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Lower FBR staff unhappy over taking fresh exam for promotions

Lower FBR staff unhappy over taking fresh exam for promotions

LAHORE: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s move to hold fresh promotional exams for lower grade employees has angered those who had already qualified the exam and they have threatened to move the court if not promoted, Customs Today learnt on Wednesday.

The FBR has asked low grade employees including Upper Division Clerks (UDCs), Lower Division Clerk s (UDCs), supervisors and other staff to apply for the departmental promotions in order to get promoted in BPS-16 (Inspector).  According to the FBR schedule, the board will receive applications by September 18 and from the date onward will decide to conduct examinations for the employees’ promotion in BPS-16 in Inland Revenue.  On the other hand, the sources in the FBR said that the board had conducted examination in 2009 which was qualified by 109 low grade employees countrywide.

They added that the FBR upgraded 29 UDCs, LDCs and supervisors posts to inspectors rank and kept the remaining 80 qualified candidates in the waiting list. The sources concerned said the UDCs, LDCs and supervisors have expressed extreme disappointment and resentment on the FBR’s holding of new exams. They are of the view that the board should promote the remaining 80 lower grade staff to grade 16 first and then hold new examination for the fresh candidates.

The sources further informed this scribe that the lower grade staff that qualified departmental examination in 2009 for promotion to the rank of inspector submitted their representations to the chief commissioners in their respective regional tax offices including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Now, these eighty staff members are waiting for the Board’s response in order to know whether the Board will be considering them or not, the sources said, adding that if the Board ignores them, they have decided to move to the court of the law.