The meeting convened by the Joint Secretary (Per), Dept. of Expenditure turned out to be a delaying tactic. The Expenditure intimated that they require more time to analyse the issue vis-a-vis the demands from other cadres and they wants to take a holistic view of the matter and after that it would be placed before the Finance Minister.
We pressed for fixing a time frame but the expenditure was non-committal. After this meeting, we had an informal meeting with ITEF and Customs Preventive Federation and decided to seek a joint meeting with the Revenue Secretary.
In the mean time we would start campaigning for strike and decide on it after the meeting with Revenue Secretary. Detailed circular follows.