The sham called cadre restrucutirng. Gentlemen’s agreement buried, the CBDT plays the game of deception. Massive lunch-hour demonstration on 7.4.2014.
The CBDT in its meetings with the ITEF (CHQ) on 16th & 17th January, 2014 had assured that the basis for allocation of posts is under discussion within the CBDT and once the internal discussion is over the same will be discussed with the ITEF before finalization. The Member (P) and Chairman in subsequent meetings on 14th & 20th February, 2014 maintained their stand as mentioned above. However, in spite of the assurance the CBDT went back on its word and without causing any discussion with the ITEF notified the allocation of posts on 31.3.2014. In any bilateral agreement, it is binding on every stake holder to honour the agreement reached. But the CBDT and member (P), CBDT played a game of deceit on the entirety of the non-gazetted employees of the department.
The IRS officers who have their vested interest in ensuring their choice posting have used the allocation of posts of cadre restructuring as an instrument in ensuring that additional posts are allocated where they want it to be and not on the basis of any specific criteria for increasing the revenue collection which is one of the prime idea behind the cadre restructuring. But they should understand that they cannot meet the ever increasing revenue collection targets by sitting at Delhi or complete the assessment proceedings or widen the tax base. They have only made a mockery of the cadre restructuring for their own personal interest. While field formations are denied additional posts without any rhyme or reason, many posts in various cadres are being kept in Delhi in the name of Directorates, central pool etc which in any case is not going to serve the purpose of increasing the revenue collection or in overcoming the ever increasing workload. It can only ensure that the IRS gets their choice posting.
We strongly denounce this attitude of the Board in not honouring its own promise of discussing the allocation of posts with the ITEF. It is indeed shameful that the CBDT has not even informed the ITEF about the criteria adopted for the allocation of posts. In the circumstances, the ITEF, Mumbai circle has taken the decision to hold a massive lunch-hour demonstration on 7.4.2014 in front of Aayakar Bhavan as first step in the direction of a prolonged struggle expected in the ensuing financial year of 2014.
Ravindran B Nair