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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has started preparing an organizational framework for the proposed Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and the Customs group to be set up as part of the reforms process under way in the board.
The task for preparation of the organogram for the proposed service to be established on functional lines has been handed to the newly-furbished Human Resource Source Wing which has already put in place a host of measures aimed at accelerating the pace of reforms process with a focus on re-organisation and capacity building of the human resource.
As part of these measures, a special presentation was given to Finance Minister Mr. Shaukat Tareen who visited the FBR Headquarters recently to attend the DGs Conference. The minister appreciated the work done so far and called for its early completion to achieve the desired targets of the reforms programme.
The new service to be set up through an Act of the Parliament will replace the existing set-up, paving the way for a fully integrated tax administration of sales tax, excise and income tax in line with recommendations and aspirations of the stakeholders.
The renewed focus on the human resource management is also reflected in the appointment of a director general to head the all-important HRM Wing which was previously overseen by a chief. The move has resulted in various measures to reform and restructure the existing work processes with a view to enhancing the quality of skill sets and creating a performance-based reward system.
Some of the measures that have been taken in recent days include constitution of various teams to oversee progress of work on issues related to integration, preparation of new job descriptions, new performance evaluation reports, new performance-based bonus/reward scheme and the market-based salaries for which a survey is already under way to determine the extent of wages on offer in the private and public sector organisations.
Similarly, the HRM Wing has also started conducting various orientation/training workshops for the officers of both Income Tax and Customs & Excise groups. Such workshops are already under way at the Directorates of Training in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad respectively.