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Customs, CGST & CE: 94 IRS officers elevated in the rank of Commissioner

The President of India on Thursday promoted approx. 94 IRS (C&CE) officers belonging to Customs & Central Excise under Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) promoted to the grade of Commissioner of Customs, CGST & Central Excise as follows:

Amita Singh, Arvind Madhavan, Jeetesh Nagori, Suresh Babu Bodduluri, Sameer Chitara, Minu Pramod, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Nilesh Kumar Gupta, Monika A Batra, Amandeep Singh, Amitesh, Shailesh Kumar, Vashishtha Chaudhary, K Ramakrishnan, K Balamurugan, Ajay, Satish Dhavale, Rajesh Kumar Verma, Vinay Kumar Singh, Pulapaka Anand Kumar, Bachhu Singh Meena, Sonal Bajaj, Pankaj K Singh, Gaurav Sinha, Nitesh Srivastava, Manpreet Arora, Hardeep Batra, Dilip Goyal, Gaurav Masaldan, Ramesh Kumar Raman, Aseem Kumar, Akhilesh Kumar, Smita Dolas, Binod Kumar Gupta, Anupam Prakash, Milind R Lanjewar, Vaishali Naik Lanjewar, Avinash Thete, Avinash Pushkarna, Pankaj Dwivedi, Ashima Bansal, Pai Giridhar Gopalkrishnan, Tiju T, Manish Mani Tiwari, K Siva Kumar, Sachin Jain, Satyajit Mohanty, Rajinder Kumar Gupta, Reyaz Ahmad, Dhirendra Lal, Rahul Ramesh Nangare, A S Meenalochani, Amarjeet Singh, Sophia Martin Joy, Mahfuzur Rahman, R Sakthivel, Manesh Kumar, Sucheta Sreejesh, Zubair Riaz Kamili, Parmod Kumar, Somesh Tiwari, Ram Prakash Khandelwal, Manish Saxena, K Venkat Ram Reddy; Akhilesh Pandey, Rishi Goel, Abhilasha Mahapatra Basaiawmoit, Yamuna Devi B, Nitin Saini, Unmesh Sharad Wag, Shahla Khan, Pankaj Haribhau, S Anil Kumar, Rajesh F Dhbare, Manisha Rani Goel, G Machunlung Kamei, Mihir Ranjan, Poonam Ambastha, Ashok Jyoti Verma, Shyam Dhar, Kapil Chaudhary, Praduymn Kumar Tripathi, Shobhijit Jain, Prashant Kumar, Imamuddin Ahmad, Atul Handa, Gohil Vrindaba Laxmansinh, Harish Kumar Vashishth, Kunduru S V V Prasad, Dinesh K Chakravarthy, Vikram Prakash Wani, Satyendra Mathuria, T V Ravi and Anil Ramteke.

28 Nov 2019
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30 CBIC officers given Commendation Certificate

Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur granted Commendation Certificate to 30 CBIC Officers from various formations across the country for their valuable contribution in the administration of GST.

 

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had on July 01, 2019 organised GST DAY in New Delhi which was presided over by Thakur. He also released a book on “GST for MSME” by CBIC.

02 Jul 2019
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Customs, CGST & CE: 94 IRS officers elevated in the rank of Commissioner

By IndianMandarins 28 Nov 2019

The President of India on Thursday promoted approx. 94 IRS (C&CE) officers belonging to Customs & Central Excise under Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) promoted to the grade of Commissioner of Customs, CGST & Central Excise as follows:

Amita Singh, Arvind Madhavan, Jeetesh Nagori, Suresh Babu Bodduluri, Sameer Chitara, Minu Pramod, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Nilesh Kumar Gupta, Monika A Batra, Amandeep Singh, Amitesh, Shailesh Kumar, Vashishtha Chaudhary, K Ramakrishnan, K Balamurugan, Ajay, Satish Dhavale, Rajesh Kumar Verma, Vinay Kumar Singh, Pulapaka Anand Kumar, Bachhu Singh Meena, Sonal Bajaj, Pankaj K Singh, Gaurav Sinha, Nitesh Srivastava, Manpreet Arora, Hardeep Batra, Dilip Goyal, Gaurav Masaldan, Ramesh Kumar Raman, Aseem Kumar, Akhilesh Kumar, Smita Dolas, Binod Kumar Gupta, Anupam Prakash, Milind R Lanjewar, Vaishali Naik Lanjewar, Avinash Thete, Avinash Pushkarna, Pankaj Dwivedi, Ashima Bansal, Pai Giridhar Gopalkrishnan, Tiju T, Manish Mani Tiwari, K Siva Kumar, Sachin Jain, Satyajit Mohanty, Rajinder Kumar Gupta, Reyaz Ahmad, Dhirendra Lal, Rahul Ramesh Nangare, A S Meenalochani, Amarjeet Singh, Sophia Martin Joy, Mahfuzur Rahman, R Sakthivel, Manesh Kumar, Sucheta Sreejesh, Zubair Riaz Kamili, Parmod Kumar, Somesh Tiwari, Ram Prakash Khandelwal, Manish Saxena, K Venkat Ram Reddy; Akhilesh Pandey, Rishi Goel, Abhilasha Mahapatra Basaiawmoit, Yamuna Devi B, Nitin Saini, Unmesh Sharad Wag, Shahla Khan, Pankaj Haribhau, S Anil Kumar, Rajesh F Dhbare, Manisha Rani Goel, G Machunlung Kamei, Mihir Ranjan, Poonam Ambastha, Ashok Jyoti Verma, Shyam Dhar, Kapil Chaudhary, Praduymn Kumar Tripathi, Shobhijit Jain, Prashant Kumar, Imamuddin Ahmad, Atul Handa, Gohil Vrindaba Laxmansinh, Harish Kumar Vashishth, Kunduru S V V Prasad, Dinesh K Chakravarthy, Vikram Prakash Wani, Satyendra Mathuria, T V Ravi and Anil Ramteke.

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30 CBIC officers given Commendation Certificate

By IndianMandarins 02 Jul 2019

Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur granted Commendation Certificate to 30 CBIC Officers from various formations across the country for their valuable contribution in the administration of GST.

 

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had on July 01, 2019 organised GST DAY in New Delhi which was presided over by Thakur. He also released a book on “GST for MSME” by CBIC.

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CBIC constitutes three Working Groups

By IndianMandarins 25 Feb 2019

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has constituted three Working Groups to study and recommend measures to facilitate trade, promote exports and improve tax compliance.

 

The Working Groups will focus on improving the legislative structure of customs tariff and update it to suit the emerging and future needs of the economy and industry. Special focus would on creating a comprehensive export tariff structure to enhance India’s export competitiveness, export promotion and facilitation with emphasis on boosting exports through e-commerce, addressing the trade facilitation barriers faced in India’s export markets and improving the quality of logistics services for exporters. enhancing compliance, plugging loopholes to improve revenue collection on customs and curb IGST refund frauds

 

The groups will consult the stakeholders extensively, including the Export Promotion Councils and relevant wings of the Ministry of Commerce and industry. The Groups will submit their reports within a period of two months.

 

 â€œThe recommendations of the Groups, which will be taken-up for the implementation on priority, would further enhance the ease of doing business and export competitiveness. The CBIC will use the advanced data analytics tools for augmenting revenue and curbing frauds”, said Pranab Kumar Das, Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.

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Das appointed Chairman of CBIC

By IndianMandarins 17 Dec 2018

Pranab Kumar Das (IRS C&CE:1983) was, on Monday, appointed new Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). He will succeed S Ramesh (IRS C&CE:1981) retiring this month end. 


Presently, he is Special Secretary and Member (Customs), CBIC.

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Improved World Bank Ranking: Rediscovering Indian Customs

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2018

The significant improvement of 66-point improvement in India's global ranking in trading across the border from 146 to 80 has a story to tell. Indian Mandarins has examined that Indian Customs headed by CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) under the Ministry of Finance indeed played a vital role in improving the trade score.

 

Perceptions of the users and other stakeholders usually play a critical (often determining) role in deciding the World Bank Ranking apart from the methodology adopted by the world bank team in a given year. Any perceptional change in ease of trading across the Indian borders brings into sharp focus the role played by Indian Customs.

 

The customs department efforts to improve trading across borders began a few years ago with the introduction of a number of IT-enabled initiatives at the ports. They reduced dwell time (that is time taken by an import /export cargo at the port before it is cleared by the port agencies) to 100-120 HOURS versus 15-20 DAYS earlier. For normal consignment, the dwell time was reduced to 10-20 hours. Further, about 70% of the import cargo and 95% of the export cargo are facilitated by a Risk Assessment System (that is it is cleared automatically without any manual intervention). Flagship facilitation measures like Direct Port Delivery (DPD), Direct Port Entry (DPE), Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) etc have improved the perception index many notches among the trading community.

 

About 60% of India’s containerised cargo is routed through one single port at Nhava Sheva, Mumbai (Jawahar Lal Nehru Port) and many implementation aspects of these reforms were tested and fine-tuned at this port and logically so. Nhava Sheva port has witnessed the maximum impact of these reforms recently. In fact, it has played the role of a torchbearer for other smaller Indian port in implementing these reforms. Over the last few years, CBIC took pains in the deployment of the top management team at Nhava Sheva by way of recasting its HR policy.

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IRS (C&CE): Demise of a service

By Rakesh Ranjan 01 May 2016

It may come as a surprise to many that in approx 346 JS rank appointments; none from IRS (Customs & Central Excise) was accommodated. Indianmandarins' investigation into the matter has revealed that the absence of IRS (C&CE) officers in the JS rank was rather circumstantial than an outcome of a bias and prejudice against the cadre. The simple reality is that every JS-level appointment is mandatorily done through the process of empanelment. Since batches of IRS (C&CE) of 1987 and beyond do not have Rs 10,000 Grade Pay (on a regular basis) in the parent cadre, they disqualify for JS empanelment and loose opportunities to JS berth each subsequent month. 

The state in which the entire C&CE cadre finds itself can be largely attributed to a painfully endless saga of litigation by one of its feeder cadre (Custom Appraiser). Reason of suffering of all Groups-A C&CE officer is ironically none of their own making. The crux of litigation is seniority dispute within the Custom Appraiser ranks. In fact, there is no seniority dispute between Custom Appraisers and direct recruit IRS (C&CE) officers. But due to the non-finalization of seniority within Custom Appraiser ranks the entire cadre is in shamble. In view of editor the singular biggest failure of CBEC over the past few decades is its inability to manage and control the unbridled career aspirations of Custom Appraisers. 

It is also important to note that Custom Appraisers were recruited through the Civil Services Examination and were of Group B Services. Recruitment for Custom Appraiser was completely stopped in the year 2000. So the present litigation is by approx 25-30 appraisers who are still left in the cadre. The blame for this is attributed to the litigation by a handful of officers of feeder cadre (Customs Appraiser) who will be retiring in the next few years. The latest in the series of litigation is a remarkable order by Allahabad CAT. In response to their litigation, the Allahabad CAT on March 03, 2016 ordered the Central Board of Customs and Excise (CBEC) to review the entire seniority list and promotions since 1980. CAT, in its order, asked the Govt to travel back by approximately 40 years in time and un-do and re-do the entire series of promotion and seniority to benefit this handful of appraisers. This CAT decision, being retrospective in nature, has thrown everything out of gear. 

Cadre officers say the CAT order has nil probability of implementation because it's impossible for the Central Board of Customs and Excise (CBEC) to review all seniority lists and promotions since 1980. The timing of the CAT decision was also unfortunate. It came at a time when the regularization process of IRS (C&CE) batches up to 1996 was scheduled in the UPSC in the first week of April. Hardly four weeks were left for DPC when the CAT order struck like a thunderbolt on March 03, 2016. They are also hugely frustrated over the development and there are obvious reasons too. More than 100 commissioner (C&CE) rank posts are vacant. If all vacant posts are filled by eligible officers it will cover batches up to 1996. However, in the post-litigation scenario batches up to only part of 1993 could be promoted. Similarly, promotions to the grade of Principal Chief Commissioner and Principal Commissioner can not be effected because of the CAT order. 

At one blow, the CAT order has not only blocked the opportunities of promotion within the cadre, but has also finished the prospects of empanelment to hold Joint Secretary posts in Govt of India where, as per rules, up to 1995 batches should have been empanelled for the rank. Clearly, the order has made the IRS and C&CE cadre a graveyard of opportunities and aspirations. 
(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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