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Central excise officials defer 3-day strike

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, March 29, 2013
First Published: 18:59 IST(29/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:00 IST(29/3/2013)

A three-day nationwide strike call given by the All-India Associations of Superintendents and Inspectors of Central Excise has been deferred after an assurance of redressal of their issues by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

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President of All India Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers' Association (Chandigarh zone) AK Sharma, said, a meeting of office bearers of association was held with the CBEC chairperson Praveen Mahajan in New Delhi on Thursday.

Sharma told the office bearers that the main demand of the association about the clearance of proposed cadre restructuring is under active consideration and the concerned file for this has been cleared by revenue secretary on March 26 and submitted to the finance minister P Chidambaram for further action.

Sharma said, "The association was requested to withdraw their proposed strike-call and give some time to the Central Board of Excise and Customs so that the minister is apprised of the association's sentiments and recent developments on the issue."

Chairperson Praveen Mahajan has assured the association that the board will redress their grievances, including clearance of re-structuring proposal, on priority.

Sharma added, "Further agitation programme will be reviewed in accordance of the progress made with regards to our demands, as promised by the chairperson."

More than 30, 000 members of the association had announced to go on strike from March 29-31 in demand of redressal of their issues of which cadre restructuring was the major.

The strike would have affected the work of the department, as these days the financial closing for 2012-13 is in process.

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