ISLAMABAD – The All Pakistan Tax Employees Association (APTEA) of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has called off the strike after successful negotiations with the board management.

The employees have now assured the Board that they will assume office work immediately and will ensure that the assigned revenue target of Rs.1952 billion is achieved, even if they have to work extra hours and even on holidays.

The proposals submitted by the APTEA have been considered by the Federal Board of Revenue at length, said FBR press statement issued here adding the issues have also been discussed with the Central and Lahore Office Bearer of the APTEA, Aslam Pervaiz, Asghar Ali Waryah and Akbar Hussain.

It has been decided that all the FBR officers or officials will be awarded special allowance equal to 100% basic pay which was frozen in the Finance Bill 2011, it said and added it would be notified after receiving approval from the office of the Prime Minister.

It is pertinent to mention here that the 100pc special allowance frozen in the Finance Bill 2011 has been agitating throughout the year with the observation that the said allowance is a performance based allowance.

In this regard a summery for de-freezing this allowance was submitted to the Prime Minister of Pakistan through Ministry of Finance along with allocation of fund of Rs.1 one billion.

The Finance Secretary has approved the Summary of FBR and transmitted to the Prime Secretariat and the approval is expected within few days.

The issue of up-gradation of Senior Auditors has also been resolved by issuing notification of up-gradation of senior auditors.

The SRO 1126 dated 27-11-2010, clearly specifies a special promotion path of senior auditors which would remove all doubts of Grade 16- 17 IRS Officers that up-gradation of senior auditors will adversely affect their promotion prospects.

The promotion of Inland Revenue Officials from Grade 14-16 is also under active consideration of the government and a notification to this effect is expected soon.

Furthermore, the notification No.0883-IR-III-2012, dated 14-04-2012 appearing on FBR Website is self explanatory.

The Board has decided to upgrade all Class IV employees of FBR in line with the policy of the Establishment division and notification in this regard is being issued shortly.

The Board has decided to address all the long standing issues raised by the APTEA through representation. All the employees of FBR are directed to devote untiring efforts to achieve the budgetary targets Rs1952 (billions).

The Board assured that their services will be recognized subject to their hard work in achieving the assigned targets.

The employees have also assured the Board that they will assume office work immediately and will ensure that the assigned target of Rs.1952 billion is achieved, even if they have to work extra hours and even on Holidays.