ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE GAZETTED
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS: KERALA UNIT
PRESIDENT: ANTONIO NETTICADAN GENERAL SECRETARY: ARUN ZACHARIAH.P
The Chief Commissioner of Central Tax, Central Excise & Customs
Sub: GST Day – What is there to celebrate?
It is learnt that preparations are underway to celebrate GST day on 01.07.2018. I wish to bring to your attention, the alienation felt by the cadre of Superintendents of Central Excise to any such celebrations.
2. The Superintendent of Central Excise is the second largest cadre in CBIC, after the cadre of Inspector of Central Excise and together we constitute 40% of the total strength of the Department. Yet, we are the most deprived cadres in CBIC. Several restructurings were conducted by the department; that too specifically stating the stagnation of Group B cadres, nothing much has changed as far as Central Excise Executive cadres are concerned. Though new cadres of Principal Commissioner and Principal Chief Commissioner has been created without functional justifications, to cater to the aspiration of IRS (CECE) officers, nothing has been done by the Board to ensure a minimum career progression to Central Excise Executive cadres. Despite all these restructurings 90% of Central Excise Inspector recruits, retires with a single promotion.
3. Each restructuring has widened the disparity in promotion among the 3 mainstream Group B executive cadres recruited in a single examination. While the 1997 batch Examiner and the 1995 batch Preventive Officer has been promoted as Assistant Commissioner, 1986 batch of Central Excise Inspectors are still remaining as Superintendents. The ignominy of working under his/her 11 year junior is beyond explanation.
4. Whenever pressure from the cadre increases, Board constitutes a committee and none of the committee reports would be acted Upon. The latest of such report is that of the Stagnation Committee headed by Shri. Balesh Kumar. Though this was submitted in August 2017, no further actions have been taken.
5. The Board is not even ready to implement judgments of Supreme Court that is beneficial to its employees. You may recall that I had requested for the implementation of the judgment dated 10.10.2017 of the Honourable Supreme Court in CA 8883/2017, SLP (C) 23513/2015, 3189/2015 and 17576/2017 (M. Subramoniam Vs. Union of India). The Apex Court judgment has not been implemented even the in case of Shri. Asoka Narayanan, Superintendent in this Zone who was party before the Supreme Court.
6. In this regard, the Secretary General of this Association has made a few suggestions to the Chairman CBIC, with regard to make the GST day celebration meaningful to the Central Excise Executive cadres, vide his letter dated 25.06.2018, a copy of which is enclosed.
7. I conclude by unequivocally stating that that the cadre of Superintendents of Central Excise has lost all sense of belonging in this Department because of the apathy and callousness shown by the Board to their legitimate aspirations. I therefore submit that in connection with GST day celebration in this zone, our cadre may be ignored as being done by the Board, since we do not have anything to celebrate.
ARUN ZACHARIAH .P