I hope this communication finds you and your family members are safe and healthy.
Friends, Covid-19 vaccination drive is in full swing in the Country. I hope all of you including your family members got vaccinated. I request you all to encourage your relatives and friends to get vaccinated, so that we can get immunity from so called third wave as being cautioned by many medical experts.
I am extremely happy to inform you that, the new membership applications received from 15th February, 2021 to 15th July, 2021 have crossed 1,000 and overall membership of AIFTP has also crossed 10,000 (Reduced membership fee was effective from 15th February, 2021). All the new applications received after NEC meeting are subject to approval of NEC. The new membership fee has been increased to Rs.5,000 + Expenses + GST w.e.f., 16th July,2021, as decided by the NEC. I am very much thankful to all the National and Zonal Officer Bearers, NEC Members, all the Committees and all the other members of the AIFTP, who have motivated the new members to join AIFTP Family. I do hope efforts for strengthening the Federation will be continued forever.
In my earlier communication, I have informed you that we have initiated a COVID Relief Fund under the Chairmanship of our Past President Dr. Ashok Saraf. Some esteemed members of AIFTP have contributed generously. We have already received contributions of more than Rs.55 lacs from our members for providing financial assistance to the needy members as per the Scheme guidelines. I am very much thankful to the members who have shown their generosity while making contributions to the scheme. I request other members also to contribute generously for the good cause taken up by AIFTP.
We have also decided to commence the AIFTP Members Benevolent Fund to help the needy members of the Federation. The NEC has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri. Ganesh Purohit, Past President for preparation of guidelines of the scheme for the benefit of the members.
All the zones are regularly conducting webinars on different topic with versatile speakers. I request all the Zones Chairmen, Vice Presidents, Jt. Secretaries and all eminent leaders in the Federation to plan physical programmes in their respective areas in grand manner for the benefit of the Tax Fraternity following Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Governments from time to time.
AIFTP is organising the National Tax Moot Court Competition in the memory of Padma Vibhushan Late Dr. N. A. Palkhivala, Senior Advocate, in association with Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. The same will be organised on virtual mode. Further details and the dates of the competition will be intimated in due course of time.
Friends, as you all are aware this year is the election year of the Federation. We have to conduct National as well as Zonal Elections for electing new members to the National Executive and Zonal Management Committees. The NEC has appointed Dr. Ashok Saraf, Past President as Chief Election Officer for conducting National and Zonal elections for the years 2022-2023. The Chief Election Officer, with the help of 5 Zonal Election Officers will conduct elections at the appropriate time and manner as required under the Constitution of AIFTP. I request you all to co-operate with the Elections Officers in discharging their duties efficiently.
I would take this opportunity to greet you all on the occasion of 74th Independence Day of India on 15th August, 2021. At the end I appeal to you all to stay safe during the current time which we are all passing through.
M. Srinivasa Rao
National President, AIFTP