Nagpur: The Inaugural Ceremony of Induction Training for 71st batch of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers was held at the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur, on Saturday, 30th of December, 2017. Sushil Chandra, Chairman, Central Board Of Direct Taxes, New Delhi was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Faculty Members of NADT and Regional Training Institutes and Senior officers from the Income tax department and other departments in Nagpur were also present on the occasion.
The ceremony began at 11:00 A.M. with a group photograph of the batch with the Guests and Faculty followed by planting of saplings by the Chief Guest in the campus. The Chief Guest also inaugurated the Advanced Training Centre meant to provide state-of-the-art-training facilities. Rang Nath Jha, Principal Director General (Training), NADT, gave the welcome address. Sarita Kumari, Addl. Director & Course Director of the 71st batch presented the batch profile. Leena Srivastava, Additional Director General (Training)-3, NADT, presented the highlights of the 16 months long Induction Course. Rajeev Ranade, Additional Director General (Training)-1, NADT, administered the oath of allegiance to the Officer Trainees.
The 71st batch of Indian Revenue Service comprises of 158 Officer Trainees (OTs) including 52 lady OTs and two officers of Royal Bhutan Service. The batch represents 22 States and Union Territories. 22 % of the Officer Trainees are from rural background while the rest are from urban or semi-urban background. The largest contingent of Officer Trainees is from Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The Officer Trainees come with diverse educational qualifications with 54% of them from engineering background, and 20% from Humanities. Doctors represent 12% of the batch. The average age of the batch is 28 years with the youngest being 23 years. As many as 59% of the Officer Trainees have previous work experience having worked in State governments, Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Banks as well as in the private sector.
The 16 month training at NADT exposes the Officer Trainees to the fundamentals of Tax, Accounts and Accounting system and equips them with specialised inputs in Income Tax laws, jurisprudence and training in allied laws, including General Laws and business laws. After the initial months, advanced inputs in Financial Forensics and Cyber Forensics are given in order to provide the Officer Trainees with the skill sets required in Investigation in tax matters and financial crimes. Exposure to different aspects and means of tax evasion and money laundering is also given. With a view to provide better tax payer service, training in soft skills is given along with sensitisation towards Right to information. Different attachments to various statutory bodies in India e.g. attachment with RBI, SEBI and NSDL, expose the trainees to the different facets of tax administration. The International attachment of the Officer Trainees adds another aspect to the training by exposing them to the best practices prevailing in International tax regimes. Various components of training work in a sequential & holistic manner to help in transforming an Officer Trainee into a well-equipped public servant ready for being posted in the Income-tax department’s field offices across India as Assistant Commissioners.
Dr. Upsen D. Borkar, Associate Course Director-I of the Batch gave a brief introduction of the Chief Guest, Sushil Chandra, Chairman CBDT.
The Chief Guest delivered the inaugural address. In his address, Chandra welcomed the youngest members of IRS and invited them to join hands in nation building through the Income Tax Department. He advised the officer trainees to acquire core competence, dedication and integrity for effective discharge of their duties.
He stated that the organization needs officers who are firm but polite at the same time. He asked the officer trainees to be the agents of change and share innovative ideas for the betterment of organization as a whole and particularly taxpayer services.
He expressed his admiration on the excellent work done by many officers of the department and stated that several agencies such as IB, RAW etc. are seeking IRS officer to head their important formations. He advised the Officer Trainees to utilize these 16 months of training to the fullest to acquire skill-set that will accompany them as their armour for the rest of their career only to be upgraded with changing times. He also asked the officer trainees to try to work in diverse profiles within and outside the department and develop mastery in at least once functional domain so that they turn out to the most sought after officers of the organization.
The Chief Guest expressed his belief that the Officer Trainees of the 71st Batch will establish high standards of integrity and public service. He emphasized that the work of Income Tax Department actually sponsors the welfare of our countrymen and hence each officer must pledge to give one’s best to the people of India.
Prateek Kumar Mishra, Associate Course Director-II of the 71st Batch, proposed the vote of thanks.
The Inauguration ceremony witnessed rendering of Academy Song by the Academy Choir. The programme concluded with the National Anthem.