Citing discrimination, excise department officers seek change in promotion policy
September, 09th 2011
The Union Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy has given an assurance to gazetted officers that the restructuring of cadres in the central excise department would be looked into with a positive mind, said A K Sharma, the president of the All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive officers, Chandigarh Zone.
Sharma had led a delegation of the association, which met the union minister on Wednesday at New Delhi, to press for the restructuring of the promotion policy in the department. A memorandum which was submitted to the minister said, The cadre of superintendents of central excise is feeling discriminated, depressed and demoralised due to a prolonged backbone of the indirect tax collecting machinery . We have been running from pillar to post to get this present proposal of restructuring in the department of customs and central excise as an interim relief for staff welfare and to stop gross under utilisation of efficient and experienced human resources of the department.
Sharma said officers of the central excise department were feeling rotten due to stagnation . This is vouched by the simple fact that their counterparts in central board of direct taxes who are recruited through a common entry mechanism conducted by the staff selection commission receive 3 to 4 promotions whereas majority of the central excise inspectors retire as superintendents which is a single promotion, he said.