Daneswar Goyary, EM, BTC attended the workshop as the chief guest where journalists from across Kokrajhar district attended.
Daneswar Goyary appreciated the efforts of PIB and BTC administration in organizing sensitization workshop for journalists and said that the success of any scheme or policy of the government depends upon proper dissemination of information to the masses.
He added that this kind of initiative will help in clearing the apprehensions of the tribal people regarding income tax. He also opined that more such workshops can be organized to make the general masses aware of the government schemes through the help of the media.
Director General, NE Zone, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia hinting upon the importance of well directed communication, said that proper dissemination of information among the people is essential for any scheme of the government to be successful.
He added that a well informed press also helps to clarify doubts among the masses regarding government policies.
He added that his ministry is constantly in the effort to make the general masses aware of the government schemes, policies and programme through its various departments.
During the technical session, Anil Bhardwaj, additional commissioner, Income Tax, gave a detailed presentation on the peculiar issues relating to Direct and Indirect Taxations including TDS and on the issues related to section 10(26) of Income-tax Act with reference to tribal areas.
He also highlighted various new provisions prohibiting certain types of transactions, particularly cash transactions, which attract stiff penalties. Since north-eastern region has low banking coverage, people may inadvertently enter into the prohibited transactions and thus become exposed to penal provisions, he added.
He said, “The awareness campaign, and this workshop in particular will help the people understand and avoid such prohibited transactions.”
He also added that ‘The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016’ imposes obligations on taxpayers and others not to indulge in certain types of transactions or to report such transactions.
This workshop seeks to spread awareness about such laws and prohibitions and obligations there under, he added.
This is for the first time that such dedicated campaign has been launched in the Northeast for the benefit of the tax payers in the region.
Dr J Ahmed, joint director of Health Services, Kokrajhar and Sanjay Sen, assistant director, Agriculture Department gave a detailed presentation of their respective departments, where they highlighted the state and central sponsored welfare schemes that are being run by the government for the benefit of the masses.
The workshop was also attended by BTC additional principal secretary Jolly Das Brahma, secretary Bhabani Prasad Sarma, officials of the Income Tax Department of Guwahati and Bongaigaon, officials of Press Information Bureau, Guwahati, and officials of the BTC Secretariat and other district level state government officials.