The income tax department Ludhiana will be launching a school for the underprivileged students, said Binay K Jha, the chief commissioner of income tax department during the inauguration of an art exhibition of paintings made by students of close to 100 schools of Ludhiana at the Grand Walk Mall office of the department.
Speaking on the occasion CCIT Jha said, "On Income Tax Day i.e. 24th July 2018, the schoolchildren from senior and junior wings of around 100 Schools of Ludhiana participated in a painting competition titled "Swatchcha Bharat Samriddha Bharat". As promised at that time we are now organising an exhibition of the winning paintings which are more than 300 in number and this exhibition is open to public and schools, school children and their parents up to September 19th"
Explaining the main motive behind setting up the schools, Jha said, "We are soon going to launch another initiative which is the establishment of a school for the children in Rishi Nagar, who do not have access to education. This school will be supported by the department and its employees under the 'Slum to Scholar' initiative where some leading schools have agreed that their students would be ready to forgo a pizza a month and with the money saved being pulled to support the education of children of migrant labour and others who cannot afford education. For this initiative, the industry has also come forward to support the program that will provide school and even skill development technical training to the children who complete class 10 so that they can become self-dependent. The aim is to cover around 35000 such children in the near future. The officers and staff of the Income Tax Department, Ludhiana have agreed to voluntarily support the initiative"
The Income Tax Department has further stated that an award ceremony will also be organised and best painting award will be given to the students across different categories. The event will be held on the concluding day of the event. Other senior IT officials present on the inauguration ceremony included Principal Commissioners of Income-Tax, Ludhiana, R Bhama, DS Chaudhary, Avdhesh Kumar Mishra and Rajeev Ranjan Singh, Commissioners of income tax (Appeals) Ludhiana, Alok Kumar, Pirthi Lal, Abha Rani Singh, Parvinder Kaur, Additional and Joint Commissioners Ritesh Parmar, Rajinder Kaur, AK Dhir, Manav Bansal, B K Singh, Apul Jaiswal.