Dear Members,
I hope you all are safe and in good health. As this new Financial Year begins, we are facing a challenge in the form of this Pandemic which I believe we will collectively overcome and resume our duties to serve the society in the best interest. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues and the committee members for keeping your faith and electing me as Chairman of J&K Branch.

In these testing times, I along with the committee members are making continuous efforts to do our best in every way possible. The Branch has taken an initiative to publish e-journals for its members so that members can keep themselves updated on the recent happenings. We also invite the members to contribute articles on finance and taxation, recent judgements, amendments and other informative subjects concerning the profession at large.
During the Lockdown, the branch also organised Webinars on Various Topics like Recent developments in GST & Impact of COVID-19 on Accounting and Auditing, Advance Excel Tools , Cyber security ,etc. The overwhelming response of all the members is much appreciated and we also plan to continue such webinars on various topics by eminent speakers and at the same time we are also promoting local talent .

We, the Chartered Accountants, are always at the forefront not only in Financial and Economic issues but also in fulfilling our Social responsibilities. As you all are aware that this Pandemic has crippled the Global economy and India is also fighting bravely to prevent the outspread of COVID-19. The ICAI along with its family of Members, students and employees has also contributed Rs. 21 crores towards PMCARES Fund. I congratulate everyone who has contributed in any manner and also encourage everyone to contribute generously.

Before I pen down, I would like to mention that both information as well as misinformation is spreading at great speed and nothing creates more panic than rumours and misinformation as we have seen in last few days. I urge you all to be very attentive of what you share on social media and please verify the authenticity of any news/message that you receive. This is the least we can do as responsible citizens.

“LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU” - May all beings be free and happy

Wishing you all good health and a peaceful mind.

CA. Vikas Purdhani
Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Branch of NIRC of ICAI.