Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, inaugurated ‘Kendriya GST Parisar’, a residential project for officers and staff of CGST Mumbai Zone under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
The Finance Minister ceremonially handed over the keys to the first five allottees, who are officers of different ranks and cadres of the CBIC.
Kendriya GST Parisar is a spacious residential project with well thought layout and located at one of the most preferred locations In Navi Mumbai. The project sits at a crossroads of connectivity to major avenues of Mumbai and Pune and has quick and easy access to hospitals and Educational Institutes.
Addressing the gathering, FM expressed special appreciation to former Chairman of CBIC and his team for taking up the project and getting it cleared and executed. Sitharaman said that it gives her immense satisfaction to be in places where projects for welfare of Finance Ministry’s field formations are taken up and completed.
“it is exemplary and proves that government organisations can excel and compete with the private sector as well. Today is a rare occasion when a project is completed within time and cost, without compromising quality and keeping the future in mind”, she said.
Speaking about the achievements of CBIC, the FM added, “You keep doing good work, generating revenues, you are noticed for it, PM made a special appreciative mention recently on level of GST revenues”.
She also spoke about the need for training CBIC officials for better utilization of Artificial Intelligence, Data-analytics, IoT and other technologies to identify fraudulent practices, such as detection of tax evasion. Sitharaman was appreciative of the Central Intelligence Unit team of CGST Mumbai Zone for fantastic data analysis and mining tools used for large scale tax evasion resulting in big recovery and booking of offenders. He also lauded the effort of the department to take care of future needs and development required for the second phase for welfare of officers and staff.
Union Minister of State Finance Pankaj Chaudhary was also present on the occasion. Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj, CBIC Chairman Vivek Johri, Member (Administration) of CBIC Sungita Sharma, Principal Chief Commissioner CGST Mumbai Zone Ashok Kumar Mehta and other senior officers from CBIC and officers and staff from CGST Mumbai Zone Mumbai zone were present amongst the dignitaries.