Income Tax department on 27/02/2003 held "Samman Function"
felicitating the prompt and highest taxpayer in the charge of Commissioner
of Income Tax, Hyderabad - I. The Samman Award was conferred on
Sri. Nandamuri Balakrishna, a doyen of Telugu Film Industry, in
a function graced by Sri GR Reddy, Chief Commissioner of Income
tax, Hyderabad - I, Sri R Venkatramaiah - Chief Commissioner of
Income tax, Hyderabad - III, BP Sah, Chief Commissioner of Income
tax, Hyderabad II. The function was attended by distinguished invitees
from the Income Tax Department, film industry and Chartered Accountants
and other prominent citizens. Sri Mallikharjuna Rao, Secretary of
Movie Artists Association, Sri B Gopal, Sri Medikonda Murali Krishna,
Sri M S Reddy, Sri Paruchuri Gopala Krishna also graced the function.
welcome address started with the narration of achievements made
by Bala Krishna throughout his distinguished career spanning 25
years. He started his career as a child artist in 1972 through 'Tatamma
Kala', which has won him the best child artist Nandi award for his
performance. He acted in great films like Danaveerasurakarna, Mangammagari
manavadu, Aditya 369, Samarasimha Reddy and Narasimha Naidu. He
would be receiving the illustrious Nandi best actor award for his
performance as Narasimha Naidu soon. Balakrishna - 42 now - had
been making tax assessment since 1973-74 and is selected as the
highest and prompt tax payer for the financial year of 1998 - 99
for the Hyderabad - I region.
on this occasion, Mr. K Chandrahas - Commissioner of Income Tax,
Hyderabad - I said that Samman award is presented to highest taxpayers
at national and regional levels. Bala Krishna is the only eligible
award winner for the Hyderabad region for the above said period.
Chandrahas termed Balakrishna as the wonderful taxpayer.
Chandrahas told that the tax payments in Hyderabad film industry
are way below compared to that of film industry people in Mumbai
and Chennai. Generally IT people have the reputation of being the
harassing type. But, IT is developing the human face and trying
to treat the citizens in an amicable way. He also explained how
the film artists in Chennai keep a part from their remuneration
aside so that they can pay it as Income Tax.
GR Reddy commended that Balakrishna is the only man to be eligible
to receive Samman award for that period. Mr. Venkatramaiah said
that paying income tax promptly shows the patriotism of Indian citizens
and sense of his dedication towards his country. He has taken the
example of developed country and explained how the responsibility
of citizens played a vital role in country's economical development.
Film industry being glamorous field, he urged the film stars to
become the role models in paying Income taxes. Mr. Sha said that
the Samman award winners would not be scrutinized by IT people for
the next three years and whatever these award winners access would
be accepted at face value for the next 3 years.
Reddy had a string of praises and a free-flowing poem for Bala Krishna
for his good deeds. Paruchuri Gopala Krishna said that people like
Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and Bala Krishna set an example for the fans
to pay tax promptly. He urged that IT should also encourage the
prompt taxpayers though they don't earn much.
Krishna in his emotional speech felt that he is very much honored
by this kind gesture from IT department. He opined that Samman Award
is the most honorable and befitting award he ever received. He said
that he is been promptly paying tax since 1972 and by doing so there
is so much of self-satisfaction of helping the country as a citizen.
He gave the total credit of this award to his auditors (Seeta ramaiah,
Koteswara Rao, Ram Mohan, Nanda Gopal and Subba Rao) for helping
him out. Bala Krishna - with a glint of wetness in his eyes - felt
that his father NTR would have been there at the occasion to see
his son getting an award like this. He said that he is repaying
the debt to NTR for giving him the birth as his son by receiving
about his acting experience, Bala Krishna felt that acting does
not laughing or shouting. It needs more that that. Balakrishna -
while looking towards his wife - said that he missed his family
life due to his acting career. He said that he is very much proud
of his country India. He is also happy that every paisa he gives
to IT department goes as small contribution towards the development
of the country and upliftment of downtrodden in India. He assured
that he would be most obedient taxpayer forever.
Vismita Tej - Joint Commissioner of Income Tax proposed the vote