" IRS OFFICERS PROMOTED FROM THE GRADE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF CENTRAL EXCISE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF AIACEGEO. THIS IS THE ONLY ASSOCIATION FOR SUPERINTENDENTS OF CENTRAL EXCISE AND IRS OFFICERS PROMOTED FROM THE GRADE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF CENTRAL EXCISE THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY . President Mr. A. Venkatesh and SG Mr. Ravi Malik.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Meeting with MOS, Revenue

Dear friends,
Namaste.
A meeting was held with the Hon'ble Minister of State, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. The following issues were raised before him-
(1) DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner for the year 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
(2)  Implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in the light of UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 of Expenditure.
(3) Retrospective implementation of the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendents at par with NCB Superintendents as cleared by IFU vide F. No. A-26017/65/2003-Ad-II(A) of CBEC.
(4)  Batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation to our officers to grant financial parity with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc. as recommended by CBEC vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16.
(5) Initial pay scale to Central Excise Superintendent at par with the DSP of CBI w.r.t. OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 of the Expenditure.
He was kind enough to listen our submissions. He asked his APS to go through the papers submitted by us in detail and forward the same to the concerned authority for the necessary action . The APS was made aware of relevant details alongwith due enclosures. We are thankful to the Hon'ble Minister to spare time for us from his tight schedule of Parliament and Budget.
The following submissions were made-
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 189/AIB/G/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Request for redressal of the issues submitted herewith.
Sir, 
With due regards, the forthcoming issues are submitted for your kind consideration and due redressal w.r.t. the e-mail Dt. 26.12.17. A bit detailed representation on each issue is also enclosed alongwith explaining the things in a bit clear manner. The issues are as under-

(1) DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner for the year 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (as detailed in Annexure-I enclosed herewith).

(2)  Implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in the light of UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 of Expenditure (as detailed in Annexure-II enclosed herewith).

(3) Retrospective implementation of the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendents at par with NCB Superintendents as cleared by IFU vide F. No. A-26017/65/2003-Ad-II(A) of CBEC (as detailed in Annexure-III enclosed herewith).

(4)  Batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation to our officers to grant financial parity with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc. as recommended by CBEC vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16 (as detailed in Annexure-IV enclosed herewith).

(5) Initial pay scale to Central Excise Superintendent at par with the DSP of CBI w.r.t. OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 of the Expenditure (as detailed in Annexure-V enclosed herewith).

            2. Your goodself is once more requested to look into the above issues for the sake of justice to the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents, the most of whom are retiring with single promotion in their career after joining as Inspector.

Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Encls: As above.


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.


Annexure-I
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 190/AIB/DPC/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner for the year 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Sir,
            It is submitted with due regards that the promotions have not been affected against the promotional quota in respect of regular/permanent posts in the last DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner in CBEC. Thus, 230+200+230+104=764 posts are to be added in the DPC for promotion of our officers against the promotional quota in respect of regular/permanent posts.
            2. It is further submitted that the DPC for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 has been done for 1261 posts but promotion orders have been issued merely for 844 officers in all. Thus, 417 (1261-844) posts are also to be added for the DPC. Final figure is to be reached also by adding all retirements including voluntary retirements, demise etc. against temporary posts.
3. It is also worth to submit that the officers promoted against temporary posts have also not been moved upwards against regular posts which is required to be done immediately. This will increase the number of promotional posts at temporary level.
4. It is further submitted that the DPC for a financial year should be conducted well in advance latest by the month of January of the preceding year as per the DOPT OMs No. 22011/1/2011-Estt.(D) Dt. 23.04.15, 22011/9/98-Estt (D) Dt. 08.09.98, 22011/1/2011-Estt (D) Dt. 11.03.11, 22011/1/2011-Estt (D) Dt. 13.12.13, 22011/1/2011-Esstt(D) Dt. 27.10.16 etc. Accordingly, the DPC for the year 2016-17 and 2017-18 should have been conducted in the months of January, 2016 and January, 2017 respectively and the DPC for the year 2018-19 is also due in the month of January, 2018.
5. It is also worth to mention that the chain vacancies on account of cascading effect from higher side are also required to be included for the promotion to the post of Asstt. Commissioner as per the DOPT OM No. 22011/9/98-Estt(D) Dt. 06.10.99. It is clearly mentioned in this OM that the existing and clear anticipated vacancies as well as chain vacancies on account of retirements, promotions, demise etc. in all higher grades/hierarchy should be included for the purpose of DPC.
6. The last cadre restructuring was notified in the month of December, 2013 whereas Ist DPC based on it was held in the month of October, 2014, i.e., approximately after 1 year. Accordingly, the period of 5 years for existence of temporary post may kindly be counted from October, 2014 as already requested. Not only it, due steps may also kindly be taken to further extend and make these posts permanent as a part of separate service for group B Central Excise executive officers by adding sufficient number of posts at each level on the lines and in proportion of CSS.
7. However as per the scenario as on date, the temporary posts of Asstt. Commissioner will lapse in the month of December, 2018. Our officers are forced to retire every month without promotion despite of thousands of promotional posts being in hand. Not only it, the GST work is also being suffered by keeping so huge number of posts vacant at Group ‘A’ entry level.
 8. Your kind attention is also invited to the RTI reply given vide F. No. 8/B/03/HRD (HRM)/2014/Pt. 1/16445 Dt. 07.11.17 saying that CBEC is having 11, 1, 72, 4, 405 & 1374 posts vacant respectively at the level of PCC, CC, PC, Commissioner, ADC/JC & DC/AC as on 06.11.17. No need to say that the vacancies for the period from 07.11.17 to 31.03.18 are also to be added to it for the year 2017-18.
               9. The provisions under GFR 254 of 2005 also say that the vacant posts on account of the want of the eligible officers at higher levels can be operated at lower level. Accordingly, the vacant posts at higher levels may be operated at JTS level. This point was also raised by the Association in the meeting of 04.03.14 chaired by the then Chairperson of CBEC and it was decided & minuted in the minutes issued vide F. No. 8/B/49/HRD(HRM)/2014 Dt. 26.03.14 by the ADG (HRM) and dispatched vide No. 1272 to 1275 Dt. 26.03.14 that the position can be reviewed after one year of the implementation of the cadre restructuring. Now, this is the right time to review the position.
               10. In view of the above, it is requested to convene DPC for the years 2016-17 & 2017-18 at an early date against all unfilled/existing/anticipated  posts of Asstt. Commissioner including promotion quota against regular/permanent posts, retirements, demise, backlog etc. vacancies as our officers are forced to retire waiting for the rarest IInd promotion in the career. Immediate steps may also kindly be taken for making upward movement (against regular/permanent posts) of the officers promoted against the temporary posts to benefit the maximum number of our officers. Due preparations may also kindly be made for the DPC for the year 2018-19 which is due in the month of January, 2018.
                        Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
 Encl: Copy of the DOPT provisions for Ad hoc promotions even in case of
           court injuction.

                                                                                                                                       (RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
  
Annexure-II
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 191/AIB/6thCPC/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in light of UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 of Expenditure.
Sir,
With due regards, it is to submit that the pay scale of the Chief Enforcement Officers, analogous counterparts of Central Excise Superintendent, under our own Department of Revenue was enhanced to Rs. 8000-13500/- without the recommendations by CPC vide Order F. No. 1612612004-Ad.I.C dt. 04.10.05. The 6th  CPC under para 7.14.25 recommended to maintain parity between the post of Chief Enforcement Officer and Central Excise Superintendent etc. which has not been implemented till date. Subsequently, the post of the Chief Enforcement Officer was re-designated as Assistant Director. The duties and responsibilities of Assistant Director (re-designated) of Enforcement Directorate are at par with the duties and responsibilities of the post of Central Excise Superintendent. The Central Excise Superintendents join the Enforcement Directorate as Assistant Director on deputation basis also. The Chief Enforcement Officers are also being paid 25% extra salary per month again without the recommendations of CPC.
               2. The competent authority in the Govt. of India (Department of Expenditure) has, however, approved an initial grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB2 for Central Excise Superintendents on 21.11.14 considering para 7.15.24 of the report of 6th CPC but it was communicated finally to CBEC vide UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 by a lower rung officer to send the case to 7th CPC.
               3. It is really unfortunate and totally unjustified that the matter duly recommended by the 6th CPC and duly accepted by the competent authority was again asked to be sent to 7th CPC. It was, however, neither sent to the 7th CPC nor implemented till date. Even if it was sent to the 7th CPC and would have been again recommended, who knows that it would have not again been asked to be sent to the next CPC/s under an unending process.
               4. In view of the above, it is requested to kindly undo the discrimination by implementing the para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in accordance of the approval by the competent authority of the Expenditure on 21.11.14 vide UO No. 6/37/98-IC to give justice to the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents.
               Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Encl: Copy of relevant note sheet of Expenditure. 


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.


Annexure-III
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 192/AIB/NCB/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Retrospective implementation of pay scale of Central Excise Superintendents at par with NCB Superintendents who were the part & parcel of one & the same RRs having a common seniority list for being promoted to the common post of Asstt. Commissioner.
Sir,
With due regards, it is to submit that the pay scale of the Superintendents of Narcotics Control Bureau was revised to Rs. 7500-12000/- from Rs. 6500-10500/- w.e.f. 01.01.96 with all consequential benefits vide U.O. No. 169/1/2005-IC dt. 11.04.05 of the Department of Expenditure leading to the issuance of Order F. No. II/2(38)/2004-Estt. dt. 20.04.05 by the Narcotics Control Bureau whereas the pay scale of the Superintendents of Central Excise was revised to Rs. 7500-12000/- from Rs. 6500-10500/- prospective effect w.e.f. 21.04.04, i.e., from the date of issuance of the order vide O.M. No. 6/37/98-IC dt. 21.04.04.
            2. It is worth to submit that the Superintendents of Narcotics Control Bureau were granted the retrospective benefit despite of the fact that their pay scale was revised even after the revision of pay scale of Superintendents of Central Excise. The Association has been continuously raising the demand for implementing the revised pay scale with retrospective effect for Central Excise/CGST Superintendents instead of 21.04.2004 since very beginning but nothing has happened till date. It is further submitted that the Superintendents in Narcotics Control Bureau were also granted the non-functional time scale on completion of 4 years of service based on the parity with the Superintendents of Central Excise and also based on the precedent of the grant of time scale to later.  
3. Further, there exists an established parity and relativity between the Superintendents of NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) and Superintendents of Central Excise as the nature of duties, mode of recruitment, functions and responsibilities of these posts are the same. The Superintendents of Central Excise are also working as Superintendents in NCB since the creation of NCB. NCB was also a part of CBEC under the Department of Revenue and remained its part till 18.02.03. The Superintendents of NCB were sharing common seniority with the Superintendents of Central Excise for promotion to the Group ‘A’ post of Asstt. Commissioner till 18.02.03. The Allocation of Business Rules, 1961 were amended vide Notification No. I/22/1/2003-CAB dt. 18.02.03 [S.O. 193(E)] to include the NCB in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Even after that, NCB is being monitored by the CBEC/Department of Revenue and the Superintendents of Central Excise are till now performing their duties as Superintendents of NCB.
4. The mode of recruitment of the Inspectors in CBEC and Intelligence Officers (Inspector grade) in NCB is also common. The posts of Superintendents in CBEC and NCB are also filled-up through promotion from the Inspectors and Intelligence Officers. The High Power Committee formed by the then Finance Minister also accepted that the Superintendents of Central Excise and the Superintendents of NCB are  at  par. Further, the Sixth  Pay  Commission  had  categorically  observed  vide  Para  7.15.20  of  its report that  the  duties  & responsibilities attached to these posts whether in Central Excise or in the Narcotics Control Bureau are similar.
            5. Thus, the non-grant of retrospective revision of pay scale to the Central Excise Superintendents is not justified as the grave anomaly has arisen on account of the different dates of revision prescribed by the Department of Expenditure for different categories of employees. If the pay scale of the Superintendents of NCB was revised retrospectively w.e.f. 01.01.96 by the Department of Expenditure, the prospective revision of pay scale from 21.04.04 for the Superintendents of Central Excise is gross injustice to them.
            6. It is also worth to submit that the matter was also recommended to the Department of Expenditure by the CBEC with due clearance from IFU vide F. No. A-26017/65/2003-Ad-II(A) of CBEC but the same has been returned to CBEC by the Expenditure perhaps in a routine manner without considering the merits of the case.
7. In view of the above, it is requested to kindly give the retrospective effect to the enhanced pay scale of the Central Excise Superintendents at par with the Superintendents of NCB for the sake of justice.
            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,



(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
  
Annexure-IV
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 193/AIB/NFU/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation to our officers to grant financial parity with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc.
Sir,
            With due regards, it is to submit that Central Excise/CGST Superintendents are retiring with single promotion on a PB2 post in a career of 35-40 years whereas their common entry counterparts of Customs, CBDT, CSS etc. are easily being promoted to PB4 (Level-13 & above) levels with 5-6 promotions. Central Excise Superintendents are also forced to work under their extreme juniors of Customs (Examiners) belonging to one & same cadre of Inspector and recruited through one & same process under one & same organization of CBEC in one & same department of Revenue of one & same Ministry of Finance with one & same administrative hierarchy. Examiner of 1984 has already become Addl. Commissioner (GP-Rs. 8700/- in PB4/Level-13) years ago after getting 5 promotions whereas the Central Excise Inspector of 1984 is yet to get IInd promotion to JTS post of Asstt. Commissioner (GP-Rs. 5400/- in PB3/Level-10). The counterparts of CSS including Rajya Sabha Secretariat and CBDT are already reaching the level of Joint Secretary and Commissioner respectively in the GP of Rs. 10000/- in PB4 (Level-14). We have nothing against these counterparts and wish them to get even more promotions but also request for same benefit for us. We may kindly be granted at least financial parity with them as the Central Excise Superintendents are getting salary even less than the pension of above counterparts.
2. All organised group ‘A’ officers recruited with IAS,  the best placed group ‘A’ service, in the same pay scale through common entry have been granted financial parity with  counterparts of IAS in the form of non-functional financial up-gradation (NFU) vide DOPT OM No. AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) Dt. 24.04.09 to compensate lack of promotions as compared to IAS. This scheme was introduced for group ‘A’ officers to compensate financial loss in comparison to counterparts of IAS. Particularly keeping in view the extraordinarily acute stagnation of Central Excise Superintendents & Inspectors, a proposal for grant of non-functional financial up-gradation to grant them financial parity with the counterparts of CSS was approved and recommended to DOPT by the CBEC. But DOPT without going into the merits returned the same simply saying that NFU is applicable only for Group ‘A’ organized service.
3. As far as the group ‘B’ officers are concerned, the CSS officers are the best placed group ‘B’ officers of Govt. of India like IAS in group ‘A’. The group ‘B’ officers at the level of Inspector of Central Excise and the Assistant of CSS are recruited in a common scale of pay through common entry examination conducted by SSC. The officers recruited as Assistant (Group-B, Non Gazetted, Level-7) in the Ministries get the benefit of promotions upto the Joint Secretary level, i.e., i) SO with GP of Rs. 4800/- (Level-8) and Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) after 4 years of service, ii) US (Grade-I) with GP of Rs.6600/- (Level-11), iii) DS with GP of Rs. 7600/- (Level-12), iv) Director with GP of Rs. 8700/- (Level-13) and JS with GP of Rs. 10000/- (Level-14). However, the majority of their counterpart Inspectors of Central Excise in CBEC recruited as Group-B (Non Gazetted) through the same All India competitive examination gets only one promotion in 35/40 years of service career.
 4. The Assistants/Section Officers are working in the headquarters offices on policy making seats whereas the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise/CGST are working on more important seats of revenue collection in the field formations. Despite of working on more important seats, the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise/CGST are not treated at par with the counterparts of CSS at least in financial matters. These CSS counterparts are retiring 4-5 grades above the officers recruited as the Inspector of Central Excise. On account of this, the CSS counterparts are getting 60% more pay than the officers recruited as Inspector of Central Excise. Even the pension of CSS counterparts is more than the salary of the officers recruited as Inspector of Central Excise.
5. The group ‘A’ officers in the Ministries are selected under Central Staffing Scheme on deputation basis from organized Group ‘A’ Services or from CSS officers being promoted from the post of Assistant/Section Officer but no such opportunity is available for the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise who are not only looking after the work relating to the collection of Central Excise duty but also looking  after  the  work of collection of Customs duty (including Inland Air Travel Tax and Foreign Travel Tax) and Service Tax and also CGST & IGST. Needless to submit that they are already earning the maximum portion of the govt. revenues always far ahead even of the revised revenue targets with the efficient, committed & effective efforts despite of their total demoralisation, disappointment and job-dissatisfaction in r/o pay & perks, career prospects and working conditions.
6. Above facts very well manifest the injustice meted out to officers recruited as Central Excise Inspector despite of the most important work of revenue collection being done by them for govt. During this course, they have been facing every threat including life of them as well as their families by the hard core criminals, dreaded smugglers and white collared criminals alongwith tremendous administrative pressures. Thus, the officers recruited as the Inspector of Central Excise deserve a far better treatment in every aspect including pay, perks and career prospects. The grant of the non-functional financial upgradation on batch to batch basis with the common entry counterparts of CSS may be a solace for these hard working Central Excise/CGST officers.
7. As far as the importance of the work responsibilities is concerned, the Superintendents are discharging all functions relating to assessment, investigation & intelligence, issuance of Show Cause Notices with the responsibility of adjudication. They have not only been conferred with the judicial responsibilities in the matter of adjudication but also conferred with the judicial responsibilities of recording statements of various persons in terms of Section 14 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 and Section 108 of the Customs Act, 1962.  The statements tendered before the Central Excise/CGST Superintendent have a legal binding and are treated as a valid piece of evidence by various courts including the Hon’ble Supreme Court just like the statements tendered before a Magistrate. Not only it, the Adjudication Orders are also being prepared by them for the Commissioner level officers. No such responsibilities have been conferred to the CSS officers or any other counterparts of Central Excise Superintendents/Inspectors. It is also important to mention that the judicial officers are not only being highly paid with extra perks but also treated in a far better way in the matter of career prospects in our country.
8. Though the Central Excise Superintendents are performing more responsible work functions as compared to other common entry counterparts, yet they are facing the worst career prospects instead of getting better treatment. This injustice is being faced by them despite of being the ‘backbone of the government revenue’ on account of being the major revenue collectors for the government in the form of Central Excise duty, Customs duty and Service Tax and also CGST & IGST. In the actual terms, they are the ‘backbone of the government’ on account of being responsible for the finance of the government. But very unfortunately, they are being totally ignored in every matter.
9. The parity is the basic concept of our Constitution and the parity in promotions is required to be maintained amongst the similarly placed employees but the Government of India has not initiated any action to maintain parity in promotions as well as pay packages amongst the Group ‘B’ officers. The group ‘A’ officers have already been granted financial parity by the Government of India by the grant of non-functional financial upgradation at par with the counterparts of IAS. Like it, the grant of the batch to batch non-functional financial upgradation after entry into group ‘B’ or equivalent grade is also the immediate need of the time for all group ‘B’ officers to bring them at par at least financially with the best placed group ‘B’ counterparts like CSS etc.  
 10. No need to submit that the VIth as well as VIIth CPC have already recommended to bring parity between the officers of headquarters offices and field offices keeping in view the utmost importance of the work being done by the field officers.
11. The matter was also recommended to the 7th CPC by the CBEC as advised by the Department of Expenditure (Ref. OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16 of CBEC) but the CPC kept silence on it without giving any finding. After the publication of 7th CPC report, the matter was again recommended by CBEC vide above mentioned OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16 for the consideration of Empowered Committee but the Committee also remained silent on it.
12. In view of the above, it is requested to consider the matter sympathetically to grant non-functional financial up-gradation (NFU) to Central Excise/CGST Superintendents/Inspectors at par with the best placed Group ‘B’ counterparts of CSS for the sake of justice.
            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
 Encl: Copy of relevant note sheet.


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.

                                                                                                                             Annexure-V
ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(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. 194/AIB/P/17                                                                          Dt. 28.12.17
To, 
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla,
Hon’ble Minister of State,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi.
Sub: Initial pay scale to Central Excise/CGST Superintendent at par with DSP of CBI w.r.t. OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 of the Expenditure (also recommended by CBEC vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16) alongwith other perks & allowances etc.
Sir,  
            With due regards, it is to submit that the feeder cadre of Inspector was placed at par in the matter of pay scale in CBEC and CBI on 21.04.04 but the promotional cadre of Central Excise/CGST Superintendent is still awaited to be placed at par with the DSP of CBI (promotional cadre for Inspector in CBI). However, the 7th CPC has again recommended a higher pay scale for the Inspectors of CBI based on wrong facts saying that the CBI Inspector was working in a higher pay scale than the Central Excise Inspector prior to the formation of 7th CPC.
2. It is further submitted that new higher responsibilities of judicial nature were conferred upon Central Excise Superintendents vide Circular No.  922/12/ 2010-CX issued vide F. No. 208/2/2009-CX-6 Dt. 18.05.10 and 130/12/2010–ST issued vide F. No. 137/68/2010-CX. 4 Dt. 20.05.10. Their responsibilities have again been increased 10 times by enhancing the adjudication limit to Rs. 10 lac vide circular No. 1049/37/2016-CX issued vide F. No. 267/40/2016-CX.8 Dt. 29.09.16 of CBEC. No need to say that increased/higher responsibilities are always directly linked with the increased/higher pay scales. But very unfortunately, there is no increase in the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendents despite of the responsibilities of these officers being on regular increase.
3. Central Excise/CGST Superintendents have also been conferred with new higher technical/scientific responsibilities of ACES since 2010 and now GSTN under GST. The claim of these Superintendents becomes even stronger on account of recording statements like a Magistrate under Section 14 of Central Excise Act & Section 108 of Customs Act having validity even before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Not only it, the Adjudication Orders are also being prepared by them for Commissioner level officers.  No such responsibilities have been conferred upon any counterpart of them including CBI. They are also being conferred with the new additional responsibilities every year in the Finance Bill (Budget). No need to say that Central Excise/CGST Superintendents also have to play a very important role by bearing very important responsibilities under GST too.
4. Despite of the admission by Expenditure Department Under RTI vide OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 that the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendent was enhanced on 21.04.04 to grant them parity with DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB (analogous counterparts of Central Excise Superintendent), Central Excise Superintendent was not given the said parity and was granted merely a lower pay scale of Rs. 7500-12000/- w.e.f. 21.04.04 instead of Rs. 8000-13500/- or equivalent (pay scale of DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB).
 5. Govt. enhanced the pay scale of DSP of CBI without recommendations of CPC and also without any increase in their responsibilities considering them as Police Organisation. However, Hon’ble CAT of Jabalpur in order in r/o OA No. 45/2000 didn’t consider them as
Police Organisation, whereas Special Police Establishment (Executive Staff) Recruitment Rules and CBI Recruitment Rules, 1987 consider department of Central Excise as a Police Organisation. Section 21 of Central Excise Act and Section 53 of NDPS Act also confer powers of Officer-in-Charge of Police Station on Central Excise officers.
6. The Central Excise personnel are also deployed on International Airports, International Sea Ports and International borders side by side with IB, CBI, Army, BSF, CRPF and ITBP etc. These personnel have suffered heavy casualties while dealing with trans-border criminals and countering with the dreaded smugglers.  Also as per the OM issued vide F. No. 8/B/90/HRD (HRM)/2011 (Part-I)/4853 Dt. 21.10.14 and No.C.30013/11/2011-Ad.IV.A Dt.02.08.13 of CBEC/the Govt. of India, the Central Excise Superintendents perform their duties in the nature and style of ‘Military’ and ‘Navy’ being uniformed officers bearing “Ashoka Emblem”. Thus, Central Excise/CGST Superintendents are required to be placed under a pay scale even higher than the DSP of CBI on the lines of Military and Navy.   
            7. Till 07.02.96, the pay scale of both posts (Central Excise Superintendent and DSP of CBI) was same, i.e., Rs. 2000-3500/-. Govt. of India vide OM No. 245/23/95 – AVD-II Dt. 08.02.96 of DOPT enhanced the pay scale of DSP of CBI to Rs. 2200-4000/- retrospectively w.e.f. 01.01.86 without any increase in their responsibilities and also without recommendations of CPC. Thus, it is gross injustice not to bring the Central Excise Superintendent at least at par with the DSP of CBI in the matter of pay scale particularly when the govt. (department of expenditure) also admitted that the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendent was enhanced to Rs. 7500-12000/- to grant them parity with the DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB. It is also worth to submit that the DSP of CBI etc. are also being paid 25% per month extra salary and also 13 months salary in the year, the same may also kindly be given to the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents and Inspectors.
            8. The plea by Central Excise Superintendents for grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 has been turned down stating that it is the group ‘A’ entry scale belonging to the promotional post of Asstt. Commissioner, to which Superintendent is a feeder post. That being the case, the feeder post of Assistant and promotional post of Section Officer were placed in the same pay scale in CSS once upon a time just before the implementation of 6th CPC report. Likewise, feeder and promotional posts were being placed in the same pay scale in Audit and Accounts services. Also Group ‘B’ officers in the Sate Governments and Group ‘A’ All India Service Officers are recruited in the same grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 and get next promotion to the same post in grade pay of Rs. 6600/-. Further, it is also a fact that the pay of any Assistant Commissioner (direct) will always be less than a Superintendent on account of acute stagnation at Inspector and Superintendent levels. Accordingly, there should not be any problem to place the Central Excise Superintendent in the Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level 10). This problem may, however, also be solved by promoting the Superintendent directly to STS (Level 11) post like most of the other counterparts or even making the group ‘A’ entry into Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- (Level 11).
            9. Grant of the pay scale at par with the analogous counterparts of CBI to all Group ‘B’ gazetted executive officers in CBEC/CBIC including the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents, Customs Superintendents and Customs Appraisers will involve a negligible financial implication merely to the tune of around Rs. 18 crore particularly when they are earning the revenue always above the set targets regularly every year. They have collected the revenue to the tune of Rs. 8,86,000 crore for the year 2016-17 which is very well above the set target.
10. It is also worth to submit that only a negligible amount of merely around 80 paise is being incurred to collect Rs. 100/- by these officers despite of being faced the worst pay packages and also the worst career prospects. No need to say that the revenue collection and efficiency in the indirect tax administration would increase multifold, if these officers are made job-satisfied regarding their pay matters and career prospects.  
            11. Intelligence and investigation is integral part of the work responsibilities of Central Excise Superintendents  like  DSP  of  CBI.  Central  Excise  Superintendents  are performing rather more expert responsibilities than DSP of CBI, that's why they (and also Central Excise Inspectors) are allowed to go to CBI on deputation as DSP of CBI or above but DSP of CBI (or any cadre of CBI) is not allowed to come to Central Excise/CGST/Customs on deputation.
               12. The CBEC has also recommended for the grant of a Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) for the Central Excise Superintendents at par with the DSP of CBI and also to give them next promotion in STS vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16  after the issuance of the 7th CPC report. But the matter is yet to reach the finality.
               13. In view of the above, it is requested to place the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents at least under a grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) or equivalent scale alongwith other perks & allowances etc. w.e.f. the date of the grant of the same to the DSP of CBI.
               Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Encl: (i) OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 of the Expenditure. 
         (ii) OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16 of CBEC.

(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.