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Shri.S.Karunakaran, Inspector of Central Excise, Trichy, who is also serving as General Secretary of All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, Trichy Branch is the author of this article.
In continuation of my earlier article on the grant of Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- to the Inspectors of Customs and Central Excise, who are in receipt of ACP between 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008, I am obliged to let the members aware of the further developments on this issue.
The Principal CCA in his letter No.Coord/Exp/G.P/2008-09/93 dated 31.07.2009 has stated that the cases of ACP may be finalized according to the provisions contained in O.M.No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D) dated 19.05.2009 issued by the DOPT on the subject of MACPS for the Central Government Civil Employees.
However, the PAOs all over India have not taken into cognizance of the above letter and continued to grant the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- to those Inspectors on the pretext that there was not any specific mention by the Pr.CCA to grant the Grade Pay of Rs.4800/-.
The All India Central Excise Inspectors Association relentlessly took up the matter with the CBEC on account the fact that the issue have not been resolved by the obstinate attitude of the PAOs after the clarification issued by the Pr.CCA on 31.07.2009.
The Board in F.No.26017/83/2009-Ad.IIA dated 24.09.2009 in response to the representation of the AICEIA, have indicated that the Pr.CCA’s letter dated 18.05.2009 instructed all the PAOs to reopen the cases of grant of ACP during the 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2009 which is against the very spirit and essence of the OM issued by the DOPT on MACPS and that the entire issue is in consonance with the OM dated 19.5.2009.
Further, in the letter referred above issued by the Board, it was also requested to withhold the recovery and to instruct all the PAOs under CBEC not to effect any recovery from the Pay and Allowances of the officials concerned.
Based on the above said letter, many PAOs have granted the Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- and did not recover any amount from the Pay and Allowances and the Second Installment arrears of the Sixth CPC.
However, some PAOs are still refusing to grant the Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- on the pretext that they have not received any communication from the Pr.CCA in this matter.
It is apparent that any instructions issued by the CBEC to the Pr.CCA will bind the PAOs in respect of the Pay and Allowances of the staff working under CBEC. To add insult to the injury, some PAOs have even made recovery from the Second Installment arrears of the Sixth CPC.
Who is to be blamed for these unsavory developments? Should we blame the CBEC for not clarifying the issue unambiguously? Is Pr.CCA responsible for these developments, for not instructing the field formations with proper clarification? Or should we blame PAOs in field formations who are expecting the Pr.CCA to clarify them individually?
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and are not intended to represent the views of GConnect.