ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to transfer more than 2,500 of its staff in an attempt to break their nexus with businesses and improve efficiency.
This grand scale shakeup is the first of its kind in the FBR’s history that is being done while keeping in mind the uphill task of collecting Rs5.550 trillion in fiscal year 2019-20.
The decision to reshuffle thousands of officials of grade-14 to grade-22 comes on the heels of successful culmination of tax amnesty scheme that has given a good reason to the FBR to go after people who still remain outside the tax net.
The FBR issued transfer orders of 2,150 low-paid staff of Inland Revenue in the first phase of reshuffling. The maximum number of employees, 726, was transferred in Karachi, followed by 565 in Lahore, and 357 in Islamabad.
Nearly 2,150 people of the Inland Revenues Service have been transferred while around 500 people of Customs wing in grade-16 will be given new responsibilities aimed at improving efficiency and ending stagnation in formations. The total existing strength of the FBR is over 21,000 personnel.
Over 2,500 transfers and postings are aimed at plugging revenue leakages, curbing smuggling at borders and ports and assessing real incomes of the people.