Recent GST Councils decisions not in national interest: IRS officers body
Citing deep anguish and feeling of dejection among them, an association of about 3,000 Indian Revenue Service officers today claimed that certain decisions taken recently by GST Council were not in national interest and they may have “serious implications” for government revenue and smooth implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officers` association has also sought fair representation of their members in the GST Council which has representatives from central and state governments.
Claiming attempts by officers of state governments VAT departments to equate themselves with IRS (Customs and Central Excise) officers, the association asked the government not to wish away sanctity of their service.
Various such matters including the implementation of the GST were discussed during a meeting of the association held here yesterday under the chairmanship of its President Anup K Srivastava.
The GST Council had in its meeting on January 16, agreed to give states the power to levy tax on economic activity within 12 nautical miles of territorial waters.
Also, it was decided that the states will have the power to assess and administer 90 per cent of the tax payers under Rs 1.5 crore annual turnover, while the remaining would be controlled by the Centre.
“The decision to transfer much of the work related to the assessees below Rs 1.5 crore is not proper as it amounts to transferring the rightful assignment of IRS(C&CE) officers to Group B officers of states through an administrative arrangement. Revenue collection is an encadred assignment and officers are selected through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) process.
“The sanctity of the same can not be wished away. Officers of states through cross-empowerment can not be effectively made into IRS(C&CE) officers without qualifying the UPSC exam. Unless the distribution of assessee is done fairly, the issue would not get resolved,” said a senior IRS officer, who attended the meeting.
All members of the service have expressed their deep anguish and concern over such decisions, he said.