Over 50,000 I-T officers on token strike

Over 50,000 Income Tax Officers and staff across the country will observe a token strike Thursday to press their demands.

Mumbai: Over 50,000 Income Tax Officers and staff across the country will observe a token strike Thursday to press their demands, which include putting an end to outsourcing of departmental functions at the central processing centre (CPC) in Bangalore, among others.
The strike is called by the joint council of action (JCA) which comprises the Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF) and Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association (ITGOA) to press for their 12-point demands.

"Despite repeated attempts, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) hasn`t shown any seriousness in implementing any of our demands," ITGOA general secretary and JCA joint convenor Rajesh D Menon said.

"At our meeting with the CBDT chairman an agreement was reached that only the technical work will be outsourced and the work hitherto done by the employees will not be outsourced at the CPC. But against the agreement, now almost all the work is outsourced," Menon said.

Of the total 600 people working in the CPC, only 32 are from the I-T department. As a result, over 80 per cent of the total 3.5 lakh returns processed at the CPC by private vendors have returned for rectification, he claimed.

The JCA is also highlighting the delayed promotion to the post of assistant commissioners which is having a cascading effect on the lower levels, among others like reimbursement of mobile phone charges, filling up vacant posts and expedite the proposals by cadre review committee.

PTI

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