Mass resignation by central excise, service tax superintendents on April 30

New Delhi, Feb.4 (ANI): All Central Excise and Service Tax superintendents will submit their resignations on April 30 over their demand for no promotions, lower salary and lack of working conditions.

They have been presenting their case to the concerned authorities regularly for more than two decades, but without response.

They have already observed satyagraha programmes for many years like fasting, Anshan, dharnas, Shantigoshthis, Gandhigiri, lunch hour protests, bearing black badges, boycott of Excise day etc., but the concerned authorities have always had a deaf year to their demands.

Before submitting their resignations on April 30, they will observe a protest week from February 25 to March 1. by wearing black badges.

A demonstration would be held on March 1, while there will be a total boycott of the the Excise Day function on February 24 throughout the country.

They will also observe only "work to rule" in relation of budget related as well as revenue collection work and will perform only the official duties to achieve the revenue targets without taking any extra personal measures in the last half of the current financial year too.

The superintendents have submitted the following charter of demands:

1. Immediate implementation of the cadre restructuring without any cut as already approved by the Expenditure. All proposed posts to be approved permanently and be filled-up by promotions only alongwith all posts likely to be lied vacant within 5 years of implementation of cadre restructuring without any direct recruitment in group 'A' during the period.

2. Parity with other counterparts of CSS, CBDT etc. either in the cadre restructuring or independent of it to retire our officers also in Pay Band-4.

3. Immediate fulfilment of the commitments like 'all the vacancies of cadre restructuring to be filled up by promotions and extend this benefit for more than 1 years', 'creation of separate service for group 'B' executive officers', 'promotion of group 'B' gazetted executive officer directly to STS like CSS', 'minimum qualifying service for promotion to gazetted post should be uniform for Inspector, PO and Examiner', 'all Inspectors, PO's and Examiners of same year should be brought to same level of promotion' etc. etc. made during the presentation on cadre restructuring proposal on 18.01.11 in consonance of the submissions made by the Association vide its Ref. No. 13/11 Dt. 27.01.11.

4. At least four functional promotions in the service career.

5. Immediate implementation of the Supreme Court verdict dt. 03.08.11 by framing "just, fair and equitable" recruitment rules and abiding all the ad hoc promotions with the same duly granting notional promotions to the seniors of Central Excise whose juniors of Customs have already been promoted.

6. Initial grade pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB3 w.e.f. the date of the grant of this grade pay/equivalent pay scale to the other analogous counterparts of IB, CBI etc.

7. Time-scale in PB3 instead of PB2 to the Superintendents completing 4 years of service and promotions to all Superintendents directly to the post of Deputy Commissioner (STS post) to maintain parity between the officers of headquarters organisations and field offices. Also counting of regular service in non-discriminatory manner as compared to CSS etc.

8. At least a grade pay of Rs. 6,600-/ and 7,600/- on IInd and IIIrd MACP upgradation without offsetting with time scale on the lines of MACPS adopted by the State Governments like Uttar Pradesh etc. or even on better lines on account of the originating source (i.e., 6th CPC) being the same.

9. Finalisation of in-situ promotion scheme under consultation of the Association.

10. Holding of regular minuted meetings under employee grievances redressal mechanism. (ANI)

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