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Protest resolution undertaken by IRS Mumbai unit suspended

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The IRS officers association of the Income Tax department today said that a protest resolution undertaken by its Mumbai unit has been "suspended forthwith" after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken a serious view against the development.

The Central Association of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of the I-T department had recently met Jaitley in this regard.

"In response to the call of the IRS Association (All India Body), vide letter dated 30.07.16, the Executive Committee of the Mumbai Unit of the IRS Association met on July 30 and placed on record its immense respect for the Hon'ble Finance Minister and the Government, and decided to put the protest in abeyance and suspended forthwith.

"The communication from the Mumbai Unit has stated that a General Body Meeting of the Unit will be called to ratify the decision of the Executive Committee shortly. Hence, the ongoing agitation at Mumbai has been suspended. The IRS Association (All India Body) expresses satisfaction at the development," the Association's General Secretary Jayant Misra said in a statement here.

The delegation while meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week had asked him to ensure that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) gets it "due importance and respect" even as it had advised its Mumbai unit to suspend the ongoing agitation over alleged interference by Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry in "operational matters".

The delegation while meeting the Finance Minister had discussed various issues and conveyed the deep sense of "deprivation and injustice" amongst IRS officers leading to severe discontent and demoralisation.

The Association also met newly appointed CBDT Chairperson Rani Singh Nair today and wished her. She took charge today.

The Association warmly welcomes Nair as the new Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes and hopes that there will be dawn of a new era of positivity and cooperation which will result in justice and motivation for IRS Officers resulting in achievement of all goals of the Government and best services to the citizens, Misra said.

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First Published: Mon, August 01 2016. 20:42 IST