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No DPC meeting held for nine years: FBR top ‘baboos’ ‘highhandedness’ deprives inspectors of promotion


By M J Hayat

LAHORE: ‘Highhandedness’ of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) top bureaucracy has deprived thousands of Customs and Inland revenue inspectors of their right of promotion as no Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting has been held for the last nine years, effecting revenue collection, Daily The Business has learnt reliably.

The last DPC was held in 2009 for promotion of Customs and Inland Revenue inspectors to the next cadre while the FBR’s own letter/notification No. I(I)ERM/2011/65140 dated 09th May 2011, stated that it was ordered/advised to hold a meeting of DPC twice in a calendar year regarding the promotion of the employee of BS-14 to BS18.
However, these due to the highhandedness of top bureaucracy orders have not been implemented in the case of promotion of the inspectors customs and Inland Revenue and this important matter of promotion is not being considered by them, the sources said, adding it is first and for most duty of high ranked officers to do the needful for the welfare of junior and field officers but the department is not encouraging the inspectors through promotion.

Many attain age of superannuation with wish to be elevated

Inland Revenue and Customs inspectors on the condition of anonymity said that to strengthen the economy of the country and to collect-revenue, the role of the inspectors is very important and significant, they added.
The inspectors are working hard in different field day and night for performance of their duties including participation in anti-smuggling operations, preparation of seizure and contravention reports, examination of imported goods / baggage of passengers, assessment of duty and assessment of slip, profiling of passengers/smugglers, arresting smuggler, drug dealers, rummaging of aircraft/carrier, passenger facilitation, deposition of seized goods in the State Ware House and pursuance of cases in different courts.
They said that inspectors are being deprived of timely promotion to next cadre and basic facilities. “The FBR top bureaucracy has totally neglected the inspectors of their right of promotion to next cadre while many have attained the age of superannuation with a wish of promotion,” they said terming it highhandedness, injustice and against the norms of justice.
The inspectors, the major force behind the huge collection of revenues have been losing hearts effecting the revenue collection, the officials said, adding that inspectors having about 30 years of service are still waiting for their promotion to next cadre.
“This is a sheer discriminatory treatment for the employees of the same department, the officials said, disclosing CSP officers are being promoted regularly after joining the department as assistant collectors and assistant commissioners. They are elevated to the rank of deputy collector, additional collector, collector and member customs chief collector respectively during their service time”, they said.
When this scribe contacted FBR spokesperson, Dr Iqbal for his version he expressed his ignorance about the issue and assured to take up the matter.
The Inland Revenue and Customs inspectors also urged the FBR Chairman and other concerned for ordering to hold a meeting of DPC of inspectors at the earliest for the promotion, enabling them to get them rid of the frustration, as they have been waiting for their promotion since a long period. Meanwhile, they also mentioned that inspector has to wear prescribed uniform in winter and summer, but the inspectors have never been granted officially uniform from the department and they buy uniform, shoes and other badges from their own salary on which a thousand rupees are spent. Even by the department, no washing allowance is given for the uniform.
They demanded complete uniform in all respect as well as washing allowance, should be supplied/provided to the Inspector Customs by the department and the amount they have spent for purchasing the uniform along with other articles during the past service should be returned to them.

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