First Message from Sh. M.C.Joshi, CBDT Chairman

CHAIRMAN

CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES

My dear Members of the Aayakar Parivar,

 In my first message to the Aayakar family, let me start on a philosophical note by quoting Bertrand Russell:

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.

 

This is simply because the department will grow only with the effort and determination of all the members as a whole and not due to an individual per se.  This is borne out of my long years of experience and bonding with you all and the deep sense of brotherhood that pervades amongst us.  To improve and move forward we must introspect and observe.

 During the past few days, I had extensive deliberations and meaningful discussions in the Board with my colleagues in the  CBDT on the way forward.  The mandate before us is for a substantive improvement in all areas of common concern coupled with use of technology and innovation to boost revenue resources and to take the department forward towards the realization of our Vision Statement.

Our  Revenue  Collection  target for  the  present  fiscal  stands at over Rs. 5.32 lakh crores which has been increased by 10% by the Hon’ble FM.  I would like to call upon every member of the Aayakar Parivar to take on the call of duty and put in their best efforts for the attainment of the revised target.  I know it is difficult, however nothing is impossible and I am confident that the officers will rise to the occasion.

I do understand that the other main challenges before us relate to Cadre Management, Manpower mobilization and resource allocation for fulfillment of the Action Plan objectives.  This is the time to put an end to the rhetoric and to work selflessly towards the common objectives of the organization.  I would like to re-emphasise the role of each one of us in attaining our collective objectives.  Let us not forget what the Father of the Nation said:

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

              Mahatma Gandhi

 The Chief Commissioners of each region are expected to be the pioneers for their Action Plan Targets pertaining to their respective regions.  In my task ahead, I will be consulting the Chief CsIT of each region who are the custodians of each region to find out ways and means to augment the Revenue Collection and render better tax payer services.  Decentralization and effective communication coupled with a high degree of inter personnel relationships contribute to the building of a healthy and harmonious organization committed to its stated objectives.  I would expect our organization to be the role model in this effort.

            Staff welfare and Housing is a subject which is dear to my heart.  I extol upon the administrative Commissioners to ensure that  substantial welfare measures are put in to place in their respective charges and wherever required proposals be sent to the Board for immediate action.  I would personally ensure that the Directorate of Income Tax(Infrastructure) takes up these matters without any delay.

            I wish the Aayakar Parivar the very best in the times ahead.  The officers and staff should work without fear or favour and contribute to the achieving of the key Action Plan targets.  Let us envisage in the times ahead, a department that is futuristic and responsive in providing better Tax Payer services while achieving its target of collecting revenue.

            I wish to add that I am open to constructive suggestions from all quarters for the improvement of the organization.  Let Noble thoughts and deeds engulf us from all directions.  I wish to conclude my message  with the famous words of Rabindra Nath Tagore wherein he says:

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

Where words come from the depth of truth…………..”

             With warm regards,

[ M C JOSHI ]

16.8.2011

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