Western India Regional Council of
The Institute of Chartered Accountants Of India

Chairman's Communication

Chairman WIRC

Respected Members,
A New Year always comes with the promise and hope of better times to come. Let us welcome 2018 by gearing up for the tremendous professional opportunities that will beckon us in this New Year.

A very eventful December saw us meet top Government Officials, Regulators and academicians from various sectors who shared their views and expectations from us towards good governance.

We met and made representations to Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, IAS, Hon’ble Finance Secretary, Govt. of India; Shri Sushil Chandraji, Hon'ble Chairman, CBDT, and members from CBEC.

We interacted with Smt. Sangeeta Godbole, DG, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) wherein we discussed the importance of our professional inputs towards promoting India’s Financial Services.

The First Vice President of Lions Clubs International, Ms. Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir, addressed women members at our Women Empowerment Conference.

We organised a training programme on GST for the CGST Department in the presence of Shri Ganesh Havanur, Commissioner, CGST & CEX, Audit, Thane.

We also held seminars on Forensic Audit; Auditing and Assurance Standards; CSR; Code of Conduct and Ethics; International Taxation; Arbitration & Conciliation; Ind AS, filing of appeals before Hon'ble CIT(A) & ITAT, Insolvency, Infrastructure Industry and TDS which were well received by attending members.

Our International Conference was hosted in Mumbai at Hotel Sahara Star and saw the presence of a galaxy of international dignitaries.

We organised study meetings and courses on RERA, BFSI, IFRS, ISA & FAFP and lecture meetings on ‘Change The Bank (CTB)’ by CA. Ajay Agarwal from the UK Chapter of ICAI and on ‘Stinging Implications of Benami Law’ by CA. Ashwani Taneja, Hon’ble Ex-ITAT Member.

Our ‘Mega Event on Direct & Indirect Taxes’ was addressed by Dr. Sibichen K. Mathew, IRS, CIT (Appeals), Chennai.

Shri Satish Mahana, Hon’ble Minister for Infrastructure & Industrial Development, Government of Uttar Pradesh and CA. P. K. Bansal, Hon’ble Vice President, ITAT, Mumbai; Shri R. K. Gupta, IRS, DG, IT, Pune; Shri Pramod Kumar, Pr. CIT-1, Thane; Shri Krishna, Pr. CIT-2, Thane, gave their valuable insights at our ‘Mega Conclave on Direct Tax & GST’.

WIRC hosted the National Conference for CA Students organised by WICASA, on the theme ‘Nurturing Values & Integrity- Attaining Excellence in Professional Pursuits’ which was attended by 1,100 students. CA. G. S. Pannu, Hon’ble ITAT Member, Mumbai, addressed the future CAs and Shri Rajendra, Hon’ble ITAT Member, Mumbai, spoke on ‘Post-Qualification Opportunities’ for CA students.

I congratulate CA. Balkishan Agarwal, Chairman, WICASA, for his untiring efforts along with the committee members of WICASA for this well organised Conference.

The S. Vaidyanathan Iyer Memorial Lecture on ‘Stress Management & Communications Skills’ showed the way to achieve success by improving communication skills while the Girish Kulkarni Memorial Lecture on ‘Facing Challenges – The Bhagavad Gita Way’ saw Shri Indradyumana Das; Shri Amitasana Das and CA. Sreesha Govinda Das give practical insights for facing and overcoming challenges.

We visited the Baroda and Bhavnagar branches and were pleased by the enthusiasm of the Branch members. I once again wish all members and students a Happy 2018 and all the success and prosperity in times to come.

With Warm Regards,
CA. Vishnu Agarwal


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