5,94 Central GST, Customs Superintendents get promotion for 7 months

New Delhi: 5,94 officers working as Superintendents and Appraisers in Customs and Central Goods and Service Tax (GST) have been given ad-hoc promotion to the level of Assistant Commissioners for the period of seven months.

The promotion was made against temporary posts in the grade of Assistant Commissioner created as a result of cadre restructuring of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in the year 2013 for a period of 5 years ending on December 17, 2018.

A total of 5,94 officials — 476 from the grade of Superintendents of Central GST, 76 from the grade of Superintendents of Customs (Preventive) and 42 Customs Appraisers — have been given these ad-hoc promotions on ‘in-situ basis’ to the post of Assistant Commissioners (ACs), CBEC officials said.

“All Group B officers who secured ad-hoc promotions to Assistant Commissioner against temporary the posts will be demoted on December 17, 2918, according to para 2 and para 4 of CBIC letter dated December 18, 2013,” the official added.

The Promotion order also clarified that these officials are being promoted purely on ad-hoc basis and would not confer any rights for regular promotions.

“The promotion to the grade of Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise are made purely on ad-hoc basis and does not confer any right on the officers so promoted for any claim for continued officiating or regular promotion in the grade of Assistant Commissioner and the period of such service shall not count for seniority or as qualifying service for further promotion. Government reserves the right to terminate the ad-hoc appointment and revert the officers to the post from which he/she was promoted,” the CBIC said in its order.

It takes a much longer time for Group-B officers in CBIC to reach the level of ACs, as against their peers in the Income tax department, the CBIC officials told us.

The officials join at the level of Inspector in the CBIC and it takes over 30 years for them to become ad-hoc AC. The comparative time taken by their counterparts in Income tax department, is ten years less and they also get regular promotion of AC, the officials added.