The Finance Ministry has effected a major transfer of Chief Commissioners of Income Tax (CCITs) and Directors General of Income-Tax (DGIT) across the country to among other reasons fill up certain critical posts that were lying vacant.
As many as 38 officers in the grade of CCITs/ DGITs have been transferred. Of the 38 officers transferred, 16 of them were for filling vacant posts.
Some of the transfers are critical as they would fill the vacancies of important cadre controlling commissionerates like CCIT -1 Mumbai, CCIT-1 Calcutta, CCIT-Kochi, CCIT-Chandigarh, a Finance Ministry official said.
Apart from the transfers, the Ministry has also made additional charge arrangements for 21 officers in the CCIT/DGIT grade. The arrangements would primarily take care of the vacancies in non-critical commissionerates.
Sources said the additional charge was being given as the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) had not met for the last six months. If DPC had met in time, the question of giving additional charge would not arise, sources added.
In all, there are about 87 CCITs, of which about 18 are cadre-controlling commissioners. The number of DGITs in the Income-Tax Department stood at 14.
The Centres net direct tax revenues registered 45.6 per cent increase in April-July 2007 to Rs 53,397 crore. For fiscal 2007-08, the budget estimate for direct taxes has been pegged at Rs 2,67,400 crore. This represents a 27.08 per cent increase over the budget estimate of Rs 2,10,419 crore for fiscal 2006-07. The actual collections in direct taxes in fiscal 2006-07 stood at Rs 2,29,181 crore.