In the Cadre Restructure Proposal furnished to DOPT, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has sought for 25,000 more employees, equivalent to 40% of its current staffing level, to meet the growing workload.
CBEC is the backbone of Finance Ministry. It administrate the indirect tax policy and collects more than Rs 3.50 lakh crore in a financial year. This revenue is generated on the levy and collection of customs duties, central excise duties and service tax. Apart from the duty to curb goods smuggled to evade payment of customs duties the officers of Customs and Central Excise are also entrusted with the work of prevention of Drug Trafficking.
It is suggested by CBEC that it requires more staff strength to cater to increasing imports, exports, number of passengers in and out of the country. As far as Central Excise and Service Taxes are concerned the growing indutrial production and inclusion of more services in the tax net are main reasons for this proposal for cadre restructure.
The existing strength of 67,000 in CBEC has been proposed to increased 92,000. As per reliable reports, the finance ministry has already allowed it to increase junior staff, but the approval of the department of personnel and training (DoPT) is required to increase the number of officers at senior level.
It is told, CBEC has requested for a 170% increase in our group A level officers (Assistant commissioners and above) and around a 45% increase in group B level executive cadre officers (Inspectors and Superintendents).
Last CBEC cadre restructure was implemented in the year 2002, while this exercise is due after every fiver years.
CBEC has around 2,400 group A level officers and 34,000 group B level officers. In its proposal, it has asked DoPT to create 4,250 additional posts in Group ‘A’ level.
Live Mint reports on Cadre Structure in CBEC as follows
“We do not want to disturb the equilibrium in group A, where more than 50% officers come as direct recruits through UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) and the rest are promoted from group B,” the second official said. “If we give such large (number of) posts, chances are that more group B employees will get promotion and their numbers would be higher than direct recruits. So we are struggling to find the right balance”
UPSC conducts examinations to recruit bureaucrats.
The finance ministry official said the proposed increase in group A level officers will improve their ratio with group B level officers. “Group B officers are stagnating. They are not getting promotions as compared with peers,” he said.
CBEC also plans to improve training methods for lower-level staff and increase ministry-level staff to around 15,000 from 12,000, Sepoy and hawaldars (constables) to 16,400 from 12,600 and stenographers to around 4,500 from 1,600.
Source: Live Mint