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IRS officers in the eye of the storm: Report suggestive in nature, govt feels going public violates service rules?

The three senior IRS officers- Prashant Bhushan (IRS:1988), Prakash Dubey (IRS:1989), and Sanjay Bahadur (IRS:1989) have been charge-sheeted by the government for playing a key role in preparing a report on raising income tax and placing the report in the public domain. The three enthusiast officers have also been stripped of their charges.

They have been charge-sheeted for service conduct rule violations. However, people from the service say that the report prepared by these enthusiast officials is “suggestive in nature” and “does not adversely criticize the policy” of the government. Moreover, it was a collective view of the IRS association.

It may be underlined that there have been many instances when All India Services officers have been expressing their views suggesting the government by means of social media and writeups in newspapers.

Recently over six hundred IAS officers from particular baches and up to certain ranks were asked to provide suggestions to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. They provided suggestions to the government based on their hands-on experience which reportedly proved to be quite useful.

In fact service rules say that a public servant should not come up with any matter, issue or idea in public through media or by any means which adversely criticizes or influences government policy. It should also not be motivated as well.

Reportedly, the officers utilized the time of lockdown to prepare a report that is suggestive in nature. It is by no means criticism or influences any policy. What appears to have gone against them is sharing it via twitter and email adding to the discomfort and displeasure of an elected government that has already been handling an increasingly complex and unforeseen COVID-19 crisis.  

If some top sources are to be believed the only issue that goes against these officers is that the government must have been considering additional taxes but the reaction of the general public to the policy paper was so adverse that now the government can not even think about raising taxes. Further, instead of making it public had they put up the report to the government through the proper administrative channels none could have objected to the efforts of these enthusiast officers.

Government officers are often criticized for lack of creativity but if they come up with any such idea, they are penalized which discourages their creative intent. 

ALSO READ: Direct tax collection unrealistic without revision: Who is to be blamed?

It is alleged that these three officers had failed to exercise due care despite having more than 30 years of service and misguided 50 young officers to prepare the report and circulate it.

Bhushan and Dubey are General Secretary of the IRS Association respectively whereas Bahadur has been charged with getting young income tax officers to prepare the report. Dubey was a director in the department of personnel and training while Bahadur was the income tax department’s Principal Director Investigation, North East Region.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)


28 Apr 2020
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CBDT: Gill gets additional charge of DG, Investigation, Delhi

CBDT under the Department of Revenue on February 28 assigned the additional charge of coveted posts to several senior IRS officers. Accordingly;

  1. H B S Gill (CCIT, Delhi) was given additional charge of Director General Investigation, Delhi. The post fell vacant on the retirement of Harish Kumar.
  2. Ajay Kumar Chauhan (Principal CCIT, Bhopal) was given additional charge of CCIT, Indore vice D P Haokip.
  3. Arvind Kumar (CCIT- I, Chennai) was given additional charge of CCIT-III, Chennai vice Mrs Uma Singh
  4. Kuldeep Moorti Bali (CCIT- TDS, Kolkata) was given additional charge of CCIT-V, Kolkata vice Lav Chandra Joshi Ranee.

28 Feb 2020
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IRS officers in the eye of the storm: Report suggestive in nature, govt feels going public violates service rules?

By Rakesh Ranjan 28 Apr 2020

The three senior IRS officers- Prashant Bhushan (IRS:1988), Prakash Dubey (IRS:1989), and Sanjay Bahadur (IRS:1989) have been charge-sheeted by the government for playing a key role in preparing a report on raising income tax and placing the report in the public domain. The three enthusiast officers have also been stripped of their charges.

They have been charge-sheeted for service conduct rule violations. However, people from the service say that the report prepared by these enthusiast officials is “suggestive in nature” and “does not adversely criticize the policy” of the government. Moreover, it was a collective view of the IRS association.

It may be underlined that there have been many instances when All India Services officers have been expressing their views suggesting the government by means of social media and writeups in newspapers.

Recently over six hundred IAS officers from particular baches and up to certain ranks were asked to provide suggestions to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. They provided suggestions to the government based on their hands-on experience which reportedly proved to be quite useful.

In fact service rules say that a public servant should not come up with any matter, issue or idea in public through media or by any means which adversely criticizes or influences government policy. It should also not be motivated as well.

Reportedly, the officers utilized the time of lockdown to prepare a report that is suggestive in nature. It is by no means criticism or influences any policy. What appears to have gone against them is sharing it via twitter and email adding to the discomfort and displeasure of an elected government that has already been handling an increasingly complex and unforeseen COVID-19 crisis.  

If some top sources are to be believed the only issue that goes against these officers is that the government must have been considering additional taxes but the reaction of the general public to the policy paper was so adverse that now the government can not even think about raising taxes. Further, instead of making it public had they put up the report to the government through the proper administrative channels none could have objected to the efforts of these enthusiast officers.

Government officers are often criticized for lack of creativity but if they come up with any such idea, they are penalized which discourages their creative intent. 

ALSO READ: Direct tax collection unrealistic without revision: Who is to be blamed?

It is alleged that these three officers had failed to exercise due care despite having more than 30 years of service and misguided 50 young officers to prepare the report and circulate it.

Bhushan and Dubey are General Secretary of the IRS Association respectively whereas Bahadur has been charged with getting young income tax officers to prepare the report. Dubey was a director in the department of personnel and training while Bahadur was the income tax department’s Principal Director Investigation, North East Region.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)


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CBDT: Gill gets additional charge of DG, Investigation, Delhi

By IndianMandarins 28 Feb 2020

CBDT under the Department of Revenue on February 28 assigned the additional charge of coveted posts to several senior IRS officers. Accordingly;

  1. H B S Gill (CCIT, Delhi) was given additional charge of Director General Investigation, Delhi. The post fell vacant on the retirement of Harish Kumar.
  2. Ajay Kumar Chauhan (Principal CCIT, Bhopal) was given additional charge of CCIT, Indore vice D P Haokip.
  3. Arvind Kumar (CCIT- I, Chennai) was given additional charge of CCIT-III, Chennai vice Mrs Uma Singh
  4. Kuldeep Moorti Bali (CCIT- TDS, Kolkata) was given additional charge of CCIT-V, Kolkata vice Lav Chandra Joshi Ranee.

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Govt raises GST collection targets for February and March

By IndianMandarins 18 Jan 2020

New Delhi: To deal with the slowing economy and missing budgeted estimates but encouraged with GST collection of past two months, the government is planning to augment collections. So the government has reset the GST collection charges for the second time in two months. The collection targets have been fixed to Rs 1.15 lakh crore for February and Rs 1.25 lakh crore for March.

The decision to raise the target was taken at a high-level meeting of senior officials of the CBIT and CBDT. Tax authorities will use data analytics to check mismatch of supply and purchase invoices, mismatch in return filings, over invoicing, excess refunds availed, patching the tax leakages, fake or huge ITC claims, and refunds under inverted duty structure.

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FY 2019-20: IT Department to ask for a cut of Rs 1 lakh crore

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2019

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly pitching for making India a $5trillion economy, the income-tax department will ask for a cut of at least Rs 1 lakh crore in the target for direct tax collection in 2019-20 because of growth in the segment sliding to 3 per cent as of October 31. This declining growth is largely because of the consumption slowdown and tax rate cuts.

Corporation tax collection, net of refunds, grew by just 0.5 per cent in the first seven months of the financial year, against the year’s expansion target of 15.4 per cent at Rs 7.66 trillion. However personal I-T collection grew by 5 per cent till October.

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UTs of J&K and Ladakh: CBDT extends deadline for all ITRs filing to Nov 30

By IndianMandarins 03 Nov 2019

In the newly-created Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh the CBDT has extended the deadline for filing of IT Returns to November 30 considering disturbances in phone and internet connectivity across the region. The deadline for filing ITRs for certain categories of taxpayers was to end on October 31. 

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Appointment of CBDT members soon

By IndianMandarins 29 Oct 2019

The NaMo administration is expected to announce the appointment of Ms Seema Khorana Patra (IRS IT:1983) and Subrata Kumar Dash (IRS IT:1983) as Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Ms Patra’s appointment would be against the vacancy caused after the retirement of Susheel Chandra whereas Dash’s appointment would be against the post vacated by Mrs Neena Kumar (IRS IT:1982). 

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CBDT: 04 IRS officers promoted & posted as Principal DG & Principal CCIT

By IndianMandarins 03 Oct 2019

Following the promotion to hold Principal Chief Commissioner (Income Tax) level post Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) posted four IRS officers as follows:

Ms Rashmi Saxena Sahni (IRS IT:1984)- Principal DG IT (HRD), Delhi

Ms Alka Tyagi (IRS IT:1984)- Principal DGIT (Training), NADT, Nagpur

S S S Bharamarbar Ray (IRS IT:1984)- Principal DGIT (L&R), Delhi

P Sridhar (IRS IT:1984)- Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax (PCCIT), Nagpur

Further, Ms Asha Agarwal was posted as Principal Chief Commissioner Income Tax.

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Road to success goes through....?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

Some recent developments have made several senior IRS (IT) officers apprehensive about their career prospects. The way Akhilesh Ranjan (member, CBDT) opted for VRS following re-appointment of P C Mody as CBDT Chairman, confidence of several senior most IRS officers seems to have shaken up. But officers belonging to junior batches take it sportingly. Out of humor, junior IRS officers are often heard saying ‘if you have ever served in Gujarat region you have chances but if you didn’t you should not lose hope’.

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