On behalf of myself and entire managing committee, I wish you and your family Happy Diwali and A Prosperous New Year. It’s our heartfelt wishes that the new year brings more and more prosperity to your life.
"If you do not vote, you lose the right to complain"
There can be many such quotes which I may mention in my message. But my enlightened members do not need more of preaching. The year 2018 brings along with it the Central & Regional Council Elections. The ICAI and the candidates will be reaching out to you for casting your votes. As a Chairman, it’s my earnest request to all the members to come and vote. The voting dates are 7th & 8th December 2018. There are two voting centre this time and the details of your respective voting centre will be communicated to you. Even after being the most qualified and educated class of the society, the voting percentage every year is a paltry 40% – 45%. We must improve upon this voting ratio. We must also ensure that Ahmedabad gets the appropriate representation in the Regional & Central Council, whether it be in numbers or in quality. The members must be self motivated to select their leaders and in turn must motivate other members.
The month of October was very active and hectic for Branch. The due dates were to be adhered to by members and this month was no different. However the learning did not stop. The sessions on GST Audit, GST Returns and GST compliances continued throughout the month. The different flavored session of the month was a Lecture Meeting on Mergers & Acquisition and IND AS. The hunger of members is not dying down and as a matter of fact the participation is now reaching its peak in all the sessions. GST Audit is the game changer and there has been no bigger and better opportunity than this for practitioners after the introduction of Income Tax Audit in the year 1984. The members are also not relenting and session after session on GST Audit is being attended by members in huge numbers. This is really motivating for us and we assure that not a single member willing to learn GST Audit will be left out in this mammoth exercise.
There are two batches of FAFD (Forensic Accounting & Fraud Detection) Courses being conducted by ICAI at Ahmedabad. This new and upcoming practice area has become very popular among members. The month also witnessed the Grand Navratri Celebrations. There was a huge turnout at the event and the registrations were closed for the event. The CA and the CA students danced away to the Garba tunes and welcomed the Goddess of Power and Prosperity.
November 2018 mock tests were conducted at the Branch and the participation was very encouraging. Immediately after the exams get over, the IT, OC, ADV. ITT and AICITSS batches will begin. Students and members must keep tab of the announcements in this respect.
A state level coordination meeting of all Gujarat Branches of ICAI was organized by Ahmedabad Branch with Gujarat RERA Authorities. There was a healthy discussion on the expectation of the authorities and the role which the branches can play in this respect.
Once again at the cost of repetition, urging all the members to come to the voting centre and cast their crucial vote. As you all know that every vote matters. Let’s celebrate the festival of democracy with full fervor and elect the right candidates to the Councils.
CA. Nirav R Choksi
Ahmedabad Branch of WIRC of ICAI