Monday, June 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Massive shake-up in IT Dept
Move to widen tax base, improve efficiency
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
In a massive exercise to widen the tax base, improve efficiency and restructure the Income Tax Department, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) today ordered the transfer of 205 Commissioners and promoted another 354 Additional Commissioners as Commissioners .

Besides giving a new dynamic look to the department, it is also aimed to mop up revenue and end stagnation at the middle level.

These promotions and transfers are in addition to the 73 promotions already ordered by the CBDT in May this year.

One of the significant aspects of the restructuring has been the emphasis on the Commissonerate of Appeals. Against the existing practice of appointing Joint Commissioners and Additional Commissioners, the CBDT has now decided to appointed Commissioners.

It has been realised that results were mostly coming only in cases where either Commissioner, Income Tax, took an interest or the department pursued the cases vigorously.

The impact of the unprecedented reshuffle will also be felt in the entire north-western region where a number of new senior posts have been created . For example, Jammu, Bathinda, Karnal , Hisar and Faridabad will have new Commissioners Income Tax (Administration). In addition, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh will have Commissioner Income Tax (Appeals).

Earlier, Himachal Pradesh had only one Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), who used to operate from Panchkula. This created lots of problems for IT assessees of the hilly state. But with the creation of one more post and shifting of the earlier office to Shimla, the efficiency is expected to improve.

The CBDT has also decided to post officers of the Commissioner level at Tribunals for better monitoring of cases. Earlier, Joint or Additional Commissioners were being posted at Tribunals and they used to report to the Commissioner Income Tax (Administration). Now they would report to the Commissioner Income Tax. It is expected the departmental performance at Tribunals would improve considerably with this new decision.

The CBDT has also tried to rationalise postings and transfers by shifting officers with longer stays in a particular region to another region. There have been some exceptions to this rule , the reasons for which are not known.

The Commissioners of Income Tax at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Rohtak and Shimla have been transferred. The Shimla man has been promoted and appointed Chief Commissioner, Kolkata.

In Chandigarh, Mr Ashwani Luthra would continue to be the Commissioner Income Tax. Since the workload has increased at Chandigarh, Ms Baljit Bains has been posted as Commissioner Income Tax Chandigarh(2).

The Patiala charge has been bifurcated. Bathinda has been upgraded and will have a Commissioner Income Tax.

Mr B.D. Kler will be the new Commissioner, Income Tax while Mr L.S. Negi becomes Commissioner Income Tax (Appeals) at Jammu.

Mr Tarsem Singh becomes Commissioner Income Tax at Amritsar in place of Mr SJS Paul who goes as Secretary, Settlement Commission, New Delhi.

Ms Sudha Shama goes to Ludhiana as Commissioner Income Tax (1). In fact Ludhiana will have new three Commissioners Income Tax. Other two being Mr M.P. Sharma and Mr Sat Pal. Besides, Mr K.K. Kapila will be Director Investigations, Ludhiana.

Mr Kapila will replace Mrs Hardeep Kaur who on promotion becomes Chief Commissioner, Panchkula.

Mr Jaswant Singh will be the Commissioner Income Tax (Appeals) at Palampur.

In Karnal, Mr Madan lal will be the new Commissioner Income Tax while Mr J.R. Baloria has been appointed Commissioner Income Tax at Hisar.

Two Additional Commissioners posted at Chandigarh — Mr Y.K. Batra and Mr M.C. Singhal — have bee promoted Commissioners. Mr Batra goes as Commissioner (Appeals), Shimla, while Mr Singhal becomes Commissioner (Appeals), Kolkatta.



6 new IT Commissioners for Chandigarh
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The local Income Tax Department is all set to have six new Commissioner-level officers.

Under the restructured regime, the main objective of which is to widen the tax base, five additional posts of Commissioner have been created. Besides, a new Director of Income Tax (Investigation) will be posted here, reliable sources told The Tribune today. The orders were issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, late last night.

Mr D.S. Sidhu, will be the new Director of Income Tax(Investigation). The post had fallen vacant following the promotion of Mr C.K. Vohra as Director-General of Income Tax (Investigation).

Ms P. Sahi, who was on deputation to the PGI here as the Deputy Director, Administration, will come back as the CIT (Computer Operations). Similarly, Mr P.K. Chopra, working as CIT (Appeals), Jammu and posted at Amritsar, will be the CIT (Income Tax Appellate Tribunal).

The newly created Regional Training Institute will have Mr Rakesh Mohan as the CIT while Mr B.K. Haldar will assume charge as the CIT (Central Information Branch).

The decision of the CBDT, the sources observed, was aimed at reducing stagnation at the middle level. Besides widening the tax base, the decision to substantially increase the Commissioner-level officers will help provide better supervision and improved service to the taxpayers. The department wants to ensure that each Commissioner should have less than 1 lakh taxpayers under his jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the induction of technology for better services would be the hallmark of the restructured regime. With the department going online, the role of black money would be substantially reduced as the “officer-oriented” department would have less interaction with the tax payers. The department plans to cut the lower level staff by 5 per cent at the national level, sources added.


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