Around 350 inspectors will be recruited by the end of this month in order to strengthen the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) departments in Gujarat, which have been reeling under a shortage of manpower. Both central agencies for indirect tax will get at least 350 new inspectors, who will be recruited through the staff selection commission conducted by the central government with specific allotments for Gujarat.
According to sources, the customs department, Gujarat zone, and the excise department of the Ahmedabad zone will get 200 new inspectors; the excise department, Vadodara zone, will get 150.
The departments have already received the lists of these inspectors and are awaiting their medical tests. The inspectors will assume their duty after the medical tests are conducted.
The ongoing swine flu menace and the recent state-wide resident doctors' strike had delayed the medical tests of the inspectors. However, this procedure will be completed by the end of this month.
However, a source said that the recruitment of the 350 new inspectors will not solve the dearth of manpower in these departments, as the demand is much higher. Nonetheless, the fresh recruitment will bring some respite to the officials.
"We have received a list with the names of 200 inspectors. We have been told that they will be joining by the end of the month. This will provide great respite as it will ease the heavy workload that we have been bearing for many months," a customs officer said.
A source said that the state was set to receive nearly 450 new inspectors through the staff selection commission; but around 100 applicants, after clearing the examination, opted against proceeding further and decided to take on other government jobs.
"This is not a problem. Even 350 new inspectors in our department in the state will bring some respite. There had been instances wherein duty evasion was overlooked because of the lack of manpower. The recruitment of these inspectors will ease our burden a bit," an excise officer said.