Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the two-day ‘Rajasva Gyan Sangam’, an annual conference of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in Delhi, where he motivated the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy.
PM Modi outlined a five-point charter for tax administrators – RAPID: R for Revenue, A for Accountability, P for Probity, I for Information and D for Digitization. He urged the officers to turn the Gyan Sangam into a Karma Sangam, so that the ideas generated from this conference lead to concrete action on the ground.
Modi also said that the people should not fear tax administrators, adding that there should be respect for the rule of law among all citizens as well as fear of the long arm of the law for those who evade taxes.
He also invited suggestions from officers. Some of the officers present, expressed their views on diverse subjects such as digitization, voluntary tax compliance, facilitation for taxpayers, increasing the tax base, upgradation of digital and physical infrastructure for tax administrators. He encouraged the officers for a free and frank exchange of ideas.
“India is today at a unique stage in its history, and the high aspirations of its people need to be nurtured by the Government, so that they translate into the nation’s development,” he said.
FM Arun Jaitley, MoS Finance Jayant Sinha, Nripendra Misra, Hasmukh Adhia, and the Chairmen of CBDT and CBEC were present on the occasion. This is the first time that the two revenue boards are holding a simultaneous conference