The CBDT is on a shopping spree. It has been allocated a whopping sum of Rs. 615 crore by the Finance Ministry ostensibly to “augment the infrastructure” of the Income-tax department. Of this Rs. 264 crore will be splurged, inter alia, on buying mobile phones, laptops etc for the ITOs and Inspectors. It is claimed that this will “improve efficiency & capabilities of the officers & officials of the Department”. The CBDT has invited suggestions on how the balance of the bonanza should be spent by it.
Acche Din for the department. What about acche din for the taxpayers?
It is evident that the acche din have dawned for the department. The question is when, if at all, the acche din will dawn for the poor taxpayers, whose hard-earned moneys are being used by the CBDT to fund the largesse!
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES
DIRECTORATE OF INCOME TAX (INFRASTRUCTURE)
Room No. 204, 2nd Floor, A Wing,
14 Hudco Vishala Building,
Bhikaji Kama Place, New Delhi
Telephone No. 011-26167221 FAX No. 011-2619710
F. No. DIT(Infra)/U-IV/1% incentive/2017-18/1570
The Pr. CCIT/CCIT,
Sub:- Proposals/ideas regarding 1% incentive scheme to be submitted before the Competent Authority- reg.
Kindly refer to above.
2. The Hon’ble Finance Minister had accorded his in-principle approval of the proposal to utilize 1% of the additional revenue generated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes during fiscal 2006-07 and in subsequent years to augment the infrastructure in the Income Tax Department so as to improve its operational efficiency, for better execution of the tax collection.
3. As per the information collected from Directorate of Expenditure Budget, there is a possibility to utilize approximately Rs. 615 crores, after earlier expenditure incurred under this out of this fund, proposals on Resource Centre cum Library, installation of ACs per range, Laptops to ITOs & above, Laptop for Inspectors, Laptops for AO/PS, smartphone for CIT & above & Mobile handsets for officers & officials of IT Department for approximately Rs. 264 crores are under process and active consideration.
4. It is felt to explore the possibilities to initiate new schemes/proposals under 1% Schemes, looking to the need and necessity to improve efficiency & capabilities of the officers & officials of the Department.
5. I am, therefore, directed to request you to submit fresh innovative proposals/ideas/schemes for enhancing the organizational efficiency and infrastructure under 1 % incentive scheme. The same may be sent to this office by 25th September, 2017 positively.
(Amit Kumar Sharma)
Addl. Director of Income Tax (Infra)-IV