It is the greatest news this week - the All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association (formerly AIFCEEO) has been granted recognition by the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. Recognition under the CCS (RSA) Rules has been one of the urgent pending issues for the organisation which is the fulcrum of the staff side of the Central Excise machinery.
After crossing numerous hurdles and non-cooperation of a few units, the organisation has achieved its goal of statutory recognition. Though recognition per se does not add any extra strength to the organisation, nevertheless, it provides a legal status to the organisation. Such status becomes mandatory in judicial fora. It is also sine qua non to advance certain demands before the Revenue Dept. It can also contain the disparate elements within the organisation and among the cadre.
Now that statutory recognition has been obtained, it is hoped that more members will take active part in the activities and make the organisation more vibrant and help it and other government employees and workers get their just demands accepted. Com Manimohan, Secy. General, AICEIA rightly states "Organisation should be recognised by its members first." The Central Board of Excise & Customs (C.B.E. & C.) known for its anti-staff attitude and policies, should reorient itself and begin a fresh chapter in striking a chord with its own employees.