PUNE: Around 100 employees of the Income Tax (I-T) Department on Tuesday staged a day-long dharna at the headquarters of Pune Circle near the Sadhu Vaswani Chowk. They were demanding filling up of vacant posts as well as promotions of staffers, which are pending for the past two years.
The Joint Council of Action consisting of the Officers Association (Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association) and the Staff Association (Income Tax Employees Federation), wrote a letter to the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), New Delhi, highlighting various issues which require urgent attention.
“To draw the attention of the board, the lunch hour demonstration was held on May 17. Further, from June, the agitation was intensified and all gazetted officers and staffers have decided not to send any reports. However, the board has not taken any steps to resolve the long-pending issues. On Tuesday, a nationwide day-long dharna was held. If the board continues with its adamant approach, the agitation is likely to be further intensified. A meeting of Joint Council of Action is scheduled at New Delhi to decide the future course of action,” said Ajay Kumar, Joint Commissioner and President of the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association, Pune.
Around 400 employees participated in the protest across the country. As many as 40 employees in Pune are still waiting to get promotions.
“After waiting for two years, we approached the CBDT but there is no reply from their side. In August 2017, we conducted an All India Managing Committee meeting and demanded to fill up vacant posts to Bhaskar Bhattacharya, Secretary-General, New Delhi and Ajay Goyal, President of the All India Association.”
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
- Promotions of ACIT & AD
- Finalisation of recruitment rules
- Filling up of vacant posts
- Higher pay scales for ITOs and commensurate post of AO/PS
- Temporary reallocation of posts
- Merging of cadre of SCD
- Removal of stagnation of ITO cadre
- Regularisation of casual workers
- Improvement of infrastructure and proper training