Placed below is the letter of the JCA addressed to the Chairperson protesting the way in which the CBDT intends to implement the Cadre Restructuring Proposal approved by the Cabinet ignoring the ITEF and ITGOA. The letter is self explanatory. We have also lodged our protest to the Chairperson in person too. The Chairperson has assured that our concerns will be addressed soon. But till we are informed the steps that are being taken by the Board to include our Representatives in the Core and other sub-committees at apex and the CCA level for including our representative, as demanded by us , we are not to get involved or to extend any co-operation in any way in the Cadre Restructuring Implementation Process. You will be kept informed as and when there is any further development in this regard.
JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
INCOME TAX EMPLOYEES FEDERATION &
INCOME TAX GAZETTED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
A-2/95, Manishinath Bhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027
Rajesh D Menon & K.P. Rajagopal
No. N-1/M-10/1/2012-15 Dated: 28th June, 2013
Central Board of Direct Taxes,
New Delhi-110 001.
Sub: Formation of Core-committees and sub-committees for
Implementing Cadre Restructuring proposals – regarding
Please refer to the above. Also refer to ITEF’s letter dated 7-6-2013 requesting to constitute a committee including representatives of three service associations in the department for implementing the Cadre Restructuring-2013 & ITGOA’s letter dated 17-6-2013 requesting for a representation in the Core-Committee and all the sub-committees that were to be formed.
2. With regard to the above, we wish to draw your attention to the fact that on 19-6-2013 O/o HRD has constituted a Core Committee of 10 persons without any representation from ITEF and ITGOA which together account for more than 95% of the work-force in the department. Further it has been reliably learnt from the field formation that CBDT had instructed the Cadre Controlling Authorities to suggest the name of one Officer and one Official from each region for inclusion of their names in the Subcommittees at National level with a rider that such officer or official should not be an office bearer or having any connection with ITEF & ITGOA. Here, it is pertinent to highlight that when a Committee was formed in 2008 to suggest & formulate this very Cadre Restructuring Proposal, representatives of this ITEF & ITGOA was included not only in the main committee but also in all the sub-committees. Therefore, it is not only surprising but causing great anguish from the fact that the Board has chosen to ignore the JCA (comprising of ITEF and ITGOA) while constituting the committees for implementing the Cadre Restructuring – 2013, especially when a a commitment was given to include representatives of ITEF & ITGOA in such committees, during the meeting of PGRM held on 22-2-2013.
3. Your good self will appreciate that the contributions of ITEF & ITGOA was significant, both in finalising the proposal and during the process of its approval by the Government. The order constituting the Committee was placed for a few hours in the Website of IRS Officers only (www.irsofficersonline.org) and not in department’s official website (www.incometaxindia.gov.in) and its removal from the site only strengthen our belief that the intention of the authorities is not bonafide and the implementation of Cadre Restructuring will be far-away from the spirit of the original proposal. In this context, it may be kindly noted that before taking any policy decision relating to service matters, formal discussion with recognized Service Association (ITEF & ITGOA) is a pre-requisite.
4. We wish to bring to your kind notice that the above decision of CBDT i.e. to keep the recognized service associations viz. ITEF & ITGOA whose members constitute more than 95% of the entire work-force of the I.T. Dept., outside the committee is causing total discontentment in the rank and file of our members and this does not forebode well for a conducive working atmosphere much needed for achieving the goal of the Department.
5. Your good self is therefore requested, to take immediate steps such as to reconstitute the Core Committee at Board level with the inclusion of Representatives of ITEF & ITGOA and also re-issue instructions to the Chief Commissioners (CCA) to include only such members who are nominated by ITEF and ITGOA in Committees at all levels. We would also like to mention that in pursuit of our legitimate rights, JCA (comprising of ITEF & ITGOA) will not flinch from adopting any stand or step including non-cooperation in general and in implementing Cadre Restructuring, in particular.
Rajesh D Menon. K.P.Rajagopal
Joint Convenor Joint Convenor
Copy Submitted to the Secretary (Revenue), Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi with a request to issue necessary instruction to the Central Board of Direct Taxes to include the representatives of the two Service Associations in the Committee for considering suggestions and smooth implementation of the Restructuring of the Department.
Copy to The Director General of Income Tax (HRD), CBDT, ICADR Building, Vasant Kunj,New Delhi for information.