A WORD FROM CHAIRPERSON, CBDT
My Dear Members of the Aayakar Family,
On my elevation as Chairperson of CBDT, I take the first
opportunity to greet you all and thank you for your good wishes I
received during these days. I feel greatly humbled by the confidence
reposed in me for leading this great Service.
I am conscious of the fact that standards of performance set by my
predecessor have, indeed, been high and would warrant a whole-
hearted and concerted effort to match them.
As you all know, our Hon'ble Finance Minister, immediately after his
taking over the charge in August, 2012, gave us the guiding principles of
non-intrusive and non-adversarial tax administration, to be followed in
the day-to-day working and to create environment for voluntary
compliance. I am also conscious of the fact that the Hon'ble Finance
Minister has empowered us with adequate infrastructure, technological
enablement, compatible legislation and requisite manpower. The latest
restructuring of manpower thereby approving creation of 1349 posts in
IRS Cadre and 19402 posts in non IRS Cadres, totaling 20751 additional
posts in the department, is the epitome of support which he has
accorded us. The onus is on us now, to come up to the expectations put
on us by him and people of this country.
As tax collectors of the country, we have a pivotal role to play in national
growth. The huge target of budget collection, for the year 2012-13, may
not be an easy task but we should consider that the base of only about
3.5 crore assesses, a mere 2.9% of national population, wherein only
42,800 show annual income over Rs. One Crore, is too small for a
country like ours. For sure, potential for tax collection is much higher
than what we achieve at present.
While our endeavour would be to promote voluntary compliance and
provide a hassle-free service to the honest tax payers, we would also
need to focus on non-filers and stop-filers in order in order to enhance
the tax base and augment tax collection. We aim at achieving a tax
regulation regimen in India which can match the best in the world. I
have, thus, a legacy to uphold and develop it further so that the coming
batches of officers and staff feel proud of holding a position in this
I am fully aware that this department is full of talented, hard-working and
dedicated officers and members of staff and that is my biggest strength.
Believe me, I believe you and your potential and hope that each one of
you will rise to the occasion and prove yourself to be an effective
instrument in improving our working, in bringing about transparency and
in making objective, fair and quick decisions with ethical base and
humane touch. I want all of you to be `thinking' persons, with ingenuity
to think ways and means for the development of the Department and the
well-being of the nation. Together, we can not only chart the course set
for us, we can also take strides in a direction whereby every Indian
should feel proud of our services.
I extend my best wishes to you all.
(Dr. Sudha Sharma)