‘Success of govt scheme or policy depends upon proper dissemination of information’

SHILLONG, Feb 20: Press Information Bureau, Shillong on Wednesday organised a one-day workshop for journalists, Vartalap at Shillong Club in association with Shillong Press Club.

Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Shillong Ronmoy Das attended the workshop as the chief guest where journalists from across the district attended.

Das while appreciating the efforts of Press Information Bureau and Shillong Press Club in organising the sensitisation workshops for journalists and said that the success of any scheme or policy of the government depends upon proper dissemination of information to the masses.

In his address he also referred to the ongoing dedicated publicity campaign of the Income Tax Department, North East Region (NER) regarding income tax obligations of people in the region.

He said that there is a general incorrect impression that all incomes of tribal persons / non-individuals such as partnerships, LLPs, companies are exempted.

“In fact, it is only the income earned in the scheduled area by such tribal persons, which is exempt. Incomes of all entities other than individuals, and incomes of tribal persons outside scheduled areas, are subject to Income Tax,” Das said.

Allantry F Dkhar, political adviser to the Chief Minister, Meghalaya lauded the efforts of Press Information Bureau in holding such workshops to make people aware of the policies and schemes of the government.

Dkhar added that this kind of initiative will help in clearing the apprehensions of the tribal people regarding income tax.

He also advised the Income Tax department to venture into awareness campaign in local languages as well for the tribal people.

Dr Engame Pame, Director, ROB, Shillong, hinting upon the importance of well directed communication, said that proper dissemination of information among the people is the essential for any scheme of the government to be successful.

Pame added that a well informed press also helps to clarify doubts among the masses regarding government policies.

During the technical session, Anil Bhardwaj, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, gave a detailed presentation on the peculiar issues relating to Direct Taxation and on the issues related to section 10(26) of Income-tax Act with reference to Tribal areas.

Bhardwaj also highlighted various new provisions prohibiting certain types of transactions, particularly cash transactions, which attract stiff penalties.

“Since northeast has low banking coverage, people may inadvertently enter into the prohibited transactions and thus become exposed to penal provisions,” he said.

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.

The technical session was followed by an interactive session where the resource persons were able to clarify various queries of the journalists.

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