IT, Central GST departments present book on taxpayers outreach programs in JK to LG

Srinagar: Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (ReFAC) Jammu, Mona Singh and Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Srinagar, Manoj Pal Singh Wednesay presented a book ‘Mulaqaat’ on Taxpayer Outreach Programme in J&K and Ladakh to Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha. The book documents the interactive sessions conducted by the Income Tax Department in J&K and Ladakh.
Upon the directions of Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Income tax and Central GST authorities jointly visited all the districts of J&K and Ladakh to carry out an outreach programme ‘Mulaqaat’ and held interactive sessions with various stakeholders, businessmen, young professionals and youth from 30th November 2021 to 11th December 2021.
The purpose of these outreach programmes and interactive sessions was to understand the difficulties being faced by the public in respect of Direct and Indirect Taxes and to assist them in solving the problems along with motivating the youth to pay taxes, by directly connecting with the pulse of each district.
It is for the first time that such an exercise was undertaken to directly connect with the people of J&K and garner their feedback, suggestions and aspirations from the Government of India vis a vis the Income Tax Department & the Central GST Department.
The aim has also been to find out about the expectations & suggestions of the people from the forthcoming Union Budget and to make the public aware about the technological advancements made by the new taxation regime to increase transparency and ease of compliance and to provide better taxpayers’ service.
The participants of ‘Mulaqaat’ in all the districts expressed great happiness that the Finance Minister of the Government of India had sent officers from the Income Tax Department and Central GST Department to listen to their concerns and gather feedback. The officers noted down the detailed points raised by the locals, collected feedback forms, collated the same and communicated them to the Union Finance Minister of the Government of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Hon’ble LG of J&K, Shri Manoj Sinha in the form of the book, ‘Mulaqaat’.
The entire exercise of meeting the local youth, traders, small shopkeepers, industrialists, horticulturists, entrepreneurs and businessmen of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh has been deeply meaningful. Not only was the participation by the locals enthusiastic, but also very informed with detailed and district specific suggestions and feedback.
The mission of the Income Tax Department has been to partner in the Nation Building process through its efficient, effective, transparent & fair Tax administration, resulting in sustainable revenue collection with objective of socio-economic welfare of the people.

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