FBR to keep record, act against officials exerting political pressure for posting/transfers
The FBR also noticed that the field formation officers were in total disregard for Rule 19 & 29 of the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964.
Parliamentarians\’ political pressure on the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been increasing day by day. To address the matter, the tax authorities made a major decision on Monday. For the first time, Tax authorities will record the names of all Member National Assembly (MNA) or senators in the personal files of correspondent tax officials, who pressurize the FBR and use politicians for their transfers and postings.
In the case of the FBR being pressurized for reshuffling, not just the name of the tax official, but the names of the political person used for transfers and postings will also be recorded in the personal file (Dossier) of the concerned official.
All future decisions taken by the FBR will now depend on Dossier\’s records that contain names of politicians and actions of the tax officials. Explaining this, FBR said:
All these officers have been marked, and necessary observations have been placed in their dossiers. Such statements will be one of the main considerations when making decisions about their career, including promotion and disciplinary proceedings besides placement and rotations.
The FBR also noticed that the field formation officers were in total disregard for Rule 19 & 29 of the Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964 read with the following instructions (printed at SI.No.14.3, 14.4 & 14.5 of ESTACODE 2015). These officials were exerting political/external pressures and interferences in connection with their posting/transfers.
FBR authorities decided to act against the tax officials of customs and Inland Revenue groups too. The FBR sent the tax officials working in the field formations detailed instructions in the backdrop of increased pressure and interference in transfers and postings. Regarding this, FBR said:
At the outset, it should be clarified that it is a “Misconduct” under the Government Servant (Conduct) Rules, 1964 read with Government Rule 2(4) of Government Servants (E&D) Rules, 1973 and attracts strict disciplinary action under the said rules. However, at the first step, let me warn all these officers to shun this attitude.
FBR concluded by saying:
Therefore, at the cost of repetition, every officer is advised to be always cautious of this subject\’s seriousness.
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