New Delhi: The income tax officers union on Thursday opposed the cadre restructuring proposal that seeks to create more than 22,000 posts in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
The proposal, cleared by the Cabinet in May, seeks to fill vacancies in CBDT through a mix of promotions from among income tax officers and direct recruitment through the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) over the next five years.
The Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association (ITGOA), having 9,000 income tax officers, said the proposal, which largely relies on direct recruitment to fill up posts, will not be able to push up revenue collections drastically as envisaged.
Sitarama Rao, president of ITGOA, said it will be difficult for the tax department to garner additional annual revenue of Rs.25,000 crore that was promised by CBDT for getting the restructuring proposal approved. The unions were not consulted during the restructuring process, he said.
ITGOA has proposed that the 1,349 vacancies out of a sanctioned strength of 2,914 at the level of deputy commissioner of income tax (DCIT) and assistant commissioner of income tax (ACIT), which it claims are responsible for 80-85% to the revenue collections, should be filled in one go by promoting existing officers than by direct recruitment over five years.
Direct recruitment will not solve the problem of filling the large number of vacancies at the DCIT and ACIT levels, said Rajesh Menon, national secretary general, ITGOA.
“Annually, the Indian Revenue Service cadre will not get more than 150 people through the UPSC route. After this cadre restructuring proposal, the requirement of the tax department will be much more. CBDT should promote existing income tax officers to fill these posts,” he said.
ITGOA has made representations to the finance minister, revenue secretary and CBDT.
Rao said the current structure ensures that only direct recruits are able to rise to the level of members, CBDT. “The current cadre restructuring has been done to suppress the promotion prospects of the promotee officers and will be demoralizing for the entire cadre,” he said.