The Association had taken up the delay in granting promotions to the grade of AO & STA. As regards, the promotion to the grade of STA, a reply received from the cadre controlling authority is placed below for information.
As regards, the issue of promotion to the grade of AO, no response have been received till now. A copy of the letter dated 11.02.2013 submitted to the Hon'ble CC is placed below for information.
Ref:- KARCCEMOA/AO/2013-1 Date:- 11.02.2013
The Hon’ble Chief Commissioner,
Central Excise, Bangalore Zone,
Sub:- Promotion to the grade of Administrative officers – Request for review
of decision – orders issued at C.Ex., Delhi & C.Ex., Kolkata - reg.
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Please refer to this Association’s letter dated 08.08.2012 & 20.12.2012, on the captioned subject. Kind attention is also invited to the Minutes (copy enclosed for reference) circulated by the Additional Commissioner (P&V), Central Excise, Bangalore –I vide C.No.II/39/68/ 2012.Estt.B dated 27.12.2012 in respect of the JCM meeting held on 22.02.2012.
2. In reply to the point raised by this Association on the subject matter, it has been stated therein that “The chairman informed that in this regard a reminder to the Board has been sent”. Non-receipt of clarification from Board is being cited as the reason for not granting promotions to the grade of AO, in this zone for the past 8 months. In this regard, it is submitted that the vacancies in the grade of Administrative Officer which arose from the month of May-2012 onwards in the zone remain unfilled, while eligible officers in the grade of Deputy Office Superintendents are eagerly awaiting their promotions.
3. It was also brought to your notice that while promotions are being granted from DOS to AO in other zones, the same is not being followed in this Zone, without any valid reason. Non-promotion of officers in this zone is leading to an anomalous situation, whereby placement in the all India seniority in respect of the officers whose promotions are delayed is adversely affected apart from the fact that they are incurring monetary loss every passing day, for no fault of theirs. The fact that many of the AOs are holding additional charges, in certain cases more than one additional charge due to the non-filling up of the existing vacancies, is causing untold hardships and misery on these officers. All such officers have expressed difficulty in continuing with the burden for a longer period of time and with the end of the Financial Year fast approaching, the administration is also likely to suffer adversely.
4. It is pertinent to mention that the Board has nowhere stated that granting of Ad-hoc promotions shall be discontinued, but had instead sought some clarification with regard to the manner in which promotions were being granted. Therefore, the decision to withhold promotions based on the said letter for such a long period is unjustified. Further, the vacancies in the grade of AO would in any case be filled up by 100% promotions from the feeder cadre of DOS as per the seniority, and hence there appears to be no sufficient cause or ground to withhold granting Ad-hoc promotions in this zone alone.
5. In view of the foregoing, it is once again requested that suitable directions may be issued immediately, to fill up all the posts in the grade of Administrative officers on Ad-hoc basis, as is being done in other cadre controlling zones.
Awaiting favourable orders, we remain.
Encl:- As above
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