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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Correspondence

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
Ref. No. 105/AIB/NFU/17                                                                          Dt. 19.09.17
To,
Sh. S. Ramesh,
Member (Admn), CBEC,
North Block, New Delhi.

Sub: Batch to batch Non Functional Financial Upgradation to our officers to grant financial parity with the best placed counterparts of CSS etc.
Sir,
            As you know, it is submitted with due regards that Central Excise/CGST Superintendents are retiring with single promotion on a PB2 post in a career of 35-40 years whereas their common entry counterparts of Customs, CBDT, CSS etc. are easily being promoted to PB4 (Level-13 & above) levels with 5-6 promotions. Central Excise Superintendents are also forced to work under their extreme juniors of Customs (Examiners) belonging to one & same cadre of Inspector and recruited through one & same process under one & same organization of CBEC in one & same department of Revenue of one & same Ministry of Finance with one & same administrative hierarchy. Examiner of 1984 has already become Addl. Commissioner (GP-Rs. 8700/- in PB4/Level-13) years ago after getting 5 promotions whereas the Central Excise Inspector of 1984 is yet to get IInd promotion to JTS post of Asstt. Commissioner (GP-Rs. 5400/- in PB3/Level-10). The counterparts of CSS including Rajya Sabha Secretariat and CBDT are already reaching the level of Joint Secretary and Commissioner respectively in the GP of Rs. 10000/- in PB4 (Level-14). We have nothing against these counterparts and wish them to get even more promotions but also request same benefit for us. We may kindly be granted at least financial parity with them as the Central Excise Superintendents are getting salary even less than the pension of above counterparts.
2. All organised group ‘A’ officers recruited with IAS,  the best placed group ‘A’ service, in the same pay scale through common entry have been granted financial parity with  counterparts of IAS in the form of non-functional financial up-gradation (NFU) vide DOPT OM No. AB.14017/64/2008-Estt.(RR) Dt. 24.04.09 to compensate lack of promotions as compared to IAS. This scheme was introduced for group ‘A’ officers to compensate financial loss in comparison to counterparts of IAS. Particularly keeping in view the extraordinarily acute stagnation of Central Excise Superintendents & Inspectors, a proposal for grant of non-functional financial up-gradation to grant them financial parity with the counterparts of CSS was approved and recommended to DOPT by the CBEC. But DOPT without going into the merits returned the same simply saying that NFU is applicable only for Group ‘A’ organized service.
3. As far as the group ‘B’ officers are concerned, the CSS officers are the best placed group ‘B’ officers of Govt. of India like IAS in group ‘A’. The group ‘B’ officers at the level of Inspector of Central Excise and the Assistant of CSS are recruited in a common scale of pay through common entry examination conducted by SSC. The officers recruited as Assistant (Group-B, Non Gazetted, Level-7) in the Ministries get the benefit of promotions upto the Joint Secretary level, i.e., i) SO with GP of Rs. 4800/- (Level-8) and Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) after 4 years of service, ii) US (Grade-I) with GP of Rs.6600/- (Level-11), iii) DS with GP of Rs. 7600/- (Level-12), iv) Director with GP of Rs. 8700/- (Level-13) and JS with GP of Rs. 10000/- (Level-14). However, the majority of their counterpart Inspectors of Central Excise in CBEC recruited as Group-B (Non Gazetted) through the same All India competitive examination gets only one promotion in 35/40 years of service career.
 4. The Assistants/Section Officers are working in the headquarters offices on policy making seats whereas the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise/CGST are working on more important seats of revenue collection in the field formations. Despite of working on more important seats, the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise/CGST are not treated at par with the counterparts of CSS at least in financial matters. These CSS counterparts are retiring 4-5 grades above the officers recruited as the Inspector of Central Excise. On account of this, the CSS counterparts are getting 60% more pay than the officers recruited as Inspector of Central Excise. Even the pension of CSS counterparts is more than the salary of the officers recruited as Inspector of Central Excise.
5. The group ‘A’ officers in the Ministries are selected under Central Staffing Scheme on deputation basis from organized Group ‘A’ Services or from CSS officers being promoted from the post of Assistant/Section Officer but no such opportunity is available for the Inspectors/Superintendents of Central Excise who are not only looking after the work relating to the collection of Central Excise duty but also looking  after  the  work of collection of Customs duty (including Inland Air Travel Tax and Foreign Travel Tax) and Service Tax and also CGST & IGST. Needless to submit that they are already earning the maximum portion of the govt. revenues always far ahead of the revenue targets with the efficient, committed & effective efforts despite of their total demoralisation, disappointment and job-dissatisfaction in r/o pay & perks, career prospects and working conditions.
6. Above facts very well manifest the injustice meted out to officers recruited as Central Excise Inspector despite of the most important work of revenue collection being done by them for govt. During this course, they have been facing every threat including life of them as well as their families by the hard core criminals, dreaded smugglers and white collared criminals alongwith tremendous administrative pressures. Thus, the officers recruited as the Inspector of Central Excise deserve a far better treatment in every aspect including pay, perks and career prospects. The grant of the non-functional financial upgradation on batch to batch basis with the common entry counterparts of CSS may really be a solace for these hard working Central Excise/CGST officers.
7. As far as the importance of the responsibilities is concerned, the Superintendents are discharging all functions relating to assessment, investigation & intelligence, issuance of Show Cause Notices with the responsibility of adjudication. They have not only been conferred with the judicial responsibilities in the matter of adjudication but also conferred with the judicial responsibilities of recording statements of various persons in terms of Section 14 of the Central Excise Act, 1944 and Section 108 of the Customs Act, 1962.  The statements tendered before the Central Excise/CGST Superintendent have a legal binding and are treated as a valid piece of evidence by various courts including the Hon’ble Supreme Court just like the statements tendered before a Magistrate. Not only it, the Adjudication Orders are also being prepared by them for the Commissioner level officers. No such responsibilities have been conferred to the CSS officers or any other counterparts of Central Excise Superintendents/Inspectors. It is also important to mention that the judicial officers are not only being highly paid with extra perks but also treated in a far better way in the matter of career prospects than our Superintendents in our country.
8. Though the Central Excise Superintendents are performing more responsible work functions as compared to other common entry counterparts, yet they are facing the worst career prospects instead of being given better treatment. This injustice is being faced by them despite of being the ‘backbone of the government revenue’ on account of being the major revenue collectors for the government in the form of Central Excise duty, Customs duty and Service Tax and also CGST & IGST. In the actual terms, they are the ‘backbone of the government’ on account of being responsible to collect the finance for the government. But very unfortunately, they are being totally ignored in every matter.
9. The parity is the basic concept of our Constitution and the parity in promotions is required to be maintained amongst the similarly placed employees but the Government of India have not initiated any action to maintain parity in promotions as well as pay packages amongst the Group ‘B’ officers. The group ‘A’ officers have already been granted financial parity by the Government of India by the grant of non-functional financial upgradation at par with the counterparts of IAS. Like it, the grant of the batch to batch non-functional financial upgradation after entry into group ‘B’ or equivalent grade is also the immediate need of the time for all group ‘B’ officers to bring them at par at least financially with the best placed group ‘B’ counterparts like CSS etc.  
 10. No need to submit that the VIth as well as VIIth CPC have already recommended to bring parity between the officers of headquarters offices and field offices keeping in view the utmost importance of the work being done by the field officers.
11. It is reiterated that this NFU was recommended for our officers to the DOPT by the CBEC. But very unfortunately, the DOPT simply returned the file without going into the merits of the case saying to examine the issue as the NFU is applicable only to group ‘A’ organized service. The copy of the relevant note-sheet is enclosed herewith for ready reference. Accordingly, the file was to be sent again to the DOPT after examination. 
           12. In view of the above, it is requested that the file may kindly be resent to the DOPT in the light of their remarks to grant non-functional financial up-gradation (NFU) to Central Excise/CGST Superintendents/Inspectors.
            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above.


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
 ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
Ref. No. 106/AIB/E/17                                                                          Dt. 20.09.17
                                                                                                                       REMINDER PL
To,
Sh. S. Ramesh,
Member (Admn), CBEC,
North Block, New Delhi.

Sub: Implementation of para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in light of UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 of Expenditure.
Sir,
Kindly refer to the earlier representations including Ref. No. 59/AIB/E/17 Dt. 02.08.17 of the Association.
2. It is again submitted with due regards that the pay scale of the Chief Enforcement Officers, analogous counterparts of Central Excise Superintendent, under our own Department of Revenue was enhanced to Rs. 8000-13500/- without the recommendations by CPC vide Order F. No. 1612612004-Ad.I.C dt. 04.10.05. The 6th  CPC under para 7.14.25 recommended to maintain parity between the post of Chief Enforcement Officer and Central Excise Superintendent etc. which has not been implemented till date. Subsequently, the post of the Chief Enforcement Officer was re-designated as Assistant Director. The duties and responsibilities of Assistant Director (re-designated) of Enforcement Directorate are at par with the duties and responsibilities of the post of Central Excise Superintendent. The Central Excise Superintendents join the Enforcement Directorate as Assistant Director on deputation basis also. The Chief Enforcement Officers are also being paid 25% extra salary per month again without the recommendations of CPC too.
               3. The competent authority in the Govt. of India (Department of Expenditure) has, however, approved an initial grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB2 for Central Excise Superintendents on 21.11.14 considering para 7.15.24 of the report of 6th CPC but it was communicated finally to CBEC vide UO No. 6/37/98-IC Dt. 24.11.14 to send the case to 7th CPC against the approval of the competent authority.
               4. It is really unfortunate and totally unjustified that the matter duly recommended by the 6th CPC and duly accepted by the competent authority has again been asked to be sent to 7th CPC. It was, however, neither sent to the 7th CPC nor implemented till date. Even if it was sent to the 7th CPC and was again recommended, who knows that it would have not again been asked to be sent to the next CPC/s under an unending process.
               5. In view of the above, it is requested to kindly undo the discrimination by implementing the para 7.15.24 of 6th CPC report in accordance of the approval by the competent authority of the Expenditure on 21.11.14 vide UO No. 6/37/98-IC.
               Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Encl: Copy of the relevant note-sheet.


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
            Ref. No. 107/AIB/A/17                                                                          Dt. 20.09.17
To,
Sh. S. Ramesh,
Member (Admn), CBEC,
North Block, New Delhi.

Sub: Implementation of the CBEC circular issued vide F. No. A-26017/44/94-Ad II (A) Dt. 08.03.95 regarding arrears of pay.
Sir,
Kindly refer to the earlier representations including Ref. No. 58/AIB/A/17 Dt. 02.08.17 of the Association on the above matter.
            2. It is submitted with due regards that the said circular was issued based on the orders of Hon’ble Jabalpur CAT for the payment of arrears of pay to our officers at par with the CBI Inspectors w.e.f. 01.01.86, if the Vth pay commission recommends the same pay scale for both categories of Inspectors. No need to say that the pay commission recommended the same pay scale for both categories. It is further submitted that all of the then Central Excise Inspectors have already become Superintendents.
            3. Hon’ble CAT ordered to place the officers of Central Excise under the pay scale of the officers of CBI since 01.01.1986 without any condition of consulting Expenditure Department in the matter, if the Vth pay commission recommends similar pay scale for both categories. It is also worth to mention that no appeal was made against the order of the Hon’ble CAT.   
4. The implementation of the subject-mentioned circular is still awaited despite of being pursued by the Association on regular basis and the repeated assurances given by the administration.
5. In view of the above, it is requested to kindly implement the said circular particularly considering the fact that our officers are retiring on regular basis without getting its benefit.
               Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Encl: Copy of the letter F. No. A-26017/44/94-Ad II (A) Dt. 08.03.95 of CBEC.


(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
 ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
Ref. No. 108/AIB/T/17                                                                          Dt. 21.09.17
To,
Sh. S. Ramesh,
Member (Admn), CBEC,
North Block, New Delhi.

Sub: Transfer/posting of the recently promoted Asstt. Commissioners in their zones-request regarding.
Sir, 
            Kindly refer to the earlier requests of the Association on the above matter.
            2. It is submitted with due regards that many of the recently promoted Asstt. Commissioners have been transferred out of their zone despite of the vacancies being existed in their zone. The posts of Asstt. Commissioner are also lying vacant in the Directorate offices/NACEN in the respective zone alongwith a good number of posts being lain vacant throughout the country in the field formations too.
            3. It is further submitted that these officers have been promoted merely on ad-hoc basis against temporary posts to be in effect only upto December, 2018. Nobody knows the fate of these officers after December, 2018 whether they would continue on these posts or not. If they don’t continue, they will again be asked to work on the parent post but not known in which zone. No need to say that these officers have been promoted as ad-hoc Asstt. Commissioner at the fag end of the career without benefit of even a single rupee but these officers are well determined to successful roll out of the GST.
            4. The Association was impressed that officers would not be transferred to other zones, if vacancies exist in their own zone. If vacancies don’t exist, the youngest officers will be transferred to nearby zone and will be called back to the parent zone as soon as vacancies occur. Same procedure/policy was followed in the earlier transfer orders.
            5. It is also worth to submit that compassionate grounds including medical, spouse on same station, retirement within three years, correction of date of birth, ward appearing for Board examination etc. are also to be considered as per the representations made by the concerned officers.
            6. In view of the above, it is requested to kindly-
            i) Consider the transfer of the officers to their own zone, if the vacancies exist including Directorate offices/NACEN etc.
            ii) Consider the compassionate grounds as represented by the concerned officers.
            Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,



(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
 ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE
GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
President:                                          Address for communication:                                       Secretary General:
A. Venkatesh                             240, Razapur, Ghaziabad-201001 (U.P.)                                              Ravi Malik
Mob.7780255361       mail Id:ravimalik_sweet@yahoo.com, Site: cengoindia.blogspot.in      Mob.9868816290
Vice Presidents: Apurba Roy, P. C. Jha (East); A. K. Meena, Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Ashish Vajpayee, Ravi Joshi (North); B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); K.V. Sriniwas, T. J. Manojuman (Central) Joint Secretaries: Ajay Kumar, R. N. Mahapatra (East); B. S. Meena, Sanjeev Sahai (West); Harpal Singh, Sanjay Srivastava (North); M. Nagraju, P. Sravan Kumar (South); Anand Kishore, Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central)
(Recognised by G.O.I., Min. of Fin. vide letter F.No. B. 12017/10/2006-Ad.IV A Dt.21.01.08)
Ref. No. 109/AIB/A/17                                                                          Dt. 22.09.17
To,
Sh. Narendra Kumar,
Under Secretary (Coord.), Department of Revenue,
North Block, New Delhi.
        Sub: Initial pay scale to Central Excise/CGST Superintendent at par with DSP of CBI (already recommended by CBEC to the Deptt. of Revenue vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16) alongwith other perks & allowances etc.
 Sir,  
Kindly refer to the Ref. No. 92/AIB/A/17 Dt. 07.09.17 of the Association.
 2. It is submitted with due regards that the feeder cadre of Inspector was placed at par in the matter of pay scale in CBEC and CBI on 21.04.04 but the promotional cadre of Central Excise/CGST Superintendent is still awaited to be placed at par with the DSP of CBI (promotional cadre for Inspector in CBI). However, the 7th CPC has again recommended a higher pay scale for the Inspectors of CBI based on wrong facts saying that CBI Inspector was working in a higher pay scale than the Central Excise Inspector prior to the formation of 7th CPC.
             3. It is further submitted that new higher responsibilities of judicial nature were conferred upon Central Excise Superintendents vide Circular No.  922/12/ 2010-CX issued vide F. No. 208/2/2009-CX-6 Dt. 18.05.10 and 130/12/2010–ST issued vide F. No. 137/68/2010-CX. 4 Dt. 20.05.10. Their responsibilities have again been increased 10 times by enhancing the adjudication limit to Rs. 10 lac vide circular No. 1049/37/2016-CX issued vide F. No. 267/40/2016-CX.8 Dt. 29.09.16 of CBEC. No need to say that increased/higher responsibilities are always directly linked with the increased/higher pay scales. But very unfortunately, there is no increase in the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendents despite of the responsibilities of these officers being on regular increase.
 4. Central Excise/CGST Superintendents have also been conferred with new higher technical/scientific responsibilities of ACES since 2010 and now GSTN under GST. The claim of these Superintendents becomes even stronger on account of recording statements like a Magistrate under Section 14 of Central Excise Act & Section 108 of Customs Act having validity even before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Not only it, Adjudication Orders are also being prepared by them for Commissioner level officers.  No such responsibilities have been conferred upon any counterpart of them including CBI. They are also being conferred with the new additional responsibilities every year in the Finance Bill (Budget). No need to say that Central Excise/CGST Superintendents also have to play a very important role by bearing very important responsibilities under GST too.
5. Despite of the admission by Expenditure Department Under RTI vide OM No. 1148/Dir(A)/2008 Dt. 08.12.08 that the pay scale of Central Excise Superintendent was enhanced on 21.04.04 to grant them parity with DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB (analogous counterparts of Central Excise Superintendent), Central Excise Superintendent was not given the said parity and was granted merely a lower pay scale of Rs. 7500-12000/- w.e.f. 21.04.04 instead of Rs. 8000-13500/- or equivalent (pay scale of DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB).    
 6. Govt. enhanced the pay scale of DSP of CBI without recommendations of CPC and also without any increase in their responsibilities considering them as Police Organisation. However, Hon’ble CAT of Jabalpur in order in r/o OA No. 45/2000 didn’t consider them as Police Organisation, whereas Special Police Establishment (Executive Staff) Recruitment Rules and CBI Recruitment Rules, 1987 consider department of Central Excise as a Police Organisation. Section 21 of Central Excise Act and Section 53 of NDPS Act also confer powers of Officer-in-Charge of Police Station on Central Excise officers.
 7. The Central Excise personnel are also deployed on International Airports, International Sea Ports and International borders side by side with IB, CBI, Army, BSF, CRPF and ITBP etc. These personnel have suffered heavy casualties while dealing with trans-border criminals and countering with the dreaded smugglers.  Also as per the OM issued vide F. No. 8/B/90/HRD (HRM)/2011 (Part-I)/4853 Dt. 21.10.14 and No.C.30013/11/2011-Ad.IV.A Dt.02.08.13 of CBEC/the Govt. of India, the Central Excise Superintendents perform their duties in the nature and style of ‘Military’ and ‘Navy’ being uniformed officers bearing “Ashoka Emblem”. Thus, Central Excise/CGST Superintendents are required to be placed under a pay scale even higher than the DSP of CBI on the lines of Military and Navy.   
 8. Till 07.02.96, the pay scale of both posts (Central Excise Superintendent and DSP of CBI) was same, i.e., Rs. 2000-3500/-. Govt. of India vide OM No. 245/23/95 – AVD-II Dt. 08.02.96 of DOPT enhanced the pay scale of DSP of CBI to Rs. 2200-4000/- retrospectively w.e.f. 01.01.86 without any increase in their responsibilities and also without recommendations of CPC. Thus, it is gross injustice not to bring the Central Excise Superintendent at least at par with the DSP of CBI in the matter of pay scale particularly when the govt. (department of expenditure) also admitted that pay scale of Central Excise Superintendent was enhanced to Rs. 7500-12000/- to grant them parity with the DSP of CBI/DCIO of IB. It is also worth to submit that the DSP of CBI etc. are also being paid 25% per month extra salary and also 13 months salary in the year, the same may also kindly be given to the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents and Inspectors.
             9. The plea by Central Excise Superintendents for grant of GP of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 has been turned down stating that it is the group ‘A’ entry scale belonging to the promotional post of Asstt. Commissioner, to which Superintendent is a feeder post. That being the case, the feeder post of Assistant and promotional post of Section Officer were placed in the same pay scale in CSS once upon a time just before the implementation of 6th CPC report. Likewise, feeder and promotional posts were being placed in the same pay scale in Audit and Accounts services. Also Group ‘B’ officers in the Sate Governments and Group ‘A’ All India Service Officers are recruited in the same grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 and get next promotion to the same post in grade pay of Rs. 6600/-. Further, it is also a fact that the pay of any Assistant Commissioner (direct) will always be less than a Superintendent on account of acute stagnation at Inspector and Superintendent levels. Accordingly, there should not be any problem to place the Central Excise Superintendent in the Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level 10). This problem may, however, also be solved by promoting the Superintendent directly to STS (Level 11) post like most of the other counterparts or even making the group ‘A’ entry into Grade Pay of Rs. 6600/- (Level 11).
             10. Grant of the pay scale at par with the analogous counterparts of CBI to all Group ‘B’ gazetted executive officers in CBEC/CBIC including the Central Excise/CGST Superintendents, Customs Superintendents and Customs Appraisers will involve a negligible financial implication merely to the tune of around Rs. 18 crore particularly when they are earning the revenue always above the set targets regularly every year. They have collected the revenue to the tune of Rs. 8,86,000 crore for the year 2016-17 which is very well above the set target.
           11. It is also worth to submit that only a negligible amount of merely around 80 paise is being incurred to collect Rs. 100/- by these officers despite of being faced the worst pay packages and also the worst career prospects. No need to say that the revenue collection and efficiency in the indirect tax administration would increase multifold, if these officers are made job-satisfied regarding their pay matters and career prospects.  
 12. Intelligence and investigation is integral part of the work responsibilities of Central Excise Superintendents like DSP of CBI. Central Excise Superintendents are performing rather more expert responsibilities than DSP of CBI, that's why they (and also Central Excise Inspectors) are allowed to go to CBI on deputation as DSP of CBI or above but DSP of CBI (or any cadre of CBI) is not allowed to come to Central Excise/CGST/Customs on deputation.
                13. The CBEC has also recommended for the grant of a Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) for the Central Excise Superintendents at par with the DSP of CBI and also to give them next promotion in STS vide OM F. No.A-26017/154//2015-Ad.IIA Dt. 22.02.16 after the issuance of the 7th CPC report. But the matter is yet to reach the finality.
                14. In view of the above, it is requested to place Central Excise/CGST Superintendent at least under a grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB3 (Level-10) or equivalent scale alongwith other perks & allowances etc. w.e.f. the date of the grant of the same to the DSP of CBI.
               Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,



(RAVI MALIK),
Secretary General.
Copy with the request for necessary action to:
1) The Secretary, Department of Revenue, North Block, New Delhi.
2) The Chairperson, CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.
3) The Member (Admn), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi.




(RAVI MALIK)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Appeal to the petitioners of Chennai/Coimbatore Zone regarding DPC

Dear friends,
namaste.
          I am regularly getting queries regarding convening of DPC for the post of Asstt. Commissioner. No doubt that it would have happened many months ago, if our colleagues were not in the court. We all know that some of our officers from Chennai/Coimbatore zone filed petition in the Chennai/Madras CAT/High Court to implement the Parmar verdict given by the Supreme Court. No need to say that the CBEC is already under the process of implementing the same. But it is also true that it would take time on account of at least following three steps to be taken-
     (i) Review of seniority list of Inspectors by all local Cadre Control Authorities throughout the country.
     (ii)  Convening of review DPC for promotion to the post of Superintendent based upon the revised seniority list of Inspectors by all local Cadre Control Authorities throughout the country.
     (iii) Review of all India seniority list of Superintendents based upon review DPC to be conducted for the post of Superintendent by all local Cadre Control Authorities throughout the country.
          As we all know that the temporary posts of Asstt. Commissioner were created only for 5 years and will lapse in the year 2018 (Every effort, however, is being made to get these continued). Our officers are regularly retiring under the hope of promotion before retirement.
          The Madras High Court has directed to implement the Parmar verdict since 1959. The petitioners from Chennai/Coimbatore zone have already served contempt notice upon the authorities. No need to say that no DPC can be expected in the near future, if the issue is not resolved and thus, all temporary posts of Asstt. Commissioner will lapse without giving benefit to anybody. If these posts are lapsed, neither the petitioners will get benefit nor others will be promoted including the officers of Chennai/Coimbatore zone.
          The only way to resolve the issue seems that let the DPC happen and also the work of the implementation of Parmar verdict let be continued side by side. For this purpose, the petitioners will have to withdraw the contempt petition to allow the process of DPC be started.
          Accordingly, it is very humble appeal to the petitioners to kindly withdraw the contempt notice allowing the initiation of DPC work to enable the retiring officers get at least IInd promotion of their career before retirement including the officers belonging to the Chennai/Coimbatore zone. All associations of Chennai/Coimbatore zone are also requested to pursue the matter with the petitioners, otherwise no one will get benefit on the lapse of the said posts in the year 2018.
          Love,
Ravi Malik,
Secretary General,
AIACEGEO.

LTC

No. 31011/8/2017-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block New Delhi.
Dated September19, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Travel entitlements of Government employees for the purpose of LTC post Seventh Central Pay Commission-clarification reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 31011/4/2008-Estt.A-IV dated 23.09.2008, which inter-alia provides that travel entitlements for the purpose of official tour/transfer or LTC, will be the same but no daily allowance shall be admissible for travel on LTC. Further, the facility shall be admissible only in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.
2. Consequent upon the decisions taken by Government on the recommendations of Seventh CPC relating to Travelling Allowance entitlements of Central Government employees, TA Rules have undergone changes vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. No. 19030/1/2017-E.IV dated 13.07.2017.
3. In this regard, it is clarified that the travel entitlements of Government servants for the purpose of LTC shall be the same as TA entitlements as notified vide Ministry of Finance’s O.M. dated 13.07.2017, except the air travel entitlement for Level 6 to Level 8 of the Pay Matrix, which is allowed in respect of TA only and not for LTC.
4. Further, the following conditions may also be noted:
i. No daily allowance shall be admissible for travel on LTC.
ii. Any incidental expenses and the expenditure incurred on local journeys shall not be admissible.
iii. Reimbursement for the purpose of LTC shall be admissible in respect of journeys performed in vehicles operated by the Government or any Corporation in the public sector run by the Central or State Government or a local body.
iv. In case of journey between the places not connected by any public/Government means of transport, the Government servant shall be allowed reimbursement as per his entitlement for journey on transfer for a maximum limit of 100 Kms covered by the private/personal transport based on a self-certification from the
Government servant. Beyond this, the expenditure shall be borne by the Government servant.
v. Travel by Premium trains/Premium Tatkal trains/Suvidha trains is now allowed on LTC. Further, reimbursement of tatkal charges or premium tatkal charges shall also be admissible for the purpose of LTC.
vi. Flexi fare (dynamic fare) applicable in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains shall be admissible for the journey(s) performed by these trains on LTC. This dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non-entitled Government servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains.
5. This O.M. will take effect from July 1, 2017.
6. Hindi version will follow.
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

HPY NAVRATRI

"A VERY HAPPY AND SPECIAL NAVRATRI TO ALL MEMBERS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS" 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Minutes of Gandhidham Convention

Dear fiends,
namaste.
The draft minutes of Gandhidham Convention were circulated on 29.08.17 giving a week time to delegates, if anything is missing. No objection was raised by any delegate even till today except a spelling mistake in the name of Sh. Nivsarkar. Accordingly, final minutes are attached herewith which may be treated as confirmed.
Love,
Ravi Malik. 

MINUTES OF THE 12TH ALL INDIA CONVENTION & GENERAL BODY MEETING OF THE ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE GAZETTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS HELD ON 27TH AND 28TH MAY, 2017 AT GANDHIDHAM, GUJRAT
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            The 12th Convention and Annual General Body Meeting of AIACEGEO was held at Gandhidham (Gujrat) hosted jointly by the Associate Units of Kandla and Kutch.
n  PROCEEDINGS OF 27TH MAY, 2017 –
The convention was formally inaugurated by Shri J. A. Khan, IRS, Commissioner of Central Excise Commissionerate, Ahmedabad-II. The retired veteran leaders of the AIACEGEO, Shri S. P. Siddhanta, Shri S. K. Pareek and Shri Lokanath Mishra also graced the occasion by their presence. The Chief Guest and veteran leaders addressed the gathering and impressed upon the need of unity in the cadre. The Secretary General, Shri Ravi Malik, also addressed the gathering and informed about various service matters that had been taken up by the Association and also appraised about the status of various court cases pertaining to service matters pending in various courts/CATs throughout India.
Right after the inaugural ceremony, the proceedings of the meeting started. In absence of the President, Shri R. Chandramouli, the senior-most Vice President, Shri Ravi Joshi, presided the meeting.
The Secretary General, at the outset, congratulated all the members who had been promoted to the grade of Assistant Commissioner in the DPC of February, 2017. Secretary General informed that efforts were on to get the DPC for the subsequent vacancy years and the Board is being pursued by the AIB for the same. Around 20 newly promoted Assistant Commissioners also attended the meeting being the part & parcel as well as members of the AIACEGEO as decided in Jaipur and Daman conventions.
Subsequently, the Convention began as per agenda points. The Minutes of AEC meetings, which had already been circulated via e-mail, were placed before the house for ratification. Similarly, the Minutes of Associate Committee meetings were also placed for passing by the house. Both the minutes were passed by the house without any modification. Then the Secretary General requested the Treasurer, Shri N. R. Manda, to present the statement of accounts and audit report for confirmation by the house. Shri Manda presented the statement of accounts & audit report. He requested all associate units to clear their respective dues at the earliest alongwith submitting the DDO certificates. The details regarding pending dues were provided to all the delegates. The Secretary General also requested all the Units to clear the pending dues and provide DDO certificates to the AIB at the earliest for the year 2016-17 and also 2017-18. The Hou se passed the statement of accounts and audit report unanimously.
Subsequently, the Secretary General requested all the delegates to introduce themselves. He also requested Sh. Ashutosh Nivsarkar from Indore and Sh. Pavan Reddy from Hyderabad to draw minutes of the meeting in addition to Sh. C. S. Sharma, Office Secretary. During the process of introduction, Shri Reji Mathew from Vadodara Unit raised an issue regarding confirmation of the minutes of Daman Convention placed before the house. He mentioned that it was decided during Daman Convention that the promotee ACs would be members of the AIACEGEO but they would not be entitled to contest as office bearers of the AIB. Shri Reji Mathew said that this rider was missing in the Minutes of the Daman Convention and the same should be added before passing. Shri L. L. Singhvi from Indore Unit seconded the argument of Shri Reji Mathew and stated that it was decided in Daman Convention that promotee IRS officers would be members of AIACEGEO but they would not hold any post in AIB. Shri Jitendra Singh from Ahmedabad, who happened to be a member of the Committee which drafted the amendment to the Constitution, mentioned that there was no such rider proposed by the Committee about disentitling any member from contesting the elections.  He emphasized that every member including promote ACs is very well entitled to contest the elections of AIACEGEO.
Further during the discussions, Shri Shrinath Gopalan from Bangalore also mentioned that minutes of Daman Convention need to be revised to include the rider which was discussed in Daman that promotee IRS officers would not be entitled to contest the elections of AIB. Shri S. K. Sharma from Bhopal was in favour of promotee IRS officers for contesting the elections of AIACEGEO saying that no such decision was taken in Daman Convention to debar them from contesting the elections. The General Secretary of Cochin Unit stated that he was not present in Daman convention, so can’t comment on the issue. Delegates from Bhubaneswar also mentioned that they were not present in Daman, hence cannot comment upon the proceedings that took place at Daman but Sh. Lakanath Mishra, the then President of AIACEGEO from Bhubaneshwar Unit who presided the Daman convention, can confirm the things. Delegates from Daman, Delhi, Guntur and Hyderabad opined in favor of promotee ACs contesting elections of AIACEGEO. Sh. C. S. Sharma said that grant of dual membership is meaningless. It is clear insult to the concerned members to give membership with any rider. Shri Raina representing Jaipur Unit vehemently opposed the proposal of ACs becoming office bearers of AIB, though he mentioned that he was not present in Daman Convention, so he cannot comment upon the proceedings. Delegate from Kandla Unit stated that he did not remember what transpired at Daman but he was in favor of ACs contesting for office bearers of AIACEGEO. Shri Ashish Bajpeyi from Kanpur Unit and Sh. R. K. Solanki from Meerut were also in favor of promotee ACs for contesting for elections of AIB saying that no such decision was taken in Daman against promotee ACs.
      Delegate from Kolkata said that there is no use of giving half-hearted membership to promotee ACs, if they are not allowed to be office bearers. Once they have been given membership, they are very well authorized to contest for elections too. He further added that no decision to debar them from contesting for elections was taken in Daman. Delegate from Lucknow Unit mentioned that such a rider was definitely discussed by someone in Daman but no final decision was arrived at. He further opined that there should be no bar on ACs contesting for elections of AIB. Delegate from Meerut forcefully mentioned that once a member, ACs can’t be prevented to contest for the elections. Shri A. K. Sasmal stated that there cannot be dual membership for promotee ACs. He emphasized that AIACEGEO should be by the Superintendents, of the Superintendents and for the Superintendents. He was against the membership of ACs in the AIACEGEO. Delegate from Bihar/Jharkhand/Patna/Jamshedpur mentioned that he was not there in Daman but the decision can be taken in this General Body Meeting on this issue. Shri Anand Kishore from Raipur Unit opined that once the ACs have been made member, there is no reason to debar them from contesting for the elections and they are very well entitled to contest for elections. He also added that no decision to debar the promotee group A officers from contesting the elections of the Association was taken in Daman. Delegate from Rajkot stated that he was not present in Daman Convention but he maintained that whatever is written in the Constitution of AIACEGEO, should prevail. If membership has been given, the promote ACs are entitled to contest the elections. Delegate from Surat Unit opined that there cannot be dual membership. Once someone is inducted as member, he is entitled to contest the elections. The delegates from Vizag, Kutch and Agra also said that the promotee ACs are entitled to contest the elections being the member of AIACEGEO. Delegate from Tirupati said that he was not present in Daman Convention but promotee ACs are entitled to contest the elections, once made members of AIACEGEO. Representative from Nellore Unit said that in his view though ACs can contest but Superintendent should lead the AIACEGEO in the interest of cadre and ACs should be inducted as advisors. He also said that he was not present in Daman. Sh. Pavan Reddy opined that as per amended constitution, the promotee ACs are members of AIACEGEO and they can contest the elections. Sh Apurba from Kolkatta said that all promotee officers are their members and they can contest for any post in AIB as per the resolution.
The views of former Presidents, Sh. Sushil Pareek and Sh. Lakanath Mishra, were also asked for confirmation as both were present in Daman Convention. The Daman Convention was also presided by Sh. Mishra.
Sh. Mishra said that no such decision that promotee group A officers would not be eligible to contest the elections was taken in Daman nor any such thing was recommended by the concerned committee.
Sh. Pareek said that the issue was raised by somebody in Daman but no such decision was taken that promotee ACs/promotee group ‘A’ officers would not be entitled to contest the elections. He said that no member can be given second grade treatment on the issue of the contesting the elections. He added that no member should be insulted by giving the membership with a rider.
Sh. Sanjay Srivastva from Lakhnow raised the point that as per his knowledge another convention is also scheduled in Chennai on the same date called by Sh. R. Chandramouli, former President of AICEGEO. It should be condemned and declared illegal by this house.
Sh. Sanjay Mishra from Patna also asked the august house that we should try to patch-up with other group who are trying to split the unity of this Association.
Sh. Jithendra from Bangalore said that date and venue was not decided in Delhi. The Secretary General informed that the tentative date and venue was declared in Delhi itself which was accepted by the House.
The matter was discussed in the house in details and it was informed from the presidium that the date and venue was decided by Sh. R. Chandramouli himself on 04.02.17 in the AEC meeting held in Delhi and he himself declared the said AEC meeting as preconvention meeting. After long discussions, it was resolved by the house that Chennai convention is illegal and is condemned and also the Gandhidham convention is the only authorized Convention and the body present in Gandhidham is the only authorized body. It was also decided that newly elected body will try to patch up with Chennai group, if they are willing without any condition.
After getting the views of the delegates present, the Presidium announced that out of total 41 Units affiliated to AIACEGEO, 28 Units were present in the Convention and accordingly the quorum is complete. They added that four more units have already sent message in support of Gandhidham Convention but couldn’t attend due to the unavoidable circumstances. They further said that 2 or 3 units took neutral stand by not attending Gandhidham or Chennai. It was further ruled and declared by the Presidium that in view of the majority, the Minutes of Daman Convention are correct and no further amendment was required. Accordingly, minutes of the Daman convention were passed by the house and promotee ACs/promotee group ‘A’ officers were duly allowed to contest for the elections.
The Presidium also announced that the present Convention at Gandhidham is legal as the same is being held in accordance with the decision taken by the Associate Executive Committee (AEC) of AIACEGEO.
 Sh. Sanjay Mishra also suggested to inform all CCs that this is the only legal body on the basis of the subscription already being deducted in the name of AIACEGEO and anybody else or any splinter group can’t use the name of AIACEGEO. Sh. Ashutosh from Indore also expressed the same views and suggested that All India Body should give schedule for elections to all units alongwith appointment of one observer from the nearby zone.
Sh. Harpal Singh also suggested that the splinters should not be allowed to use the name and logo of our AIACAGEO.
Sh. Raja Rao from Vizag suggested that AIB should visit each unit for unity.
Sh. Srinath informed that DDO certificates are required as per CCA RSA Rules, 1993.
The Treasurer, Shri N .R. Manda, impressed upon the necessity of clearing the dues by all Units and he also urged the delegates to contribute maximum donations/funds to AIB for meeting out the expenses of legal fights pending at various fora.
 Further, the Report of the Association was placed by the Secretary General for approval. During discussions on the same, Shri Jithendra from Bangalore Unit asked about the details of number of DDO certificates received by the AIB. The Secretary General replied that the same is being compiled. The report was approved by the House.
The Presidium declared the Report as being approved by the house.
Further Shri Anand Kishore from Raipur Unit raised the issue that some of the Superintendents have been engaged in forming a separate Association and demanded condemnation of such move. He emphasized that such members are trying to create splinter groups in various units which is detrimental to the interest of the cadre. Shri Harpal Singh from Meerut Unit vehemently opposed forming of splinter groups and emphasized that there cannot be another Association in the same name. Such move of splinters was condemned by the House.
Taking forward the discussions, Shri Ashutosh Nivsarkar from Indore Unit suggested that there should be a clear guideline for formation of the Units and suggested that in view of the reorganization under GST regime, it would be better to create single unit for all executive Commissionerates, Audit Commissionerate and Appeal Commissionerate falling under a zone. It was also suggested that instead of leaving the elections of individual units to the Units themselves, the AIB should decide a calendar for conducting elections in affiliated Units under supervision of an observer appointed by the AIB. Shri Shrinath Gopalan from Bangalore categorically cited the RSA Rules and emphasized that DDO Certificates are of immense importance for the Association. He added that RSA Rules apply to whole of India and the DDOs are bound to deduct the subscription once it is asked by the Association. He maintained that this is a mandatory requirement which should be strictly followed. Shri Abhay Singh Meena from Jaipur suggested that the membership should be restricted to those members who had got the subscription deducted from their salary. He pointed out that some of the members do not give subscription and accordingly asked to link the voting rights with deduction of subscription.
Shri Pawan Reddy from Hyderabad raised the issue of a parallel Convention being held at Chennai. He mentioned that there is a need to find out the reasons for such division in the cadre. He emphatically pressed that the submission of DDO Certificates should be made compulsory. He said that efforts should be made to pursue the IRS (IDT) OA to give it a second thought in the interest of cadre to be merged with AIACEGEO. He also requested that the Chennai faction should be approached and persuaded to join the AIACEGEO to maintain unity.
Shri M. K. Mishra from Mumbai mentioned that there is necessity to stick to the RSA Rules. Delegate from Mumbai also emphasized on the importance of DDO Certificates. It was also suggested to have administrative guidelines to stop splinter groups from emerging at various places. Shri Reji Mathew from Vadodara also seconded the idea of having a check off system and suggested that necessary amendments should be made in the constitution to make DDO Certificates compulsory. Shri Sanjay Mishra from Bihar/Jharkhand also insisted on DDO Certificates and also requested that efforts should be made to bring unity in the cadre.
Shri Somasekaran from Kerala Unit raised the issue of problem being faced by the members in GST rollout relating to infrastructure, mapping, migration etc. He urged that these matters should be taken up by the AIB with the Board.
Delegate from Bhubaneshwar pointed out that the portion “group B officers” has not been replaced by “Gazzetted officers” in the preamble of the Constitution of AIACEGEO. The Secretary General replied that the same shall be taken care of.
Shri Asok Gain from Kolkata read out the resolution passed by the Kolkata Unit.
The Secretary General again requested that all units must concentrate on providing of DDO Certificates, clearing the pending dues and donate maximum funds to the AIB.
Sh. Niranjan Godara, Asstt. Commissioner, was declared the Election Officer for the elections to be conducted next day on 28.05.17 to elect the new office bearers of AIACEGEO. He was asked to choose the suitable officers to help him to conduct the process of elections. 

n  PROCEEDINGS ON 28TH MAY 2017
On 28th May, the house again met to elect the new All India Body. The elections were held democratically with the use of secret ballot, (each unit being allowed number of votes equal to the number of Commissionerates represented by them as per the Constitution). 
Sh. Raina from Jaipur challenged the nomination of Sh Ravi Malik for the post of Secretary General being Asstt. Commissioner before the Election officer in writing. Election officer duly considered the matter on merits and rejected his representation. Election officer gave 5 minutes time to each candidate to present the respective agenda for the post of President and Secretary General.
            After the completion of election process, the result was declared by the election officer, Sh. Niranjan Godara, Asstt. Commissioner, in the evening and the following office bearers were declared elected-
President: Sh. A. Venkatesh.                                        
Secretary General: Sh. Ravi Malik.
Vice Presidents: Sh. Apurba Roy and Sh. P. C. Jha (East); Sh. A. K. Meena and Sh. Somnath Chakrabarty (west); Sh. Ashish Vajpayee and Sh. Ravi Joshi (North); Sh. B. Pavan K. Reddy (South); Sh. K.V. Sriniwas and T. J. Manojuman (Central).
Joint Secretaries: Sh. Ajay Kumar and Sh. R. N. Mahapatra (East); Sh. B. S. Meena and Sh. Sanjeev Sahai (West); Sh. Harpal Singh and Sh. Sanjay Srivastava (North); Sh. M. Nagraju and Sh. P. Sravan Kumar (South); Sh. Anand Kishore and Sh. Ashutosh Nivsarkar (Central).
            The following units attended the General Body meeting and Convention-
1.      Agra.
2.      Ahmedabad.
3.      Allahabad.
4.      Bangalore.
5.      Bhopal.
6.      Bhubaneswar.
7.      Cochin.
8.      Delhi.
9.      Guntur.
10.  Hyderabad.
11.  Indore.
12.  Jaipur.
13.  Kandla.
14.  Kanpur.
15.  Kolkata.
16.  Kutch.
17.  Lucknow.
18.  Meerut.
19.  Mumbai.
20.  Nellore.
21.  Patna-Ranchi- Jamshedpur.
22.  Raipur.
23.  Rajkot.
24.  Surat.
25.  Tirupati.
26.  Vadodra.
27.  Vapi- Daman.
28.  Vizag.

Minutes drawn by: Sh. C. S. Sharma and Sh. Ashutosh Nivsarkar.