IZT,2015 circular calling for transfer willingness/representations in common cadre of Superintendent of Hyderabad CCA issued


Alert List of Superintendents due for transfer to Vizag Zone from Hyderabad Zone during AGT,2015

Alert List-2015 of Superintendent alongwith covering letter.pdf 

Demise of Shri A.Obed Raj, IRS, Asst.Commissioner, DG-Vigilance, Hyderabad

It is with deep anguish and shocking disbelief that the news  of sudden demise of Shri A.Obed Raj, IRS, Asst.Commissioner, DG-Vigilance, Hyderabad on 14-3-2015 due to massive cardiac arrest  has come. 

Born on 29-10-1956 and promoted to Asst. Commissioner cadre during CR-2014 , Shri A.Obed Raj was to retire during next year. 

 An avid sportsperson and great Footballer, we are yet come to grips that  Shri.Obed Raj Sir is no more. One of the few  finest gentlemen of the Department, he was known for his heartful humour, smiling face,  ever helping hand, cheerful demeanour, down to earth personality, positive attitude, never ending energy, impeccable integrity and healthy habits, Shri A.Obed Raj was a rare personality. He always maintained cordial relations with everybody and took active part in Associations matters. Such healthy man, cruel fate has befallen on him so suddenly and swiftly. 

 He is survived by Wife, daughter who is doctor and son. 

We miss you Sir. May your tribe increase. 

May your soul rest in peace Sir,

We offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. We pray to  The Almighty to give them courage and fortitude to bear with his iirreparable and  loss. 

Traders booked for manhandling Central Excise Officials

Several traders were booked for allegedly manhandling officials of a Central Excise team during a raid in Kavi Nagar colony of Ghaziabad , police said today An FIR has been lodged against Shiv Shankar Rathi, Madhukar Singhal, Subhash Gupta, Subodh Gupta and Aditya Garg and 40 unidentified persons for misbehaving and obstructing government servants in discharge of their duties, they said.

The central excise team raided the house of iron trader Aditya Garg in Kavi Nagar colony for evading tax liability to the tune of several crores, SHO Kavi Nagar police station said.  During the search, several traders and their leaders arrived and obstructed the team in performance of their official work, he said.   They also allegedly manhandled the raiding team and tore several documents. The search operation was later resumed in the presence of Kavi Nagar police and continued for 5 hours. Based on the complaint of the central excise officials, an FIR has been registered against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC.


LTC to SAARC Countries (Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Srilanka) – Minister’s reply in Parliament – Proposal is in initial stage

  Recently Civil Aviation Ministry had given nod to allow LTC to neighbouring SAARC Countries (Nepal, Bhutan, Maldive and Srilanka) to Central Government employees.  On this subject,  Minister of State for PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh has  clarified that proposal to allow LTC to Government Employees to visit SAARC Countries is at intitial Stage of consideration and that Govt presently allow LTC to places such as NER, J&K and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The text of Minister’s reply regarding LTC to SAARC Countries is as follows

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

11-March-2015 17:37 IST

LTC to Some Countries


A proposal to provide Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Government employees to visit some SAARC countries is in its initial stage of consideration. The details are yet to be finalized.

The purpose behind the proposal is to enhance people-to-people contact and bilateral ties in the SAARC region through increase in tourism in the region.

As per the Government’s order dated 26.09.2014, the Government has extended the facility of conversion of home town LTC to visit the states in the North East Region, Jammu & Kashmir and the UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for a period of two years up to 25.09.2016. This facility was first introduced in the year 2008.

Presently, no other proposal is under consideration for including more places under the conversion of Home Town LTC to anywhere in the country.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri M. Raja Mohan Reddy in the Lok Sabha today


Source: PIB

IZT Policy,2015 in the common cadre of Superintendent of Hyderabad CCA issued

IZT Policy,2015 in the common cadre of Superintendents of Central Excise of Hyderabad CCA has been issued. 

Salient features are:

1. Tenure on promotion from Hyderabad Zone to Vizag Zone – 990 days.

2. Tenure on rotation from Hyderabad Zone to Vizag Zone – 330 days

3.  For lady officers it will be one time  tenure of  330 days. 

4. Officers transferred/posted on promotion/rotation to Vizag Zone  and completing two years/one year on or before 31-8-2015 will be repatriated in this AGT to Hyderabad Zone. 

5.  The cut off date for completion of tenure  for repatriation to Hyderabad Zone from next AGT onwards will be 30th June. 

5. Vizag Zone Officers completing minimum tenure of four years in Vizag Zone will be eligible for applying transfer to Hyderabad Zone without any annual cap. 

7. Officers promoted during CR-2014 and later on will be sent to Vizag Zone in this AGT  from bottom of their seniority in the Superintendent cadre as per the requirement. Left over officers  will be sent next year and thereafter as per the requirement. 

8. Only after completion of the CR batch and subsequent batches, senior officers will be  sent on rotation as per requirement in future. 

Major seizure of Gold biscuits in RGI Airport, Hyderabad

Hyderabad Customs seizes 9 Kg Gold Biscuits this morning. On a tip off that a passenger left a bag containing the biscuits in Hyderabad-Delhi Aircraft, AIU, Hyderabad Customs has searched and recovered the gold Biscuits. 

Congrats to Hyderabad Customs. 

7th CPC may be implemented from April,2016 onwards..

“……The Seventh Pay Commission drafted in to make a new pay structure for the 30 lakh Central government employees would not be able to submit its report in August this year, the Commission is likely to seek extension till October.

The reports of Seventh Pay Commission will be implemented  from April next year as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament on February 27, “The 7th Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17.” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said above statement in his pre-budget speech. His statement indicates that the government may implement Seventh Pay Commission report from April 2016.

The UPA government formed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman justice Ashok Kumar Mathur with a timeline of 18 months to make its recommendations. According to present position, the commission will take at least 20-24 months. However, the Sixth Pay Commission had submitted its report within 18 months. As a result of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, pay and allowances of the central government employees more than doubled as per Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates.

As such, the central government employees are expected to get 100 percent salary hike under the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Issues like inflation, the government’s financial position and salary structure of government employees in other countries would also be considered as parts of pay panel recommendations. The Fourteenth Finance Commission asked the pay panel to link the pay with productivity, which will be the biggest hurdle for central government employees to be got over to get salary hike. It is interesting to note that the earlier governments never accepted to link the pay with productivity.


Source:The Sen Times

Air Passengers Accuse Customs Officials Of Extortion

 International air passengers, who often allege harassment at the hands of the Customs official and airlines, are facing new ‘hurdles’ at the IGI Airport. Random Referral (RR) – a procedure introduced by the authorities concerned to check ‘doubtful’ passengers – has become a cause for worry for many.

Passengers who fly to foreign countries have accused officials of the Customs department and several airlines of “extorting money by forcing them to go through the procedure”. Several Passengers allege that the Customs examined them randomly without giving any valid reason. They say the “humiliating” procedure has often delayed their flights. When several complaints were lodged with the authorities, they fell on deaf ears.

According to IGI Airport insiders, a passenger had in the past sued an international airliner and the Customs official for the “insult and harassment” meted out to him and demanded Rs 1 crore as damages. The “non-transparent” procedure, the IGIA sources told Mail Today, has become a way to extort money from passengers.
The sources said the officials of Customs and airlines are hand-in-glove with each other and “looted” money from the passengers, who await a clean chit from the Customs, to settle the deal.

“The whole procedure of RR has become a tool to harass international passengers. Even after the initial round of clearance, the Customs department shortlists a few passengers randomly for RR and asks airlines officials to escort them till its office. Airlines staffers have no answers when passengers ask them why they should escort them,” said a senior official of an international airline, who is opposed to this practice, pleading anonymity.

Despite several attempts, the Customs department didn’t respond to Mail Today queries. An airline official told Mail Today that the procedure often delays flights by 10 minutes to two hours. “Last year, a rice exporter had sent a legal notice to the Customs department as well as an airliner for allegedly harassing him. The angry passenger alleged that the Customs department shortlisted him for the second round of questioning without giving him any reason,” sources said.
Several international airlines, however, claimed that they have written to the Customs department, asking it to change the procedure in an attempt to make it passenger-friendly.“However, nothing concrete has been done so far,” the airline official said.



RBI guidelines to Banks on Levy of charges for non maintenance of minimum balance



ANSWERED ON 27.02.2015


918 . Karunakaran Shri P.

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued guidelines to Bank to inform their customers about fall in minimum balance in their accounts in advance;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the status of implementation of said guidelines by banks?


The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance (SHRI JAYANT SINHA)

(a) to (c) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued guidelines dated 20.11.2014 specifying that while levying charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance in their savings bank accounts, banks shall adhere to the additional guidelines given in the Annexure. The guidelines come into effect from April 1, 2015.

All banks have been advised to take immediate steps to update customer information so as to facilitate sending alerts through electronic modes (SMSs / e.mails etc.) for effective implementation of the guidelines.


Levy of charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance in savings bank account shall be subject to the following additional guidelines:

I. In the event of a default in maintenance of minimum balance / average minimum balance as agreed to between the bank and customer, the bank should notify the customer clearly by SMS / email /letter etc. that in the event of the minimum balance not being restored in the account within a month from the date of notice , penal charges will be applicable.

II. In case the minimum balance is not restored within a reasonable period, which shall not be less than one month from the date of notice of shortfall, penal charges may be recovered under intimation to the account holder.

III. The policy on penal charges to be so levied may be decided with the approval of Board of the Bank.

IV. The penal charges should be directly proportionate to the extent of shortfall observed. In other words, the charges should be a fixed percentage levied on the amount of difference between the actual balance maintained and the minimum balance as agreed upon at the time of opening of account. A suitable slab structure for recovery of charges may be finalized.

V. It should be ensured that such charges are reasonable and not out of line with the average cost of providing the services.

VI. It should be ensured that the balance in the savings account does not turn into negative balance solely on account of levy of charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance.

Source: Lok Sabha