Shri. Atulesh Jindal, the Chairman of the CBDT has addressed a strongly worded letter dated 05.02.2016 to the Chief Commissioners and Directors Generals of Income-tax in which he has pulled up the department for unsatisfactory disposal of taxpayers’ grievances.
The CBDT Chief expressed dismay that repeated instructions from the CBDT had fallen on deaf ears. He stated that out of the total grievances of 7,863, 1696 grievances are pending for more than 6 months and 81 grievances are pending for more than a year. The learned Chairman reminded the department of the Citizens’ Charter which requires that all grievances should be disposed off within a period of two months.
The CBDT Chairman has directed the Chief Commissioners and Directors Generals to look into the matter personally and ensure that the grievances are disposed off on a priority basis. The Chairman has also directed that a ATR should be submitted to him in respect of grievances pending for more than six months.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
North Block, New Delhi-110001
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
D.O. F. No. Dir .(Hqrs.) / Ch.(DT) /39(2) /2015/93007
Dated 5th February, 2016
Dear Principal Chief Commissioner / Director General
Sub: Disposal of Public Grievances on priority
As you are aware, the Centralised Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is a citizen-centric initiative for online receipts and redressal of public grievances. It is one of the key result areas being constantly monitored by the Government at the highest level. Currently around 1600 public grievances are being registered every month in the centralized grievance cell at CBDT. The Honble PM while reviewing the status of pending grievances with the CBEC in the last PRAGATI Meeting (held on 27.01.2016) had directed for early redressal of public grievances within the timelines prescribed by the Government.
The total number of grievances pending in all jurisdictions in CBDT as on date is 7863 out of which 81 grievances are pending for more than one year and 1696 grievances are pending for more than six months. Considering the fact that our Citizens’ Charter clearly lays down that all grievances should be disposed off within a period of two months, it is obvious that the overall progress on disposal of grievances is unsatisfactory and that in spite of repeated instructions from the Board from time to time, a large number of grievances have not been disposed off within the prescribed timeline of 60 days from the date of their receipt.
In view of the above position, it is all the more necessary that you look in to this area of work personally and direct the officers concerned under your jurisdiction to attend to the public grievances ON PRIORITY. The grievances are required to be redressed within a maximum period of two months of their receipt. Further, if the finalization of a decision on a particular grievance IS expected to take longer than two months, an interim reply is required to be given with reasons for delay in redressal of the grievance. After redressal, the position may also to be upgraded simultaneously on CPGRAMS. An action taken report in respect of grievances pending within your respective jurisdiction for more than six months may be sent to me by 15th February, 2016.
With best wishes
Chairperson CBDT &
Special Secretary to the Govt. of India