Unhappy with modified Sixth Pay Commission award, taxmen have pointed out discrepancies in the revised pay scale and have sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in the matter.
Pointing out the discrepancies in the revised pay scale, income tax officials said when compared with their counterparts in some other departments, it amounted to virtually "lowering of status" of senior revenue officials.
"We are shocked at the decision of the government to ignore recommendations of the Pay Commission to upgrade the pay scale of members of CBDT to Rs 80,000 (fixed), even though the pay scales of Directors General of Police and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests have been upgraded without any recommendation," said a memorandum submitted by the Indian Revenue Service Association.
Referring to the pay anomalies, the association pointed that a senior forest officer looking after forests in states like Haryana with virtually no forests would get more salary than the chief commissioner of Income Tax posted in Chandigarh, who is accountable for revenue collection in four states and UT.
It pointed out that Directors General of Police in the IPS cadre and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests in the Indian Forest Service, whose rank earlier used to be equivalent to the members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have been given Secretary level pay scale of Rs 80,000 per month.
But, members of the Board have been put one notch, and chief commissioners of income tax two notch lower than these officials leading to "frustration and anguish" among the income tax officials.
The association delegations have already met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Railways Minister Lalu Prasad demanding restoration of the parity of their higher officials, and asked Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram to intervene in the matter.