" IRS OFFICERS PROMOTED FROM THE GRADE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF CENTRAL EXCISE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF AIACEGEO. IRS OFFICERS PROMOTED FROM THE GRADE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF CENTRAL EXCISE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF AIACEGEO.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

DPC

Frnds, b ready to do somthing. Board intention doesnt seem honest. They want to linger on d mater. Sombody (retiring widin 3/4 months) wil hv to go to cort for imediate DPC. Dont forgt to show crowd in 9 & 11 JULY program.

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Offset of time scale with MACP upgradation

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                       Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
R. Chandramouli                     240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.08939955463  mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in   Mob. 09868816290
Vice Presidents: P. Parwani, L. L. Singhvi (Central); AnuragChaudhary, Ravi Joshi (North); N. Raman, G. Srinath (South); B. K. Sinha, AshwiniMajhi (East); Rajesh Chaher, J. D. Patil (West) Joint Secretaries: Anand Kishore, J. S. Aiyer (Central); R. K. Solanki, AshishVajpeyi (North); M. Nagaraju, Ajithkumar P. C. (South); P. K. Sen, S. Bhattachariya (East); JasramMeena, M. K. Mishra (West) Office Secretary: C. S. Sharma Treasurer: N. R. MandaLiaison Secretary: A. S. KunduCoordinator on Telangana: P. Shravan Kumar
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
                         Ref. No. 108/M/16                                                                                 Dt. 23.06.16
To,
Sh. Najib Shah,
Chairman, CBEC,
North Block, New Delhi.                                                                                                        
Sub: Clarification on MACP- Grant of 3rd MACP to the Superintendents in CBEC who were granted non-functional grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in Pay Band-2 -- Reg.
Sir,
Kindly refer to the letter F. No.A-23011/25/2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 20.06.16 of CBEC on the above subject.
            2. It is submitted with due regards that the decision taken on the issue doesn’t seem lawful because the SLP No. 15396/2015 of the Department of Revenue (copy of order attached) on the same issue in W.P. No. 11535/2014 of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras has already been dismissed by the Hon’ble Apex Court.
3. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in the judgment dt. 17.10.14 in the Civil Appeal No. 9849 of 2014 in the matter of State of Uttar Pradesh & Ors Vs. Arvind Kumar Srivastava & Ors has held as under: 
“Normal rule is that when a particular set of employees is given relief by the Court, all other identically situated persons need to be treated alike by extending that benefit. Not doing so would amount to discrimination and would be violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of IndiaThis principle needs to be applied in service matters more emphatically as the service jurisprudence evolved by this Court from time to time postulates that all similarly situated persons should be treated similarly. Therefore, the normal rule would be that merely because other similarly situated persons did not approach the Court earlier, they are not to be treated differently.”.
4. The litigation policy of the Govt. also says to minimize the litigations. No need to say that unwarranted litigations are neither in the interest of the employee nor govt. It is sheer wastage of time as well money of both sides. Moreover, further litigation on the issue from the side of the govt. is also not in consonance of the verdict given by the Apex Court as mentioned in the preceding para. In actual terms, it will be contempt of the Hon’ble Apex Court particularly after the dismissal of the SLP on the same issue of the same Department of Revenue.
5. In view of the above, it is requested to review the decision giving due benefit to all equally placed officers without forcing them to go for legal recourse. The time scale of the Superintendents, who got time scale after completion of 4 years of service prior to the MACPS coming into the existence (i.e., 01.09.08), may kindly not be offset with the MACP upgradation accordingly.
            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
Copy with the request for necessary action to:
1) The Revenue Secretary, North Block, New Delhi.
2) The DOPT Secretary, North Block, New Delhi.
3) The Expenditure Secretary, North Block, New Delhi.



(RAVI MALIK)

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Attitude of authorities

Dear friends,
namaste.
The authorities, whether belonging to CBEC or nodal department/s, are having no change to their attitude. They are well determined to give no benefit to the employees even ignoring the court orders. They don't bother even for the issues decided by the Hon'ble Apex Court. The following two letters on Chandrasekaran and Ashok Kumar cases are the strong evidence of the mindset of the authorities not to give any benefit to the employees. On both issues, their SLPs have been dismissed but they don't bother for the court orders. Despite of their SLP on the issue of Chandrasekran case being dismissed in the case of Enforcement Directorate, they have withdrawn the benefit given in Chandrasekran case. So friends, be all united without any complacent feeling. Observe all Satyagraha programmes, big or small, with full enthusiasm. The news regarding the GST is also not good as the handing-over of units upto Rs. 1.5 crore to the states is on the cards, for which no need to say that CBEC will be packed up alongwith our already worst career prospects. 
       So friends, crowd shown in the programmes of 09.07.16 and 11.07.16 will only decide our fate. This will also decide whether we are well prepared to observe bigger programmes and to make "final strike on the target". We'll have to "rise to occasion" very strongly, if we are really interested to protect self-respect and our existence, otherwise be ready to face "worse of the worst".
Love,
Ravi Malik. 


Monday, 20 June 2016

Satyagraha on 09.07.16 and 11.07.16

Dear friends,
Namaste.
There is a bit addition in Satyagraha programme. Lunch hour Shantigosthis/peaceful meetings will also be observed throughout the country at Hqrs offices on 11.07.16 in addition to the programme of 09.07.16 at Jantar Mantar. The amended notice is attached herewith. Notice at local levels may also kindly be served upon the concerned authority by the units accordingly. And kindly don’t forget that the outcome of Satyagraha would depend on our numbers at Jantar Mantar on 09.07.16 and at Hqrs offices on 11.07.16.
Love,
Ravi Malik.

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                            Address for communication:                                  Secretary General:
R. Chandramouli                         240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                         Ravi Malik
Mob. 08939955463  mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in   Mob. 09868816290
Vice Presidents: P. Parwani, L. L. Singhvi (Central); Anurag Chaudhary, Ravi Joshi (North); N. Raman, G. Srinath (South); B. K. Sinha, Ashwini Majhi (East); Rajesh Chaher, J. D. Patil (West) Joint Secretaries: Anand Kishore, J. S. Iyer (Central); R. K. Solanki, Ashish Vajpeyi (North); M. Nagaraju, Ajithkumar P. C. (South); P. K. Sen, S. Bhattachariya (East); Jasram Meena, M. K. Mishra (West) Office Secretary: C. S. Sharma Treasurer: N. R. Manda Liaison Secretary: A. S. Kundu Coordinator on Telangana: P. Shravan Kumar
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
         Ref. No. 106/A/16                                                                          Dt. 20.06.16
To,                                                   
Sh. Arun Jaitley,                                                                                           
The Hon’ble Finance Minister,                 
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Sub: Revival of Satyagraha by Central Excise Superintendents.
Sir,
Kindly refer to the Ref. No. 105/A/16 Dt. 18.06.16 & Ref. No. 02/A/16 Dt. 04.01.16 and Ref. No. 21/M/16 Dt. 22.02.16 of the Association addressed to your goodself and Cabinet Secretary respectively. Kindly also refer to the strike call given by CCGGOO w.e.f. 11.07.16.
2. It is submitted with due regards that we have full support for the cause of CCGGOO. It is further submitted that there is no change in the scenario regarding the career prospects, pay matters or any other service matter of the Central Excise Superintendents despite of the repeated requests of the Association. Central Excise Superintendents are being ignored despite of the revenue collection being always made above the targets by sincere, committed & dedicated efforts of these officers. But very unfortunately, these officers are forced to retire at a PB2 post with only single promotion in the career after joining as Inspector whereas their counterparts are easily enjoying PB4 levels after getting 5-6 promotions. The Central Excise Superintendents are getting promotion (if any) merely to JTS post while their counterparts of CPWD, CSS, CSSS, AFHQS, Railway Board, UPSC, CVC, MEA, MPA, Rajya Sabha Secretariat & many others like Administrative Services, Police Services, Forest Services, Engineering Services, State Services etc. to STS post. The promotional hierarchy is not uniform for all group ‘B’ officers in the Govt. Neither the concerned authorities nor the pay commission has done any good to our officers. The pay commission rejected every demand of ours on account of not being recommended by our department. Thus, our own department is working against us whereas the concerned department is able to get higher pay scales and other benefits for the officials of CBI etc. even without any recommendation from the pay commission. Our poor officers are even forced to work under the extreme juniors of Customs belonging to the same cadre.
3. Direct recruit IRS officers have been ensured upto 9 promotions to be upgraded within standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT by creating the posts at Apex, HAG+ etc. levels in the higher scales even without availability of the eligible officers but no such measures are being taken for Central Excise Superintendents & Inspectors to be promoted/upgraded within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT. Our common entry counterparts of CBDT & CSS under the same Department of Revenue are able to reach the post of Commissioner &Joint Secretary. The CBEC is even unable to conduct the DPC for promotions from Group ‘B’ to Group ‘A’ at prescribed intervals. No measures are being taken for our officers despite of the recommendations of Cabinet/CRC/Cabinet Secretary to take extra measures to remove stagnation of group ‘B’ Central Excise Executive officers independent of cadre restructuring.
4. Under the prevailing circumstances, we have no option other than to revive Satyagraha programme by observing peaceful Shantigosthi by sitting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 09.07.16 (Saturday) and lunch hour Shantigosthis at headquarters offices throughout the country on 11.07.16 (Monday) as next step of Satyagraha requesting for due pay scale, immediate DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner and taking concrete measures to retire all of our officers also in PB4 alongwith supporting the cause of CCGGOO.
5. In view of the above, our officers will gather at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 09.07.16 (Saturday) and observe Shantigosthis at headquarters offices throughout the country on 11.07.16 (Monday) in peaceful manner as next step of Satyagraha with the request to fulfill our demands as per the charter of demands enclosed herewith. Next step of Satyagraha will be intimated in the due course.
Thanking you,                                                                         
Yours faithfully,
Encl: Charter of demands.

 (RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
Copy with the request for necessary action to-
1) The Prime Minister of India, PMO, South Block, New Delhi.
2) The MOS, Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.
3) The Cabinet Secretary, Govt. of India, President House, New Delhi.
4) The Secretary, Department of Revenue, North Block, New Delhi.
5) The Chairman, CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
6) The Member (P&V), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
7) The Joint Secretary (Admn.), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
8) The Chief Commissioner (DZ), Central Excise, C. R. Bldg., New Delhi.
9) The Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police, New Delhi.


(RAVI MALIK).

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

A. Immediate conducting of pending DPCs upto the year 2016-17 for entry into group ‘A’ as our officers are regularly retiring without promotion despite of a huge number of promotional vacancies being in hand.
B. Scheme to improve the career prospects of our officers to bring parity with common entry counterparts of CSS etc. to retire our officers in PB-4 level by granting at least 5 functional promotions in standard uniform promotional hierarchy by introduction of flexible/dynamic promotion/complementing scheme, batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation at par with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc. and upgradations in accordance of the residency periods prescribed under DOPT OM No. AB-14017/61/2008-Estt.(RR) dt. 24.03.09.
C. Pay scale to Central Excise Superintendent at par with DSP of CBI etc. w.e.f. the date of grant of the same to later alongwith other allowances, perks & benefits as being granted to later category, implementation of CBEC circular F. No. A-26017/44/94-Ad II (A) Dt. 08.03.95 regarding arrears of pay, retrospective implementation of pay scale revision of Central Excise Superintendent at par with NCB Superintendent & implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report.
            D. Next promotion of Central Excise Superintendent to STS post like other group ‘B’ gazetted officers of Central as well as State Governments, weightage of service in group B gazetted cadre for seniority in group A, merger of the grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB2 & PB3, special treatment to revenue officials and uniform promotional hierarchy for all group ‘B’ officers of Govt. of India.




(RAVI MALIK).

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Satyagrha on 09.07.16 at Jantar Mantar, Delhi

Dear friends,
Namaste.
After due consultation with the Chair under the present circumstances, the notice served upon the concerned authorities to gather at Janta Mantar, New Delhi is attached herewith which is self explanatory. No need to say again that we should have to observe strong Satyagraha programme/s to achieve our goals. The number of participants and size of the crowd will decide whether we are strong enough to observe stronger programme/s in near future. Please come to Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 09.07.16 (Saturday) in maximum number to support DPC, pay matters & career prospects. We'll assemble at 11 a.m. Kindly also communicate to each other.
Love,
Ravi Malik.

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                            Address for communication:                                  Secretary General:
R. Chandramouli                         240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                         Ravi Malik
Mob. 08939955463  mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in   Mob. 09868816290
Vice Presidents: P. Parwani, L. L. Singhvi (Central); Anurag Chaudhary, Ravi Joshi (North); N. Raman, G. Srinath (South); B. K. Sinha, Ashwini Majhi (East); Rajesh Chaher, J. D. Patil (West) Joint Secretaries: Anand Kishore, J. S. Iyer (Central); R. K. Solanki, Ashish Vajpeyi (North); M. Nagaraju, Ajithkumar P. C. (South); P. K. Sen, S. Bhattachariya (East); Jasram Meena, M. K. Mishra (West) Office Secretary: C. S. Sharma Treasurer: N. R. Manda Liaison Secretary: A. S. Kundu Coordinator on Telangana: P. Shravan Kumar
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
         Ref. No. 105/A/16                                                                          Dt. 18.06.16
To,                                                   
Sh. Arun Jaitley,                                                                                           
The Hon’ble Finance Minister,                 
Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Sub: Revival of Satyagraha by Central Excise Superintendents.
Sir,
Kindly refer to the Ref. No. 02/A/16 Dt. 04.01.16 & Ref. No. 21/M/16 Dt. 22.02.16 of the Association addressed to your goodself & Cabinet Secretary respectively. Kindly also refer to the strike call given by CCGGOO w.e.f. 11.07.16.
2. It is submitted with due regards that we have full support for the cause of CCGGOO. It is further submitted that there is no change in the scenario regarding the career prospects, pay matters or any other service matter of the Central Excise Superintendents despite of the repeated requests of the Association. Central Excise Superintendents are being ignored despite of the revenue collection being always made above the targets by sincere, committed & dedicated efforts of these officers. But very unfortunately, these officers are forced to retire at a PB2 post with only single promotion in the career after joining as Inspector whereas their counterparts are easily enjoying PB4 levels after getting 5-6 promotions. The Central Excise Superintendents are getting promotion (if any) merely to JTS post while their counterparts of CPWD, CSS, CSSS, AFHQS, Railway Board, UPSC, CVC, MEA, MPA, Rajya Sabha Secretariat & many others like Administrative Services, Police Services, Forest Services, Engineering Services, State Services etc. to STS post. The promotional hierarchy is not uniform for all group ‘B’ officers in the Govt. Neither the concerned authorities nor the pay commission has done any good to our officers. The pay commission rejected every demand of ours on account of not being recommended by our department. Thus, our own department is working against us whereas the concerned department is able to get higher pay scales and other benefits for the officials of CBI etc. even without any recommendation from the pay commission. Our poor officers are even forced to work under the extreme juniors of Customs belonging to the same cadre.
3. Direct recruit IRS officers have been ensured upto 9 promotions to be upgraded within standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT by creating the posts at Apex, HAG+ etc. levels in the higher scales even without availability of the eligible officers but no such measures are being taken for Central Excise Superintendents & Inspectors to be promoted/upgraded within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT. Our common entry counterparts of CBDT & CSS under the same Department of Revenue are able to reach the post of Commissioner &Joint Secretary. The CBEC is even unable to conduct the DPC for promotions from Group ‘B’ to Group ‘A’ at prescribed intervals. No measures are being taken for our officers despite of the recommendations of Cabinet/CRC/Cabinet Secretary to take extra measures to remove stagnation of group ‘B’ Central Excise Executive officers independent of cadre restructuring.
4. Under the prevailing circumstances, we have no option other than to revive Satyagraha programme by observing peaceful Shantigosthi by sitting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 09.07.16 (Saturday) as next step of Satyagraha requesting for due pay scale, immediate DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner and taking concrete measures to retire all of our officers also in PB4 alongwith supporting the cause of CCGGOO.
5. In view of the above, our officers will gather at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 09.07.16 (Saturday) in peaceful manner as next step of Satyagraha with the request to fulfill our demands as per the charter of demands enclosed herewith. Next step of Satyagraha will be intimated in the due course.
Thanking you,                                                                         
Yours faithfully,
Encl: Charter of demands.

 (RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
Copy with the request for necessary action to-
1) The Prime Minister of India, PMO, South Block, New Delhi.
2) The MOS, Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.
3) The Cabinet Secretary, Govt. of India, President House, New Delhi.
4) The Secretary, Department of Revenue, North Block, New Delhi.
5) The Chairman, CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
6) The Member (P&V), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
7) The Joint Secretary (Admn.), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
8) The Chief Commissioner (DZ), Central Excise, C. R. Bldg., New Delhi.
9) The Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police, New Delhi.


(RAVI MALIK).

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

A. Immediate conducting of pending DPCs for entry into group A as our officers are regularly retiring without promotion despite of a huge number of promotional vacancies being in hand.
B. Scheme to improve the career prospects of our officers to bring parity with common entry counterparts of CSS etc. to retire our officers in PB-4 level by granting at least 5 functional promotions in standard uniform promotional hierarchy by introduction of flexible/dynamic promotion/complementing scheme, batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation at par with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc. and upgradations in accordance of the residency periods prescribed under DOPT OM No. AB-14017/61/2008-Estt.(RR) dt. 24.03.09.
C. Pay scale to Central Excise Superintendent at par with DSP of CBI etc. w.e.f. the date of grant of the same to later alongwith other allowances, perks & benefits as being granted to later category, implementation of CBEC circular F. No. A-26017/44/94-Ad II (A) Dt. 08.03.95 regarding arrears of pay, retrospective implementation of pay scale revision of Central Excise Superintendent at par with NCB Superintendent & implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report.
            D. Next promotion of Central Excise Superintendent to STS post like other group ‘B’ gazetted officers of Central as well as State Governments, weightage of service in group B gazetted cadre for seniority in group A, merger of the grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB2 & PB3, special treatment to revenue officials and uniform promotional hierarchy for all group ‘B’ officers of Govt. of India.




(RAVI MALIK).

Friday, 17 June 2016

Minutes of Kolkata AEC-cum-AC meeting

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE GAZETTED EXECUTIVE  OFFICERS
MINUTES OF THE ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-CUM-ASSOCIATE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD AT KOLKATA ON 06/03/2016

The Associate Executive Committee of the AIACEGEO met on the Date & Venue above mentioned. Meeting was held in the NACEN, Kolkata.
Shri Ashok Gain, President of Kolkata Unit (Host Unit) welcomed the gathering and hoped that the meeting will be a great success.
Shri Koushik Roy, Secretary of the host unit, thanked the AIB for deciding to have the meeting in Kolkata and was optimistic that the problems being faced by the cadre and the nature of action required will be determined and resolved in a result oriented manner.
2 minutes silence was observed in memory of departed members of the cadre.
Shri R. Chandramouli, President of AIB, thanked Kolkata Unit for holding the meeting and presided over the proceedings.
Sh. Ravi Malik, Secretary General of AIB, thanked Kolkata Unit to have the meeting and briefed the house on the issues of time Scale, demand of GP7600 for the cadre on completion of 30 years under MACPS and parity with intra-organisational counterparts in Delhi CAT having attained the final stage of hearing. He also apprised the house about the pay scale and arrears of pay case in Cuttack CAT attaining the final stage of hearing. He added that a case of arrears of pay is also pending in Jabalpur High Court filed by the then Secretary General of Inspectors Association and Sh. K. P. Rai from Bhopal on individual capacity which is at the stage of filing the rejoinder and AIB is exploring every possibility to expedite this case as this case alongwith arrear case of Cuttack CAT would benefit our members because all of then Inspectors have already become Superintendents. He also narrated the issues relating to pay commission including the pay scale, promotion to STS, merger of 5400PB2 with 5400 PB3, uniform promotional hierarchy, MACPS, OROP, flexible promotion scheme and proposal of non-functional upgradation (NFU) for Superintendents at par with Central Secretariat Service (CSS) among other issues and the inaction/silence of the 7th CPC on every issue.
The Agenda for the AEC-cum-AC meeting included the following:-
a)    Pay matters including the report of VII CPC & MACPS.
b)    Promotional Avenues including demand for immediate DPC in respect of huge vacancies in the grade of Assistant Commissioner.
c)    Scheme independent of CR to improve the career prospects and bringing parity with common entry counterparts of CSS to enable Superintendents to reach PB4 levels.
d)    Infrastructure and working conditions.
e)    Funds, subscription and DDO Certificates.
f)     Steps to be taken to achieve the goals of the cadre including agitation measures.
g)    Any other point with the permission of the Chair.

The Secretary General placed the minutes of the meeting of Associate Committee held on 11/04/2015 at New Delhi before the House for confirmation and acceptance.  The minutes were approved by the House. The SG informed that AIB met with JS (Admin) of CBEC on the pay commission matters who assured to take care of the points relating to our cadre.
Pay matters including the report of CPC & MACPS
Shri Prabhakar Sharma, General Secretary of Agra Unit, expressed the hope that the AIB would get the best deal for the cadre at the time of implementation of VII CPC report.
            Shri S. K. Shrimali of Ahmedabad Unit requested the AIB to provide copies of affidavit of case on MACPS filed before Principal CAT, Delhi.
            Shri R. Parthiban of Chennai Unit expressed the views that the AIB should among other things fight for at least 5 functional promotions, 5% increment, 3.24 fitment formula, upgradation of Scales from 01.01.1996 and ATR after implementation of 7th CPC Report ensuring accountability. The SG said that the Association is already in the legal court for arrears of pay since 1986 instead of 1996.
Shri Anurag Choudhry, President of Chandigarh Unit and also All India zonal office bearer, requested the AIB to formulate suitable course of action to improve upon the recommendations of CPC made in respect of the cadre.
Shri Ravi Joshi, Vice-President of Delhi Unit and also All India zonal office bearer, appreciated the efforts of AIB on every issue adding that AIB is doing excellent job.
Shri Ashis Bajpeyi, General Secretary of Kanpur Unit and also All India zonal office bearer, also appreciated the AIB and suggested to fight for placing Superintendents in PB3 5400 (L10 level).
Shri Jasram Meena, All India zonal office bearer, supported the views of Kanpur unit. Shri Kundu, Liaisioning Secretary of AIB, suggested that MACP upgradation of Rs. 6600 should be given to all officers in all Commissionerates on the lines of Shilling and Jaipur Commissionerates.

Shri Venkatesh, President of Hyderabad Unit, suggested to take suitable steps to ensure GP 6600 on completion of 30 years of service under MACPS to the officers who joined after 31/08/1984 as DR Inspectors. Shri B. P. K. Reddy, General Secretary of Hyderabad Unit, added that a suitable course of action for removing anomalies in MACP scheme should be formulated.  He also asked to pursue the Jabalpur High Court case of pay arrears and Subramaniam case (before SC) for grant of time scale of Rs. 5400/- in PB2 to Inspectors on completing 4 years after award of the scale of Superintendent under ACPS.
Shri Kousik Roy, General Secretary of Kolkata, desired the AIB to support the case through co-ordination and help with finances as a majority of those who were Inspectors at the relevant point in time had now become Superintendents. View of AIB was that finance is a constraint for AIB as hefty dues are already pending with the units.
Shri Narayanan of Coimbatore Unit supported the above view.
Shri G. Srinath, President of Bengluru Unit and also All India zonal office bearer, suggested that the AIB should make efforts to be part of Anomalies Committee.  This was because immense harm has been caused to the cadre by the faulty provisions contained in MACP scheme and more specifically Para 8.1 and also wanted to know the stand of CBEC on implementation of GP 6600 (under 3rd MACP) post R. Chandrasekaran case.  It was also mentioned that pension papers processing has been kept pending by the PAOs for want of certificate from individuals concerned for acceptance of GP 5400 when they are really eligible for GP 6600.
Shri H. G. Mathew, General Secretary of Kandla Unit, also desired resolution of anomalies in MACPS.
Shri Sanjay Srivastava, General Secretary of Lucknow Unit, wished that efforts to remove anomalies and ensure justice to the Superintendents cadre should be made by AIB.
The Secretary General assured the House that all possible steps would be taken by AIB on pay matters and MACP anomalies.   
On supporting Subramaniam case, the SG informed the house that AIB would be able to provide logistical and financial support only on assurance of funds by units.
The House approved the proposal to donate at least Rs.500/- per person for legal cases on the appeal of the dais (willing officers may contribute more as per their wish).
B. Promotional avenues including immediate DPC against vacancies existing in the grade of Assistant Commissioners & C. Scheme independent of CR to bring parity with common entry counterparts of CSS
Secretary General informed the House that a slew of court cases after the intervention of Parliamentary Committee on SC & ST welfare and decision by CBEC to conduct Review DPC apprehending reversion of already promoted ACs resulted in the situation in which we are placed and that every effort is being made by AIB to resolve the situation with the CBEC to conduct DPC.  It was also informed that all efforts made to bring both parties to the dispute on to the negotiating table did not fructify till date. He also said that DPC will be conducted immediately as and when stay is vacated.
He said that the issue of stagnation has been taken up on the proper forum time to time. He also added that the matter regarding stagnation has already been taken up with the Cabinet Secretary also. The Cabinet Secretary was pleased to forward our case to CBEC and also to get approved from cabinet that some scheme should be brought independent of cadre restructuring to remove the stagnation of Central Excise group B officers.
The AIB had also made its presentation to B. B. Agarwal Committee on improving the promotional avenues but nothing has been heard from the Committee till date.
The SG also informed the House that vigorous efforts are being made by AIB on the issue of bringing parity with common entry counterparts of CSS to enable Superintendents attain PB4 level in the career, whether functionally or non-functionally.
Shri P. K. Sen  of Shillong Unit and also All India zonal office bearer felt that agenda points A, B & C are interlinked at one level (on pay matters and career progress).  So, he suggested that it would be better, if action contemplated on VII CPC covers all the three areas. He further suggested that special allowance should be restored in the hard core area like J&K and North East.  He also added that 1984 Inspectors are not getting GP of Rs. 6600/- after 30 years of service in their zone, which should be taken up with higher authorities.
Adding to above, Shri A. K. Sasmal, the General Secretary of Mumbai Unit, was of the opinion that the AIB can better achieve this by supporting the progress of Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers Organisation (CCGGOO) in redressing the grievances related to VII CPC. This view was also supported by Shri Kousik Ray of Kolkata Unit. Shri Sasmal also said that we would fight our issues on our own, if CCGGOO or any other organisation has any problem to raise our issues.
Shri Anand Kishore, General Secretary of Raipur Unit and also All India zonal office bearer, expressed complete confidence in the steps taken by AIB on all the agenda points.
Shri K. P. Tripathi, President of Bhubaneswar Unit, suggested that promotion matter to be taken up with the administration on the priority basis. He also requested to provide proper infrastructure to the officers.

The Secretary General, thereafter, informed the House that the AIAGEGEO was initially part of CCGGOO and that the CCGGOO in its meeting held in Chennai during December, 2013 had on persuasion by AIB agreed to pursue before the VII CPC the two demands (among others) namely Group ‘B’ Gazetted entry level at PB3 5400 and at least 5 functional promotions but later went back on its promise.  This left the continuance of AIB in CCGGOO untenable but still in the interest of solidarity all programs of CCGGOO are being supported by AIB.
D. Infrastructure & working conditions
S/Shri G. Shrinath, B. P. K. Reddy, A. K. Sasmal and Kousik Roy together raised the issue of poor infrastructure and very bad working conditions in the office which included the situation of  Gazetted offices (Supervisory officers) being forced to do basic work due to huge vacancies in the Inspector cadre.  This view was also expressed by Shri K. P. Tripathy, President of Bhubaneswar Unit, adding that Superintendents are over burdened.  
Shri M. K. Mishra of Mumbai Unit and also All India zonal office bearer added that provisions of working space should be as per the standards prescribed in office procedure manual and decent working conditions should be provided to the cadre. The point of wearing uniform being made compulsory during 1 or 2 out of 5 regular office days on some places and that this was being done purely to pander to the inflated egos of IRS officers was also discussed in the house.
It was decided that the AIB would protest this attitude and also write to the CEBC insisting on prescription of uniform upto the level of Chairman of CBEC. It was also decided that room on a regular basis should be provided in every office for changing over uniforms.
Shri G. Srinath brought up the point that beginning 01.04.2016 the use of 1% incentive for hiring of cars has been barred and that an amount of Rs. 252 Crore lying unutilised should be used to cater the real infrastructure needs of the non Group-A Executive cadres including provisions of mobile phones, laptop, buildings for new Commissionerates etc.
It was decided that all suggestions on the infrastructure/working conditions were required to be mailed to Shri Reji Mathew, General Secretary of Vadodara Unit, who would collate the information and forward it to AIB.
Shri S. K. Mishra, General Secretary of Patna Unit, brought up certain happenings of Gaya International Airport before the House. The Secretary General requested him to mail the problems being faced to be taken up with the concerned authority.
E. Funds, Subscriptions and DDO Certificates.
            The Secretary General informed the House that the AIB is seriously short of funds and that payments to Advocates could not be made in respect of cases before various judicial fora.  The SG also appealed to all units to clear their subscription dues and donate funds liberally to handle various cases pertaining to the cadre adding that we should not lose any case merely for the want of funds. The units were also requested to furnish DDO Certificates to avoid recognition related uncertainties.
On funds, the House decided that the cases should be specifically intimated to the units to enable the process of raising the funds in specific manner instead of resorting to collect funds in a generalised manner. The SG informed the delegates that around seven cases were being pursued and many more may be required to be filed in the interest of the cadre. He said that a minimal amount Rs.1000/- per person may enable us to collect good funds with the provision of more by willing officers. After extensive deliberations, it was decided that minimum Rs. 500/- per person by every unit would be collected and sent to AIB for handling the legal cases.
Shri G. Srinath stressed on the importance of subscribed membership and voting in elections to Association based on such subscribed membership. Proper subscribed membership based voting will help in getting a truly representative body enriching the democratic process. Shri R. Manimohan of Coimbatore Unit articulated on the issue.
Shri R. Parthiban of Chennai Unit supported this view. It was decided that such an amendment can be contemplated in the General Body meeting only.
The SG appealed again to all the units to do the needful on this issue of subscription dues, funds and DDO certificates.

F . Steps to be taken to achieve the goals including agitational measures.
            The SG briefed the House on the calls for agitation (Satyagraha) given earlier and the less then enthusiastic participation on some places. He said that an effective and all-united Satyagraha programme is the only key to our success to achieve the desired goals. He added that we shouldn’t be merely paper tigers as the same would serve no purpose. This point was divided into two, one on purely departmental issues and the other on VII CPC. When some units insisted that the best way on VII CPC would be to join the CCGGOO, the SG informed the AEC that one round of talks had already been initiated with Shri Bhaskar Bhattacharya to explore the option of reviving the Revenue CoC and that efforts were also being made to join the broader platform for Central Government Employees, if there is no conflict with our agenda in the interest of the cadre.
Shri Anand Kishor suggested that everybody should rethink for taking any agitational action.
Shri S. K. Mishra appreciated letters written by the SG to various authorities on various issues. He suggested for some strong programme to achieve our goals.

The SG asked Shri Tirthankar Pyne of Kolkata to receive suggestions from the units and forward to the AIB after collation on the possible course of action for Satyagraha. The units were requested to send their inputs to Shri Pyne.
G. Other Points
Shri S. K. Mishra wanted the AIB to have its own scheme for providing Insurance  to the families of deceased members of the cadre. After discussions, it was felt that the scheme for providing financial compensation was not viable in view of the deep dispersion  on geographical and membership front in the Association.
Shri K. P. Tripathi highlighted the shortage of Inspectors due to which the Superintendents were overburdened. Mumbai, Coimbatore, Kolkata and Chennai units expressed similar views.   Shri R. Parthiban felt that a onetime recruitment (special recruitment) on zonal basis will solve the problem.  After deliberations, the House concurred with the view of serious shortage of Inspectors and the need for resolving the same urgently and as a first step, it was decided to write to CBEC immediately to take measures to fill up all the vacancies of Inspectors.
Shri A. K. Sasmal raised the issue of Excise Day celebrations and protested the way in which it has been allowed to be degenerated by the senior officials in CBEC. He also made the point regarding the non-transparent process of the appreciation certificates given by CBEC on Excise Day. He said that it is needed to be taken-up in the light of non-executive persons being awarded such certificates. After discussions, the house decided that the AIB would write to the CBEC showing unhappiness on the inclusion of non-executive person in the list for 2016 Excise Day appreciation certificate awardees and on the lack of transparency in the process of deciding the awardees.
The issue of compassionate appointment and the difficulties associated with the exercise (including the financial criteria and vacancies in Group B) was raised by some units and the SG informed the House that the Board had agreed to look into the difficulties and speed up the process during the first meeting of JAC with Chairman of CBEC. The House was assured that the issue will again be taken up with the Board. 
The Secretary General informed that provisional affiliation had been granted to Nellore Unit and requested the House to consider grant of full affiliation. The House unanimously gave affiliation to Nellore Unit.  The delegates were also informed that new unit of Agra (from Kanpur) had come into existence between the last convention and this AEC meeting which was also agreed by the House.
Shri R. Parthiban raised the following issues-
a)    Faulty functioning of ACES and the issue of entire responsibility of operating ACES being thrust on Superintendents.   S/Shri A. K. Sasmal, Rajeswar Rao of Nellore Unit, Tirthankar Pyne and Narayanan of Coimbatore Unit supplemented on this issue with their views. The House after extensive deliberations decided that a comprehensive letter covering all aspects will be addressed by the AIB to Chairman of CBEC with a copy marked to Revenue Secretary on the faulty functioning of ACES and reiterating that Superintendents should not be taken to task for the faulty functioning of ACES.  It was also suggested that scrutiny of monthly returns should be vested with all authorities upto the level of Commissioner based on revenue. Units were requested to send their suggestions to Sh. Pyne on ACES, who will collate the same and forward to the AIB.
b)    Rule 56J:   It was decided that AIB will write to CBEC protesting the unwarranted hype and scare being created among the officers when the reality is that it is a routine affair.
c)    Refund: It was advocated that Refund sanction powers to authorities should be akin to adjudication where monetary limits form the basis.
Kolkata Unit raised the following points-
a) Stepping-up of pay of non-ACP/MACP recipient officers at par with their junior officers: After 4 years since Ashok Kumar (Chandigarh) was allowed the stepping-up in pursuance of Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 02/5/2011 in Appeal (Civil) CC 7278 of 2011, none other officer has been allowed the benefit and that too despite several court orders around the country. In Kolkata the Hon’ble High Court in WPCT 101 of 2015 (Chief Commissioner, Kolkata Vs. Debashis Ganguly & Ors.) and WPCT 102 of 2015 (Chief Commissioner, Kolkata Vs. Tapan Bose & Ors) upheld the same position of law.
b) Restoration of 3rd MACP to officers whose upgradation from UDC to Tax Assistant has been belatedly declared as promotion: In an extraordinary development, CBEC has belatedly declared the upgradation from UDC to Tax Assistant (erstwhile) as promotion for those who have got promotion to Inspector but not for those who got promotion to DOS (Level-II). This has caused an artificial divide between the promotees in two streams and 3rd MACP have been withdrawn from the Inspectors/ Superintendents of the Kolkata Zone.
           
The House thanked Kolkata Unit for arranging the AEC-cum-AC meeting and placed on record the hospitality extended by the members of Kolkata Unit for conduct of the same.

In the last, a vote of thanks was given by the host unit.