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CBIC extends ad-hoc Assistant Commissioners’ tenure by 3 years

New Delhi: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Saturday extended the tenure of the ad-hoc Assistant Commissioners by 3 years, who got promotions from 2014 to 2018 in temporary Group A posts under cadre restructuring.

“You will be glad to know that 2118 temporary Group “A” posts have been further continued until 18th December, 2021, enabling us to continue to serve the taxpayers better with these posts,” the CBIC Chairman S Ramesh said in his letter.

The temporary Group A posts were created through CBIC letter dated December 18, 2013. According to the letter, all Superintendents who secured ad-hoc promotions to Assistant Commissioner against the temporary posts, have no right for regular promotion in the grade of Assistant Commissioner and the period of service as  ad-hoc Assistant Commissioner shall not count for seniority or as qualifying service for further promotions.

Their seniority should be maintained in Group B Superintendent cadre as per Service Rules.

The extension, which was granted, has been intimated by S Ramesh, the Chairman of CBIC through his letter dated December 22. This comes in response to the pressure moved by Ravi Malik, Secretary General, All India Association of Central Excise Gazzetted Executive Officers seeking extension of the tenure.

However, the CBIC today issued back dated confirmation letter of dated December 14 in this regard.

It may be recalled that the CBIC (than  CBEC, i.e. Central Board of Excise and Customs) had in 2014, promoted 2,162 Superintendents in Customs and Central excise to ad-hoc Assistant Commissioners in temporary posts in a major cadre restructuring since the promotion was given not only ad-hoc basis but also in temporary posts, so they didn’t get regular status of Group A posts and their promotion was not made on the recommendation of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

While regular Group A posts are promoted through the UPSC and the services are also allotted through UPSC, Hence the ad-hoc Assistant Commissioners in temporary posts are not entitled to suffix “IRS” in their name, while regular promotees and direct recruits can do it. However, the CBIC has later also given ad-hoc promotions in the grade of Assistant Commissioner in vacated temporary posts due to retirement and death of ad-hoc ACs.

The CBIC wants to show that no direct Inspector would face retirement before the promotion of Assistant Commissioner, but 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.

Since 2014, the CBIC has promoted several hundreds of Superintendents to the post of ad-hoc AC in its department on a temporary basis. The CBIC had initially given temporary posts of AC for a period of 5 years ending on December 17, 2018. However, these posts have been continued further till December 2018 on the pretext of new tax regime i.e. Goods and Services Tax (GST).

It’s noteworthy to mention that regular Assistant Commissioner posts in CBIC are 1249 while temporary Assistant Commissioner posts are 2118.


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