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Lokpal Act notified – Central Government Employees to declare assets of self, spouse and children

The central government has notified rules under the Lokpal Act making it mandatory for all its employees to file declarations of their assets and liabilities and those of their spouses and dependent children.

Assets to be declared are immovable properties, cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed, shares in companies, mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to a person. Movable properties to be declared are motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships,  by them, their spouses and dependent children

It has issued new forms for filing these returns which have fields to give details on cash in hand, bank deposits, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to a person or any entity, among others.

 

The employees need to declare motor vehicles, aircraft, yachts or ships, gold and silver jewellery and bullion possessed by them, their spouses and dependent children, according to the form.

 

They need to give detail of their immovable properties and statement of debts and other liabilities on first appointment or as on March 31 of every financial year.There are about 50 lakh central government employees, including IAS, IFS and IPS, among others.

 

The rules, Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014– were notified by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last week.As per the rules, notified under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns of his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year on or before July 31 of that year.These declarations are in addition to such returns being filed by the government employees under various services rules.

 

However, the competent authority may exempt a public servant from filing the information in respect of any asset if its value does not exceed his or her four months basic pay or Rs two lakh, whichever is higher, the rules said.The employees, who have already filed their declarations, information and annual returns of property, shall file revised declarations as on August 1, 2014, to the competent authority on or before September 15, this year.

 

According to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, a public servant shall furnish to the competent authority the information relating to the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children, jointly or severally, own. He is also mandated to declare his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children, as per the Act

The government is in process of modifying certain rules, including those related to search committee’s working, under the Lokpal Act. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act provides for the establishment of a Lokpal for the Union and Lokayuktas for the states to inquire into corruption charges against public functionaries. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee had given his assent to Lokpal Act on January 1, this year.

The format for various forms under Lokpal Act relating to Central Government Employees are as follows.

Annexure-IV Return of Assets and Liabilities

Form No.-I : Statement of immovable property

Form No. – II Statement of liquid assets on first appointment 

Form No. III – Statement of movable property

Form No. IV – Statement of Provident Fund & Life Insurance Policy

Form No.-V – Statement of Debts and Other Liabilities

 

The Economic Times

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AEC MEETING OF AIACEGEO HELD AT CHENNAI ON 19 JULY 2014 AS REPORTED BY SHRI A.RAVINDER SINGH, VICE PRESIDENT (SOUTH)

The Associate Executive Committee Meeting of the All India Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers was held on 19 July 2014 at Chennai.  It was presided over by Shri. Loknath Mishra and Ravi Mallik (President and Secretary General). The following are the highlights of the meet.

I.                   CADRE RESTRUCTURING :  The Chairperson on 18-7-2014 has issued directions to the Competent Committee DPC to address the UPSC with a proposal to conduct DPC for the promotions to AC Cadre at the earliest. This will be done under a single window scheme to avoid procedural delays and bottlenecks. The break up of vacancies is as follows 2118 + 150 + 39 + 230 which is notified vacancies reserve deficit and regular ones. The process of CR will be in place latest by September 2014. It may be added  here that a one  time relaxation from the DoPT is required which is at best a technical formality since the CR  already been approved by the Union Cabinet.

II.                A STAGNATION Committee has also being constituted to mitigate the acute stagnation in all cadres independent of CR. 

III.             Regularisation of Adhoc promotions: The Apex Court has directed the UPSC  on 4-7-2014 to expedite the Regularisation of Adhoc Promotions from 1.1.1997 wrt its judgement of 3-8-2011 which might be a stumbling block in conducting a massive DPC of approx 2500 posts.

IV.              Stepping up of pay: Regarding the stepping up of pay wrt ACP and MACP  the affected officers are requested to represent before the CCA and submit a copy to The Local Association which in turn will forward the same to AIB for follow  up.

V.                PARITY OF PAY as envisaged in 6 CPC with Chief Enforcement Officer is with expenditure and likely to be implemented w.e.f. 1-1-2006.Para 7.15.24 CPC Refers.

    Other issues like expeditious disposal of  Vigilance Cases against the officers  was also mooted at the meet.

     The finalization of the draft memorandum to be submitted to the VII CPC was also discussed at the meeting.

Full details of the meeting will be published by President/SG in Cengo. 

TARC’s First Report

 

In recent development CBEC has issued two Office Memorandum regarding “Tax Administrative Reform Commission” and “acute stagnation in Group -B Executive grades”. 

TARC has submitted its first report and CBEC has constituted six committees to look into the six areas of the report. Click below for TARC's first report 
 
 
Some features of TARC Report:
 
A system of limited departmental competitive examinations should be introduced by earmarking 33 per cent of the vacancies in the promotions quota in Group-B as wel as Group A, so that relatively more meritorious and younger officers in the feeder grades can get a fast track in promotions (Section  (IV.3.c)
 
In view of the inability of the current HR process to recognize and reward merit, there is also a need for providing the right opportunity to junior officers joining Group C cadres either by direct recruitment or promotion, to move on a fast track on the basis of intelligence and ability. One way of doing this will be to earmark 33 per cent of promotional vacancies in the cadre of the ITOs in Income Tax, and appraisers and Superintendents in Customs and Excise to be filled by a limited departmental competitive examination for Inspectors, tax assistants, etc, who would be eligible to sit for the examination after 5 years. The examination should test the candidates abilities and knowledge in related areas like tax and business law, accountancy, departmental processes, ICT familiarity and communication. Similarly a part of the promotion quota for the IRs could also be filled by limited departmental competitive examination at a higher level than the examination for inspectors, etc. open to the feeder cadres in the respective services. 
 
This will provide a fast track for meritorious candidates, create an incentive to perform and improve the quality of people in these crucial cadres. It is, after all, officers in these grades that the tax payer most frequently has to interact with and the quality of their performance has a decisive impact on perception about the organizations performance. The regional training institutes should also conduct coaching for employees sitting for the examination. 

Not Consulted on GST – CBEC Chief’s remarks echoed in Parliament

THE CBEC Chief Shanti Sundharam is reported to have remarked that she was not consulted on GST stating, "We did not even get the recent re-revised draft of the Constitutional Amendment Bill from the department of revenue."

These words were echoed in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

Participating in the budget discussions in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Bhartruhari Mahtab, the MP from Cuttack said,

"In the Budget, the Finance Minister has said about GST. Before taking up the amendment of the Constitution to introduce GST, this Government must plug several loopholes in the draft legislation. The trust deficit that existed between the Union Government and the State Governments must go. But I am surprised when the CBEC chief says very openly that she has not been consulted by the Finance Ministry on GST. GST aims to replace almost all the indirect taxes in the country with a single tax. It will replace Central Excise, Customs Duty and Service Tax, all that is administered by CBEC. How come its chief is not consulted? This was reported in the media on 14th. Has this been sorted out?"

 

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Modi likes to communicate his Independence Day speech directly to Central Govt Employees by mail and messages…

 Narendra Modi to reach out to govt employees’ on Independence Day

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for an exhaustive Central database of all Central and state government employees. The creation of the database, which will have the phone numbers and email addresses of all employees, is already underway, and will be first used on Independence Day when Modi’s speech is directly sent to the employees by mail and messages.

 The prime minister would like his maiden speech from the Red Fort to be directly communicated to one crore government employees, such as school teachers, village sarpanches, healthcare workers etc, in the farthest corners of the country. Most of these are not tech-savvy, Internet users and so frenetic efforts are under way to implement Modi’s intent, said government sources.

 The government has therefore initiated the process of creating the first-ever countrywide database of central and state government employees and stakeholders. Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth is monitoring the creation of this database after clear instructions by PM Modi. Seth has been meeting officials from all ministries two times every week to monitor the progress.

 The National Informatics Centre has created a new portal sampark.nic.in for the purpose. All states, through their districts and block level offices, have been directed to update their data on this website. “The ministries are also coordinating with their state counterparts to compile this data in a time bound manner,” said an official.

 The National Informatics Centre has so far collected information of 50 lakh teachers, 30 lakh sarpanches, 10 lakh health care workers and two lakh corporators. The prime minister is likely to use the data to connect with all these employees and stakeholders through social media platforms, much as he had done to connect with voters during the 2014 general election campaign, said an insider.

 “He intends to do the same now with government employees. It is an exercise to build a bond,” the official said.

 Source: www.dnaindia.com

Penalty Proceedings against Central Government Employees…

The below information is tabled to a question in Lok Sabha on 9th July 2014 by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions as follows…

 Article 311(1) of the Constitution provides that no person who is a member of the civil service of the Union or an all-India service or a civil service of a State or holds a civil post under the Union or a State shall be dismissed or removed by an authority subordinate to that by which he was appointed. Again as per Article 311(2) no such person as aforesaid shall be dismissed or removed or reduced in rank except after an inquiry in which he has been informed of the charges against him and given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of those charges.

 Disciplinary proceedings under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 [CCS(CCA)Rules, 1965] can be initiated against a Government Servant for violation of the provisions of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rul\1964. The procedures for imposition of major penalties minor penalties are prescribed in the Rule 14 and Rule 16 of the [CCS(CCA)Rules, 1965], respectively. There are similar provisions in Rules governing the All India Services.

 A list of Minor and Major penalties that may be imposed on a Government servant for good and sufficient reasons as provided in Rule 11 of CCS (CCA) Rules is annexed.

 The data on cases registered involving major penalty proceedings and punishment awarded on conviction are not centrally maintained. It is the endeavour of the Government to strengthen and streamline the institutional mechanism for disciplinary proceedings.In order to check delays in completion of disciplinary proceedings, guidelines for monitoring and expeditious disposal of the disciplinary proceedings cases have been issued on 29th November, 2012.

 ANNEXURE

PENALTIES SPECIFIED IN THE RULE 11 OF THE CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES (CLASSIFICATION, CONTROL AND APPEAL) RULES, 1965.

 MINOR PENALTIES

(i) Censure;

 (ii) Withholding of his promotion;

(iii) Recovery from his pay of the whole or part of any pecuniary loss caused the Government by negligence or breach of orders;

 (iii a) Reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale of pay by one stage for a period not exceeding three years, without cumulative effect and not adversely affecting his pension.

 (iv) Withholding of increments of pay;

MAJOR PENALTIES

 (v) Save as provided for in clause (iii) (a), reduction to a lower stage in the time-scale of pay for a specified period, with further directions as to whether or not the Government servant will earn increments of pay during the period of such reduction and whether on the expiry of such period, the reduction will or will not have the effect of postponing the future increments of his pay

 (vi) reduction to lower time-scale of pay, grade, post or Service for a period to be specified in the order of penalty, which shall be a bar to the promotion of the Government servant during such specified period to the time-scale of pay, grade, post or Service from which he was reduced, with direction as to whether or not, on promotion on the expiry of the said specified period -

 (a) the period of reduction to time-scale of pay, grade, post or service shall operate to postpone future increments of his pay, and if so, to what extent;

and

(b) the Government servant shall regain his original seniority in the higher time scale of pay , grade, post or service;

 (vii) Compulsory retirement;

 (viii) Removal from service which shall not be a disqualification for future employment under the Government;

 (ix) Dismissal from service which shall ordinarily be a disqualification for future employment under the Government.

 Provided that, in every case in which the charge of possession of assets disproportionate to known-source of income or the charge of acceptance from any person of any gratification, other than legal remuneration, as a motive or reward for doing or forbearing to do any official act is established, the penalty mentioned in clause (viii) or clause (ix) shall be imposed:

 Provided further that in any exceptional case and for special reasons recorded in writing, any other penalty may be imposed



 

Comprehensive GST regime a reality by year end – Revenue Secretary

The Centre is working towards making a comprehensive GST regime a reality by the end of the year, Revenue Secretary Shri Shaktikanita Das said in New Delhi on Monday. Efforts are underway to resolve the contentious issues of entry tax on petroleum and tobacco and arrive at a consensus on compensation to States, Mr. Das said. 

The clarification assumes significance as a major criticism of the Union budget that the Modi government presented in Parliament last week was its silence on a possible time line for the introduction of GST. 

The Hindu.

Advisory to Tax Payers Against Phishing Mails

Press Information Bureau

Government of India
Ministry of Finance 

Information has been received from several quarters that emails are being received by taxpayers claiming to be sent by the Income Tax Department asking the taxpayers to download file containing payable tax details. Such phishing mails are being sent from email addresses like “incometaxindia.gov.india@gmail.com”.

It is clarified that the Income Tax Department does not send any communication from private email addresses such as gmail, yahoo etc. Taxpayers are cautioned that they should not respond to such phishing mails and avoid downloading any attachment , which may contain virus or malicious software.

Taxpayers are advised to visit “Report Phishing” button on National Website of Income Tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in in case they receive such phishing mails.

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New Holiday Home at Tirupati for Central Government Employees – Rates under Category C will be applicable for Tirupati Holiday Home

MOST IMMEDIATE

No. D-11016/3/2009-Regions

Government of India

Ministry of Urban Development

Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

Dated 01-07-2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Opening of holiday home at Tirupati.

Construction of holiday home at Tirupati has been completed and it has been decided to commence the booking of holiday home at Tirupati with immediate effect. Address of holidayhome is D. No. 4-7-29/2, TUDA Apartments Complex, Near I.S. Mahal Threater, Nrisimha Teertham Road, Tirupati-517507. Tele/Telefax No. is 0877 2262211.

Further, as per existing categories, holiday home at Tirupati comes under Category ‘C’ and accordingly, rates of booking will be charged.

2. NIC is requested to upload this office memorandum on the website of holiday homes i.e. www.holidayhomes.nic.in.

sd-/

(NS. Chauhan)

Assistant Director of Estates (Regions)

Rates of booking as per existing categories, holiday home at Tirupati under Category ‘C’ .

Room / Suite

Member of Parliament (For their own stay)

Category of applicants / Visitors

   

1

2

3

   

Central Govt. employee (serving / retired)

Employees of StateGovt. /UTs / Central or State PSU /Autonomous Bodies /Others (serving / Retired)

Private Persons accompanying as guests o fMPs /Govt. employees

VIP

Rs. 150

Rs. 450

Rs. 900

Rs. 1,350

Double/Three bedded AC

Rs. 150

Rs. 180

Rs. 330

Rs. 480

Double/Three beddedNon-AC

Rs. 150

Rs. 150

Rs. 300

Rs. 450

Four bedded AC

Rs. 150

Rs. 230

Rs. 430

Rs. 630

Four bedded Non-AC

Rs. 150

Rs. 200

Rs. 400

Rs. 600

Dormitory(per bed)

Rs. 150

Rs. 50

Rs. 100

Rs. 100

 

 

DOPT rejects 6-day week schedule amid protests from women

 

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will soon inform Parliament that the government is not going back to a six-day week for its employees, even as a senior representative of the central government employees said that women employees were biggest opponents of any such change by the new government.

A senior DoPT official told ET on Tuesday that all individual ministries would be advised that before they ask employees to come to work on Saturdays, they were expected to first consult the Joint Consultative Machinery set up in each ministry which has representatives from the staff side before implementing the same. There was confusion among government ranks last week after the road ministry issued an order asking employees to report to work on all Saturdays except the second. The same was apparently withdrawn after women employees in the ministry took it up with transport minister Nitin Gadkari.

Employees in many other ministries have also been asked informally to report to work on Saturdays in case senior officials or the respective minister is in office. ET has learnt that DoPT will soon inform Parliament that the government would continue to work 5-days-a-week to end all speculation on this as it has received questions on the same from MPs.

Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary (staff side) of the National Council, JCM, told ET that “no government ministry can enforce six-day week on employees without the concurrence of the DoPT. “Not just DoPT’s concurrence, the government also needs to consult employees on the same through the JCM mechanism.

There will be no use of going back to a six-day week system as it will only raise electricity costs of the government. Also, women employees form a sizeable proportion of the workforce and they are strongly against any move to resort to a six-day week,” Mishra, who is also general secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation, told ET.

Most women employees use the weekend for pending household chores. The JCM, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, is a joint group of various staff unions of central government employees supposed to act as a platform for constructive dialogue between the representatives of the staff side and the official side for peaceful resolution of all disputes.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Department-of-personnel-and-training-rejects-6-day-week-schedule-amid-protests-from-women/articleshow/38063908.cms