Discontinuation of performance allowance; FBR issues outdated list

KARACHI: Around 200 Customs officers of BS-16 have approached Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) that they had been duly filing the Declaration of Assets and yet their names were included in the list of officers whose performance allowance was discontinued.

Sources said that FBR had received around 200 applications against discontinuation of their performance allowance despite the fact that they had not violated any guidelines in this regard.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has discontinued ‘performance allowance’ of hundreds of Customs and Inland Revenue officers of BS-16 as these officials had not submitted the Declaration of Assets, which is required as per Guidelines for Performance Allowance 2015.

As many as 806 officials of Customs Department belonging to various cadres were drawing performance allowance, which has been discontinued for three months or filing of their Declaration of Assets.

Similarly, performance allowance of 474 officials of Inland Revenue Department of various cadres was also discontinued.

These officers were drawing performance allowance, which equals 100 percent of basic salary.

Sources said that the issuing authority of the above mentioned that there were several flaws in the list of officials whose allowance was discontinued as a number of the named officers are either dead or were retired years ago.

Sources said the Board just issued an old list without going into any research, survey or verification. It is amusing to note that the place of postings of almost all of the 806 Customs officers was wrong and outdated.

Moreover, most of the named officers were duly filing Declaration of Assets, an official said.

It may be mentioned here that the provisions in the Guidelines for Performance Allowance 2015 were also violated as the issuing authority did not seek the details from the concerned heads of the field offices.

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