The first person in India to get a PAN card was Mr S.K. Das, the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi. He got his PAN card on April 1, 1976, the day the PAN scheme was made mandatory. The PAN scheme was introduced by the Income Tax Department to track financial transactions and prevent tax evasion.
PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number that is unique to each individual or entity. It is used as an identification number for a variety of financial transactions, such as opening a bank account, investing in securities, and buying property. PAN is also required for filing income tax returns.
Mr. S.K. Das was a pioneer in the field of taxation in India. He was instrumental in the introduction of the PAN scheme and other measures to improve tax compliance. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India’s highest civilian honours.