Inaugurating the orientation programme being held here at National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) for the newly promoted assistance commissioners of Income Tax Department, Principle Director General (Training.) NADT Asha Agarwal reminded the participants of the need to become proficient using technology to reach the taxpayers and enhance voluntary compliance while efficiently implementing the tax laws. She also emphasized that the officer of the department are the face of the department.
Asha Agarwal, Principle Director General, NADT, speaking at the inaugural session of ‘Uttarayan 2019’. Also seen are Shashi Saklani, Nosheen Jahan Ansari, Dr Rajiv Ranade and Leena Shrivastav.
“How they interact and deal with the taxpayer is how the department is seen by the common man. Hence, perception of the department needs to be changed through fairness, promptness and transparency in dealings and interactions with the taxpayers,” she said.
Further in her inaugural address, she congratulated the officer trainees on their promotion to the post of Assistant Commissioner. She said that the training inputs would not only cover technical and legal issues but also include areas in respect of soft skills including stress and work management, ethics, and integrity to ensure holistic development.
Asha Agarwal was the chief guest at the inaugural function of the eight-week long orientation programme - ‘Uttarayan-2019’. Seniors officers from the field and faculty members of NADT were also present at the ingural session. Shashi Saklani, Course Director of ‘Uttarayan-2019’ presented the batch profile. As many as 169 newly promoted Assistant Commissioners of Income Tax are undergoing their orientation training of eight weeks at NADT before being posted to field formations to serve the country as tax administrators.
The orientation batch comprises of 169 officers including 16 lady officers. It represents 21 States and a Union territory.
The largest contingent of trainees is from Tamil Nadu followed by Bihar, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The batch comprises 95 graduates, 51 post-graduates, 4 engineers, 13 law graduates and 6 MBAs. The average work experience of the batch is 25 years.
The programme includes classroom sessions, on the job training, study tours as also international attachment to provide exposure to the trainees on international best practices.
The course content has been specifically designed to focus on training in upcoming areas of tax administration such as digital forensics, data analysis and advanced accounting software. In addition, inputs on soft skills, gender sensitization, international taxation and transfer pricing etc. will also be imparted.
Nosheen Jahan Ansari, Additional Director General, (Training) elaborated on the orientation programme.
She informed the gathering that training includes classroom sessions, on the job training, study tours as also international attachment to provide exposure to the trainees on international best practices.
Dr Rajiv Ranade, Additional Director General (Administration), introduced the chief guest. Leena Shrivastav, Additional Director General (Induction) administered the oath of service to the newly promoted trainees.