Date: May 20, 2020
Dear President Sir,
Greetings from CA Prakash Mangilal Ahir !!!
I Hope you are safe & Healthy in this pandemic.
Sir, as we all are facing very tough & exceptional situation, where everyone at whatever level he/she may be, facing various issues for living a normal life. Since last week of March 2020 the Government has announced complete lockdown resulting in stopover of almost all the income sources.
We the Chartered Accountants are also known as the Partners in Nation Building and we have proved the same in true sense on various occasions. In this pandemic also, many of our members has completed the Statutory Bank Audits & Statutory Audits of the Insurance Companies which are PSUs even being in the Red & Orange Zone also keeping our duty first.
As one trivial Ant can disturb the Mammoth Elephant regardless of their incomparable size, this Covid-19 has also disrupted all of our members severely, specially new members in practice & newly qualified aspirants. We all are tried & continuing to give salaries to our staff even though paused the SIPs, other monthly commitments for savings & also availed the loan moratorium facility provided by the Bankers & burdened extra interest cost by applying for the same to avoid the non-payment of salaries to the office & household staff/helpers.
In this exceptional situation also we all the members came forward like a family & contributed collectively Rs. 21,00,00,000 to the PM Cares & various state Govt. funds to fight with this Covid-19 pandemic on the call given by the Central Council Committee of our Institute led by you. The members also came forward for the care of our members in difficulties by contributing to the Benevolent Fund (CABF) despite knowing that our mother institute is having huge reserves unutilized. But today everyone is worried & thinking about their severely hampered working capital structure to continue & stand up again to back in normal routine life. Operating the offices & managing all the financial commitments in this situation is really a backbreaker.
It is widely discussed between the members & unofficially by the office-bearers of the local branches too on the various social media platforms, when we say that we all are family members & operating proudly under the flag of ICAI, our Institute should also come forward like the head of the family & give a helping hand to the members and I think it is not wrong to expect something from our mother institute in this requisite time.
There are many CAs known to me, who are struggling in this pandemic, but not wish to put their name here as there are others too, to whom I don’t know. Below are a few situations, members facing, which I have witnessed:
As it is not justifiable to ask to do something without giving or coming with the workable plan, here I am sharing some of my thoughts which can be given due consideration:
These are some of the ideas I could summarize by my own thoughts as well as by discussion with other members.
Sir above is the inclusive list of issues known to me with various suggestions, there may be many other ways to offer a helping hand and also different issues faced by our members.
Concluding my letter, with the anticipation that you will surely take these suggestions with the positive spirit and come with the necessary measures to help the members at large, by breaking the Muffled voices of the members that ICAI office bearers neither cares about the members nor take member-friendly initiatives even after giving due suggestions.
It will be my pleasure to receive further communication to this letter.
CA Prakash Mangilal Ahir