Vanaja N. Sarna





Dated- 21st April, 2017.


Dear Colleagues,

In this week’s newsletter I would like to highlight the importance of GST Awareness Campaign (GAC) of CBEC. As you are aware, this work is presently being done by NACEN in coordination with all the field formations in CBEC. I am happy to note that the Directorate General of Systems is creating an online dashboard for GAO which will be linked with the departmental website. This dashboard will have date wise and zone wise details of the GAC events that have been held or are planned to be held which will be very helpful to all stakeholders as they will be in a position to know in advance the location, venue, date and time of the GAC event being organised by CBEC.

This dashboard will also have a facility for departmental officers to upload the proposed location, venue, date and time of the GAO event being organised in their zone. Further, after the event is over, facility will also be given to the concerned field formations to upload a report of the event along with three or four photographs. I urge you all to make full use of this facility in these crucial months.

Recently, as part of the GST outreach activities, the Revenue Secretary had visited the States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to review the preparedness of the North Eastern Region for GST. In a programme, aptly named GST- Manthan, he addressed about 1000 members of industry, trade and professional associations and explained in detail about the various issues concerning GST and elaborated on the efforts being made for a smooth transition for trade and industry. He urged the taxpayers to quickly migrate to the GST regime by getting themselves registered.

Coming to the status of migration, as on date 73% of the existing Central Excise registrants and 34% of the existing Service Tax registrants have migrated. We are fast approaching the last date for completion of migration i.e. 30.04.2017. I urge all zonal Chief Commissioners to take necessary steps to assist all existing taxpayers in their migration to the new regime.

May I also take this opportunity to request all DDOs in CBEC to get registered in ‘Bhavishya Portal’which has been made mandatory from 1st January, 2017 for processing of all pension cases. Detailed instructions on various aspects of Bhavishya Portal are available at If any further help is required, the Nodal Officer – Shri Sanjiv Kumar Singh, Additional Director, DGHRD, may be contacted on 011-25761008.

Last, but certainly not the least, I welcome all the newly posted IRS probationers to their respective field formations. Being fresh out of training, you will be most instrumental in conducting the GAC of the department. I wish you all the very best for your future career.

With warm wishes,

Yours sincerely,

(Van Sarna)


All officers and staff of Central Board of Excise and Customs

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