New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government’s zero tolerance against corruption was visible to everyone when 22 senior officers of the rank of Superintendent/AO with the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) were compulsorily retired following corruption charges against them.
Modi had spoken strongly against corruption during his Independence Day speech. He said that corruption by government officers would not be tolerated.
The indirect taxes board has compulsorily retired officials from 12 zones. The sackings of these officers follow such a measure taken three months ago when the government had sacked 27 senior officials from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), including 12 from CBDT.
The CBIC said in a statement said, “The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has compulsorily retired yet another 22 senior officers of the rank of Superintendent/Administrative Officer under Fundamental Rule 56 (J)… due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps.”
Also, a CBIC official said, “We have recently taken the bold step of compulsorily retiring a significant number of tax officials, and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.”
Narendra Modi government is following on its commitment to deliver a corruption free administration to the people. The tough stand against these officials have sent a strong message to other corrupt officials engaged in these activities.