CGST inspectors, superintendents take part in strike, mass dharna

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2019 09:32:36


Business Bureau,

Functioning of CGST offices all over Vidarbha was severely affected by the combined strike and mass dharna of CGST inspectors and superintendents on January 8 and 9. They were demanding minimum five time-bound promotions in their careers, removal of disparities in promotional avenues between Customs and Excise streams of the CBIC, restoration of inter zonal transfers for inspectors, and scrapping of the New Pension Scheme and replacement of the same with the old one with defined benefits for all officers recruited after 2003 also. The protesting officers gathered in a huge number before the GST Bhawan at Civil Lines. On both these days for several hours during the day and voiced their unrest and disquiet by speeches and slogans.

Local office-bearers of both associations representing inspectors and superintendents of CGST (earlier Central Excise) informed that their national bodies had given this call for agitation, and it was being observed in all CGST offices in the country.

The anguish caused by the indifferent attitude of the CBIC to the plight of officers recruited as inspectors and forced to retire after even 35 years of service as superintendents with merely a single promotion was evident among the agitating officers. They decided to bring work of their offices to a standstill as a last resort after repeated representations and milder forms of protest failed to evoke any positive initiative from their higher ups to address these issues. On the other hand, officers recruited directly as Assistant Commissioners get 8 to 9 promotions in their normal service lives.

To add insult to injury, officers from the Customs streams recruited through the same examination as inspectors, are given rapid promotions and posted as superior officers of their Central Excise counterparts, many of whom are several years senior to these Customs side officers, informs a press release.