The new team has completed nearly one and a half months from the date of assuming office to serve the fraternity and in the span of this one and a half months, various zones have organised many events with dedication, zeal and enthusiasm.

We started the year with a bash. An International Mini Study tour was organised to Bangkok-Pattaya from 30th January to 2nd February, 2019. The tour was a grand success with around 55 delegates from different cities. The delegates who participated in the tour had a great time together, with some important discussions in the meeting and greatly benefitted by the technical session held at Pattaya.

A two day National Tax Conference was organised by the West Zone of the Federation in the city of Aurangabad, which is famous for the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, the 12th Jotirling as per Hinduism believes, seventeen century marble Bibi ka Maqbara Shrine, styled on the Taj Mahal, nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum and the Aurangabad Caves comprising ancient, rock-cut Buddhist shrines. The conference, which consisted of five technical sessions, was undoubtedly successful in spreading education amongst the members, keeping them updated about the important recent issues of Direct Tax and GST.

Further, many one day seminars were organised by various zones of the Federation where, I am told, that a large number of delegates participated. It is a bright sign for the Federation that the participations in such events are growing significantly day-by-day.

The North Zone of the Federation has organised a Prayagraj Kumbh Darshan Programme from 2nd to 4th March, 2019 wherein arrangements have been made for stay for as many as 100 delegates which includes Kumbh Darshan and talks and discussions on professional spiritual issues. I am sure that the same would be a historical event for the members of the Federation and I appeal to the members to take part in the same.

The next two day National Tax Conference is going to be held at Ranchi on 6th and 7th April, 2019. I can gladly inform you all that a large number of delegates have already registered themselves for the conference and I am sure that in the coming days, the number of delegates would break all records. The organizing committee as well as Shri Anand Pasari, present Secretary General is working very hard to make the conference a magnificent and successful one.

Brothers and Sisters, from the very first day of taking over as the National President of the Federation, I have been stating in various events, that professional ethics and discipline are the most important virtues required for a successful working of the Federation. Professional ethics and discipline encompass the personal and corporate standards of behaviour expected by professionals like us. I request all the members of the Federation to follow professional ethics and not to do any such thing which may tear the thread of brotherhood and fellowship amongst the members.

Lastly and most importantly, very recently, our country has faced a horrific and dastardly terror attack on Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama region wherein a large number of 44 CRPF soldiers of our country lost their lives. We are deeply shocked by such cowardly attack of the terrorists. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families. My thoughts are with the victims and I pray Almighty for the peace of the noble souls of the martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the cause of our motherland. We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. Terrorism is a cancer in the region and it requires collective efforts to root it out.

I thank you all for your kind support and co-operation and looking forward for similar support in future to work for the cause of the Federation.

Date : 19-02-2019

Dr. Ashok Saraf
National President