FBR’s Member Admin holds the system together and keeps it going

ISLAMABAD: The key role of the Administration Wing of FBR is overall administration of the Board, its attached departments and field formations, including transfers and postings, appraisals, processing and monitoring of all development projects. The entire budget of FBR is also managed and supervised by the wing.

This was stated by Shahid Hussain Jatoi, Member Administration in Federal Board of Revenue in an exclusive interview with Customs Today recently. He said that like any other organization FBR has an effective Administration Wing which is performing its duties with great responsibility. He said that the Administration Wing has launched another effective system namely HRIS, the first of its kind by any organization in Pakistan. Complete data and record of all the officers and their performance is stored and maintained through this system. This method provides all the required information of each officer with a single click.

He said that Admin Wing remains watchful to ensure that transfers and postings are decided on merit and sees that no ambiguity is left in this regard. Admin Wing makes transfers and postings up to 19 grade officers and the rest are made by the Central Selection Board. Answering a question he said it is true that the wing has to face pressures from different circles, including politicians, regarding transfers and postings but under the supervision of Tariq Bajwa, Chairman FBR, all the work is carried out absolutely on merit. Under the new set-up, the Administration wing is working in a congenial atmosphere and exercising its free will in the selection of officers at important places.

Replying to a question, he said that infrastructure maintenance of FBR buildings, on rent or owned, is also a basic function of our department.” We deal with maintenance and construction of buildings, offices and even residences of officers.”

Similarly, other assignments like holding training sessions for officers, supervising their promotions, helping in career planning, managing their leaves, taking disciplinary actions against them and above all hiring and firing of officers are all in the line of duty of the Administration wing

In addition, the department also deals with seniority cases, qualification issues, performance and evaluation reports and overall professional reputation. In other words, career profile mechanism is the responsibility of the department.

Replying to another question, Mr Jatoi said that if complaints against FBR officers are anonymous and of general nature and allegations do not contain any evidence, then there would hardly any justification for taking action. However, complaints with specific details and evidences are first verified through various means and then a preliminary report is prepared to initiate disciplinary action against the officers.

Apart from Admin Wing, he said other wings in FBR and government agencies simultaneously deal with the investigation of complaints about corruption and corrupt practices.

He added that the culture of filing genuine complaints does not exist in our country due to various reasons like fear of retribution, lack of trust and faith in the system and lack of knowledge of the legal rights of traders under various laws.

He said that there is a proper mechanism established for complaints which is simple and quick in nature. “If we find any complaint in writing and there is nobody to own the complaint, we cannot work on it. We can only act upon specific details and material evidence. Once we find out any evidence, we initiate proceedings in this regard.” At present some complaints and fact finding inquiries are pending and there are other cases in which charge sheets have been prepared and issued.

 

 

 

 

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FBR transfers/posts 18 officials of IRS & Customs Service

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has transferred and posted 15 officials of Grade20-19 of Inland Revenue Service and 3 officials of Grade 19-18 of Pakistan Customs Service.

Transfers/Postings of the following officers of (BS-19-20) of Inland Revenue Service are made with immediate effect and until further orders:-

Mr. Gholam Kazim Hosein (BS-20), Dr. Ikram Ghani (BS-20), Mr. Salim Raza Asif (BS-20), Mr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali Indhar (BS-20), Dr. Muhammad Akram Khan (BS-20), Dr. Muhammad Naeem (BS-19), Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz (BS-19), Dr. Hamid Ateeq Sarwar (BS-19), Mr. Ch. Muhammad Tarique (BS-19), Mr. Khalid Javed (BS-19), Mr. Ahmad Shuja Khan (BS-19), Dr. Ahmad Shahab (BS-19), Mr. Muhammad Abid Raza Bodla (BS-19), Mr. Afaque Ahmed Qureshi (BS-19) and Mr. Muhammad Shaukat Hayat Cheema (BS-19).

Transfers/Postings of the following officers of (BS-18-19) of Pakistan Customs Service are made with immediate effect and until further orders:-

Dr. Kamal Azhar Minhas (BS-19), Mr. Zahid Ali Baig (BS-19) and Mr. Ijaz Badshah (BS-18).

The Officers who are drawing performance allowance prior to issuance of this notification shall continue to draw this allowance on the new place of posting.

All above listed officers are requested to Relinquish/Assume charge, using online HRMS facility made available to FBR or by using their IJP logins.

Mr. Sarfraz Ahmad (IRS/BS-20) presently posted as CIR (Zone-II), RTO, Islamabad is assigned the “additional charge” of the post of CIR (WHT) RTO, Islamabad with immediate effect and until further orders in addition to his own duties.

The additional charge of CIR (Zone-XI) RTO-II, Lahore assigned to Mr. Asim Ahmad (IRS/BS-20) presently posted as CIR (WHT), RTO-II, Lahore vide Board’s Notification No 2024-IR-I/2013, dated 23.08.2013 is hereby withdrawn with immediate effect.

Port Qasim shipping activities

KARACHI: Following is the berthing schedule of vessels loading and unloading at Port Qasim:

Commodity      Tonnes/TEUs  Ship               Load/Unload

Wheat                    n/a          Ince Beylebey      unload

Palm Oil               n/a          Chemroad Juji      unload

Cement               n/a          Observator               load

Cement               n/a          Diamond Star           load

Containers        n/a          Hanjin Los Angles  load/unload

Containers        n/a          Moliere                       load/unload

Containers        n/a          Nystyed Maersk     load/unload

The Port Qasim Authority said it handled 101,132 tonnes of cargo during the 24 hours to 8 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Wednesday compared to 71,377 tonnes in the previous 24 hours.

Cargo handling in tonnes

Wednesday    Previous

Export cargo    55,569       22,162

Import cargo    45,563       49,215

In the 24 hours, two ships arrived and three ships sailed. In the next 24 hours, one ship is expected to sail and nine ships are expected to arrive.

 

 

Tokyo, Islamabad ties cordial: Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: Minoru Kiuchi, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Welcoming the Japanese vice minister, Senator Ishaq Dar termed the relationship between the two countries as close and cordial. He thanked Japan for extending assistance in time of need and support for development projects in Pakistan.

Senator Ishaq also thanked Japan for supporting the recently concluded IMF programme with Pakistan. Dar said the depth of relationship between the two countries is not reflected in the current volume of trade which stands at $579 million. He stressed the need to explore avenues to further enhance bilateral trade and economic relations between Islamabad and Tokyo.

Japanese Vice Minister Minoru Kiuchi said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attaches great importance to the region especially Pakistan. Japan, he said views the region as a potential emerging economic region which can contribute towards the world economy.

The vice minister said that since the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1952, both the countries have enjoyed good relations. Japan he said recognizes that the political and economic stability of Pakistan is significant for the prosperity of this region. He further said that the investors in Japan have high expectations from the present government in Pakistan and lauded the consolidation of democracy in the country.

Minoru Kiuchi, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs reciprocated the views of Senator Ishaq Dar that there was an ample room to expand and strengthen economic relations between the two countries.

The senator said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a vision to transform the economy of Pakistan and make it one of dynamic emerging economies of the world. In this connection he alluded to the manifesto of PML-N which clearly lays down a roadmap and a strategy to being out the country from its present economic problems and put it on a path of sustainable growth.

The prime minister, Dar said has been focusing to overcome the challenges faced in the energy sector as well as improvement in law and order in the country. In this connection he informed the Japanese vice minister that an All Parties Conference had unanimously come out with a resolve to address the law and order situation in the country.

Dilating on the economic agenda of the present government, Senator Ishaq Dar said that our manifesto stipulates enhancing economic relations with other countries based on the principle of “trade not aid”. The meeting was also attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.

Customs agents call off countrywide strike after successful talks

KARACHI: Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) and All Pakistan Customs Agents Association (APCAA) on Wednesday called off their countrywide strike after successful talks with Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) West Muhammad Saleem who assured them to redress their issues as soon as possible.

Sources informed Customs Today that a delegation of Customs agents comprising President KCAA Saifullah Khan, General Secretary Yahya Muhammad, Chairman APCAA Syed Shams Burney, Senior Vice President APCAA Arshad Jamal, Zahid Qazi, Ifthiqar Shaikh and others met with the Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) West Muhammad Saleem at his office.

Sources further told that an Assistant Collector Mukhtiar Shaikh and a principal appraiser acted as a bridge between Customs Department and Customs agents in order to hold discussions.

During the meeting, the Customs officials agreed upon to conduct re-hearing of the show-cause notices issued against Customs Agents in Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) scam. He also assured that no new ONO would be issued against them. The Customs officials also assured the Customs agents to constitute a committee for redressal of their grievances regarding WeBOC.

FBR Chairman attends “Big Fast Results Seminar"

ISLAMABAD: Chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa attended one-day “Big Fast Results Seminar” on Wednesday at P-Block Pak Secretariat in Planning and Development Ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, Malaysian Minister for Performance, Idris Jala said that Pakistan required political stability and conducive climate for investment for economic development.

While, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan could learn a lot from the Malaysian experience of performance, deliverance and monitoring in the public sector.

Shalimar Link Road traders support PIAF-Founders Alliance

LAHORE: As many as 120 members of Shalimar Link Road Traders Association have announced to give votes to the PIAF-Founders Alliance Associate Class candidates.

The announcement was made by the President of Shalimar Link Road Traders Association Haji Manzoor Ahmad during the visit of PIAF-Founders Alliance leaders Mian Anjum Nisar, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Muhammad Ali Mian, Sheikh Muhammad Asif and candidates for Associate Class Sohail Lashari, Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Talha Tayyab, Raja Hamid Riaz, Rizwan Ali Khalid, Muhammad Haroon and Muhammad Akram on Wednesday. General Secretary of Association Azhar Chaudhry, Vice President Umair Muhammad Atif, Ramzan Chughtai, Haji Shaukat Ali, Muhammad Bashir and Muhammad Irfan were also present on the occasion.

Members of the Association pledged to support the PIAF-Founders Alliance in the LCCI elections and said that Alliance has opened doors for the traders and left no stone unturned to solve their problems.

PIAF-Founders Alliance leaders said that PIAF-Founders Alliance would continue its efforts to get issues of business community solved.

Meanwhile, traders of Montgomery road also announced to support PIAF-Founders Alliance candidates.

PIAF-Founders Alliance leaders Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman and Mian Shafqat Ali are also running campaign for Corporate Class leaders.

Renowned industrialist Muhammab Ibrahim is hosting a dinner in honor of PIAF-Founders Alliance candidate on September 12.