Andher Nagari : Income Tax Department

      The Income Tax department that lives up to its notoriety to make lives of honest law abiding citizens as difficult as possible in every which way does not even spare its own. It will not even allow its own officers who have passed away  to  rest in peace.

Dead officers move up in I-T department 

     Mumbai: On June 29 this year, as news of promotions and transfers poured into the corridors of the Income Tax department, officer DGK Murthy’s seniors were stunned. ‘‘Murthy was promoted as assistant commissioner and transferred to Nagpur,’’ said a dumbstruck Shanti Kumar in Hyderabad. Problem was, Murthy had died in January 2006.
        Says Kumar, president of the Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association (ITGOA), ‘‘The incident highlights the callous attitude at the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).” CBDT is the apex administrative body of the IT department that inducts officers either by direct recruitment or by promotions.
       It wasn’t an isolated case. In May this year, GV Chinnadurai, an officer in the department who died in 2004 was promoted and transferred to Mumbai. Usually, when an officer dies, the CBDT is informed by the local headquarters where he is based.

Manju Menon | TNN

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