Thursday, January 06, 2011

Video Conferencing: FM motivates I-T officials from CBDT chairman’s office

AHEAD of the annual budget, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee motivated chief commissioners of Income Tax and other senior I-T officials from across India to maximize direct tax collections. I-T officials from 48 cities in India listened to FM on Wednesday through video conferencing organized by the office of new CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra.
FM was specially invited to the chairman’s office, also located in North Block, to address senior I-T officials through video conferencing and also to release a 30-page “Vision 2020” document of the I-T department. The vision document along with the new Direct Taxes Code (DTC) could form the core of the department’s strategic planning in coming years. While talking to I-T officials, Mukherjee stressed the need for adopting tax payer friendly approach. It was an interactive session in which I-T officials posed questions and narrated the challenges before them.
For the record, CBDT chairman’s room in North Block used to be the office of Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of British Raj. (Picture on Right: Sudhir Chandra)

ICAI award for Surat Municipal Corporation
Call it yet another distinction for the city of Surat and its commissioner S Aparna, a 1988 batch IAS. The Surat Municipal Corporation has figured among 17 companies or entities which were awarded the prestigious ICAI Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the year 2009-10. Surat has been awarded the Plaque for Commended Annual Report for the year ended March 31, 2010. A year ago, Surat’s municipal commissioner S Aparna along with the city’s Mayor received the best JNNURM city award from Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.


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