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DMG officer for FBR

THE government has recently appointed a DMG officer as chairman of the Federal Bureau of Revenue. Over the years it has been the practice that the revenue collection agency is led by a DMG officer.

For the sake of comparison, I checked the record of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an equivalent of the FBR in America. To my astonishment, the IRS is always headed by an officer who has served his whole life in that department.

Soon my astonishment abated, as I saw the revenue collection performance and working of the IRS.

I asked my economics professor why the FBR chairman is not appointed from the tax department. He said: “In fact, the government does not need taxes, it wants control over the FBR.” So, who could be better for this purpose? Surely, a product of colonial legacy.

AKBAR KHAN Lahore


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sami
Jul 07, 2013 05:16pm

Welcome to the world of colonial bureaucracy, where a professional have no importance, a medical doctor prefers to be a CSP officer in Postal Services rather in a hospital. It shows how pathetic, inept and brutal system we have.

anwar
Jul 08, 2013 03:06am

@sami: FBR officials are also css officers and uphold colonial legacy and generalists