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GST Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

The much-awaited GST Bill, which provides for an overhaul of the taxation system, was introduced in the Lok Sabha today i.e. Monday  with government saying concerns of all the states have been taken care of and they would benefit from the “win-win” measure.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill will be taken up in the next session of Parliament and that he will be open to all suggestions “till the very last minute”. Introducing the bill which was cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday, he said, “We have made sure that no state will lose a rupee of revenue. It will be a win-win situation.” He said states would be compensated on account of CST and the first installment would be made before March 31 next year.

Seeking to allay apprehensions of states, Jaitley, who spoke on the bill in Rajya Sabha also, said their interests are more than adequately protected and he did not foresee a situation where states would be the losers. The GST will incorporate indirect taxes like excise duty and service tax on the central front and VAT on the states level, besides local levies. There are differences between the Centre and states on some issues with regard to the implementation of GST that includes the revenue neutral rate and keeping petroleum,alcohol out of the ambit.

He said the government would give “constitutional assurance” in terms of compensating the possible losses incurred by states. GST reform would strengthen the principle of “co-operative federalism” as Centre and state would need to work together to take decisions which would require 75 per cent majority approval, the Finance Minister said. As some members questioned the hurry and wanted the crucial legislation to be sent to the Standing Committee, Jaitley contended that the government’s intention was not to “push” or “rush” the bill through.

“Let there be no tax on tax. If you have multiple taxation imposed, the burden and procedural complication increase. One legitimate fear is there and therefore I am not going to rush through with this, though the Standing committee has cleared it and I have discussed it repeatedly and Mr Chidambaram has discussed it repeatedly,” he said.

 

PTI

Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant

F.No.19017/1/2014-Estt (A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated : 16th December, 2014
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Alteration of date of birth of a Government Servant — reiteration of the instructions.

Rule 56 of Fundamental Rules states that except as otherwise provided in the rule, every Government servant will retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

Provided that a Government servant whose date of birth is the first of a month shall retire from service on the afternoon of the last day of the preceding month on attaining the age of sixty years.

 
2.  As per Note 6 below the aforesaid Rule, the date of on which a Government servant attains the age of fifty-eight years or sixty years, as the case may be, shall be determined with reference to the date of birth declared by the Government servant at the time of appointment and accepted by the Appropriate Authority on production, as far as possible, of confirmatory documentary evidence such as High School or Higher Secondary or Secondary School Certificate or extracts from Birth Register. The date of birth so declared by the Government servant and accepted by the Appropriate Authority shall not be subject to any alteration except as specified in this note. An alteration of date of birth of a Government servant can be made, with the sanction of a Ministry or Department of the Central Government, or the Comptroller and Auditor-General in regard to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, or an Administrator of a Union Territory under which the Government servant is serving, if —
 
(a) a request in this regard is made within five years of his entry into Government service;
 
(b) it is clearly established that a genuine bona fide mistake has occurred; and
 
(c) the date of birth so altered would not make him ineligible to appear in any School or University of Union Public Service Commission examination in which he had appeared, or for entry into Government service on the date on which he first appeared at such examination or on the date on which he entered Government service.
 
3. The Supreme Court of India in Civil Appeal No.502 of 1993 — Union of India Vs. Harnam Singh — Judgement dated 9th February, 1993 had observed that :
“Inordinate and unexplained delay or laches on the part of the respondent to seek the necessary correction would in any case have justified the refusal of relief to him. His inaction for all this period of about thirty five years from the date of joining service, therefore precludes him from showing that the entry of his date of birth in service record was not correct”.
 
The observations of the Apex Court was also circulated to all Ministries and Departments of the Government of India vide OM No.19017/2/92-Estt.(A) dated 19-5-1993.
 
4. All the Ministries and Departments are requested to keep the above in view while processing cases of requests for changes of date of birth.

5. Hindi version follows.

sd/-
(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

AIACEGEO-Guntur Circle formed – New body elected

AIACEGEO, Guntur Circle comprising Guntur, Nellore and Customs Preventive Commissionerate, Vijayawada has been formed and a new body has been elected in the General Body meeting held  on 20-12-2014 . This GBM was attended by Federation President Shri R.Chandra Mouli and Secretary General Shri Ravi Malik.

Shri G.V.B.Tilak is elected as President and Shri M.Nagraju is elected as General Secretary of Guntur Circle.  

Shri C.P.Rao, Commissioner, Guntur Commissionerate was the chief guest. 

We wish the new team all the best. Hope Team Guntur will serve the cadre, overcome all the CR related problems and do justice to all.

Snapshots of Shri C.P.Rao being felicitated and Team Guntur are published below. 

Central Government makes it clear that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58 years

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Press Release of Ministry of Home Affairs

Attention of the Government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the Central Government to reduce the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.

It is clarified that Government has no proposal to reduce the age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.

Source : Press Information Bureau

Central Government makes it clear that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58

The Narendra modi Govt. had to field its crisis managers on Thursday to end what it called a "sttrong misinformation campaign" which it feared could hurt the ruling BJPs electroal interests in the Deklhi electiond due soon. 

The trouble caused by a WhatsApp message that was being circulated fast and furious. It purported to reproduce a government reply in parliament on whether it was planning to lower the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58 years.

The message alleged that the government had said in the Rajya Sabh a that iw would be tabling a bill proposing a cut in the retirmenet age in the Budget Session in March 2015.

Three ministers issued strong denials in quick succession, even as the government ordered an investigation into the origins of the message. FM Arun jaitley told NDTV, "These are all baseless rumours and thre is no question of altering the retirement age of CG employees. It is 60 years and will remain 60."

Parliamentary Affairs Minister m Venkaiah Naidu and Miniser of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh too denied any such proposal. 

A study of the message circulated on WhatsApp confirmed that someone has altered the question posed by a Rajya Sabh MP on December 11 and the Ministers reply, meticulously keeping the format of a written reply in Parliament intact. 

To ensure a quick burial for what could have burgeoned into a major headache for the government, the department of persoonel and training also posted the   governments actual reply online and issued a press release to say that there was no proposal to lower the retirement age. 

The sources called it "an act of forgery by an expert". They alleged that it was a "political conspriacy" intended to enrage the large population of CG employees in Delhi. "CG employees had contributed to the rise of AAP fairly successful debut in the 2013; six months later the same voters voted for Modi and dumped AAP," said a senior Minister. 

NDTV

Central Cabinet to approve GST Bill today?

With states on board, the Cabinet now likely to approve the Constitutional Amendment Bill on GST tomorrow, paving the way for tabling of the the new legislation in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The revised  GST Bill, which takes into account the deal reached between states and Centre on contentious issues, could be taken up for approval by the Cabinet tomorrow, sources said. The government wants to introduce the Bill in the ongoing winter session that concludes on December 23.

In a compromise deal, the Centre last evening had decided to keep petroleum out of the proposed GST in return for states agreeing to entry tax being subsumed in the new indirect tax regime proposed from April 2016.

The launch of Goods and Service Tax (GST) has been hanging in balance for about seven years now as states were concerned about their revenue losses on introduction of the new tax regime.

 

The GST Bill needs to be cleared by at least half of the states, besides Parliament, before its implementation.

Government Reply on 7th Pay Commission and its Interim Report

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-230
ANSWERED ON-25.11.2014

7th Pay Commission

230 . SHRI SHANTARAM NAIK

a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;

b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;

c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;

d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;

e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and

f) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

SHRI JAYANT SINHA
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations.

(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.

(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.

Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal likely on LTC map for Central Government employees

Following PM Narendra Modis visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit, the government is mulling a proposal to provide leave travel concession (LTC) for Central Government employees to four countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka to boost tourism in the neighbourhood. The LTC will be modeled on the schemes for the north-east and J&K which helped increase tourism and fuelled economic improvement in the two regions. 

Sources in the tourism ministry said "introuducing LTC for 20 lakh government employees could encourage greater people to people exchange among the SAARC Countries. But there will have to some reciprocal arrangement. We are working on that". Sources said India is in touch with the countries to consider the proposals viability. 

Times of India

NO PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE RETIREMENT AGE TO 62 YEARS

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 2121
ANSWERED ON 11.12.2014
Increase in retirement age
2121 Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has decided to increase the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 62 years, if not, by when such a decision is expected to be taken;
(b) whether such a decision would not result in reduction of employment opportunities to the educated youth of the country; and
(c) if so, the details of rationale for increasing the retirement age?
ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a): No, Sir.
(b) & (c): Do not arise.
source : Rajya Sabha

DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR MISUSING OF LTC

OVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 1330
ANSWERED ON 04.12.2014
Misusing of LTC
1330 Shri T. Rathinavel
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has cautioned officials against misusing the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) claims option;
(b) whether Government has decided to carry out random verification of air tickets submitted by officials to ascertain whether the LTC claim is genuine; and
(c) whether a Government officials found indulging in any malpractices in this regard, can be penalized and prevented from availing LTC for the next two to three years, if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. All the Ministries/Departments have been advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. Further, to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/Departments have been advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.
(c): In case of any fraudulent activities in Leave Travel Concession coming to the notice of the designated body/agencies, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim of LTC. If the disciplinary proceedings result in imposition of any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld.
source: Rajya Sabha