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CBDT Chairman gets further extension

As Indianmandarins had reported first (16.07.2020) the NaMo administration on Monday extended the tenure (on re-employment basis) of Pramod Chandra Modi (Retd IRS IT:1982) for a period of six months ending 28 February 2021. His extended term was scheduled to end on 31.08.2020. His tenure was extended (on-contract) first on 29.08.2019; two days ahead of his retirement i.e. 31.08.2019. 

When Sushil Chandra’s term as CBDT Chairman was extended in May 2017 on a re-employment basis it was considered a rare exception. But after PC Mody’s and later S K Gupta’s case exceptions appear to have become a norm now. 

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01 Sep 2020
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Mystery on CBDT chairman to resolve today?

From August 01, the command of CBDT has been in the hands of two retired IRS officers, Pramod Chandra Mody (Retd IRS IT:1982) as Chairman and Sushil Kumar Gupta (IRS IT:1984) as Member.

Mody’s extended term of the contract (on re-appointment) is set to end in next few hours. However,  a rich bunch of theories is floating around. Speculations are rife whether his term would actually end today or he may get a fresh boost to continue as Chairman.

Further, S K Gupta is reportedly desperately keen to become Chairman but it all depends on the mood swings of the political dispensation.

Indeed, the continuation of two seniormost officers at the same time on a contract basis gives credence to the belief that the government may be inclined to run the board with a tried and tested hand rather than opting for a new one. 

In the given situation, Gupta's fate is seen linked to Mody's. But one is not sure what may happen to Gupta if Mody gets a further extension of six or 12 months. Even though the Govt does not extend Mody’s tenure the additional charge is supposed to be given to Mrs Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Prabhash Shankar who are immediate seniors next to Mody and not Gupta.  

It may be mentioned Mrs. Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Prabhash Shankar (IRS IT:1983) are scheduled to retire in November 2020 and January 2021 respectively, whereas Krishan Mohan Prasad (IRS IT:1984) has a term of service till August 2021. S K Gupta is already on a year long extension (re-appointment on contract) w.e.f. 01.08.2020.

31 Aug 2020
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CBDT Chairman gets further extension

By IndianMandarins 01 Sep 2020

As Indianmandarins had reported first (16.07.2020) the NaMo administration on Monday extended the tenure (on re-employment basis) of Pramod Chandra Modi (Retd IRS IT:1982) for a period of six months ending 28 February 2021. His extended term was scheduled to end on 31.08.2020. His tenure was extended (on-contract) first on 29.08.2019; two days ahead of his retirement i.e. 31.08.2019. 

When Sushil Chandra’s term as CBDT Chairman was extended in May 2017 on a re-employment basis it was considered a rare exception. But after PC Mody’s and later S K Gupta’s case exceptions appear to have become a norm now. 

ALSO READ:

Two IRS officers playing a key role, both tipped for extension

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Mystery on CBDT chairman to resolve today?

By IndianMandarins 31 Aug 2020

From August 01, the command of CBDT has been in the hands of two retired IRS officers, Pramod Chandra Mody (Retd IRS IT:1982) as Chairman and Sushil Kumar Gupta (IRS IT:1984) as Member.

Mody’s extended term of the contract (on re-appointment) is set to end in next few hours. However,  a rich bunch of theories is floating around. Speculations are rife whether his term would actually end today or he may get a fresh boost to continue as Chairman.

Further, S K Gupta is reportedly desperately keen to become Chairman but it all depends on the mood swings of the political dispensation.

Indeed, the continuation of two seniormost officers at the same time on a contract basis gives credence to the belief that the government may be inclined to run the board with a tried and tested hand rather than opting for a new one. 

In the given situation, Gupta's fate is seen linked to Mody's. But one is not sure what may happen to Gupta if Mody gets a further extension of six or 12 months. Even though the Govt does not extend Mody’s tenure the additional charge is supposed to be given to Mrs Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Prabhash Shankar who are immediate seniors next to Mody and not Gupta.  

It may be mentioned Mrs. Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Prabhash Shankar (IRS IT:1983) are scheduled to retire in November 2020 and January 2021 respectively, whereas Krishan Mohan Prasad (IRS IT:1984) has a term of service till August 2021. S K Gupta is already on a year long extension (re-appointment on contract) w.e.f. 01.08.2020.

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CBDT top officials in an awkward situation

By IndianMandarins 31 Aug 2020

The clueless seniors IRS officials find themselves in an awkward situation whether they should meet to congratulate the incumbent Chairman for extension or to meet and greet the outgoing Chairman for his long association. P C Mody (Retd IRS IT:1982) is completing his extended tenure (on contract) today.


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Honouring honest taxpayer: Faceless, seamless and anxieties among the executors

By Rakesh Ranjan 25 Aug 2020

Former Congress Minister of Finance P Chidambaram, as part of one of his 'noble' schemes, had aspired to ensure 'minimum human intervention' in tax assessment and execution. In a way, he wanted a faceless tax administration system. He couldn't execute it though he efficiently played the system to maximize his political fortunes.

Working on this 'noble' scheme, the NDA government has purportedly come about with a scheme  branded as "honoring the honest taxpayer."

Time will tell whether the scheme really succeeds in its mission. But it has already triggered some anxieties among the executors.

IRS officers are feeling helpless and angry over the government stereotyping them as dishonest following the government's decision to turn the tax administration into a seamless and faceless network-centric operation without any personal contact whatsoever. They feel that the dignity of their service has been compromised by their seniors who have failed to convince the political dispensation that not all IRS officers are corrupt and that the entire IRS shouldn't be treated in the same manner. They are disheartened that PM Narendra Modi has used expressions like "setting, jaan-pehchan, collusion, harassment, etc" to describe the functioning of the IRS, while the other organs of the state like judiciary, police, lawmakers, and businesses have been spared the 'honor.' They believe that the PM's stand on the IRS is a biased one and may be motivated by his own helplessness to clean up the system as promised by him to the voters for ‘a corruption-free India’.

It is argued that the new network-centric faceless operation requires unstinted cooperation and support of IRS officers, who are already grappling with the current system-based functioning that has not yet stabilized and is a cause of grievance for the taxpayer and the tax officer alike.

It is also argued that the timelines given for implementing the new setup may not be practical as the assessees may not be ready since many businessmen still maintain manual books and network connectivity in remote areas is poor? It is feared that lawless assessees may find a handle not to comply in the absence of tax authority in their vicinity.  It is argued that the general assumption of an honest taxpayer and a dishonest tax officer is flawed and is based on crowd-pleasing stereotypes.

It is further argued that the element of a hurry, visible in the full-fledged extension of the e-assessment scheme without stabilizing the functioning of the existing ReACs, may prove its bane like the scheme of demonetization/remonetization. It is suggested that "we should have seen at least one full cycle of the result, taken feedback and understood the problems of all stakeholders, officers, taxpayers, taxpayer representatives before making this full-fledged extension. We should have seen whether the officers are able to understand the complex issues without proper representations, whether both sides are capable of understanding each other merely by written submissions. We should have tried to form a unanimous view of the Department on each issue using the existing ReACs set-up. Up till now, all the system related work was related to accounting, electronic calculations, etc. Taking over of this work by the CPCs has resulted in very good results. But the work which required human intelligence which depends on the ingenuity of the officer can not be easily taken over by the system without giving full regard to the human aspects."

It is further recommended that the "selection of cases using CASS is one such aspect of work which requires human intelligence. CASS is still not very effective despite being implemented for more than 10 years. Investigation and framing an assessment require intelligence, drive, motivation and perseverance besides an understanding of complex issues. We may have built a system that is capable of handling a faceless assessment. But have we readied the manpower who is required to execute it? Have we trained it? Have we improved their reading, writing skills, computer skills? Have we ensured that they are ready and willing for this change? Have we studied how the breaking of a wholesome task (which gives recognition to the officers) into components (being executed by anonymous entities) will still motivate the officers? Since the success of this scheme requires success in all these aspects, a study of these aspects and a calibrated approach on their execution would have led to better results".

Since these suggestions have followed much after the government announced its decision, it is unlikely they may be heeded to. Only the failure of the announced scheme may prompt the government to step back and work out innovations to make the scheme succeed.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Feeling of being left out: Disenchanted IT officers write to CBDT Chairman

By IndianMandarins 18 Aug 2020

The Joint Council of Action Income Tax Employees Federation has raised certain issues on the implementation of the Faceless Assessment Scheme especially its impact on the jobs of employees. Though the organized praised that the CBDT’s structural changes by faceless assessment and other statuary changes on August 13, 2020, in bringing Prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision into reality for more transparency and better taxpayer service. But it expressed its apprehension as well.

The Joint Council of Action Income Tax Employees Federation writes a letter saying, “Had the department taken us into confidence before bringing the said announcement the feeling of being left out would not have been there among 97 percent of work-force.”

It also says, “We are also certain that the CBDT would ensure that no employee is made redundant in the process and existing vacancy would be filled up with due promotion and recruitment.” 

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CBDT: Major reshuffle effected at Principal Chief Commissioner and Principal CC level

By IndianMandarins 09 Aug 2020

In a major reshuffle effected by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, on Friday, 16 senior IRS (IT) officers working at Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax (PCCIT) and Chief Commissioner Income Tax (CCIT)/DGIT level posts were transferred and posted to different places. 

Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax:-

  • Amit Jain- Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Gujarat
  • Pritam Singh- Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax, UP (East)
  • Ravindra Kumar- Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Kerala

Chief Commissioner and Director General of Income Tax:-

  • Pragya Sahay Saksena- Chief Commissioner Income Tax C, International Taxation, West Zone, Mumbai
  • Reena Sinha Puri- DGIT (L&R), New Delhi
  • H B S Gill- Director General IT (Investigation), Delhi.
  • Rajat Bansal- Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Central Delhi
  • R K Yadav- DG IT (I&CI), Delhi
  • Sumant Sinha-  DGIT Investigation, Jaipur
  • Patanjali- Chief Commissioner Income Tax-2, Mumbai
  • V Srinivas- DG Income Tax (Investigation), Bengaluru
  • Rajkumar Lachhiramaka- Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Shillong
  • K C P Patnaik- DGIT Income Tax (Investigation), Pune
  • Binay Kumar Jha- CCIT-5, Kolkata
  • K M Bali- Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Ludhiana
  • Sadhna Shankar- Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Ghaziabad

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CBDT: From 01 August two retired IRS officers to run the show

By IndianMandarins 27 Jul 2020

From August 01 the command of CBDT will be in the hands of two retired IRS officers Pramod Chandra Mody (Retd IRS IT:1982) as Chairman and Sushil Kumar Gupta (IRS IT:1984) as Member. Mody’s extended term of the contract (on re-appointment) ends on 31.08.2020. Keeping in view the established trend it is being speculated that Mody may get another extension who has been handling the key instrument i.e. Investigation as an additional charge. Even though he was heard saying that he wants to conclude his career but such assertions are never so straight and innocent.  

It is not surprising that two Member posts that were expected to be filled by August were delayed as an extension to S K Gupta was expected to be formalized.     

It may be mentioned that the other two Members Mrs Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Prabhash Shankar (IRS IT:1983) will be retiring in November 2020 and January 2021 respectively whereas Krishan Mohan Prasad (IRS IT:1984) has a term of service till August 2021.

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First of its kind: CBDT’s first National HR Conference in Delhi today

By IndianMandarins 20 Dec 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is holding first of its kind day-long conference on HR in Delhi today. Reportedly, approx. 40 Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax (PCCIT) are expected to mark their presence from across the country. In addition, over a dozen PCCIT rank officers working under IT headquarters too will be joining the conference.

Reportedly, it will discuss the HR issues but amid sinking economy, declining revenue collection and Union Budget ahead it may discuss some result oriented issued to augment promotional logjam and revenues etc.

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