Warm New Year greetings to all my colleagues, Friends at the outset I would like to thank you all for having bestowed upon me the responsibility for leading this August Federation as a National President for the year 2022, I would like to thank the collegium for having shown their trust in me for the same. I would also like to Congratulate Advocate Pankaj Ghiya ji from Jaipur for being unanimously nominated as the Deputy President and all the NEC members who have been elected unanimously for the term 2022 & 2023.
Friends, we had organised a very successful National convention on 24th, 25th & 26th Dec., 2021 at Lucknow with a theme of “VIDYA DADATI VINAYAM”. Chief Guest of the function Sh. S. P. Singh Baghel, M.O.S Law & Justice along with our own Member Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court as Guest of Honour graced the inaugural function. In his inaugural Speech Professor Baghel appreciated the Federation for giving 18 members as Judges to High Court & further informed that during last “One Year” Government was instrumental in appointing 111 Judges to High Court & 11 Chief Justices since Country got Independence. He further promised to help to our fraternity while informing about allocation of 900 crores for infrastructure to Courts also. He also complemented by naming Justice Bindal as KUL SHIROMANI of our family of Federation. Justice Bindal while addressing the Audience lauded the Federation’s efforts in sharing of knowledge by Senior with all other Member. He also emphasized that knowledge of one increases by sharing knowledge with others & makes you humble it brings Competence & confidence & stressed the need for Federation Member to become Economic warriors by contributing to the Nation by giving proper advice to all Stakeholders including Government. After the successful valedictory session on 26th Dec., 2021 where in Past Presidents Shri P. C. Joshi, Smt. Prem Lata Bansal, Dr. Ashok Saraf, Smt. Nikita Badheka showered their blessings on convention organising team. Trip on 27th Dec., 2021 to Ayodhya was organised to get the blessing of Lord Ram Lala which was satisfactorily completed & appreciated by all visitors. Overall Lucknow convention was appreciated by all who attended including Technical sessions, Deliberations by Eminent speakers and Hospitality of Organising Team and of Hotel as well. Friends, outcome of this Programme besides appreciation by all, we had a good surplus in financial Term which has happened due to hard work and contribution of all Team Members and of NEC members also. Out of the Total Surplus of ₹ 6,46,000/-, We have allocated ₹ 2,50,000/- for the SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE, we have also given ₹ 1,25,000/- to AIFTP HO, ₹ 1,25,000/- to AIFTP North Zone, ₹ 21,000/- to ROTI Bank, Varanasi and Balance has been distributed to the partnering associations The U. P. Tax Bar Association, Punjab Tax Bar Association, Lucknow Income Tax Bar Association, G.S.T Bar Association, Varanasi and Ghaziabad Bar Association.
Friends the year of 2022 is coming with hopes & aspirations amongst all. After a long pandemic situation, a fresh wave at Lucknow happened & again we are little slowed down physically but not mentally & soon after speedy Recovery Rate across the country we shall bounce back with Physical Programmes.
As we move into the new year, we are still in the midst of the third wave of the COVID Pandemic and keeping that in view, I have decided to continue the COVID Relief Committee and members are requested to take benefit of the scheme already in vogue. Besides the above we have formed a Social Responsibility Committee headed by Smt. Anupama Gandhi comprising all Lady Members under the advice & guidance of Past President Dr. Ashok Saraf. The purpose behind this committee is to serve the under privileged & to help to improve the basic infrastructure of schools especially in Rural / Remote / Tribal Areas & this shall be possible only with the Active Participation of A.I.F.T.P. Members.
Friends, we have planned a series of Conferences and programmes throughout the year, starting with the First NTC with NEC which is proposed to be held in Kolkata on 26th and 27th February, 2022 along with a Ganga Sagar Tour, The Eastern Zone Chairman, Mr. Sanjeev Anwar and Conference Chairman Achintya Bhattacharjee have assured us that the Conference will be a combination of Education & Spiritual Attainment as well.
International Committee is headed by Mr. Sanjay Kumar who has already plans for International Tour in the year 2022. All other committees have also been formed & from 15th of January, all committees shall be working to its fullest in the interest of Federation.
The second Conference is planned to be held in Surat in April, 2022 and the Western Zone Chairman CA. Mitish Modi is quite geared up to welcome us all. I personally would like to request all the members to register in large numbers and make the conferences a grand success.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Hon’ble Finance Minister for having accepted our request who has extended the due dates for filing Audit Reports and Income Tax Returns, giving the much needed relief to Tax Practitioners and the assesses in these hard times of the pandemic.
Friends we are also awaiting the Union Budget which would be presented by the Hon’ble Finance Minister on 1st February, 2022, Our DTR/INDTR Committees are in the process of submitting a pre-budget memorandum to the ministry of Finance and we are quite hopeful that our views shall be considered by the Government in a fruitful manner.
I once again wish you a very “HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY’’ to be celebrated with “AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV”
With Best Wishes
D. K. Gandhi
National President, AIFTP