Indore: 600 officers of Central Excise don black band in protest

Indore: Over 600 officers of the Central Excise, Customs & Service Tax Department, Indore and Ujjain and Audit-Indore observed protest on Monday by wearing black badges at their respective headquarters.

They were protest against discriminatory approach of GST Council while deciding distribution of GST assesses between Centre and states.

The protest call was given by steering committee of Associations of Central Board of Excise and Customs comprising officers and staff of Group A, B, C and D.

Ashutosh Nivsarkar, general secretary of Indore, Ujjain, Audit-Indore Commissionerate unit of All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers said that more than 600 officers and staff posted in Indore, Dewas, Ujjain and Pithampur staged the protest by wearing black badge.

He said over 500 officers of Indore and Pithampur observed protest at Manik Bagh headquareters, CGO complex, Commissioner Audit Office located near Sayaji Hotel and at Pithampur.

He further said that reduction in assesses base would hamper the career of officers in the department.

They demanded right restructure of the organisation in the GST regime while taking into consideration the interest of officers and staff.

At present, the stagnation in CBEC has reached such a stage that a direct recruited Inspector struggles to get even two promotions in the entire career as against 5 to 6 promotions in other departments including Income Tax.

A direct recruit IRS officer gets minimum 6 to 7 promotions in his career, the direct recruit Inspector retires with only one promotion or at the most two if he is lucky enough. It is pertinent to note that the CBEC’s field strength lies entirely on Inspectors and Superintendents, but the government is completely overlooking the career progression of the field staff.

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