KARACHI: Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Saleem Mandviwala has said that the summary regarding upgradation of BS-16 Customs officers has been approved.

Talking to Customnews.pk, Madviwala said the Committee meeting on November 10, 2015 took up the issue and was convinced that it was the right of BS-16 officers and they should be upgraded, hence the summary was approved.

An official said it was the last step and now no more approvals were needed for the notification regarding up-gradation of BS-16 officers i.e. (Principal Appraisers and Superintendents only).

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in a summary forwarded maintained that there is no legal anomaly in the proposed up-gradation of senior BPS-16 officers of Customs into BPS-17 adding that all the concerns had already been addressed.

FBR noted that post of Principal Appraiser, Superintendent Preventive and Superintendent Customs fall in BPS-16, the two sub-ordinate tiers were upgraded in BS-16, hence the middle tiers have been declared as dying tiers/posts.

The proposed upgradation of BS-16 officers was without any change in job-description and their upgradation will not affect the sphere of duty of the Assistant Collector because Assistant Collector belongs to Pakistan Customs Service while the BS-16 officers belong to Departmental Cadre of Customs. Even after upgradation to BS-17 they being subordinate cadre will report to Assistant Collector.