Monday, March 24, 2014
SPECIAL TAX COLLECTION DRIVE BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA THROUGH BANKS.
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' CONFEDERATION (AIBOC)
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION (AIBOA)
INDIAN NATIONAL BANK OFFICERS' CONGRESS (INBOC)
NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF BANK OFFICERS (NOBO)
Indian Banks Association,
REG: SPECIAL TAX COLLECTION DRIVE BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA THROUGH BANKS.
We have the confirmed information that the Government of India has initiated the expeditious steps to collect the tax revenues from the tax payers by providing special opportunity to pay the tax dues through Banks on 29th, 30th and 31stMarch 2014,being the holidays declared by the State Governments in consultation with the respective Regional Offices of Reserve Bank of India under NI Act.
1. The taxpayers are aware of the payment of taxes on 15th September,2013 as well as at the end of March 2014. They are expected to plan the calendar and schedule of payment well in advance. Having failed in their duties,the Government of India is extending undue accommodation by inflicting tremendous pressure on Bank Employees by making them to work on three declared holidays.
2. The commission paid by the government per tax transaction is meagre and it is certainly not sufficient to meet out the establishment cost of running the branches for few tax payers. The Government of India is linking the profitability of the banking system, while deciding wage revision for the entire workforce handling this assignment by the public sector bank is directly reflecting in the earnings of the banks. The individual bank management may please be advised to provide the number of challans collected by them and also the revenue earned on account of this collection to prove our point.
3 In the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, the New Year falls on 31.03.2014. Making the workforce to work on the holidays of religious importance shall adversely affect the morale of the officer coupled with embarrassment in the family circle.
4. Further there are alternative channels available to the Tax payers, which they should exercise to effect the payment of taxes.
5. The workforce, if made to work on three holidays, it would amount to nine continuous working days against the settled principle of five and half days per week with forty-two and half hours of working hours. This is against the principle settled long ago .
6. In view of the above cogent reasons, we are confident that IBA will take appropriate steps to communicate to the concerned authorities in the Government of India, lest, officers’ organisations shall suitably advise the officers in this connection.
(HARVINDER SINGH) (S.NAGARAJAN) (K.K.NAIR) Dr.S.U.DESHPANDE
(AIBOC) (AIBOA) (INBOC) (NOBO)