GST Bill in Winter Session? Threshold limit for GST proposed by States too low – FinMin

GST Bill is likely to be introduced in Winter Session of Parliament according to FinMin. Once approved, the Bill would need to be endorsed by at least half of the State Assemblies before it becomes a law. 

The Rs. 10 lakh threshold limit for imposition of GST proposed by States is 'too low' for creating a business-friendly tax administration, according to the Finance Ministry. 

The Empowered Committee on State Finance Ministers have agreed on setting a Rs. 10 lakh threshold limit for general category States and Rs. 5 lakh for special category and North Eastern States.  

GST aimes to subsume Central indirect taxes, such as excise duty and service tax, into a Central GST (CGST) and various States leviess, such as VAT and Central Sales tax into State GST (SGST). 

The Centre has also proposed bringing petroleum products within the GST framework with 'nil' rate, giving flexibility to both the Centre and States to impose duties over and above the GST. However, States want these products to be kept out of the new indirect tax regime. Currently, the Centre levies Customs and Excise duties on petroleum products, while States impose sales tax.  Meanwhile, both the Centre and States seem to agree on keeping alcohol outside GSTs purview. 

An hour in-house training to all Central Govt. Employees

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
(Training Division)

New Delhi, 17th October, 2014


Subject: To start in-house Weekly Training in all Ministries/Departments

In this era of rapid transformation and heightened expectation of prompt and effective public service delivery, Government has initiated a number of reform strategies/steps aiming at improving the Knowledge, Skill and Attitude (KSA) of its employees thereby empowering them to function in citizen-centric manner. The effectiveness with which the new policies are implemented will largely be dependent on the quality of civil service administration and the ability of its members to operate effectively in the changed environment. This requires a continuous focus on training of employees, who are our most important asset. An important part of valuing and managing them effectively is to ensure that they have access to relevant, high quality, accessible and on-going training.

2. At present, the senior civil servants are exposed to a number of training programmes at different stages such as induction training, mandatory mid-career training, in-service training etc. These trainings are mostly organised service wise and within services at same level. Perhaps there is no training being imparted at Ministry/Department level covering all its Group B and C employees on same subject.


3. A need for starting in-house training in each Ministry/Department was emphasised by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during the presentation of the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions on 12.09.14. Such training session in each Ministry/Department should ideally have 45 persons and should be for duration of one hour to be held on weekly basis. Subjects and master trainers could also be identified in-house for this purpose.

4. The objective of an hour in-house weekly training is to provide training to all employees of the Ministry/Department on a regular basis without dislocating their work. This being in-house training, there may not be any additional financial burden as well. The Departments would be free to choose training topics as per their requirements and utilise in-house expertise for imparting training. This will also help in achieving the National Training Policy 2012 objective of training of all employees.

5. Following the directions of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Department of Personnel & Training has started in-house weekly training for its employees which was inaugurated by the Additional Principal Secretary to PM on 9th October 2014. All officials from LDC up to Under Secretaries will be nominated in batches of 45-50 and the training will be conducted every Wednesday from 10.00 am to 11.00 am. You or your representative can attend this training after giving prior intimation, so that your Ministry/Department is familiarised to start in-house training.

6. Accordingly, all Ministries/Department are requested to start hourly in-house weekly training for their employees up to Under Secretaries immediately. In case the Ministries/Departments require training module on a particular subject to be developed/ procured, they may either contact the Institute of Secretariat Training & Management (ISTM), New Delhi or get it sourced through their own training institutes. The tentative learning schedule of DOPT is enclosed. If any assistance in this regard is required, kindly let DOPT know.

7. It is also requested that action taken may be informed to this Department for apprising the PMO.


(Sanjeev Kumar Jindal)
Director (Trg.) Tel. No: 26107960
email: sanjeev.jindal@nic.in

AIACEGEO reports about the present position of the DPC

We  have got innumerable telephonic calls today about the status of DPC and issuance of the promotion orders. Now, everybody is knowing that the DPC has been completed on last Sunday and minutes has been finalised in the late hours of yesterday evening. As far as the promotion orders are concerned, it is already under process. It will also, however, take the minimum required time.

Flash…Flash….DPC for promotion to AC Cadre completed…Orders under preparation

Posting Orders of Superintendents of Hyderabad Audit Commissionerate issued


Message from SG-AIACEGEO on DPC for 2539 Posts of ACs


Dear friends,
The DPC for 2539 posts of AC is going to be held on 17.10.14 to 19.10.14 by Board to grant adhoc promotions.  Pendency list regarding ACRs etc. is attached herewith. All of concerned units are requested to kindly take IMMEDIATE MEASURES to send the requisite information on the fax numbers mentioned on it.

CBEC Restructures Field Formations w.e.f. 15-10-2014

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), under the Finance Ministry on Wednesday restructured its field formations with a view to provide better tax payer services and deepen the tax base.

Chairperson of CBEC, J M Shanti Sundharam

Chairperson of CBEC, J M Shanti Sundharam

“The restructuring  of formations is aimed creating larger number of compact  Commissionerates, by reorganising the existing commissionerates. This shall provide better tax payer services and deepen the tax base,” a CBEC statement said.
The CBEC has implemented the cadre restructuring of the field formations, with effect from October 15, it said.
On account of growth in service tax over the last decade, four exclusive zones for the tax have been created in metro cities and the number of service tax commissionerates have been increased from 7 to 22.
Similarly with expansion of ports, the number of Customs Commissionerates has gone up from 34 to 60. In the context of self assessment, the department is also laying emphasis on non-intrusive controls by creating 45 audit commissionerates.
Trade notices have been issued by the Chief Commissioners, for information of the trade and assesses, it said. “There may be some teething troubles on account of reorganised jurisdictions. Trade may bring to the notice of the

department any issues they are facing so that timely resolution  can take place,” it added.
Indirect tax collections inched up by 5.8 per cent in the April-September period of this fiscal.
Indirect tax collections, comprising excise, customs and service tax, stood at Rs 2,41,811 crore in the first six months of 2014-15 fiscal as against Rs 2,28,619 crore in the corresponding period a year ago.

Hyderabad CCA IZT orders and Hyderabad Zone ICT Orders of Superintendents of CR issued



Career progression in Central Excise for Group-B officers – a Sham and Shame…

Notification has been issued by Board for effective of new formations created in course of CR w.e.f 15.10.2014.But the Board is not able to promote about 2539 Gr-B Gazetted officers to Asst. Commissioner,  many of whom are in the same cadre for more than twenty years. Now there is a 30-year gap between the senior-most and junior-most Superintendent. What a CR?? Inspectors joined during 1975 are still Superintendent, where as Inspectors joined during 2005 are also Superintendent. In one place Father joined during 1977 as Inspector is at present Superintendent, where as his son joined during 2004 is also Superintendent. In another place one Inspector joined during 1975 is Superintendent, where as one person joined during 1985 as a casual employee, regularised as Sepoy during 1990, promoted to LDC during 1995, to UDC /TA during 2000, to Inspector during 2005 is also Superintendent. What type of  department is Central Excise and Customs???? 


Notification has been issued by Board for effective of new formations created in course of CR w.e.f 15.10.2014.But the Board is not able to promote about 2539 Gr-B Gazetted officers to Asst. Commissioner,  many of whom are in the same cadre for more than twenty years. Now there is a 28-year gap between the senior-most and junior-most Superintendent. What a CR??