FM observes New Income Tax Return Forms (ITR) will be much simplified – ITR-2 return forms released this year to be amended mainly after tax payers object for providing detailed Air Travel Information
CS LTC Rules 1988 – Clarification on eligibility of LTC Home Town Concession – Frequently Asked Questions and Clarification to the same provided to DOPT
S.No. Query Clarification 1. Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC? No. Government employees whose headquarters/ place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC. 2. Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT’s 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014? No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise. 3. Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession? Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.
It has been frequently observed that investigating agencies do not send complete proposals of sanction for prosecution and processing of cases are delayed due to unavailability of requisite documents. During the last one year at least 12 such incomplete cases have been received. Incomplete cases have been submitted by CBI as well as state vigilance/investigating agencies of different states.
Department of Personnel & Training has circulated Hon’ble Supreme Court’s guidelines in judgement of Criminal Appeal No.1838 of 2013 to all Chief Secretaries of State Governments & all Ministries/Departments of Government of India & Central Bureau of Investigation vide this Department’s letter No.142/15/2015-AVD.I dated 26.03.2015. It has been mentioned in guidelines that the prosecution must send the entire relevant record to the sanctioning authority including the FIR, disclosure statements, statements of witnesses, recovery memos, draft charge sheet and all other relevant material. In order to curb the delay, DoP&T has switched over to Single Window system with effect from 01.08.2014 for receiving prosecution sanction proposals in the Department as per the revised check-list.
CBI/State investigating agencies cite different reasons for not submitting the relevant papers in individual cases.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. Arunmozhithevan in the Lok Sabha .
Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that
1.central government decided to Merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015 and order will be issued within 15 days
2. Encashment of Earned Leave to be curtailed to 180days instead of existing 300 days.
3.It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier
According to the Social Media , the above strong decisions were taken in last three meeting of cabinet committee to recommend 7th pay commission. Further the post published in social media warned the central government employees that if above decisions are implemented; they should not expect more from 7th Pay Commission. Since it is considered to be the indication of what the think tank of central government will do for its employees.
We enquired about this rumour with one of the Member to the National council JCM, who recently met the 7th Pay Commission. According to him, the central government has firm on its decision not to accept the Merger of DA with Pay, since the due date of the 7th Pay Commission to submit its recommendation is nearing and the central government in many occasions cleared that the recommendation of 7th pay commission will be implemented from 1.1.2016. So there is no question of issuing order for merger of 50% DA with effect from 1.1.2015.
Further he clarified that the present government wanted to use the man-hours of central government employees productively by introducing new systems like bio metric attendance etc. Hence curtailing EL Encashment will lead the central government employees to take more leave if it is not allowed for encashment. So there is no need to implement such proposal as government point of view is against taking leave by Govt officials.
There is mixed response from the sources whether the retirement age of central government employees will be revised or not. It is believed that the present government is in favour of reducing retirement age to 58. But at the same time government doesn’t want loose resources of knowledge gained through experience by reducing retirement age of Government employees. Since the work culture of government service is deteriorating day by day due to various factors , govt would like to retain the experience of the senior Government officials . Anubhav is the one of the initiative introduced by the central government to improve the work culture of youngsters in government service. So there will not be any change in retirement age of central government employees at present.
7th Pay Commission fitment formula to be in the range of 2.72 times to 3.72 times and Minimum Wage of Rs. 20,000 fully justified – Confederation, Karnataka State
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka State has published a note in its official site to the effect that retail prices taken into account by confederation for calculation of Minimum wage calculation presented before 7th Pay Commission are much lower than the retails prices statistics published by Govt. Hence, demand for Minimum wage of Rs. 20,000 presented by Confederation before 7th Pay Commission is fully justified.
Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been made mandatory for private firms seeking central excise registration.
The registration will now be given within two days of filing online applications, as per the new simplified rules formed by the Finance Ministry “to improve the ease in doing business in manufacturing”.
Applicants seeking registration shall mandatorily quote PAN of the proprietor or the legal entity being registered in the application form, CBEC Notification No.7/2015-Central Excise (N.T.), dated March 01 said.
“Government departments are exempted from the requirement of quoting PAN in their online application. Applicants other than government departments shall not be granted registration in the absence of PAN,” it said.
Applicant shall also quote his or her email address and mobile number in the application form for communication with the department, it said, adding that the communication with assessee is being made electronic to reduce transaction time.
The registration in central excise envisages filing of application online, submission and examination of documents, verification of premises, submission of verification report, generation of registration certificate and dispatch of its signed copy, among others.
Under the new simplified procedure, once duly completed application form is received online, registration would be granted within two working days and issued online without any examination of the documents and verification of documents or premises before the grant of registration, thus initiating “trust based” registration, the Ministry order said.
The registration is needed to pay central excise duty charged on goods produced within the country.
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Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions has instructed all Departments to conduct the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings within the scheduled time frame. DOPT has warned that delay in conducting the DPC will result in shortage of adequate man power and career progression of the employees.
Another face-off between government and opposition could be seen in Parliament with Congress today sticking to its demand for referring the long pending Goods and Services Taxes bill to the Standing Committee for scrutiny.There have been many changes in the new bill brought up for consideration by the government in the Lok Sabha and therefore, it was incumbent that it be sent to the Standing Committee, Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev told reporters.
At the same time, Dev made it clear that her party was not against the bill which was their baby, but it was against the procedure being adopted. “GST is our baby. We do not oppose as a matter of policy.
What we are opposing is the procedure. The Standing Committee route is being bypassed,” she said. She remained non-committal to questions whether the party would vote against the measure if the Government planned to ‘bulldoze’ it. The GST bill (The Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill, 2014) has been listed for further consideration and passage in Lok Sabha today.
The bill was moved on Friday by Finance minister Arun Jaitley who had said it was a “win-win” measure for both the Centre and the states as he sought to allay the apprehensions of some state governments that they would lose revenue if GST was implemented. When implemented, the GST is expected to eliminate several logistical logjams and vastly increase the speed of freight, as a World Bank study showed Indian truckers lose millions of operating hours a year stuck at interstate checkpoints, creating more opportunities for harassment and bribe-taking.