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?I-T Dept local management violating transfer norms?

INCOME TAX Gazetted Officers Association all India president B Shanthi Kumar today alleged that the local management of Income Tax Department was violating provisions of transfer policy and transferring many officers in far flung areas.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 14:48 IST

INCOME TAX Gazetted Officers Association all India president B Shanthi Kumar today alleged that the local management of Income Tax Department was violating provisions of transfer policy and transferring many officers in far flung areas.

Addressing a press conference here today, Kumar said employees and officials of Bhopal circle were facing problems owing to such transfers.

He claimed that against the transfer policy norms of not shifting staff in less than three years’ time, many officers and employees were shifted in Bhopal circle.

“Some officers were transferred within two year of their last transfer,” he alleged. He said he held discussions with senior officials of Bhopal and they had assured to take necessary steps in this regard.

Referring to the common problems of tax employees, Kumar said employees across the country were burdened with ‘excess work’.

Instead of praising the staff for doing extra work, Finance Minister and top officers of the department are not happy with their performance because the department has failed to achieve the target of tax collection fixed for the last fiscal.

On the one hand, IT employees’ workload is increasing each passing year with expansion of taxpayers network and ongoing retirement of staff, on the other hand, no fresh recruitments are being made by the Government, he said.

“Everyone is trying to milk this department but no one is ready to provide necessary support to those who are engaged in the work of tax collection,” he remarked.

Asked about the number of vacancies, he said about 10,000 posts were lying vacant, including over 600 of the rank of Additional Commissioners.

Taking a dig at outsourcing, he said, after the PAN Card making work was transferred to other agency, people are finding it more time consuming.

“As per our information, people have to wait for 15 more days to get their PAN card.” “When IT employees were doing the same work, an individual used to get his card in a month’s time, which has now extended to 45 days,” he added.