The employees of the Income-Tax Department plan to boycott all search and seizure operations as well as survey operations from July 20 to secure their charter of demands, said Mr Ashok B. Salunkhe, All-India Secretary General of the Income Tax Employees Federation.
Over 50,000 employees and officers of the Income-Tax Department had gone on a one-day token strike on Thursday.
The strike was fully successful. Officers and employees across the country participated in the one-day token strike, affecting the operations of the Income-Tax Department, said Mr Salunkhe.
“We have been staging dharnas and protests from June 7. Today’s strike is the culmination of the first phase of our protests. From July 20, we will start boycotting all search and seizure operations. If our demands are not met, we will even consider going on an indefinite strike,” Mr Salunkhe said.
The two major employees associations, Income Tax Gazetted Officers Association (ITGOA) and Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF), participated in the strike today.
The employees are protesting the large-scale outsourcing of operations in the Central Processing centre at Bangalore. According to them, almost 80 per cent of the work is outsourced to the private vendors. They allege that most of the work done by these vendors are error ridden which needs to be rectified by the employees.
They are also demanding the filling up of the vacant posts at Assistant Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Additional Commissioner level. They are also seeking equal treatment for officers who are promoted from within the ranks and those recruited directly.
Of the 2,192 posts of Assistant Commissioners, almost 700 are vacant. Of the 1,300 posts of Joint and Additional Commissioners, 500 are lying vacant, said Mr Rajesh Menon, Joint convenor of ITEF and ITGOA.
Source: The Hindu