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Incorporate a 'sense of urgency' in your performance: PM exhorts officers

By Deepika

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted tax administrators to improve their work-culture as well as to incorporate both a "sense of urgency" and "measurability" in their performance.

Narendra Modi

He was addressing tax administrators of both Union and State governments at the Rajasva Gyan Sangam, an annual conference of both the Union and State Governments.

Mentioning the benefits of the GST, the Prime Minister said that besides economic integration of the country, and transparency in the system; more than 17 lakh new traders have been brought into the indirect tax system within two months.

The PM asked the officers to fix clear targets to improve the country's tax administration by 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence.

He said that the Union Government is working towards creation of an environment which shatters the confidence of the corrupt, and instills confidence and trust among the honest taxpayer. In this regard, he mentioned steps taken by the Union Government, such as demonetisation, and implementation of stringent laws against black money and benami property.

Modi expressed his dismay at the huge pendency of tax-related cases in adjudication and appeal. He said big sums of money that is locked up in these cases, could have been used for the welfare of the poor. He asked officers to come up with an action plan during the Rajasva Gyan Sangam, to eliminate pendency.

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