SRINAGAR: The State Taxes Department of Government of J&K UT has been awarded SKOCH Award 2023 in Silver category for its successful implementation of GST.
On this occasion, Commissioner STD J&K Dr Rashmi Singh applauded the efforts of the department in ensuring successful implementation of GST. She said that winning SKOCH Award is a significant accomplishment and reflects the dedication and hard work of the the whole team of employees of the department in both divisions of UT. She further added that this shall serves as a source of inspiration for others who are working towards similar goals.
During previous financial year, the department launched several initiatives to increase taxpayer awareness, including seminars, workshops, and outreach programs to educate taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities.
The State Taxes Department also stepped up its efforts to crack down on tax evasion, including conducting stock checking, inspections and audit to identify and penalise tax evaders.
Further, the department implemented a range of technological solutions, including the use of data analytics, BIFA, artificial intelligence, machine learning to automate tax administration processes and improve the efficiency of the tax system.
The Commissioner State Taxes Department J&K Dr Rashmi Singh (IAS) conducted various outreach programmes, engaged with taxpayers, understood their concerns, thereby helping build trust and improve communication between the State Taxes Department and the people it serves.
This resulted in awareness and understanding of tax laws and regulations. Dr. Rashmi Singh time and again reiterated that, “interaction with taxpayers offers clear and accessible information about tax requirements and procedures, thereby helping ensure that taxpayers are able to comply with the law and avoid potential penalties. At the same time, this helps in identifying areas where the tax system may need improvement or where there may be opportunities to make the process more efficient and user-friendly.”
The SKOCH Award, instituted in 2003, recognizes excellence in governance, inclusive growth, and other social and economic initiatives across India. The award recognizes projects and initiatives that have made a significant impact in improving the lives of people in the country.
The SKOCH Award in Silver category is a prestigious recognition that signifies that the project or initiative has achieved a high level of success and has demonstrated innovation, scalability, and sustainability.