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Restructuring of the Income Tax Department
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for creation of 20,751 additional posts in theIncome Tax Department in various cadres that is 1349 additional posts in the IRS cadre and 19,402 additional posts in the non-IRS cadres. This will help the Income Tax Department collectincreased revenue and provide better tax payers services.
An additional expenditure of Rs. 449.71 crore per annum is likely to be incurred on creation of additional posts and upgradation of some existing posts. This additional expenditure would be more than compensated by the increased revenue of more than Rs. 25,000 crore per annum proposed to be generated as a result of this exercise.
Text of Business Standard News about CBEC Restructuring:
Meanwhile, there is another proposal for a cadre restructuring of Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). This will add 20,000 officers to its existing workforce of 66,808 officers, taking it to 86,808, and this may give additional revenue of about Rs 68,000 crore.
The CBEC's proposal may take a little longer as it is running behind CBDT proposal in terms of securing some key approvals. The proposal was recently approved by Chidambaram. It will now have to be cleared by the Department of Expenditure and then the Department of Personnel and finally the Cabinet.
So, both the proposals would add to extra over Rs 93,000 crore a year to the government kitty. This means that each employee will add to Rs 2.28 crore a year to the government kitty on an average.
The additional revenue will be over and above the Budget Estimates of Rs 6,68,109 crore for direct taxes and Rs 5,65,002 crore for indirect taxes. However, the entire workforce may not be added within this financial year even if the proposals are cleared soon.
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