Prasad inaugurates ITAT circuit bench in Doon
The Union minister of Law and Justice inaugurated the circuit bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in the presence of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Union minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and ITAT chairman justice PP Bhatt here on Thursday.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Prasad said that he has a special attachment with Uttarakhand. Stating that the establishment of the ITAT circuit bench in Dehradun is in interests of the state, he said that it will also benefit income tax applicants and advocates. He also announced provision of Wi-Fi at the Dehradun airport on the occasion. He said, “To make the nation economically strong and take it ahead on the developmental path, it is vital for all to pay their taxes honestly. Out of the 130 crore population of India, only about nine crore people pay tax. There are only 2,000 professionals in the country who show their income to be Rs one crore while in the past four years, four crore people went abroad. Similarly, about 2.50 crore people bought new cars. There are only about 50,000 people who show their income to be above Rs 10 lakh. We will have to really think about paying taxes honestly. The government of India has taken major decisions in favour of tax payers. Now, after October 31, any tax payer will be sent notice only in the digital format. A committee of three income tax commissioners has been formed for fixing the penalty. On the lines of the Prime Minister’s vision of reform, perform and transform, we are moving ahead for tax reforms and an inclusive India.”
The union minister further said that today 121 crore people in India have mobile phones. Accounts operated on fake names have been closed, leading to savings of Rs 1.40 crore. In addition to providing electricity connection to all villages, optical fibre lines have been laid in 2.50 lakh Nyay Panchayats which will help bring the whole nation on the network. So far, six nations have accorded national honours to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under Modi’s leadership the nation is moving ahead at a swift pace on the developmental path with the prestige of the nation also rising in the international fraternity. Referring to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he reiterated that it grants citizenship to the religiously persecuted minorities and is not meant to take away Indian citizenship. Regarding those protesting against the act, he said that one can try and even succeed in waking up someone who is asleep but it is futile to trye and take up someone pretendeing to be asleep.
Speaking to the occasion, CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that with the establishment of the ITAT, applicants and lawyers will not need to travel to Delhi repeatedly. Now, their issues will get resolved on time and for lesser expenditure. Rawat said that aware citizens paying their taxes honestly play an important role in facilitating the development of the nation and the state.
ITAT chairman justice PP Bhatt said that the establishment of the circuit bench will benefit the tax payers in the state. Documents of 880 appeals related to the state have been brought from Delhi here. He assured that these appeals will be redressed soon.
Friday, 28 February 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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