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New beginning at RTO-I: Chief Commissioner woos ‘angry’ staff union

New beginning at RTO-I: Chief Commissioner woos ‘angry’ staff union

LAHORE: In a bid to end the longstanding impasse, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) regional chief commissioner met FBR Employees Revenue Alliance President Mian Abdul Qayyum and assured him of resolution to all legitimate issues of the employees.

“We need to work together for the development of the regional tax office and welfare of the employees and taxpayers,” sources quoted FBR Regional Office-I Chief Commissioner (CC) Waqar Ahmad as having said.

In the past, the RTO-I had witnessed extremely awkward days during the tenure of outgoing chief commissioner Shahfqat Mehmood due to tussles between the union representatives and the CC. The CC had got registered FIRs against the FBR Employees union President Mian Abdul Qayyum.

“The chief commissioner came to our union office, requesting us to remove all protest banners hanging from the walls of the office and assured full cooperation for the resolution to the employees’ issues,” pointed out FBR union president Mian Abdul Qayyum.

On the occasion, the chief commissioner pledged to undertake inspectors’ promotion pending since 30 years,” the FBR staff union president informed and added that in the second phase the promotion of lower grade staff would also be taken up by the CC.

Sources said that following the meeting the union have removed all banners inscribed with slogans against the FBR management from the office of the RTO-I.

The chief commissioner’s step is being described as catalyst for normalizing the staff union and management relation in RTO-I which will boost performance of the tax collection staff.

However, it is yet to be seen how both sides be able to sustain the fragile harmony as the managements and unions seldom maintain long term reconciliation.