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DA for Central Government Employees may touch 126% i.e. increase by 7%

Expected DA from January 2016 – Two Point increase in CPI for Dec 2015 could take it to 126% which is 1% more than what was reckoned for 7th Pay Commission revised Pay fixation.

If DA from January 2016 touches 126%, 7th Pay Commission fitment formula and Multiplication factor of 2.57 may require upward revision

 Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for the month of November,2015 has been released recently by Govt. We have one point increase in CPI for November 2015 which has moved from 269 to 270.

Consumer Price Index from January 2015 to November 2015

Month Actual AICPI-IW
Jan-2015 254
Feb-2015 253
Mar-2015 254
Apr-2015 256
May-2015 258
Jun-2015 261
July-2015 263
Aug-2015 264
Sep-2015 266
Oct-2015 269
Nov-2015 270
Dec-2015 Not released

DA from January 2016 – Estimation for 125%:

Based on actual CPI-IW for 11 months from January 2015 to November 2015 which span from 254 to 270 and estimated index for the month of December 2015, it is almost certain that Dearness Allowance from January 2016 payable to Central Government Employees including Railway Employees and Defence Personnel will not be less than 125% (6% increase).

Even a 12 point fall in CPI-IW from 270 to 258 in December 2015 will not affect the DA from January 2016 clocking 125%.

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Wish you all a very happy new year,2016

Meeting of National Secretariat of Confederation on VII CPC



 

 
 
CONF/NS/2015                                                                                              Dated – 21.11.2015
 
MOST URGENT
IMPORTANT
 
URGENT MEETING OF THE
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION
 
NOTICE
 
An urgent meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers (CHQ) will be held at Confederation Headquarters (NFPE office, 1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi) on 27.11.2015 (27th November 2015, Friday) at 3 PM. All National Secretariat members and Women’s Sub Committee office bearers are requested to attend the meeting in time.
 
AGENDA: -
 
1.      7th CPC recommendations and NJCA decision – Future Course of action.
2.      Any other items.
 
 
Yours fraternally,
 
 
(M. Krishnan)

 

Secretary General

Get Ready for indefinite strike – Confederation



 

GET READY FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE
 

JCM Staff Side (NJCA) calls upon all Central Government Employees to observer“BLACK DAY” by holding massive demonstration, wearing black badges, all over the country on 27th November 2015 to protest against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC.


Confederation letter on 7th Commission Report

 

7TH PAY COMMISSION REPORT SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON 19.11.2015
 



 

MOST DISAPPOINTING AND RETROGRADE RECOMMENDATIONS
WORST RECOMMENDATIONS EVER MADE BY ANY PREVIOUS PAY COMMISSION
 
 
 



 

ONLY 14.29% INCREASE IN PAY AFTER 10 YEARS
(EQUAL TO TWO DA INSTALLMENTS)!!!
 
 
 



 

50 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND DEFENCE PERSONNEL CHEATED & DECEIVED
 
 
 



 

HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
 
 
 



 

NJCA LEADERS MEETING AT DELHI ON 20.11.2015 AT 11 AM, WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION
 
IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS
 
1.    DATD OF EFFECT – 01.01.2016
JCM Staff Side demand – 01.01.2014 – Rejected
 
2.    MINIMUM PAY – 18000
JCM (SS) demand – 26000 – Rejected
Dr. Aykroyd Formula of 15th Indian Labour Conference for calculation of Minimum wage distorted by 7th CPC to deny the eligible minimum pay.
 
3.    FITMENT FORMULA – 2.57 TIMES
JCM (SS) demand – multiplication factor 3.7 (26000/7000)
 
4.    FIXATION ON PROMOTION – NO CHANGE – ONLY ONE INCREMENT IN THE OLD SCALE
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum two increments fixation.
 
5.    ANNUAL INCREMENT – 3% NO CHANGE
JCM (SS) demand – 5%
 
6.    MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION – NO CHANGE – 10, 20, 30
Conditions made more stringent. Bench mark “Very Good” required instead of “good”. Examination for MACP proposed. Hierarchial promotion restored.
JCM (SS) demand: Five promotion – 8,7,6,5,4 (30 years)
 
7.    PAY BAND, GRADE PAY SYSTEM ABOLISHED
New Pension Structure called “Matrix based open ended pay structure” recommended. Total span of the scale 40 years.
JCM (SS) demand: Abolish pay band, Grade Pay system and open ended pay scales should be introduced.
 
8.    MAXIMUM PAY INCREASE – 14.29%
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum 40% increase for all employees.
 
9.                COMPARISON BETWEEN MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PAY – 1:11.4 (18000 : 205400)
Demand of the JCM (SS) – 1:8
 
10.          NUMBER OF PAY SCALES – NOT REDUCED – NO DELAYERING
JCM(SS) demand – pay scales with grade pay 1900, 2000, 4600, 8700 and the pay scale 75500-80000 to be abolished.
 
11.          ALLOWANCES – NO IMPROVEMENT
Commission recommended abolition of 52 existing allowances such as Assisting Cashier Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Treasury Allowance, Handicapped Allowance, Risk Allowance, Savings Bank Allowance, Special compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance, Cycle Allowance, Family Planning Allowance etc.
 
12.          HRA REDUCED TO 24%, 16% AND 8% FOR X, Y AND Z CITIES
JCM (SS) demand – Existing HRA of 30% (for X class cities with population 50 lakhs and above), 20% (for Y class cities with population of 5 lakhs to 50 lakhs) and 10% (for Z class cities with less than 5 lakhs population) may be increased to 60%, 40% and 20%.
 
13.          DRIVERS – HIGHER PAY SCALE REJECTED

14.          DA FORMULA – NO CHANGE
 
15.          HBA – NO CHANGE – CEILING RAISED TO 25 LAKHS
 
16.          CASUAL LEAVE – NO INCREASE
 
17.          CHILD Care Leave
1st 365 days – Full pay (100%)
Next 365 days – 80% Pay only.
 
 
18.          MATERNITY LEAVE – NO CHANGE 

19.          LEAVE ENCASHMENT AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT – NO INCREASE MAXIMUM 300 DAYS ONLY

20.          MEDICAL
Medical Insurance Scheme for serving and retired employees recommended.

21.          TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE – NO HIKE -  ONLY 125% MERGER
 
Pay Level
Higher Transport Allowance cities (A, AI)
Other places
9 and above
7200 + DA
3600 + DA
3 to 8
3600 + DA
1800 + DA
1 and 2
1350 + DA
900 + DA
 
22.          LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION (LTC) – NO CHANGE
One time LTC to Foreign Country during the service rejected. Splitting of Home Town LTC for employees Posted in North East, Laddakh, Andaman & Nicobars and Lakshdweep allowed.

23.          ACCOUNTS STAFF BELONGING TO UNORGANIZED ACCOUNTS – PARITY WITH ORGANISED ACCOUNTS REJECTED.
 
24.          PERIODICAL REVIEW OF WAGES (NOT TEN YEARS) RECOMMENDED. NO PAY COMMISSION REQUIRED

25.         PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND ALL BONUS PAYMENT SHOULD BE LINKED TO PRODUCTIVITY.
JCM (SS) demand – No Performance related Pay. Productivity Linked Bonus for all.

26.          COMPULSORY RETIREMENT AND EFFICIENCY BAR REINTRODUCED
Failure to get required bench mark for promotion within the first 20 years of service will result in stoppage of increment. Such employees who have out lived their ability, their services need not be continued and the continuance of such persons in the service should be discouraged.

27.          PROMOTEE AND DIRECT RECRUITS – ENTRY LEVEL PAY ANOMALY IS REMOVED
JCM (SS) demand – the differential entry pay between new recruits and promoted employees should be done away with.

28.          CADRE REVIEW TO BE COMPLETED IN A TIME BOUND MANNER.
Commission recommended to hasten the process of cadre review and reduced the time taken in inter-ministerial consultations.

29.          NEW PENSION SCHEME – WILL CONTINUE

30.          CEA & HOSTEL SUBSIDY
Rate
CEA per month             2250 – 25% increase when DA crosses 50%
Hostel subsidy              6750 – 25% increase when DA crosses 50%

31.          GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME
 
Level                    Monthly Contribution           Insurance Amount
1 to 5                   1500                                       15 Lakhs
6 to 9                   2500                                       25 lakhs
10 and above      5000                                       50 lakhs
 
  
PENSIONARY BENEFITS

32.          PENSIONERS – PARITY – LONG STANDING DEMAND OF THE PENSIONERS ACCEPTED
Commission recommends a revised Pension Formulation for Civil employees and Defence Personnel who have retired before 01.01.2016. (expected date of implementation of seventh CPC recommendations). This formulation will bring about complete parity of past pensioners with current retirees.

33.          PENSIONERS – MINIMUM PENSION RS. 9000/-
(50% of the minimum pay recommended by the 7th CPC)

34.          PENSIONERS – GRATUITY CEILING RAISED TO 20 LAKHS

35.        PENSIONERS – FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) – NO CHANGE (RS. 500/-)

36.          CGHS FACILITIES TO ALL POSTAL PENSIONERS RECOMMENDED
33 Postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS

37.          GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (GDS) OF THE POSTAL DEPARTMENT DEMAND FOR CIVIL SERVANTS STATUS REJECTED
Recommendation: - The committee carefully considered the demand for treating the Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants at par with other regular employees for all purposes, and noted the following:
(a)       GDS are Extra-Departmental Agents recruited by Department of Posts to serve in rural areas.
(b)       As per the Recruitment Rules the minimum educational qualification for recruitment to this post is class X.
(c)        GDS are required to be on duty only for 4 to 5 hours a day under the terms and conditions of their service.
(d)       The GDS are remunerated with Time Related continuity Allowance (TRCA) on the pattern of pay scales for regular Government employees plus DA on pro-rata basis.
(e)       A GDS must have other means of income independent of his remuneration as a GDS to sustain himself and his family.
 
Government of India has so far held that GDS is outside the Civil Service of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with the Central Government Employees. The Supreme Court Judgment also states that GDS are only holder of Civil posts but not civilian employees. The Commission endorses this view and therefore has no recommendation with regard to GDS.
 
 
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Confederation

7th Pay Commission Recommendations – Salient Features

1. Minimum Pay

Minimum Pay which was Rs. 7000 in the 6th Pay Commission has been fixed now at Rs. 18,000/-. A Multiplication factor of 2.57 has been used in arriving at this minimum pay.

2.Maximum Pay:

Maximum Pay of ₹2,25,000 per month for Apex Scale and ₹2,50,000 per month for Cabinet Secretary and others presently at the same pay level.

3. Fitment Formula:

7th Pay Commission has formulated fitment formula  as far as existing employees are concerned as 2.57. For instance, 7CPC pay of the employees who are presently in the pay band of 5200 – 20200 with grade pay of Rs. 1800, will be calculated by multiplying the factor of 2.57 with their existing basic pay (pay in pay band + grade pay)

4. Date of Effect of 7th Pay Commission Pay:

7th pay Commission pay will be effective from 1st January 2016.

5. Annual Increment:

7th Pay Commission has recommended for Uniform Annual Increment of 3%

6. Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP):

Existing Performance benchmarks for MACP is “Good”. 7th Pay Commission proposes that it should be “Very Good”. 10 years, 20 years and 30 years Slab continues.

The Commission has also proposed that annual increments not be granted in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or for a regular promotion in the first 20 years of their service.

7. Introduction of cash less health insurance scheme in place of present CGHS. 

8. All interest free advances like LTC, TA etc. abolished.

9. New Pay matrix has been designed. Grade Pay has been subsumed in the pay matrix. 

10. HRA reduced to 24% in Top Nine cities.

11. Uniform allowance increased to Rs. 10000 per annum. 

12. Status quo in all leaves.

13. Status in CLs and RHs.

14. 80% pay during second year of child care leave. CCL to be given to single fathers. 

15. Children education allowance increased to 2250 p.m.

16. Family planning allowance abolished. 

17. PAY FIXATION in the New Pay Structure: 

5.1.28 The fitment of each employee in the new pay matrix is proposed to be done by multiplying his/her basic pay on the date of implementation by a factor of 2.57. The figure so arrived at is to be located in the new pay matrix, in the level that corresponds to the employee Grrade pay on the date of  implementation.,  except in cases where the Commission has recommended a change in the existing grade pay. If the identical figure is not available in the given level, the next higher figure closest to it would be the new pay of the concerned employee. A couple of examples are detailed below to make the process amply clear.

5.1.29 The pay in the new pay matrix is to be fixed in the following manner:

Step 1: Identify Basic Pay (Pay in the pay band plus Grade Pay) drawn by an employee as on the date of implementation. This figure is ‘A’.

Step 2: Multiply ‘A’ with 2.57, round-off to the nearest rupee, and obtain result ‘B’.

Step 3: The figure so arrived at, i.e., ‘B’ or the next higher figure closest to it in the Level assigned to his/her grade pay, will be the new pay in the new pay matrix. In case the value of ‘B’ is less than the starting pay of the Level, then the pay will be equal to the starting pay of that level.

77 Index

 

For example if the Pay including GP is Rs. 27410/- at present, new basic will be Rs. 71,300/- i.e. 27410 x 2.57.  Thge basic will be arrived at as per the nearest value in Matrix Table 5. 

Total Gross Pay if working in Hyderabad will be 71300 + 17112 + 7200 = Rs. 95612/- (HRS 24% and TA 7400 in Hyderabad)

DA from January will nbe zero as total DA as on 1-1-206 @ 12% will be subsumed into new pay. DA will start from July,16. 

Removal of Grade Pay System in 7th CPC – Detailed Report

 

 
Will the removal of Grade Pay System by the 7th Pay Commission help Central Government employees? – This is the topic of this article.
 
“Unconfirmed reports say that the 7th Pay Commission is very likely to recommend the abolishing of the Grade Pay System introduced by the 6th Pay Commission.”
 
Not only the Government, but the Central Government employees too are hoping and wishing that the 7th Pay Commission functions independently, free from interventions. The report of the previous Pay Commissions will guide for determining the revision of pay scale and pay bands, allowances, retirement benefits and other facilities/benefits of more than 50 lakh employees. The Pay Commission also considers the recommendations, suggestions and inputs gathered from employees all over the country and presented as memorandums by federations like the NC JCM and the Confederation.
 
There is no rule that the new Pay Commission has to follow the same methodology and determination followed by the previous Pay Commissions. Therefore, one cannot state for sure that the 7th Pay Commission will tow the guidelines issued by the 6th or the 5th Pay Commission while deciding the new pay scale and pay bands.
 
One has to keep in mind the fact that the 6th Pay Commission was radically different from the recommendations and guidelines issued by the 5th Pay Commission. One has to also remember that a number of industry experts, who predicted the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission based on the trends of the previous Pay Commission, were proved completely wrong.
 
If one Pay Commission has the right to recommend the splitting of the Pay Scale into two, the next Pay Commission has all the powers to completely abolish the system. But, this is not the issue!
 
Will the Central Government employees benefit by the removal of the Grade Pay system? This is the question now.
 
It will definitely be beneficial. Here are the reasons why.
 
It is unacceptable that a promotion, which comes after waiting for many years, brings with it an increment of just Rs.100.
 
None has until now accepted the splitting of the promotional hierarchy, which had been followed for years, into two.
 
The anomalies that prevailed due to the ‘Grade Pay Hierarchy’ which was introduced under the MACP promotional system, still remain unresolved.
 
When the discussions and debates on MACP system continued to grow unabated during the NC JCM Anomaly Committee meeting, it was decided that a separate meeting ought to be held to analyze this issue.
 
Most of the individual requests from the Central Government employees this time are about the MACP promotional system. The reason is the Grade Pay structure introduced by the 6th Pay Commission.
 
And also can list out many reasons to abolish the Grade Pay System.

7th Pay Commission – Curtain Raiser

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel’s recommendations after some modifications.

Headed by Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, the four-member 7th Pay Commission was appointed in February 2014 and the commission will hand over its recommendations to government within December 31, 2015.

Though the Official recommendations are yet to be submitted to the Government, there are many flares going around, some may be true and some may be flaws.

However, at the end of the day, it is the so called ‘sources’ who give some hint. The following is the latest the sources indicate…..

  • 1. The commission may recommend government to ask Information and Technology department, whether it is possible to have systems in place for monitoring and supervising work being done remotely by disabled and women central government employees.
  • 2. “As flexi working hours will allow women central government employees to strike a balance between her professional and family responsibility, maintain healthy lifestyles and contribute to parenting well, it is recommended for the same and urge upon the government to work out the modalities in this direction.”
  • 3. Women employment under central government has been estimated to the tune of 3.37 lakh, which is 10.93 percent of the total regular central government employment, according to census of central government employees as on March 31, 2011.
  • 4. “We are looking at whether it is technologically possible to allow disabled and women employees for working from home,” said the source. “A need was felt to provide work from home facility to persons with disabilities and women to enable them to effectively discharge their duties.,” he added.
  • 5. The Pay Commission is likely to recommend increase 40 percent salaries hike of central government employees on average, the full implementation of which would raise the central government spending on salary and allowance Rs 1,00,619 crore.
  • 6. The commission may recommend Rs 20,000 as salary for those in the bottom grade and maximum Rs 180,000 for Secretary level officers. The sources in the panel said pay parity ratio of mid-level tier officers will be maintained with the bottom grade.
  • 7. Earlier, all pay commissions had not only recommended for good salary to top central government officials but also considered the disparity ratio between its highest and lowest paid employees.
  • 8. For instance, in 1948, the post-tax salary of the highest paid government official was Rs 2,263 which was 41 times higher than the Rs 55 paid to the lowest earning employee. With subsequent pay commissions the ratio was reduced to about 1:12 in 2006.
  • 9. “The Seventh Pay Commission may consider pay ratio of the pay of the bottom paid employees to the pay of the highest paid officials will come down to 1:9 from 1:12″, sources indicate.
  • 10. The first pay commission was recommended Rs 55 salary to the lowest earning employee, second Rs 80, third Rs 185, fourth Rs 750, fifth Rs 2550 and sixth Rs 6660.
  • 11. “However, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend Rs 20,000 salary for lowest paid employees and Rs.1,80,000 for highest paid officials, “.
  • 12. Grade Pay was derived from USA and it has increased in prominence in the early 21st Century in USA. Federal employees in USA at all levels are paid based on Grade Pays. The six pay commission followed them. A grade pay is a structured pay format where employees are placed at a given pay level based on their level of education and work experience related to the position.
  • 13. “Central government has 15 grade pays now from Rs 1,800 to Rs 12,000 for job level pay variance of its employees. Generally, multi tasking  staff (MTS) and clerical jobs that require formal education, just a high school or higher secondary, who are at are at the lower levels from grade pays 1,800 to 2,000.
  • 14. Every employee does not get promotion in time. So, if Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme is not maintained it will be seriously affected,” the sources said.
  • 15. Accordingly, the sources said the Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) Scheme is likely to be kept the current tatus quo.
  • 16. Sources say, rather than hiking pay and allowances, the panel is focused on making employees more efficient, modern and valuable. ‘The commission was created to hike salaries and allowances for central government employees but the commission now is actually focused on “efficiency, technology, skills and Pay link with productivity.’
  • 16. The central government employees federation strongly believe that the 7th pay commission cannot recommend revising the retirement age of central government employees, since it does not fall under the purview of 7th Pay Commission. It is the central Government which makes such decisions. Yes true, but it is under purview, sources indicate.
  • 17. The Finance ministry has already opened its stand saying, the Seventh Pay Commission will be mindful of the fiscal concerns of the government while giving its report on new pay scales and remunerations for central government employees and pensioners. Sources indicate, hence the Finance ministry has a role to play in the final report of the 7th Pay Commission.
  • 18. The pay panel will ask the central government to urge the insurance industry to come up with feasible health insurance solution for the central government employees and pensioners. The IRDA, the insurance regulatory body of India, will be compelled to ask the health insurance companies to offer a basic insurance to every central government employee and pensioner.
  • 19. Health insurance would be available for central government employees and pensioners till death, the insured employees and pensioners will have to pay 50% of the premium from their salaries and pensions and the remaining 50% premium may be paid by the central government.
  • 20. The CGHS is financed mainly through the Centre’s tax revenues. Though beneficiaries do contribute a share of their wages towards premium, ranging from Rs 600 to Rs 6,000 a year depending on their pay scale, this accounts for just about 5 per cent of the total expenditure. The government shells out the remaining 95 per cent. Now the Government is looking for ways to end the CGHS in its current form and to move to an insurance based health scheme to cut costs.

All Group A, Group B, Group C and erstwhile Group D Government Employees will have to file Annual Property Return under CCS(Conduct) for the Year 2015 on or before 31st January 2016

F. No. 11013/7/2014-Estt.(A-III)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel,

Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi — 110001

Dated : 26 October-2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant for each year – Regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to the O.M. of even number dated the 23rd July, 2015 on the above subject wherein the time lines for filing returns regarding assets and liabilities were laid down. It was mentioned therein that all Government servants i.e. belonging to Group A , B , C and erstwhile Group D are now required to furnish the declaration of their assets and liabilities in the formats prescribed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (‘the Act’).

2. Vide the Order No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 30.4.2014 the date for filing returns under the Act was extended in view of the difficulties faced in filing returns under the Act and the need to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants are required to make a declaration of assets and liabilities. Vide the Order No. 407/12/2014- AVD-IV(B) dated 12th October, 2015, the deadline for filing these returns has again been extended up to 15th April, 2016 as the circumstances enumerated in the earlier orders which necessitated extension still continue.

3. In view of the difficulty faced in filing returns under the formats prescribed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, it has been decided that the Annual Property Returns required to be filed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 for the year 2015 which are required to be filed by the 31st January, 2016, may be filed in the forms prescribed under the CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964. The returns would be required to be filed by all the Government servants belonging to Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’.

(Mush Chaturvedi)

Director (E)

SG-AIACEGEO letter to Chairman, UPSC

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
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                        Ref. No. 128/RR/15                                                                          Dt. 23.10.15
To,
The Chairman,
UPSC, Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi.
 
Sub: Revision in the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) Group ‘A’ Rules, 2012- reg.
 
Sir,
Kindly refer to the UPSC letter F. No. 3/8(17)/2015–RR Dt. 23.09.15 on the above subject observing as follows-
i) The provisions for 2118 temporary posts at JTS level of IRS (C&CE) have been eliminated on the ground of non-approval of the inclusion of these posts in IRS (C&CE) by the Cadre Review Committee as well as Union Cabinet.
ii) Ad hoc promotions can be granted for a period of one year only as per DOPT guidelines. It can’t be given for a period of five years in one go.
iii) The department has already granted ad hoc promotions to the JTS of IRS (C&CE) without bringing amendment in the service rules.
iv) Above promotions might be difficult to be withdrawn on expiry of stipulated five years and might adversely affect the service conditions of the incumbents in Group ‘B’ feeder grades.
2. Apart our demand of framing the rules to grant parity in promotions with intra-organisational counterparts, the following points are submitted for kind consideration confining to the approval of Cadre Review Committee as well as Union Cabinet only in r/o the above observations of UPSC-
            Comments in r/o the Point No. i):
A) The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of 2118 temporary posts at JTS level in IRS (C&CE) for a period of 5 years in its meeting of 05.12.13.
B) It also approved filling-up of these posts 100% by promotion from Group ‘B’ Gazetted Executive feeder grades, i.e., Superintendent of Central Excise, Superintendent of Customs (Preventive) and Appraiser. The provisions for filling-up these temporary posts entirely by promotion was approved by the Union Cabinet to mitigate the acute stagnation in Group ‘B’ Gazetted Executive grades.
C) Said 2118 temporary posts were primarily approved to be created by the Union Cabinet to meet statutory and functional requirements of the Department.
D) While proposing creation of 2118 temporary posts at JTS level in IRS (C&CE) to the Union Cabinet, the Department referred to the Para 4 (ii) of the Cadre Review Committee minutes indicating that “the department will incorporate appropriate conditions in the extant Recruitment Rules and will also stipulate the provisions that such promotion to the temporary posts will not confer any right for further promotion beyond JTS”. Paras 3.5.2 and 3.5.3 of the Cabinet Note refer.
E) The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for cadre restructuring contained in the Cabinet Note Dt. 27.11.13 vide Minutes of Cabinet Meeting Dt. 05.12.13 with the stipulation that:           
i) The method of appointment is in conformity with the recommendations of the Cadre Review Committee in respect of the proposals at paragraphs 9.2, 9.3 and 9.5 of the note and 
ii) The concurrence of the DOPT is obtained for the relaxation, if any required.
            Only after the aforesaid approval of DOPT, the Department conducted the DPC to fill-up temporary JTS posts of IRS (C&CE) entirely by promotion.  
 
Thus, 2118 Temporary posts at JTS level are very much part of IRS (C&CE) and the method/ procedure for filling-up these posts entirely by promotion from Group ‘B’ Gazetted Executive feeder grades for next five years has to be necessarily incorporated in the IRS (C&CE) Recruitment Rules in order to comply with the decision of the Union Cabinet.  
Comments in r/o Point No. ii):    
A) Para 5.1.4 of the CabinetNote providesfor one-time relaxation in the Recruitment Rules to enable filling-up of temporary 2118 posts at JTS level for promotion from the Group B Gazetted Executive grades. It also provides for repetition of the cycle for 5 years against vacancies arising annually out of superannuation etc. of officers promoted against these temporary posts.
B) As per existing instructions vide DOPT O.M. No. 28036/8/87-Estt.(D) Dt. 30.03.88 and No. 28036/1/2001-Estt.(D) Dt. 23.07.01 as reiterated in DOPT OM No. 28036/1/2012- Estt (D) Dt. 03.04.13, the total period for which the appointment/promotion may be made on ad-hoc basis keeping in view the exceptionalities anticipated in these OMs by the respective Ministries/Departments is limited to one year. These instructions further provide that in case of compulsions for extending any ad hoc appointment/promotion beyond one year, the approval of DOPT is to be sought at least two months in advance before the expiry of one year period. 
C) In case of 2118 temporary posts at JTS level, the Department has obtained DOPT approval for the same vide Dy. No. 1015966/JSE/2014. In any case, the department will keep on seeking DOPT approval for any relaxation as and when required.
Comments in r/o Point No. iii):
            A)CBEC has granted ad hoc promotions to the Junior Time Scale of Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) in October, 2014 without bringing an amendment in the Service Rules on the basis of the approval of the Union Cabinet to Para 9.4 of the Cabinet Note Dt. 27.11.13 as well as DOPT concurrence conveyed vide Dy. No. 1015966/JSE/2014. Para 9.4 of the Cabinet Note reads:
“As a one-time measure, permission for filling up the additional posts in Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ that are to be filled by promotion on the basis of the guidelines on recruitment rule as permitted for CBDT.”
B) Only after the approval of DOPT, the Department conducted the DPC to fill-up temporary JTS posts of IRS (C&CE) entirely by promotion.
C) Para 5.1.4 of the CabinetNote providesfor one-time relaxation in the Recruitment Rules to enable filling-up of temporary 2118 posts at JTS level for promotion from the Group B Gazetted Executive grades.
D) The Department has obtained DOPT approval for the same vide Dy. No. 1015966/JSE/2014.
Comments in r/o Point No. iv): 
A) The temporary posts at the level of Assistant Commissioner JTS have been granted for a period of five years only. The continuation thereto depends upon the circumstances and functional requirements of the Department beyond the specified period. This aspect will be examined at the appropriate time.
B) This will also have no adverse effect on the service conditions of the incumbents in Group ‘B’ feeder grades because they are already retiring with only single promotion in the career. These temporary posts will rather enable them to get IInd promotion of the career. This is the only reason that the Cabinet has approved to take the measures to remove their stagnation independent of cadre restructuring too. 
3. In view of the above, it is requested to take necessary action to enable IInd promotion of thousands of officers at their fag end of the career as 1442 vacant posts already exist at the JTS level in CBEC. Immediate filling-up of these posts are in the interest of the Govt. revenue in the form of Service Tax, Central Excise duty and Customs duty. Therefore, CBEC may kindly be allowed to make promotions against the said JTS level posts of Asstt. Commissioner accordingly as part of the IRS (Customs & Central Excise) Rules.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
 
 
 
(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.

UPSC letter dated 23.09.15