Central Excise Inspectors Association’s dharna today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Oct 2018 10:54:52


Business Bureau,

All India Central Excise Inspectors Association (AICEIA) has called for a day-long dharna in front of head quarter office of all zones on October 30. Accordingly, a day-long dharna will be followed at headquarters CGST and CX, Nagpur Zone by the members of the Association.

In a letter written to the Ministry of Finance, the Association said, the totally indifferent attitude of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) administration towards its own employees is an open secret and there is no place for consultative mechanism at CBIC in a true sense. Since long, the CBIC has tried to defeat the very purpose with which the Ministry recognises staff associations. The logical and genuine issues raised by the associations have never been given a thought except in the cases when the issue is related to the unrecognised IRS (C&E) association. The whimsical and autocratic decisions are continously hitting the morale of the workforce and in turn affecting the health of the organisation.

The recent such decision of CBIC is the banning of Inter Commissionerate Transfer i.e ICT (Inter Zonal Transfer in true sense). Some of the issues are-- ICT was stopped in 2004 and only after judicial orders and active persuasion of this, Association was reopened in 2012.

The instruction issued in 2004 talks about amending the Recruitment Rules but no amendment was made till 2012. Hence, it can be seen that instruction of CBIC had overridden the statutory provisions of the Recruitment Rules for 8 long years. While finalising the Recruitment Rule 2016, no consultation with Association was made thus violating the guidelines. The then CBEC authorities made submissions before the court of law regarding the norms for ICT well after the publication of the Recruitment Rules. This clearly shows the status of the authority where they themselves are unaware whether ICT has anything to do with the Recruitment Rules or not.

Even, if the CBEC draws the conclusion that the ICT is not allowed under new Recruitment Rules, they instead of proposing corrective measures went ahead with the proposal of snatching the substantial benefit from the employees. The proposal is not only empowered with retrospective effect but also comes with contradictory clause of posting on loan basis. The Association has demanded Finance Ministry to intervene. To highlight the problem, it was decided to go for a day-long dharna on October 30, informs a press release by Anubhuti Chatterjee, Secretary General of the Association.