New Delhi, Jun 15: After undertaking a slew of measures to combat black money instances in the national and international arena, the Income Tax department has decided to catch the imagination of school-going children for creating awareness on the issue and building a social deterrence against such crimes.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy making body of the I-T department, has asked its field officers to visit schools and educational institutes and address students on the onerous responsibility of a good citizen to pay his or her due taxes to the government and inform them about the ills of black money either during their morning assembly or while taking lessons in classroom.
A strategy paper notified by the CBDT for the working of the department during the financial year 2015-16 has asked I-T regional heads to depute "young and dynamic officers/officials to visit schools to talk to children during morning assemblies or otherwise, may be with powerpoint presentation, and using historical stories to show how the concept of taxation is a very old one and also how/why it is relevant even today."
"The officers should emphasise how a rupee gained or collected by way of taxes is utlilised towards development of the country leading to nation building. The officers should discuss the importance of taxation and menace of black money or the parallel economy," the latest directive to the I-T officials said.
A senior official said the directives are meant to be "seriously" undertaken by the department and a compliance report in this regard will also be sought from them by the CBDT.