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Customs E&C transfers 10 inspectors from Lahore to Multan

Customs E&C transfers 10 inspectors from Lahore to Multan

LAHORE: Customs Collectorate of Enforcement and Compliance Lahore has transferred 10 inspectors from Lahore Collectorate to Multan.

As per the details the inspectors have been asked to report to their collectorate in Multan immediately.

The inspectors who were transferred and posted included Maqsood Ahmad, Muhammad Abdullah, Ghulam Abbas, Muhammad Ashraf, Azhar Abbas, Maqbool Ahmad, Bashir Hussain Shah, Syed Mujtuba Hassan Naqvi, Muhammad Iftikhar and Qasir Rasheed Khan.

It was for the first time that Federal Board of Revenue reshuffled Customs and Inland Revenue service officials below grade 16 country wide.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has witnessed the biggest reshuffle in its history, as thousands of employees of BPS-9 to BPS-16 across the country have been transferred to various departments.

As many as 2,154 of BPS-9 to BPS-16 have been shuffled in different cities, as the Board aims to meet its revenue targets for the new fiscal year (FY20).

In Karachi, 726 officials of grades 9-14, working in the Inland

Revenue Department, have been transferred. In Lahore, 565 employees of grades 9-15 have been relocated, while in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, 357 officials of grades 9-15 have been shuffled.

Moreover, more than 500 officers and officials working in grades 9-16 in regional tax offices of Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sukkur, Peshawar, Sahiwal, Multan and Quetta have also been transferred.

Talking to a private media house, FBR Member Inland Revenue (IR) Policy Dr Hamid Ateeq Sarwar pointed out two major reasons behind the mass transfers and postings.

He said the FBR wanted its employees who have been working in certain offices for a considerable period to gain the experience of working at other locations and in other jobs.

Secondly, he said, the move is aimed at “breaking the connivance” between lower-level staff members and taxpayers in the areas where they are stationed.

The reshuffle comes as the government has set an ambitious revenue collection target of Rs5.5 trillion for the fiscal year that began on July 1.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly criticised FBR’s performance since assuming office in August last year, saying without reforms in the Board, the government will not be able to efficiently collect taxes. On one occasion, he even threatened to “create a new FBR” if the existing revenue collection body could not be reformed.

According to sources, the FBR chairman is planning to break the nexus of corrupt FBR officials with the business community.