JAMMU, Jan 12: Manoj Pal Singh, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Srinagar and Mona Singh, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (ReFAC), Jammu presented a book ‘Mulaqaat’ on Taxpayer Outreach Programme in J&K and Ladakh to LG of J&K Manoj Sinha.
The book documents the interactive sessions conducted by the Income Tax Department in J&K and Ladakh.
It was on the call of the Finance Minister, that the Income Tax Department has conducted outreach programmes, titled ‘Mulaqaat’ with all the stakeholders of the J&K in all districts of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh 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.
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 Finance Minister of the Government of India, Nirmala Sitharaman and LG of J&K, Manoj Sinha in the form of the book, ‘Mulaqaat’.
Each ‘Mulaqaat’ enriched the officers of the Department as they directly connected with the public and listened to their experience with the Income Tax Department, taxpayer services, the recent technological advancements and their aspirations from the upcoming Union Budget. Furthermore, a unanimous demand for organisation of more such Taxpayers’ Awareness Campaigns and Interactive Sessions was made by the locals in each and every district.
The local youth of each district requested that beyond horticulture (on which majority of the population depends) further opportunities of Employment be generated. The locals requested for early completion of ongoing projects to save costs and construction of mini hydel power projects for supplementing power generation of Kashmir. Issues of rehabilitation centres and preventive measures to save the local youth from the peril of drug addiction were also raised.