Customs appraising officer awarded major penalty for inefficiency

Customs appraising officer awarded major penalty for inefficiency

KARACHI: A customs appraising officers has been awarded major penalty and demoted to lower scale on the charges of inefficiency.

According to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Friday, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against Syed Muhammad Fawad Ahmad, Appraising Officer Collectorate of Customs Exports (Port Muhammad Bin Qasim), Karachi through an order of inquiry dated August 02, 2022 on charge of inefficiency under Rules-3(a) of the Civil Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 2020.

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Muhammad Haris Ansari, Additional Collector (PCS/BS-19), Collectorate of Customs Appraisement (PMBQ), Karachi was appointed as Inquiry Officer to scrutinize the conduct of accused officer.

The Inquiry Officer submitted inquiry report on October 07, 2022 concluded that the charge of inefficiency stand established against the accused under Rule-3(a) of the Civil Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 2020.

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Based on the findings and recommendations of the inquiry report, a Show Cause Notice dated October 18, 2022 was served upon the accused. The accused officer furnished his reply to Show Cause Notice, on October 29, 2022.

The Member (Admn/HR)/ Authority provided an opportunity of personal hearing to the accused on November 29, 2022.

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Whereas, the Member (Admn/HR)/ Authority after having gone through the available record of the case, the Inquiry Report, reply of the Show Cause Notice, and verbal submissions made by accused during the course of personal hearing. However the Authority has not agreed with recommendations of inquiry officer and, therefore, decided to impose a major penalty of “Reduction to a lower post and pay scale from the substantive or regular post, for a period of one year” under Rule-4(3)(b) of the Civil Servants (E&D) Rules, 2020 upon Syed Muhammad Fawad Ahmad, Appraising officer, Collectorate of Customs Exports (PMBQ), Karachi.

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The Performance Allowance of the officer has also been stopped for one year from the date of award of the penalty as provided at Sr.No.7(iii) of FBR’s Circular No.1 of 2015 dated March 06, 2015 and he will have to appear afresh for restoration of the same.

The officer will have a right to appeal against this Order to the Appellate Authority under Civil Servants (Appeals) Rules, 1977 within a period of 30 days from the date of communication of this Notification.