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IZT,2016 Order of Superintendents in common cadre of Hyderabad Zone CCA issued

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Govt. may increase Service Tax Rate to 16% in Budget,2016

To shore up its revenues in order to spend more, the government may increase service tax to 16 percent from the current 14 percent, a move that would make many services costlier, according to a report by business news channel CNBC-TV18 

“In addition to the Swachh Bharat Cess of 0.5 percent already levied, sources say the service tax is projected to rise by 2 percent to 16 percent,” the channel reported.

If the government does raise the service tax rate, one would have to pay higher for restaurant bills, air tickets.mobile  phones, to name a few, as the tax is collected from the end user.

The Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5 percent was levied with effect from 15 November, 2015, on all services  that attract service tax.

The government is hard pressed to shore up its revenues for a probable hike in social welfare spending in view of the upcoming state assembly polls in Kerala, Puducherry, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Assam, which are crucial for the ruling BJP at the Centre to increase its tally in the Rajya Sabha.

On Wednesday, the government estimated a shortfall of about Rs 40,000 crore in direct tax collections, though it said that the same would be managed by a rise in indirect tax collections. The total taxes collected stood at Rs 10.66 lakh crore, 73.5 percent of the budgeted estimates of Rs 14.49 lakh crore for FY2016, it said in a statement. 

The government has utilised the fall in crude oil prices to raise excise duty on petrol and diesel during the past three months to mop up an additional Rs 17,000 crore during the current fiscal.

The Union Budget for FY2016-2017 will be presented by union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb. 29, 2016. The budget session of Parliament commences on Feb. 23, 2016.

ay Commission implementation by the Centre and state governments would lead to a $50 bn fiscal stimulus over the next two years

PRBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday announced its monetary policy review and left the key policy rate unchanged. However, it indicated at a accommodative stance on inflation and further rate cut. Rajan said with “inflation moving closer to the target” there would be more room for rate cut to support growth..

However, the RBI also mentioned about Seventh Central Pay Commission risks to the fiscal deficit, which was not factored in the central bank’s inflation trajectory. Therefore, the RBI is in ‘wait n watch’ mode as to what government does in the Union Budget and what big states are doing with their own state pay commissions (Punjab, UP, WB, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – all election bound – and HP have already announced setting up of their respective Pay Commissions, and likely to be followed by the remaining).

“Inflation has evolved closely along the trajectory set by the monetary policy stance. With unfavourable base effects on the ebb and benign prices of fruits and vegetables and crude oil, the January 2016 target of 6 per cent should be met,” Rajan said but added a caveat on the impact of the seventh pay commission implementation on the price index.

“Going forward, under the assumption of a normal monsoon and the current level of international crude oil prices and exchange rates, inflation is expected to be inertial and be around 5 per cent by the end of fiscal 2017, ” RBI said.

“However, the implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission award, which has not been factored into these projections, will impart upward momentum to this trajectory for a period of one to two years. The Reserve Bank will adjust the forecast path as and when more clarity emerges on the timing of implementation,” Rajan said.

“As per our estimate, the Pay Commission implementation by the Centre and state governments would lead to a $50 bn fiscal stimulus over the next two years. The downside risks emanate from softer global commodity prices and a normal monsoon. However, the RBI would like to wait and watch as these factors play out over the next few months before being in a position to recalibrate the glide path of inflation and respond accordingly. We believe that the upside risks are marginally higher than the downside risks as of now, and hence we do not see any policy rate cuts in FY17,” said Jay Shankar, chief India economist & director, Religare Capital Markets.

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Govt. constitutes Empowered Committee of Secretaries for processing the Report of the 7th CPC

7th Pay Commission – Unions to Go on 3 Day Agitation

 The unions called an agitation after the Cabinet gave its approval for constitution of an Empowered Committee to study the 7th Pay Commission report for implementation Process.

The Constituent Unions of National Council  JCM of Central Government employees has called for a three-day agitation, from January 19 -21,  to draw the attention of central government to modifications it is seeking in the recommendations of  the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Recently they demanded the government to constitute an empowered Committee to settle their demands through negotiation. However, the Cabinet gave its approval for constitution of an Empowered Committee to study the 7th Pay Commission report for implementation Process.

The unions called an agitation after the Cabinet gave its approval for constitution of an Empowered Committee to study the 7th Pay Commission report for implementation Process.

We don’t think that the pay matrix recommended by 7th CPC is final, we won’t accept the fitment factor recommended by the Commission, the union leaders voiced unanimously.

The Union also said that the hike in wages in general will either be marginal or less than what is received now in most of the cases of employees. “Experience proved that successive Pay Commissions’ reports have resulted into pay anomalies since the age old relativities in pay scales got disturbed and those aberrations continued unresolved for decades as the authorities always prefer to procrastinate matters.

The unions said that the take-home pay is very much less when compared to previous pay commissions. If the Central Government accepts to increase the minimum Pay then that would be the criteria for arriving subsequent pay scales. Hence expecting changes in Pay Matrix is inevitable.

Source: Zee News

oPT Clarification on Child Care Leave – CCL should not be refused citing exigencies of workDepartment of Personnel and Training has issued an OM on Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government Employees.

No. 13018/6/2013-Estt.(L)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

JNU (Old) Campus, New Delhi

Dated the 12th January, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government Employees as a result of Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations – Clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 13018/2/2008dt. 11-9-2008  regarding introduction of Child Care Leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government women employees. Subsequently, clarifications have been issued vide OMs dated 29-9-2008, 18-11-2008, 2-12-2008, 7-9-2010, 30-12-2010, 3-3-2010 and 5-6-2014.  Child Care Leave at present is allowed for women employees to facilitate  them to take care of their children at the time of need. This Department is considering issuing the following instructions:-

`In cases where a female Government servant applies for Child Care Leave for at least five working days, she should normally not be refused leave citing exigencies of work unless there are grave and extraordinarily compelling circumstances that warrant refusal’.

2. Ministries/ Departments are requested that their views/ comments may be forwarded to this Department latest by 27.01.2016. A soft copy may be forwarded to email of US (Allowance.) i.e. sunil.mandi@nic.in

(S.K. Mandi)

Inspectors as Escorts for Joint Commissioners

 

THERE is a Control Room situated on the ground floor of the Commissionerate. On one side facing entry towards the building, there is a window of the Control Room with the board "Reception". Whereas, on another wall inside the building, there is a board "Control Room". The Inspector posted in Control Room has to perform both duties, i.e. as a Receptionist and as a Control Room officer! There is round the clock posting of Inspectors in Control Room. Around two lakh rupees per month is being spent towards salary of the Inspectors posted in the Control Room.

The Deputy Commissioner (Prev) of Vadodara central Excise-I Commissionerate recently issued a letter to the effect that "officers allotted Control Room Duty will escort senior officers up to the rank of Joint Commissioner, to their respective cabins."

Imagine this humour in uniform. A uniformed Inspector is required to escort JC and above ranked officers to their cabin. Is it that the JC does not know the way to his cabin, or will he/she be kidnapped on the way? In what era are we living? What can you say about an officer who expects another officer to chaperon him even within his office? This is not even a relic of the past British days; maybe this reminds one of the Moghul days. The Revenue Secretary does not have this facility; the Chairman and Members of the Board do not have this facility. No, this is not a facility, this is absolutely contemptuous arrogance. If you cannot go to your room from the entrance of the building, how are you competent to collect revenue, adjudicate cases and administer a system at the taxpayers' cost? Who are you trying to impress?

Are Inspectors who also pass through one of the toughest tests and are rather well paid, meant to be wasted like this. Are they meant to be orderlies? If you want escorts, why don't you hire proper escorts who will cost you only one fourth of what it costs you to have an inspector. Maybe a few retired clowns can be hired to jump around officers to add some fun to office life.

What will happen if another senior officer arrives while the escort inspector is escorting a senior officer to his cabin. Will the senior officer wait for the escort to come back and escort him? And what will happen if two or three officers are waiting at the reception to be escorted? And don't they need escorting while leaving the office?

It is really unbelievable that such despicable actions can take place in the 21 st century and what stuns is the audacity with which such written instructions are given, with absolutely no authority.

DDT tried to contact the Hon'ble Deputy Commissioner who issued the instruction. He was not available in his cabin and nobody would give us his number. He is the Deputy Commissioner(Preventive); what would be the fate of an informer who wants to contact him?

DDT tried to contact the Joint Commissioner (one of the officers who was required to be escorted). We were told he was very busy and he would call us back. He didn't. We tried to contact the Commissioner but failed there too.

We spoke to an Inspector, who strangely asked us, “this is between us and the department; how are you concerned?”

Sir, I pay the taxes with which you are paid for your escorts and excursions.

Strangely, there are a few in the flock who feel privileged to do such duties and bask in the glory of being a Control room officer, all decked up in the finest livery.  In fact, they are more at ease doing these ‘escort duties' rather than rummaging through dusty records and drafting show cause notices or replying to Audit objections!

Mr. Abhishek Kamal, Secretary General of the All India Central Excise Inspectors Association has written to the CBEC on the issue.

He says, "this is an example of misuse of manpower in the Central Excise offices, which is not limited to Vadodara only. Most of the Central Excise Zones have regular 24x7x365 control rooms even though there is no legal backing to empower the administration to set up such control rooms. Control Room duty allotment to the Inspectors of Central Excise is not only the man power wastage but also a tool to promote feudalistic approach among the higher officers. The time has come when we have to step out of the colonial mind-set which force us escorting the officers to their cabins instead of providing quality service to the taxpayers and collecting revenue for growth of the nation." He wants the Inspectors to be allowed to perform their duty with responsibility and respect.

DDT – TIOL

M.Srikanth Reddy, Superintendent wins Men’s Javelin Throw at 48th South Zone Central Revenue Meet held at Cochin on 11-1-2016. He threw a distance of 43.25 mtrs.

Hearty Congratulations to M.Srikanth Reddy,Superintendent.

Commissioner, Hyderabad-I Commissionerate gives away Official T-Shirt to Hyderabad Central Excise Contingent for the ensuing CRSB South Zone Meet to be held at Cochin on 11th and 12th Jan.2016

 

We wish Team Hyderabad Central Excise All the Best….God Bless..

 

Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents – Dopt Orders on 5.1.2016

 
 
No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
 
North Block, New Delhi,
dated the 05th January, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Subject: Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents- reg.
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 06.06.2014 and 17.11.2014 exempting a Government employee, who is also a care giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints. The word ‘disabled’ includes (i) blindness or low vision (ii) hearing impairment (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy (iv) leprosy cured (v) mental retardation (vi) mental illness (vii) multiple disabilities and (viii) autism.
 
 
2. The matter regarding the scope of ‘disabled’ has been examined in consultation with the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Considering the fact that the child suffering from “Thalassemia” and “Haemophilia” requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for the Government employees to take care of their child suffering from “Thalassemia” and “Haemophilia” on continuous basis, it has been decided to include “Thalassemia” and “Haemophilia” in the term of ‘disabled’ defined in Para 3 of the above mentioned OM dated 6.06.2014-
 
3. The term ‘disabled’ as defined herein and in OM dated 06.06.2014 and 17.11.2014 is applicable only as grounds for seeking exemption from routine transfer/rotational transfer of a Government employee who have disabled child.
 
4. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned under their control.
 
Encl: As above.
 
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
 
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in