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Modi asks new tax officers to be people-centric, enhance tax base

Modi discuss Budget, increasing the taxpayer base, and themes such as innovation and technology with IRS trainees

business Updated: Mar 21, 2017 18:28 IST
Raj Kumar Ray
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the trainees of the Indian Revenue Service in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the trainees of the Indian Revenue Service in New Delhi(PIB photo)

Highlighting the need to increase tax base and adopt new technology, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked young tax officials to be people-centric.

About 168 trainees of the Indian Revenue Service including two from the Bhutan Royal Service called on the Prime Minister.

“The Officer Trainees interacted with the Prime Minister on a range of subjects, including the recent Union Budget, increasing the taxpayer base, and themes such as innovation and technology.” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Modi exhorted the trainees “to work towards meeting the aspirations of the people”, it said.

The tax department has often been blamed for heavy handedness on honest taxpayers and unleashing “tax terrorism”.

The government is striving to shore up revenues as India’s Tax-GDP ratio is pretty low by international standards, which leaves little resources to be spent for productive investment in infrastructure.

India’s tax-GDP ratio was at 10.7 as compared with the OECD average of 34. United States has a tax:GDP ratio of 26 while it is 32 for UK, 36 for Germany and 43 for Sweden.