GUWAHATI, March 11 - Press Information Bureau (PIB) Guwahati today organised a workshop for journalists titled ‘Vartalap’ in its office premises here on the subject ‘Income Tax Act and its application in tribal areas’.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General (North East Zone) of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia said proper dissemination of information regarding the Income Tax Act is very essential for clearing myths and misconceptions among the people.
Ningreirum Longua, Commissioner of Income Tax, appreciated the efforts of PIB in carrying out the awareness campaign on income tax.
Padmapani Bora, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, gave a detailed presentation on the peculiar issues relating to direct taxation and on the issues related to Section 10(26) of the 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 the north-eastern region has low banking coverage, people may inadvertently enter into the prohibited transactions and thus become exposed to penal provisions,” he added.
Bora said that the awareness campaign and other such workshops would help the people understand and avoid such prohibited transactions.
He also said 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.
Bidyasagar Narzary, former additional director general of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said it is every individual’s duty to pay taxes regularly. He urged everyone to pay taxes and to motivate others in this regard.
‘Vartalap’ was followed by inauguration of a week-long exhibition on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organised by the Regional Outreach Bureau, Guwahati.
Dhatwalia inaugurated the exhibition along with other dignitaries. The exhibition depicts the different stages of work and life of Mahatma Gandhi.
The exhibition will remain open for all from 11 am to 5 pm till March 17.