She was speaking at the passing out parade ceremony of the 69th Batch of IRS (Customs and Central Excise) at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics, Faridabad.
Sitharaman said the new officers have a better and a bigger role to play as facilitators, and explain to taxpayers that everyone should pay his/her share of taxes.
The 2017 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) consists of 101 officers, including 24 women officers.
These young officers will be at the helm of administering GST that is billed as India's biggest tax reform since Independence.
The minister highlighted the importance of customs in enforcing different laws of the land at the borders and protecting the economic frontiers of the country.
She also emphasised the role of graduating officers in adjudicating the laws with conscience, and collection of revenue with integrity, which should add up to nation building.
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman P K Das, in his speech, highlighted the need to maintain a fine balance between law enforcement and trade facilitation.
During the passing out ceremony, six officer trainees who excelled in different areas of training were awarded medals. Mishal Queenie D'Costa received the Finance Minister's Gold Medal for the best overall performance.
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