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FBR body puts off 85 babus’ promotion for third time

FBR body puts off 85 babus’ promotion for third time

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) promotion committee put off the promotion cases of 85 officers for the third time in this week due to the prevailing uncertainty and political impasse in the wake of sit-ins in front of the Parliament House.
The officers, whose promotions have been consistently delayed, belong to the Inland-Revenue and Customs wings of the FBR and work in Grade-18 and 19. The FBR is yet to announce new date for meeting of the promotion committee.
It is to be noted that meeting of the FBR’s promotion committee was scheduled for Monday but it was later cancelled due to clashes between protesters and the police in the Red Zone in front of the parliament house.
Earlier, the committee had to meet on Friday last week. The officers were very dejected as they had been waiting for announcement of their promotions for the past one month.
The promotion committee comprises not only senior officers of the FBR including its chairman and member administration, but also includes representatives of the Establishment Division and Law Ministry.
The officers were worried that if the government caved in to the pressure from the protesting parties – the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek, their cases could drag on for months.
Nobody was available in the FBR for comments on the development.
Moreover, most of the senior officers, working at offices situated on the Constitution Avenue and nearby, have either gone on leave or been unable to report to work because of extensive road closures.
Most of the bureaucrats were either found to be discussing the expected outcome of the deadlock or seemed to be in a hurry to complete their tasks, particularly those that need approval of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.