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Income Tax Department celebrates Aaykar Diwas 2017; FM calls for expansion of the tax base in a non-intrusive manner and prompt redressal of the grievances of the tax payers.

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Department celebrates Aaykar Diwas 2017; FM calls for expansion of the base in a non-intrusive manner and prompt redressal of the grievances of the payers.

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley highlights the initiatives undertaken by the present NDA Government for setting-up an internationally competitive regime with a stable policy and a non-adversarial administration. The Finance Minister exhorted the officers of the Department (ITD) to be prompt in redressing the grievances of the payers, expand the base in a non-intrusive manner even as they strive to achieve the revenue generation targets. Shri Jaitley said that taxes are the backbone of any economy.He said that gradually, the mindset of the people is changing as they want no one should be exempt from He said that privacy cannot be made an excuse for non-compliance. The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was addressing the Officers and Staff of the ITD at a function organised here at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital to mark the occasion of The Aaykar Diwas Day Celebrations-2017.

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley congratulated the Officers and Staff of the ITD for working towards changing the mindset of the people and helping them become more compliant. He also spoke about the various steps undertaken by the present Government to widen the base, eliminate corruption and incentivise the honest taxpayers among others.

Earlier, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley released a Coffee Table Book The Journey So Far". The book traces the 157 year history of the ITD and its metamorphosis into a modern department which uses state of the art techniques for efficient delivery of taxpayer services while simultaneously generating a significant portion of the revenue of the Government of India. The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley also gave away the Finance Ministers Awards for Excellence to 22 officers of various ranks in the ITD for their meritorious services. A film titled In the Service of the Nation" detailing the contribution of the Department towards nation building was also launched by the Finance Minister which was also screened on the occasion.

The Aaykar Diwas Day was celebrated today across India. The main function was held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi which was graced along with the Union Finance Minister of India, Shri Arun Jaitley, by the Minister of State for Finance (Revenue), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Revenue Secretary, Dr Hasmukh Adhia, Chairman, CBDT Shri Sushil Chandra. Among others who attended the function included Members of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), senior officers of the and Department (ITD.

Before that, the Principal Chief Commissioner of Tax, Delhi, welcomed the Chief Guest, Dignitaries and the officers of and ITD to the event. While the Chairman, CBDT, Shri Sushil Chandra dwelt upon the technological changes in the ITD in the recent future which have given it an edge in tackling evasion, the Revenue Secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia congratulated the Department (ITD) for new initiatives launched to tackle black money menace including the IDS 2016 and for steps taken to augment revenue collections. The Minister of State (Revenue), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar congratulated the Department (ITD) for increasing its effectiveness while simultaneously ensuring that no grievances arise on the part of taxpayers in doing so.

The function ended with a vote of thanks.

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First Published: Mon, July 24 2017. 00:20 IST