KARACHI:- Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) taking a major administrative decision delegated powers of transfers and postings of the officer in BPS 17-19 to Chief Collector Customs “within their own respective jurisdiction”. Previously they had the powers for posting and transfers of staff from BPS 16.

The action was awaited since many months and was considered crucial for improving the working of different Collectorates and offices suffering from shortage of staff.

Earlier, for any transfer and posting, Collectors have to wait after making recommendations for a suitable officer and delay on part of the FBR hierarchy caused loss of precious time as well as compromised efficiency. As a routine transfers and postings were ordered once a year only resulting in administrative issues, sources in customs said hailing the decision.

The sources while appreciating the decision said that more powers like grant of earned leave, ex-Pakistan leave and others shall also be delegated to the Chief Collectors facilitating the efficient officers.

The letter issued today while delegating powers to Chief Collectors concerned of North, Central, Enforcement and Appraisment advised them to  exercise the power delegated with “diligence and caution”. The offices of the Chief Collectors was also ordered to upload data  of all transfers/postings on HRIS. All such orders shall be made under intimation to the FBR, the letter said.