"As no action has been taken by the CBDT on the demands given by the central joint action committee (of the associations), the employees have decided to go on a one-day strike today, October 8,” a statement issued by two major associations of the department said yesterday.
"More than 50,000 officers and staff of the department will participate in the strike as a result of which normal work in all IT offices of the country will be stalled," it added.
The two prominent groups, Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF) and Income Tax Gazetted Officers' Association (ITGOA) represent about 97 percent of the department's workforce and have already notified the decision to the apex-policy making body of the Department, the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
The remaining three percent work force of the Department comprises of officers drawn from the Indian Revenue Service.
The associations said if their demands for timely promotion in cadres and providing required infrastructure is not met, the work of budget collection and taxpayer services are 'bound to fail' in the coming days.
"Our demands have been put before the CBDT and the government many times. Now we are talking of decisive action and if the government does not help us we will take the agitation further," ITEF President A K Kanojia told reporters.

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