FBR addresses employees’ grievences

The proposals submitted by the “All Pakistan Tax Employees Association FBR” has been considered by the Federal Board of Revenue at length. The issues have also been discussed with the Central and Lahore Office Bearer of the “APTEA” Mr. Aslam Pervaiz, Mr. Asghar Ali Waryah and Mr. Akbar Hussain and the following decisions have been taken:-

1. That the 100% special allowance freezed in the Finance Bill 2011 has been agitated throughout the year and observed that the said allowance is a performance based allowance. In this regard a summery for de-freezing the said allowance has been submitted to the Prime Minister of Pakistan through Ministry of Finance alongwith allocation of fund of 1-billion. It has been confirmed that the Finance Secretary has approved the Summary of FBR and transmitted to the Prime Minister Secretariat. The approval is expected within few days. All the FBR officers/officials will be awarded the special allowance equal to 100% basic pay accordingly.

2. The friction between the Income Tax and Sales Tax Auditor/Senior Auditor and Inspector has been resolved in the manner:-

a) All the Inspector Inland Revenue are being up-graded in Grade-16 as the Auditors have already been up-graded from BS-14 to 16. Subsequently the Senior Auditor has also been upgraded in BS-17 subject to the promotion path already approved under SRO.1126, dated 27-11-2010. It is also clarified by the Board that up-gradation of Senior Auditor/Auditor in BS-17 shall not effect the existing promotion policy of the Board for Inland Revenue Officers/Superintendent/Assistant Commissioner Inland Revenue. The notification No.0883-IR-III-2012, dated 14-04-2012 appeared on FBR Website is self explanatory.

b) The existing promotion/posting of Income Tax officers/officials will be observed quite in accordance with the prevailing with previous procedure and instructions contained of the Sales Tax Act 1990 and of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

3. The Board has decided to up-grade all the Class-IV cadres in line with other Federal Ministries. The notification is being issued shortly.

4. The Board has further decided to address all the longstanding issues raised by the “All Pakistan Tax Employees Association FBR” through representation. All the employees of FBR are directed to devote entiring efforts to achieve the budgetary targets 1952 billions. The Board assured that their Services will be recognized by the Board and they will be rewarded accordingly. The measures such as strike and agitation has been viewed seriously as grievances of the employees have been addressed.

Riffat Shaheen Qazi
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