Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently outlined RAPID, the five-point mantra to the Indian tax officials to reform and broaden the direct tax net base. It was recently announced while inaugurating Rajasva Gyan Sangam, a two-day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators in New Delhi.
The new five point charter for tax administrators seeks to bring reform to country’s age old and redundant revenue administration, which still has a huge hangover of the British colonial legacy. It also seeks to make the tax system easier and accessible for the tax payers at the same time make it difficult to the defaulters who bend the system.
According to a statement issued from the prime minister's office (PMO), "The prime minister outlined a five point charter for tax administrators — RAPID... He stressed on the need for tax administrators to engender trust in the system".
The word RAPID means R for Revenue, A for Accountability, P for Probity, I for Information and D for Digitization.
This was also the first ever interaction senior tax officials in field have had with the prime minister as part of a two-day brainstorming conference 'Rajaswa Gyan Sangam'. Rajasva Gyan Sangam is a national platform that seeks to assess the performance of the year gone by and to deliberate on emerging issues without any hierarchical barriers. In the conference PM Modi urged officials to take it forward and transform it into a 'Karma Sangam', while also requesting the tax administrators to remove fear of harassment among taxpayers.
During the conference, PM Modi also motivated the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy. He also asked the senior tax officials to widen the tax payers base from the existing 5.4 crore to 10 crore households.