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Five New Members Appointed; CBEC Now A Full House

 

New Delhi: Government Monday appointed five senior IRS officers, including two women officials, as the new Members of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), apex policy making body for indirect taxes.

DG DRI Najib Shah was Monday appointed as Member of CBEC.

DG DRI Najib Shah was Monday appointed as Member of CBEC.

 

The posts, of the seven-member apex body, have been lying vacant for over three months.

“Orders for the appointment of four IRS officers to be appointed as Members in CBEC have been issued Monday,” a senior Finance Ministry official said.

As per the orders, five Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officers — Najib Shah, Ashok K Kaushal, V S Krishnan, Neerja Shah and Vanaja N Sarna — have been appointed in the post of Special Secretary and as Members in the CBEC.

All the above IRS officers belong to the 1979 batch except Vanaja N Sarna. She belongs to 1980 batch.

Najib Shah was till now serving as the Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). According to seniority, he will be appointed as the next Chairman of the CBEC, earlier in July.

With orders for five members’ posting issued by the Finance Ministry on Monday, all vacancies of Members in the seven-member body have now been filled.

The CBEC, at present, is headed by Chairman, Kaushal Srivastava with Ms Joy Kumari Chander as its lone Member. Srivastava is due to retire in June and Chander will demit her office in this month.

CBEC also appointed Shashi Bhushan Singh, a former CBEC member, retired in February this year, as adviser to CBEC on three-month contract, which will be ceased later this month.

Officials said the new appointments will boost the work of revenue collection and other indirect taxes related tasks given to the Customs, Central Excise and Service tax departments.

The body has six members apart from the Chairman and is responsible for framing policy and administrative issues related to indirect taxes.

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DoPT Meets NAC and also JCM on DA Merger, 7th CPC report on time

NC JCM issued a strike notice on 23.11.2015 on the demands of Central Government Employees. DoPT has announced to meet he NC JCM on that day. The list of pending points are given below:

No.3/1/2015-JCA

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi,dated the 21st May, 2015

To

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra,

Secretary, Staff Side,

National Council (JCM)

13, C Ferozshah Road

New Delhi

Sir,

Please refer to your online grievance No.PM0PG/2015/83480 dated 28th April, 2015 regarding proposed call for Strike on 23.11.2015.

2. You will be aware that the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is scheduled to be held on 29.05.2015 and also meeting of the National Council (JCM) is likely to be held shortly. Some of the issues will be discussed and considered during the meetings.

 Yours faithfully

(A.Asholi Chalai)

Director (JCA)

CHARTER OF DEMANDS:

1.    Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014, accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report within the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.  Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2.    No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services.

3.    No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.

4.    Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

5.    No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental  functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.

6.  Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.

7.    Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8.    No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9.    Remove the ceiling on payment of Bonus.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

Hyderabad Zone CCA Basketball Team wins the prestigious 1st Nawab Shujath Ahmed Khan memorial Basketball Tournament held in Hyderabad on 25-5-2015

Congratulations to the Basketball Team  for winning the prestigious tournament. Keep it up and all the best. 

In the picture below Team Basketball – standing from left: 

 Rohit,  Devender, T Dayal Singh (Captain), M. Srikanth Reddy,, K.V.Ramana Chary, IAS(Retd) (Advisor  to Telangana Govt.), Santosh, Shiva Reddy, Ch.verma, Susheel Kumar and K.Vijay. 

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

Finance Minister has announced “far more simplified” ITR-2. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today that the IRT-2 will be simplified taking into consideration the representations made on furnishing the Air Travel Information etc. However there is a speculation whether the new form will not contain columns about furnishing bank accounts and foreign travels. FM said that the changes have been made after having public consultations, he has asked the income tax department to come up with the simplest form.

“They (CBDT) are coming out with a proposal. Now that I am free from Parliament, they will put up before me,” he told in an interview when asked whether the number of pages of the forms will be cut down from thirteen and a half. When asked whether the queries on foreign travel and bank accounts, considered by many as intrusive, would be dropped in the revised form, the Minister said: “You wait, but I can only tell you it will be far more simplified”. It seems to suggest that the questions about foreign travel and all bank accounts would be limited to a section of tax assesses.

FM said “As far as 8 or 9 out of 10 tax payers are involved, their form has to be very simple..There are various kinds of details, which are to be filled up may be absolutely redundant for them,” The simplified I-T return form is being brought after the earlier version was opposed by industry, MPs and assesses for its cumbersome disclosure norms. “I am in favour of the easing. This was twelve or twelve and a half page form, which has existed. Three or four more questions were added. So it became thirteen and a half pages.

“I was in Washington when I came to know of this. I immediately called up and said stop it because to me whether it was twelve and a half or thirteen and a half, both seem a little excessive,” Jaitley said. The salaried individuals and those persons who do not have business/professional income are required to file income tax returns in either ITR-1 or ITR-2 by July 31.Income Tax Return (ITR) for 2014-15 to be revised(Assessment year 2015-16)  following apprehensions of tax payers over details sought relating to foreign travel

Viewers ma be aware that the ITR forms, which was notified last month by the CBDT for the current assessment year, had specific columns for banks accounts, IFSC Code, names of joint account holders and foreign visits, including the ones paid by the companies.

CS LTC Rules 1988 – Clarification on eligibility of LTC Home Town Concession – Frequently Asked Questions and Clarification to the same provided to DOPT

No. 31011 /4/2007-Estt.(A-IV)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment (A-IV) Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001

Dated: May 18, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

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.

sd/-

(Surya Narayan Jha)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Prosecution in Corruption Cases

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 .

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Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news goes viral in Social Media

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.

Source: Gservants.com

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.

The Karnataka State Confederation has also indicated that fitment formula likely to be adopted by 7th Pay Commission for fixing existing Central Government Employees in the revised 7th CPC pay structure will be in the range of 2.72 times to 3.72 depending upon the weightage.

The Text of Note published by Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka State is as follows

Comrade,

The DIRECTORATE OF ECONONMICS & STATISTICS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION MINISTRY OF AGRILCULTURE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA NEW DELHI  has published the RETAIL PRICES OF FOOD AND NON FOOD ITEMS VIDE http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/  PLEASE GO THROUGH THIS IMPORTANT LINK .  which contains district wise price report.

http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/Bulletin.aspx

You can get any price of any article using the Query option.

http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/QueryReport.aspx

The prices  of many items provided by the Staff side JCM  are lower than the retail prices provided by the Government agency  . Hence the Minimum wage of Rs 20,000/- is  justified for the  erstwhile Group “D” with effect from 1/1/15 using Dr Aykroyd  formula . After weightage of 25% for Group “C” it works out to Rs 26,000/- .

Please click here for Prices of Food items as on 1/1/15

Please click here for Prices of Non Food items as on 1/1/15

Please click  here for Minimum Wage Caluation Sheet 

The fitment formula  may range from 2.72 times to 3.72 depending upon the weightage.

The Sixth Central Pay Commission has recommended a minimum wage of Rs 6600/- per month   against the demand of Rs 10,000/-  per month as worked out by Staff side of JCM, Today the minimum need based wage works out to Rs 26,000/ per month.

Comradely yours

(P.S. Prasad)

General Secretary

PAN Made Mandatory For Central Excise Registration

Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been made mandatory for private firms seeking central excise registration.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is the administrative head of Central Excise.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, 



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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DoPT issues instructions for convening DPC meetings within the prescribed time frame

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. 

NO. 22011/1/2011-Estt(D)

Government of India .

Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block. New Delhi – 110001

Dated-23rd April; 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Timely and. advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion

Committee meeting in terms of Model Calendar-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that with a view to having the approved select panels for promotion ready in advance in a time-bound manner, this Department has issued a Model Calendar for DPCs vide OM No. 22011 /9/98-Estt. (D) dated 8th September, 1998 as modified vide OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D)

dated 28.01.2015. An indicative pattern has been provided in the Model Calendar for various events involved in the pre/ post DPC related actions. All the Ministries/Departments have been impressed upon from time to time by this Department to adhere to the prescribed time-line so as to ensure that the panel is ready in time and is utilised as and when the vacancies arise during the course of the vacancy year.

2. Appointment Committee of Cabinet has viewed it seriously that the DPCs are not being convened in time. Delay in promotion affects the manpower planning and impedes the career progression of the employees. The delays .in conduct of DPC negate the very purpose of the Model Calendar for DPCs issued vide Office Memorandum No.22011/9/98-Estt.(D) dated 8th September, 1998 as modified vide OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D) dated 28/01/2015.

4. The objective of timely promotions of employees in various Ministries/Departments can be achieved only by granting the promotion in time.

5. All the Ministries/Departments are, therefore, once again advised to ensure strict compliance of instructions in order to achieve the desired objectives of timely convening of DPCs/preparation of approved select panels within the prescribed time frame.

(S.K. Prasad)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Tele. No. 23040340