LAHORE: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has made it mandatory for all ranks of Inland Revenue Services of BS-01 to BS-22 to wear uniform during the performance of official duties to maintain and encourage a sense of discipline.
The FBR has issued Inland Revenue Uniform Rules, 2021, here.
According to the new rules, the prescribed uniform shall be worn by all ranks posted in Regional Tax Offices, Large Taxpayers Offices, Medium Taxpayers Offices, Corporate Tax Offices, Directorates and by all equivalent ranks as and when notified by the Board.
Provided that the Board shall have the power to exempt any officer or official from wearing the prescribed uniform.
The FBR stated that an officer or official may be deputed on plain clothes duty through an order in writing by the Chief Commissioner or Director General having jurisdiction.
The officers and officials notified by the Board to wear uniform under these rules shall be entitled to receive the following grant for purchase of uniform: (i) Rs25,000 as one-time initial grant; Rs3,000 on yearly basis as renewal grant for summer uniform; and Rs5,000 on yearly basis as renewal grant for winter uniform.
The Chief Commissioner or Director General may decide the timing of summer and winter uniform.
Every officer or official shall have one formal uniform for summer and one for winter, for departmental and state functions or occasions.
For the purpose of uniformity, shoulder insignia, chest insignias, peak cap badges, name tags and all other accoutrements shall be designed and manufactured in one place.
The officers working on a higher post on acting charge or OPS basis shall wear the ranks prescribed for that post/charge.
All officers and officials are strictly directed to use only prescribed badges, accoutrements and uniform decorations. No deviation will be tolerated, the FBR added.