In my inaugural communication, I had stated that we expect 2017 as the year of change. The clearance of Finance Bill 2017, has paved the way towards reforms for ease of doing business and for development.
With my focus on regular interaction with policy-makers, we met with Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, and Shri A. K. Chaturvedi, Regional Director, ROC, Western Region and submitted members’ suggestions towards methods to improve compliances.
The Co-operatives Committee of WIRC met Shri Subhash Deshmukh, Minister of Co-operatives, Maharashtra and Shri Sai S. Sandhu, Principal Secretary, Co-operation Maharashtra reiterating importance of involvement of WIRC in Committee formed for separate Housing Chapter under MCS Act, 1960 and I am happy to share that WIRC is now part of the sub-committee.
We met Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Finance, Maharashtra, and submitted our Pre-Budget Memorandum as our inputs and pledged our support in all initiatives for good governance.
The Branch Co-ordination Committee Meeting saw the creation of a road map to enable smooth flow of branch activities for 2017-18 and focus on areas of professional development and opportunities.
Members had the privilege to meet with Hon’ble President, ICAI, CA Nilesh Vikamsey at the Presidential felicitation event, where our President released the Bank Branch Statutory Audit Compilation.
We hosted a meeting with the Past Chairpersons of WIRC, for their insights towards better functioning of our Council and Region.
To celebrate women's position in the forefront of the nation's development we celebrated International Women’s Day, by organising “Be Bold O Womania” which was appreciated by Women members.
In March, members attended seminars on Project Finance, Internal Audit, Fraud & Forensic Accounting, Ind-AS, Annual Capital Market Summit, etc. With the Bank Audits in focus, we organised interactive seminars across the region to keep Members updated.
With the exams approaching, we have Crash Courses and free lectures on weekends for article students to train and equip them with soft skills.
Office Bearers of WIRC visited various branches of WIRC and interacted with members, students and regulators to get better insight into various professional issues and provide effective solutions.
The International Study Tour, 2017 to England & Scotland is scheduled in May. Members will interact with Regulators and Professionals to understand systems practised there and also visit historic places.
With this, I park my words with a line which I personally admire – “When you lift up others, you rise up together”.
The auspicious festival of Gudi Padwa was celebrated recently, I wish all a very Happy New Year and a happy festive month of April.
With Warm Regards
CA. Vishnu Agarwal