh. Tirthankar Pyne filed nominations for the post of Secretary General.
            As no other nomination was filed for the post of President, Sh. R. Chandramouli was declared as elected unopposed.
            Later, the two candidates in the fray for the post of Secretary General were given five minutes each to address the house on their vision and agenda to improve the career aspirations of the cadre. After their brief speeches to the audience, the election process was started. After the due process of the polling and counting, Sh. Sushil K. Pareek, assisted by Sh. B. A. Chakravarthi and Sh. Sampat Rai, declared Sh. Ravi Malik as the new Secretary General for next tenure.
            The other zonal office bearers declared elected are as follows:

Vice Presidents: (S/Sh.) 
P. Parwani, L. L. Singhvi (Central);
Anurag Chaudhary, Ravi Joshi (North);
N. Raman, G. Srinath (South);
B. K. Sinha, Ashwini Majhi (East);
Rajesh Chahar, J. D. Patil (West). 

Joint Secretaries: (S/Sh.)  
Anand Kishore, J. S. Iyer (Central);
R. K. Solanki, Ashish Vajpeyi (North);
M. Nagaraju, P. C. Ajithkumar (South);
P. K. Sen, S. Bhattacharya (East);
Jasram Meena, M. K. Mishra (West). 

            Sh. C. S. Sharma and Sh. N. R. Manda were nominated respectively as the Office Secretary and Treasurer of the Association by the Secretary General. Sh. A. S. Kundu was also nominated as Liaison Secretary of the Association for liaison work which was duly approved by the house.
            As the Hyderabad Unit brought to the notice of the new body about the creation of new Telangana State and sought a representation in the AIB, Sh. V. P. Sravan Kumar was nominated as a Co-ordinator on Telangana duly accepted by the house.
            Following the elections, the new office bearers took over and conducted further deliberations.
            Sh. R. Chandramouli, President, thanked the house for posing trust in him. He promised to do his best and not to disappoint the members in his endeavour.
            Sh. Ravi Malik, Secretary General, thanked the house for reposing trust in him and assured to take everyone with him to bring a new direction to the efforts of the Association with the help of all. He urged the delegates to make the Association strong by their all-united efforts. He also requested the zonal office bearers to be more active. The Liaison Secretary and Co-ordinator on Telangana were also requested to play an active role in the interest of the cadre. 
            Several unit representatives congratulated the new office bearers.
            Sh. Ajith Kumar of Cochin Unit suggested that the President and Secretary General may create “Core Committees" on various subjects. Sh. N. N. Lal observed that the posts do not but the persons occupying them perform. Therefore, he suggested that President and Secretary General should monitor the performance of the Vice-Presidents and Joint Secretaries of each zone.
            The House felt that the functions of the Liaison Secretary must be well-defined. It was also felt there should be transitional representatives for the promotee Assistant Commissioners from each zone.
            Sh. Suresh Kumar sought for a clear roadmap from the new body for furthering the cause of the cadre. The Secretary General constituted a committee on this issue comprising Sh. Suresh Kumar and Sh. V. N. Jha to suggest the measures for a clear roadmap at an early date.
            The Secretary General assured that all the issues will be vigorously pursued administratively, organisationally and legally. He declared that the newly promoted Assistant Commissioners will be full-time members of the Association. He urged that the newly promoted Assistant Commissioners should give their declarations to the respective DDOs for the recovery of subscription. He again appealed to all units to clear their pending dues and donate maximum funds to the Association.
            Sh. Rajan George of Cochin Unit urged the new body to take up the MACP issue immediately besides a sustained effort in removing stagnation in long term. He also said that AIB should take lead in supporting the units pursuing court with regard to issues like review of ad-hoc promotions and to get the temporary posts of Assistant Commissioners regularised.
            The Chennai unit felicitated the host unit for excellent arrangements for the meeting. With Sh. R. K. Chahar proposing a vote of thanks, the President declared the meeting closed.

List of participant units
1.      Ahmedabad.
2.      Allahabad.
3.      Aurangabad.
4.      Bangalore.
5.      Bhopal.
6.      Bhubaneswar.
7.      Chandigarh.
8.      Chennai.
9.      Cochin.
10.  Coimbatore.
11.  Daman-Vapi.
12.  Delhi.
13.  Goa.
14.  Guntur.
15.  Hyderabad.
16.  Indore.
17.  Jaipur.
18.  Kandla.
19.  Kanpur.
20.  Kolkata.
21.  Lucknow.
22.  Madurai.
23.  Meerut.
24.  Mumbai.
25.  Nasik.
26.  Patna-Ranchi-Jamshedpur.
27.  Pune.
28.  Raipur.
29.  Rajkot.
30.  Salem.
31.  Shillong.
32.  Surat.
33.  Tirunelveli.
34.  Tirupati.
35.  Trichy.
36.  Vadodara.
37.  Vizag.

Minutes drafted by- S/Sh. B. A. Chakravarthi and C. S. Sharma.

Please deposit the dues in f/o AIACEGEO at Syndicate Bank, CR Building, IP Estate, New Delhi A/c No. 90672010069746  
Sl. No. Name of the unit No. of officers Dues upto 31.03.14 and pending till date Subscription dues for 2014-15 Total dues upto 31.03.2015
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Ahmedabad 468 27220 28080 55300
2 Allahabad 218 26160 13080 39240
3 Aurangabad 100 0 6000 6000
4 Bangalore (Karnataka) 711 129020 42660 171680
5 Bhopal 110 44900 6600 51500
6 Bhubaneswar 191 7290 11460 18750
7 Chandigarh 410 0 24600 24600
8 Chennai 616 0 36960 36960
9 Cochin 429 0 25740 25740
10 Coimbatore 151 8000 9060 17060
11 Daman Vapi 177 0 10620 10620
12 Delhi 1023 0 61380 57760
13 Goa 43 11365 2580 13945
14 Guntur 93 0 5580 5580
15 Hyderabad 377 57940 22620 80560
16 Indore 121 14520 7260 21780
17 Jaipur 275 16500 16500 33000
18 Kandla 78 2360 4680 7040
19 Kanpur 118 35480 7080 42560
20 Kolkata 1184 0 71040 71040
21 Lucknow 129 0 7740 0
22 Madurai 195 48820 11700 60520
23 Meerut 394 7280 23640 30920
24 Mumbai 1014 111040 60840 171880
25 Nagpur 112 29940 6720 36660
26 Nasik 97 5820 5820 11640
27 P. R.J. 371 0 22260 0
28 Pune 353 21180 21180 42360
29 Raipur 88 0 5280 5280
30 Rajkot 291 0 17460 5660
31 Shillong 326 0 19560 19560
32 Surat 179 0 10740 0
33 Tirunelveli 94 32880 5640 38520
34 Tirupati 82 30840 4920 35760
35 Trichy 312 18720 18720 37440
36 Vadodara 196 31660 11760 43420
37 Vizag 161 65420 9660 75080
38 Salem 98 0 5880 5880
TOTAL 11385 784355 683100 1467455
"1. In respect of the above mentioned units at Sr.No. 12,  21 ,   27 ,  30 & 32 i.e. Delhi, Lucknow, P.R.J., Rajkot & Surat respectively ,   subscriptions  amounting to Rs. 3620, 7780 ,  22260 ,  11800 & 18720 totally Rs. 64180/- recieved upto15.11.2014  in advance for the year 2014-15 have been adjusted against their respective dues.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2.  All the units are requested to clear their all dues as per the sanctioned strength irrespective of the number of the subscribers and also without asking for any waiver as per the decision taken in Associate Committee meeting of 02.12.12 remembering that it is our own Association and only we have to subscribe/donate to make it stronger as these funds are to be utilized for us only.

3. Donation received from promottee ACs- Hydrabad - ` 75000/-. Shillong- ` 30,000/-, Mr. J.Lobo (Mumbai) -` 5000/- & Mr. GR Desai ` 20000/-"