Assistant Enforcement Officer, as the name suggests is a post in the Enforcement Directorate famously known as ED. Because of the respect and power this position commands, AEO (Assistant Enforcement Officer) is one of the most sought-after posts. The AEO post is the first step on the ladder of the Directorate’s officer cadres that manages/participates in every minuscule tasks/operations performed or provided to the officers by the Directorate.
Although AEO mainly enforces two key acts to fight economic crimes in India namely under FEMA 1999 (Foreign Exchange Management Act) & PMLA 2000 (Prevention of Money Laundering Act), unlike FERA(Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, the more stringent law). In addition, the new law (under the scope of ED) is the FEOA (Fugitive Economic Offenders Act), which is not as prevalent as the two laws mentioned above.
It’s a Group B post and deals with managing financial frauds and scams in India. The post of Assistant Enforcement Officer is mostly a desk/office posting job in which you will deal with files or clerical work such as making reports and presentations/brochures. Sometimes you may also be ordered by a senior officer to join the raid team that comes under the field job. The field work also entails intelligence on money laundering or other economic crime.
Headquarter: New Delhi
Regional offices: Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Delhi
Zonal Offices: Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Panaji, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Srinagar
Sub-Zonal Offices: Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Kozhikode, Indore, Madurai, Nagpur, Allahabad, Raipur, Dehradun, Ranchi, Surat, Shimla, Jammu
If you are posted in the office, then you will have normal office timings. The AEO officers serving within the office usually have a regular 9 to 5 job. But you’re going to have to work in shifts if you work in the field. Duty is round the clock, meaning both day and night shifts. You may also have to work for longer and uncertain durations when you are raiding or searching. Recording statements can take a whole day. Search actions which generally start early morning may end up very late in the night.
Assistant Enforcement Officer– Salary, Pay Scale and Allowances
The in-hand salary has become quite handsome after the implementation of the 7th pay commission. Basic pay now stands at INR 44,900/-. In addition to the basic pay, the details of the additional benefits such as TA, DA, and others can be seen.The monthly in-hand salary will be around Rs 60000.
Transfers are usually carried out in two circumstances, if there are any allegations against the candidate or if the applicant has requested the transfer. You will not be disturbed after the transfer for at least 3 years. One is deployed for a minimum period of 3 years at a specific location.
AEO Policy of Promotion
The promotions after joining as an AEO generally take place within 3 years. For an AEO, the first two promotions can be achieved within the first 8-9 years. The next promotion takes some time after this. All promotions are managed by the Delhi-based headquarters.
The promotion or career path hierarchy of an AEO hired through the SSC CGL exam.
- Enforcement Officer (Group B Gazetted post in 4-6 years)
- The Assistant Director of Enforcement Directorate
- Deputy Director of Enforcement Directorate
- Joint Director
- Additional Director
- Special Director in the Enforcement Directorate
You will be working in one of the most powerful and influential departments in the government of this country as an AEO.
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