The income tax (I-T) department is likely to miss its annual revenue target (2012-13) of Rs. 5.7 lakh crore, blaming it on the economic slowdown and a severe staff crunch across India.
The department failed to achieve the revised estimates of Rs. 5 lakh crore in the last fiscal year as well.
Not satisfied by the assurances given by the revenue secretary RS Gujral on the staff crunch, I-T employees have now decided to take the central board of direct taxes (CBDT) head-on by resorting to a nationwide agitation.
"In the face of severe staff crunch, which is more than 30,000 at present, it's virtually impossible to achieve the target," Ashok K Kanojia additional secretary, Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF) told HT."We've decided to go for a nationwide agitation from July 12 and if demands are not met we will resort to strike," Kanojia added. The present staff strength in the department stands at 57,793.
The department had moved a cadre restructuring proposal in 2010 for increasing posts (20,000) at various levels to augment revenue collection, tackle black money issue and fulfill posts in the newly created directorates.
"Though the expenditures and department of personnel and training (DoPT) have moved the proposal, and the Cabinet directed the Cabinet Secretariat on April 26 to examine the issue and present a report within a month, nothing has been done yet," a source said.
No development has taken place on transfer pricing issue as well.