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Demonetisation: We Need More People, I-T Unions Tell PM Modi

Income Tax office in Kolkata/File Image

Income Tax office in Kolkata/File Image

Two associations of Income Tax (I-T) department expressed concern over manpower and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adequate infrastructure to probe huge volume of tax evasion cases running into several crores of rupees.

New Delhi: Two associations of Income Tax (I-T) department expressed concern over manpower and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adequate infrastructure to probe huge volume of tax evasion cases running into several crores of rupees.

Sources said, the concern was expressed by the Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF) and the Income Tax Gazetted Officers' Association (ITGOA). Both this associations represent almost 97% of the manpower of the I-T department.

They said in a joint memorandum that they are feeling "demotivated due to shortage of manpower in lower cadres and huge stagnation in officers cadre right at this moment".

"It is evident from post-demonetisation developments that various other stringent measures will also be needed to fight the menace of black money and corruption and in such measures, the Income Tax department will have to play a pivotal role.

The total number of information of such deposits may figure up to several crores (of rupees).

"...In order to achieve the above objectives, the department must have adequate manpower, especially at key positions, be provided with proper infrastructure facilities so that the workforce stays motivated, committed and highly spirited," the memorandum said.

The associations said they have written a communication in this regard to the Prime Minister on November 17 "suggesting several measures to effectively fight the battle against black money".

They said the lower rungs of the department are facing "almost 30-35 per cent of vacancies at cutting-edge positions" like Additional Commissioner of I-T and Deputy Commissioner of I-T, their junior ranks and others.

It has also flagged the issue of "severe space problems" being faced by Assessing Officers (AOs) as they have to take hearings in cases on a rotational basis.

(With agency inputs)

first published:December 09, 2016, 15:15 IST