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Promotion system: Excise officers protest disparity

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LUDHIANA: On the issue of disparity in promotion system, All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers organized a procession at the city office on Monday, with some representatives of the association going to Delhi to support employees.

Giving the information, Ashok Sharma, president of the association of Chandigarh zone, said all superintendents who have been recruited as inspectors of central excise, are retiring from the same post after a single promotion in their entire service span of 33 to 35 years as compared to ministerial cadre and IRS officers, who are getting four to five promotions in the same department.

The All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, representing 11,481 under the umbrella of superintendents of central excise, the highest-ranking group-B gazetted executive officers in departments under the Centre, has extended a call for dharna and peaceful procession from Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to the Parliament on Monday. Giving them support, employees in the city too organized a peaceful protest in which 25 members participated.

More than 100 officers from Chandigarh zone comprising Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, proceeded from Ludhiana and Chandigarh in the wee hours of Monday to join All India Association members at Delhi where dharna was scheduled wherein a memorandum would be submitted to the Prime Minister and the finance minister.

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