Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Rajasva Gyan Sangam, a joint conference of direct and indirect tax officials of both Union and state governments. While addressing the event PM Narendra Modi asked tax officials to fix targets in order to improve India’s tax administration by 2022, the year in which the nation would celebrate 75 years of Independence. The Prime Minister also expressed dismay over the pendency of tax cases in adjudication and appeal. The Prime Minister said that the locked up amounts in these pending cases could be better utilised for the welfare of the poor, according to a report by newswire agency ANI.
PM Modi also asked officials to improve their work-culture in order to incorporate a sense of urgency and measurability in their performance of the department, according to a report by newswire agency ANI. The closed-door two-day meeting is being attended by senior officers of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). PM Modi had assured taxpayers that he will remove the fear of taxmen by ushering an era of accountability and answerability. The government has taken steps such as cutting down physical interface between the taxpayer and the department in order to check graft, this step is aided by simplifying filing of returns and claiming of refund, according to newswire agency PTI.
CBEC has stated that they appreciate the efforts put in by PM Modi and the efforts of officials from state and central governments for the smooth implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), according to PTI.