The Elets National Revenue Summit, a two-day residential event, recently concluded on September 16th at the LaLit in Jaipur. This summit was organised by Elets Technomedia, hosted by the Government of Rajasthan, and received support from key state departments including the Department of Mines & Geology, the Department of Information Technology and Communications, the Department of Commercial Taxes, the Department of Transport & Road Safety, and iSTART. It featured two days of insightful discussions and knowledge exchange centred around the theme of “Boosting Economic Growth through Effective Revenue Management.”
The event focused on enhancing economic growth through effective revenue management. The distinguished gathering at the summit included the Programme Mentor and Chief Guest, Shri Akhil Arora (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Finance, Excise & Taxation, Government of Rajasthan, and Programme Chair, Shri K.K. Pathak (IAS), Secretary, Department of Finance (Revenue), Government of Rajasthan, as well as tax administrators and industry experts from across the state.
The summit witnessed the launch of the much-anticipated eGov magazine, a comprehensive publication featuring insightful articles, interviews, and columns on taxation and revenue management by the country’s top tax administrators. This launch served as a testament to the commitment of the summit towards fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration in the field of revenue management.
The event’s core focus revolved around keynote addresses, engaging panel discussions, and informative case studies. The panel discussions covered crucial topics, including: Modernising Revenue Systems through Digital Transformation, Tax Simplification: Journey So Far & The Road Ahead, Challenges & Opportunities in Revenue Augmentation, Building the Foundation of an Efficient Land Revenue & Registration System among others.
Shri Akhil Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Excise & Taxation, Government of Rajasthan, emphasised the evolving landscape of contract laws and the need for a deep understanding of revenue and regulatory processes. He stated, “The major difference between the mental and social departments and revenue or regulatory departments is that our job becomes slightly tougher because we are dealing with statutes.”
Shri K. K. Pathak, Secretary Finance (Revenue) Department, Government of Rajasthan, highlighted the interdependence of revenue and the state’s economic prowess. He said, “Revenue and State are interlinked and both fulfill the needs of each other. Kautilya’s Arthashastra also highlights that the state’s sovereignty has more to do with its economic prowess than its political power.”
Dr. Ravi Gupta, Founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of eGov magazine – Pvt Ltd, underlined the challenges faced by government organisations in revenue collection and management. He stated, “The challenge lies in finding ways to increase and maximise revenue, as well as in conducting thorough analyses to transform data into actionable information and knowledge.”
The Elets National Revenue Summit provided a unique platform for departments responsible for revenue matters to come together, engage in open discussions, and share valuable insights. The event’s success underscores its commitment to advancing the field of revenue management and, in turn, fostering economic growth.