New Delhi, March 24, 2017

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a committee to identify Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and other junior-rank officers of the income tax department who are on unauthorised leave or are absconding, so that strict disciplinary action could be initiated against them.

The three-member committee, the CBDT said in an order, will carry out a “one-time count” of all the officers working in the department and identify the Group ‘A’ officers (IRS).

The committee is headed by an officer of the rank of additional director general.

A senior official said the step was being taken by the policy-making body of the tax department after it was noticed that over a dozen such cases were investigated and officers were sacked in the last two years.

“Once the committee quantifies the exact numbers, the board will initiate strict disciplinary action as prescribed under service rules. This will also send a message that officers and staff cannot take rules and laws for granted,” the officer said.

[The Hindustan Times]