India’s taxmen are unhappy with the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations and have sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention in the matter. In a memorandum to the government, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Association has pointed out discrepancies in the revised pay scale. The IRS has pointed out that when compared with their counterparts in some other departments, it amounted to lowering of status of senior revenue officials.
The decision of the government has ignored recommendations of the Pay Commission to upgrade pay scales of members of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to Rs 80,000 (fixed), even though the pay scales of Directors General of Police (DGPs) and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests (PCCFs) have been revised without any recommendation. CBDT members have been put one rank, and chief commissioners of income tax two ranks lower than police chiefs and principal chief conservators of forests.
The IRS Association said that six members of the CBDT would be getting Rs 4,450 less per month against the Pay Commission’s recommendations, while state police chiefs and PCCFs, whose rank earlier used to be equivalent to the members of CBDT, would get Rs 14,230 more than what has been recommended by the commission. The association has asked the government to review its decision and upgrade the posts of six members of the CBDT and 18 Chief Commissioners of Income Tax, who handle one or more states, to the revised apex scale of Rs 80,000 and bring them on a par with DGPs and PCCFs.
The remaining posts of about 75 Chief Commissioners of Income Tax should be placed in the pay band of the Higher Administrative Grade plus scale that is being worked out for general managers of Railways and other equivalent senior posts.