All the Chartered Accountants, whether in practice or in industry, are normally busy in the month of September & October with the finalization of accounts and tax filings. With the due dates of Tax Audit, ITR & ROC filing extended, we all can now spare some time for our own self and most importantly for our family. Let us also enjoy the much awaited festival – NAVRATRI! Navratri is our state’s famed celebration festival and we all can celebrate it this year with utmost care, duly following the government COVID related guidelines.
September is historically a slow-paced month as far as activities of the branch are concerned. But this year, activities at Ahmedabad branch are at full-blown pace. The month started with a bang with the launch of 6 day “Direct Tax Series”, with all relevant topics and best of the faculties and was attended by 350+ participants. We also conducted a special master class on procedures related to Export of Services under GST, FTP and FEMA in association with SEPC (Services Export Promotion Council). Special thanks to Past President of ICAI CA Sunil Talati sir, also the Vice Chairman of SEPC, for all the support. Post the launch of the Finance & Tax Literacy Drive last month, we conducted a special outreach training program with the employees of Bank of Baroda (BOB) which was attended by more 700+ employees of BOB Pan India. Apart from various technical seminars throughout the month, your branch was the first branch in the country to conduct a special session on the newly launched Forensic Accounting and Investigation Standards. The much awaited 5- day “RERA Series” was launched and received phenomenal response with participants from all over the state registering for this exhaustive RERA series. Hon'ble Chairman of Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRera), Dr. Amarjit Singhji, IAS, inaugurated the first of its kind “RERA Helpdesk” at Ahmedabad Branch. This helpdesk will definitely assist the members in getting quick resolution to their queries and support them in discharging their functions under RERA. The month of September also saw the First Ever WOMEN RRC hosted by Ahmedabad Branch – Kudos to CA Anjali Choksi and entire Women Empowerment committee at branch for their efforts in making it a roaring success. We also had a very special meeting on Investment & Capital market with renowned market expert Shri Saurabh Mukherjea.
MOMENT OF PRIDE FOR AHMEDABAD BRANCH – LETTER FROM HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER OF GUJARAT TO APPRECIATE MOVEMENT 73
I am extremely delighted and excited to share that Ahmedabad Branch has received a letter of Appreciation from Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel for the nationwide Mega Health & Fitness Initiative of our branch – MOVEMENT 73. I am thankful to CA Jainik Vakil, Revenue Committee Chairman, AMC and past Chairman of Ahmedabad Branch for all his support in getting this recognition. When the entire nation was dreaded by the second wave of COVID-19, we took this initiative to utilize the months of April, May and June to give time to ourselves, focus on health and take learnings from the pandemic to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay connected with each other. A movement, participated by 4,000+ Chartered Accountants, CA Students and their family members spread across 24 states & 250+ cities of the country and even internationally from USA, UAE, Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Netherlands & Germany and 86 ICAI branches joining us, would always inspire and motivate each one of us to take utmost care of our health.
The month of October promises to be a very enriching month with lot of sessions planned for the members on technical areas like Trusts, GST, Company law, Income Tax, FEMA and also a first ever Residential refresher course on Direct Tax (at ITC Maratha, Mumbai – 22nd to 24th October). As you would have by now realized that the activities of the branch have been synchronized and planned from the beginning of my term as the Chairman and we are conducting all events in line with our theme – Ideation, Collaboration, Adaptability and Innovation. In these uncertain times, let’s stay connected and help each other to the maximum extent possible. Ahmedabad Branch is always with you and we are all always available for any assistance / support that you or your family members may require. We would urge you to stay connected and continue to provide your unstinting support to all the endeavors of the Branch.
On October 2, 2021, we will celebrate the birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’ – Mahatma Gandhi. There are many lessons from the Gandhian way of life that we can adopt in our lives. The one Gandhi thought that has made an everlasting impression on me is: ‘Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served’. In today’s fast and frenzied age, we are totally immersed in providing service to our clients or the organization where we work, but the question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘Are we happy with what we are doing’? If the work that we are doing gives us pleasure and satisfaction, that is a big motivating factor which keeps us going. It is rightly said that ‘all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy’. So let us work with this mindset of joy and enjoyment for ourselves, motivate our staff and students to enjoy what they are doing.
With best regards,
CA Harit Dhariwal
Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC of ICAI