India has been able to demonstrate inherent strength and resilience amidst global economic crises, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday while addressing a group of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) probationers who called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukherjee said during his various stints in the Ministry of Finance and other Ministries, he had a chance to look closely at the growth in revenue services. He said that over the years, the role and responsibilities of Customs and Central Excise Departments have increased manifold and become more complex.

The President stated that the job of tax collection is complicated and not easy. He advised the probationary officers to discharge their responsibilities with sincerity and by creating a conducive atmosphere.

A group of 87 probationers, from the 64th Batch of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) and training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad, called on the President.