Who cares if CBEC is topless: 90% top posts vacant

CBEC PIC

Who cares? The central board of excise and customs (CBEC) has become a ‘topless’ institution. Look at the data: against the sanctioned strength of 38 posts of Chief Commissioners, as many as 30 are vacant. Of the 8 functioning post, one will fall vacant on Jan 31, 2016 as P K Mohanty (IRS C&EC) will retire on January 31. So effectively 31 posts of CC could be counted as vacant.
Who cares? Against the sanctioned 14 posts of Principal Chief Commissioner, 10 are vacant and only four are manned. From the manned posts, one fellow would retire on March 31, 2016; and if the current trend is any indication, it will be left vacant.
Who cares? Several senior Commissioner rank officers have been made to hold the additional charge of Chief Commissioners, and as CCs, they supervise their own functioning. Never mind the question of conflict of interests arising from this sort of personalized administrative arrangement.
Who cares? The FY 17 budget is on hand, and revenue collectors are leaderless. Yeah, truly, it’s the best example of ‘minimum government, maximum governance.’

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