Inspectors and Superintendents of Central Excise will observe a countywide three-day strike from March 29 to 31 against the indifferent attitude of the concerned authorities with regard to their promotional avenues, pay matters and working conditions.
They have decided that the authorities of Central Board of Customs and Excise can't force them to attend the office in non-statutory manner. This decision has been taken during a combined meeting of the All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers and All India Central Excise Inspectors Association.
All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers has also taken the decision to intensify their already declared agitational programme of "mass resignations" on April 30 throughout the country. These officers are retiring with single promotion in their service career of 35-40 years.
Before submitting their resignations, none of them along with the Inspectors of Central Excise will attend the offices from March 29 to 31 for attending the work relating to revenue enhancement at the end of financial year.
They will also gather at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on April 12 in their uniforms to march towards the residence of Finance Minister and again gather around his residence. These officers have been presenting their case to the authorities regularly for last more than two decades, but nobody is feeling their pain of working under junior on account of discriminatory rules and faulty promotional policy. They have already observed the Satyagraha programmes for many years like fasting, Anshan, dharnas, Shantigoshthis, Gandhigiri, lunch hour protests, bearing black badges, boycott of excise day function etc., but the concerned authorities always liked to have a deaf year to their grievances despite of the major government revenue being earned by them in the form of central excise duty, customs duty and service tax.
The cadre restructuring meant for removal of stagnation is pending with government for last seven years, while next cadre restructuring becomes due at every five years. Only one cadre structuring has happened in the history for them in 2002. After 2002, IIIrd cadre restructuring should have been started but the ongoing one is still pending.
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