FBR acts against officials exploiting BISP

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued show-cause notices to those employees who received money under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

According to documents available with this scribe, around 210 FBR officials (from grade 1 to 16) had received cash stipends under the BISP. Most of them received the money in the names of their spouses or other relatives.

Of the total, some 134 employees belonged to Inland Revenue Service (IRS) while 76 belonged to customs. These employees are posted in regional tax offices and model customs collectorates.

The employees that received BISP stipends included Huma Safdar, Famina, Kamla Gopal, Maryam Bibi, Ms Tahira, Munawar Janu, Shagufta, Ram Chand, Abdul Hussain Joyo, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Hameed, Abdul Hayee, Abdul Majeed, Abdul Munaf Junejo, Abdul Salam,Abdul Samad, Abdul Sattar, Abid Ali, Ahmad Mallah, Ahmad, Ahmad Sher, Ajum Khan, Akhtar Ali, Akhtar Hussain Rind, Ali Muhammad Magsi, Allah Rind, Ali dino, Allah Ditta, Allah Rakha, Amir Ahmad, Amir Zad Khan and Asghar Ali.

As per the sources, the revenue board took this decision following the directions of the Establishment Division. They said the tax officials could terminate the employees if they could not give a satisfactory reply.

Earlier, BISP Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar had rejected the appeal of four BISP officials, who were seeking a decision against their termination. These officials were also drawing stipends under the programme.

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