Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chennai hosts Customs Preventive Service Federation conference

Source: http://www.sagarsandesh.com/news/chennai-hosts-customs-preventive-service-federation-conference/
(From Left) Mr.D Srinivas - President(CCPSA), Mr.Venugopal Nair - President(AICPSF), Mr.S Ramesh - Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mr.Sanjay Kumar Agarwal - Commissioner of Customs(Air Cargo & Airports), Ms.Jane K Nanthaniel - Commissioner of Customs(Imports), Mr.Mayank Kumar - Commissioner of Customs(Exports) and Mr.I B Mishra - General Sectary(AICPSF) during the meeting.

The All India Customs Preventive Service Federation, which is the apex organization representing the Preventive Officers and Superintendents of Customs of Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, Goa and Mumbai organised its 43rd Annual General conference for two days in Chennai from Jan. 24.

According to official sources, the main focus area at the meeting was the proposed restructuring of the cadre departments and detailed deliberation on issues relating to the welfare of the officers and evolving a consensus approach to the future challenges.

Inaugurating the conference, Mr. S. Ramesh, Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai Customs Zone, said: “When I joined in 1981, this was a much admired profession. The Customs was a highly sought after posting and we had achieved so much that several movies were made portraying some of our success stories.”

Mr. Ramesh stated: “The Customs Preventive Wing is the face of the department and your job is critical. I hope you will carry on your stellar performance. I do accept there are several issues that the department faces and we are taking this up seriously.

According to a Media statement, some of the major issues that were discussed in the conference include stagnation in promotions, shortage of man power and suitable pay package for the officers and removal anomalies by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

It may be noted here that the Federation has been battling the issue of acute stagnation in the promotion to the grade of Assistant Commissioners from the Superintendents for the past more than two decades. The officers with more than 35 years of service are yet to get their second promotion. By raking up the issue at the meet, the Federation expects the Government of India (Ministry of Finance) to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Besides, shortage of man power is another issue which is haunting the organization, as the officers are put under unreasonable work pressure which is affecting their health as also the efficiency of the department. Every officer is made to work extra hours on a day-to-day basis.

Cadre restructuring is underway in the department and we look forward to the Central Board of Excise and Customs to allot adequate manpower to the field formations and re-organise them in such a way that the manpower is utilized to its optimal potential,” said one of the participants in the conference.

Since the Preventive Officers and the Superintendents form the backbone of the Customs service and they are in the forefront of anti-smuggling work and are often victims of backlashes, the department is looking towards the Central Board to offer them support when faced with such issues, he further appealed.

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