F.No. 394/97/2017-Cus (AS)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
(Anti-Smuggling Unit)
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512, Hudco Vishala Building, Bhikaji Cama Place,
R.K. Puram, New Delhi. dated 27.09.2017

To

All Principal Chief/Chief Commissioners of Customs/ Customs (Preventive),
All Principal Chief/Chief Commissioners of Customs and Central Tax/ Central Excise,
All Principal Chief/Chief Commissioners of Customs, Central Tax/ Central Excise,
All Principal Director Generals/Director Generals,
Chief Commissioner (Authorized Representative), CESTAT,
All Joint Secretaries and Commissioners of CBEC

Sub: Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificates to be announced on the occasion of the Republic Day, 2018 – reg.

Madam / Sir,

Every year, on the occasion of Republic Day, Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificates are granted to the officers of the Department for:-

(i) Exceptionally Meritorious Service at the risk of life, and

(ii) Specially distinguished record of service.

2. In this regard, the following Notifications/Instructions may be referred to:

S.No. Notification No./Instructions No. Dated
1. Notification No. 12/139/59-AD. III B 05-11-1962
2. Notification No. 31/12/67. Ad. IIIB 15-01-1968
3. Instruction F. No. 31/2/67.Adm. III B 08-05-1969
4. Notification No. A21021/13/71.Ad. IIIB 22-01-1972
5. Notification No. 21021/1/82-Ad. III B 14-06-1982
6. Instruction F. No. 394/100/86-Cus (AS) 14-03-1986
7. Notification No. 4/96 issued vide F. No. 394/05/96-Cus (AS) 22-01-1996
8. Notification No. 2/2013- Customs (N.T.) issued vide F. No. 394/136/2011- Cus (AS) (Pt) 14-01-2013
9. Circular issued vide F. No. 394/ i 57/2013-Cus (AS) 17-09-2013
10. Notification No. 43/2014- Customs (N.T.) dated 23.05.2014 issued vide F. No. 394/136/2011-Cus (AS)(Pt) read with corrigendum dated 19.1.2016 23-05-2014

3. The proposals for the Presidential Awards on the occasion of the eve of Republic Day, 2018, have now become due for consideration. Accordingly, the following action plan is proposed:-

(i) To have greater transparency in the selection process, the criteria may he widely circulated to enable officers to apply for the awards. Every formation shall forward applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them in the format prescribed in Annexure- I and the Proformas enclosed with this letter.

(ii) All the Customs Zones shall forward applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them to the DGRI latest by 11.2017.

(iii) All the Central Tax/ Central Excise formations shall forward the applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them to the DGGSTI latest by 07.11.2017.

(iv) The Directorates, namely, DG Audit, DG Inspection, DG GST, DG Systems, DG Vigilance, Directorate of Logistics, Directorate of Data Management, Directorate of Legal Affairs, Directorate General of Taxpayer Services (DGTS), DG HRD, Chief Commissioner (AR), Settlement Commission, and Authority for Advance Rulings shall forward the applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them to the DGGSTI by 07.11.2017.

(v) The Directorates, namely, DG Export Promotion, DG NACEN, DG Safeguards, DG Valuation, Directorate of CRCL, CEIB, Narcotics Commissioner, Gwalior and the Directorate of Enforcement shall send the applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them to the DGRI by 07.11.2017.

(vi) The Joint Secretaries and Commissioner of CBEC shall send the applications received from officers under them to the DGRI by 07.11.2017. Recommendations of officers working in the Board shall be separately forwarded by the Members of the Board to this Unit.

(vii) DGRI and DGGSTI shall compile the applications and the recommendations received from the field formations and the Directorates and forward the same along with the applications received from officers under their jurisdiction as well as proposals of officers recommended by them to the Board latest by 22.11.2017.

4. Further, the forwarding/recommending authorities shall ensure that:

(i) All matters relating to vigilance including any complaint / FIR / past, present or contemplated inquiry relating to the officers for whom proposal for grant of Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate is being recommended / not-recommended are invariably brought to the notice of the Ministry while forwarding the proposal.

(ii) The forwarding/recommending authority/Head of the Department should keep in mind Para 2 of the guidelines issued vide F.No.31/2/67/ADM-III B, dated 8th May, 1969 for scrutinizing and forwarding/recommending cases of officers for the Awards.

Encl: As above.

Yours faithfully,

(Rohit Anand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax No. 26177 — 328/543/572
email id: rohit.anand76@nic.in 

Copy to:

1. Chairman, Settlement Commission, New Delhi

2. Chairman, Authority for Advance Ruling, New Delhi

3. Director General, CEIB, New Delhi

4. Narcotics Commissioner, Gwalior,

5. Director, Enforcement Directorate, New Delhi

6. Webmaster, www.cbec.gov.in for uploading on the website

ANNEXURE —I to letter F.No. 394/97/2017-Cus (AS), dated 27.09.2017

Instructions on forwarding applications / recommendations for Presidential Award of
Appreciation Certificates to be announced on the occasion of the Republic Day, 2018

1. The award for distinguished record of service is to be recommended on the basis
of the following criteria:-

(i) Cases of only those officers who have consistently shown excellent performance during their day to day work and who have displayed exemplary devotion to duty should be recommended for these awards;

(ii) No officer who possesses a consistently outstanding record of service should be left out merely for the reasons that during his/her service career, he/she did not have the occasion to perform any spectacular or sensational seizure; or the number of seizures made by them is small; or because each seizure, taken by itself, did not disclose any extraordinary talent;

(iii) Normally, only those officers who have put in a minimum of 15 years of service in the Department should be considered for such Awards but in exceptional circumstances, cases of officers who have put in 10 years of service may also be recommended.

2. The word limits prescribed in the relevant columns shall be strictly adhered to.

3. All the Proformas should be in A4 size paper and ‘Times New Roman’ Font, Size 11 should be used.

4. The above instructions should also be strictly adhered to in cases where the applications received from officers are being forwarded by the formations.

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