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GST Bill in current winter Session of Parliament?

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday expressed hope that the much-awaited GST Bill, which provides for a uniform indirect tax structure, would be introduced in the current winter session of Parliament.
 
“We will try and introduce GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill in this session…GST Bill would be taken up by the Cabinet after Empowered Committee (of state finance Minister) meeting on December 12,” he said here. The government has proposed to implement GST from April 1, 2016, and the new Finance Commission may be set up ahead of its schedule to look into the issues related to the new indirect tax regime. The GST will subsume indirect taxes like excise duty and service tax at the central level and VAT on the states front, 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, liquor out of the ambit. While a sub-committee on GST has suggested that the revenue neutral rate of GST be pegged at about 27 per cent, the states are yet to decide on it. It had suggested states GST at 13.91 per cent and Central GST at 12.77 per cent.Besides, states have been demanding that petroleum, alcohol and tobacco should be kept out of the purview of GST. The GST Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011, had lapsed and the NDA government will be required to come up with a fresh bill. The GST rollout has missed several deadlines because of lack of consensus among states over certain crucial issues on the new tax regime.

Centre May Lower Retirement Age By 2 Years To 58

 Central government is likely to take a major decision of the lowering of the mandatory retirement age for its employees to 58 years old, two years earlier than what the present law requires.

 

It would be one of the major decisions to be taken by the BJP government after came to power to curb slow manpower turn-over in government.

 
The present law setting the mandatory retirement age at 60 years old may be affecting the bureaucracy’s productivity.Since studies show that Indian people reaching the age of 50 years old tend to suffer from a decline of cognitive and physical abilities.That older employees also find it harder to adapt to modern technology, which is must required to develop the nation.
The youth voters in country have increased and so the BJP also wants to focus on young voters to say, “More retirees would mean more job openings for the youth.”PM Modi earlier said at New York’s Madison Square Garden, that India, which is the youngest country in the world, will live up to the expectations.
“There is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm. India wants change. A country with such a huge population of young people does not have a need to look back,” he added.“India is a youthful nation with a very old culture. 65 percent of Indians are below the age of 35,” he said.
“The government may clear the decrease in the retirement age either by June 30 or after receiving the Seventh Pay Commission report” said a source.It may be likely to be a part of the terms of reference of the Seventh Pay Commission, expected to file its report in 2015.
The decrease in retirement age would be happening first time after Independence. In 1998, the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Bajpai increased the retirement age to 60 from 58 following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission.Experts said it would put pressure on the government exchequer for payment of retirement benefits. However, sources confirmed this would be manageable.The move to decrease the retirement age may pressure the states to follow it.
The BJP led Haryana government has already declared yesterday decided to lower the retirement age of its employees from 60 to 58 years.

Update on Hyderabad Zone

I. Visit of All India President of AIACEGEO to Hyderabad on 24-11-2014:

 Shri R.Chandramouli,   All India President of AIACEGEO has visited Hyderabad on 24-11-2014 on our request to resolve the issue of repatriation of tenure completed Superintendents from Vizag Zone to Hyderabad Zone.

         We have met our Chief Commissioner along with Shri R. Chandramouli and discussed about the issue. Shri R.Chandramouli has prevailed on the Chief Commissioner about the need to adhere to the provisions of the transfer policy and to repatriate all the tenure complete officers immediately. However, CC has expressed the administrations problems in view of Boards instructions to implement the CR with minimum dislocation. She said that repatriation of any number of officers  at this juncture will further cause dislocation and result  in concomitant issuance of multiple orders both in Vizag Zone and in Hyderabad Zone . CC has further stated that  she has received instructions from Board to stop further transfers now till AGT and to concentrate on revenue targets now.

         She has requested us to understand the practical problems and to cooperate with the administration and promised that all tenure completed officers in terms IZTP,2013 will be repatriated during AGT,2015 by first week of April,2015. She has further promised that Administration would ensure that all the repatriated officers in AGT,2015 are relieved immediately without any undue delay.

        Shri  R.Chandramouli has further requested the CC to issue a favourable and flexible  revised IZT and ICT Policy in consultation with our Association  immediately for which CC has promised that new policies would be issued in December,2014 by involving us. 

          It is unfortunate that despite best  the efforts of our Zonal Unit and personal involvement of all India President and Secretary General, the matter could not be resolved favourably.  We thank the Federation particularly Shri Ravi Malik, Secretary General and Shri R.Chandramouli, President profusely  for their immediate action and reaction in this matter. 

      II. MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY JAC  OF ALL RECOGNISED ASSOCIATIONS OF HYDERABAD ZONE TO CC-Hyderabad zone on 24-11-2014:

     All recognised Associations i.e. Superintendent Asscn, Inspectors Asscn, Group-C Ministerial Asscn and Group-C Non-Ministerial Asscn  of Hyderabad have formed a JAC and submitted a joint memorandum to the CC-Hyderabad Zone on 24-11-2014 to express our protest against the proposed location of new Commissionerates of Customs, Audit and Service Tax and shifting of Hyderabad-IV Commissionerate to Madhapur/Gachibowli/Hightech city areas of Hyderabad. 

    We have requested the CC to ensure that the Hyderabad-IV Commissionerate is continued in the same premises by improving the amenities in that building and to locate the offices for the three new Commissionerates within a radius of 5 KMs of Basheerbagh. CC has explained patiently to us that when  tenders are called  for two times there is no response from the bidders from  in and around Basheerbagh office and that all the bids have come from the Madhapur/Gachibowli areas. She has promised that she will revisit the issue  and would do justice.

   Copy of the memorandum submitted to her is published below. 

 

AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System in all Central Govt. Offices all over India before 26-1-2015

No: 11013/9/2014- Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances,& Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 21st November 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

It has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached/ sub-ordinate Offices, in India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January 2015

2. The equipment will be procured by the Ministries/ Departments as per specifications of DeitY on DGS&D Rate Contract from authorized

vendors. The expenditure will be met by the Ministries/ Departments concerned under their O.E. The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly.

3. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. The equipment already procured by DeitY have a built in AMC of three years. The Ministries/ departments may ensure that the equipment being procured by them have similar provision.

4. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply. As per extant instructions, (contained in DoPT O.M. No: 28034/8/75- Estt-A dated 04-07-1975; No:28034/10/75-Estt-A dated 27-08-1975; No: 28034/3/82 —Estt-A dated 05-03-1982) half—a-day’s Casual Leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance upto an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority. In addition to debiting Casual Leave (or Earned Leave, when no CL is available). Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming.

5. These orders come into force with immediate effect.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

(J.A aidyanathan)
Director (Establis

Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents

 

 
No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
 
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 17th November, 2014
 
Office Memorandum
 
 Sub: Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents – reg.
 
 The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 06.06.2014 (copy enclosed) exempting a Government employee, who is also a care giver of disabled child, from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints. The word ‘disabled’ includes (i) blindness or low vision (ii) hearing impairment (iii) locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy (iv) leprosy cured (v) mental retardation (vi) mental illness and (vii) multiple disabilities.

2. The matter regarding the scope of ‘disabled’ has been examined in consultation with the Department of Disability Affairs. Considering the fact that the autism spectrum disorder child requires constant caregiver support and it would be imperative for the Government employees to take care of their autism spectrum disorder child on continuous basis, it has been decided to include ‘Autism’ in the term ‘disabled’, as defined in Para 3 of the above-mentioned O.M. dated 06.06.2014.
 
This issues with the approval of the MoS (PP).
 
 All the Ministries/Departments, etc. are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned under their control.
 
Sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

CBEC Cadre Restructuring Leaves 200 Top Slots Vacant

Promotions, transfers and postings in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) have come to a standstill, as it is learnt that delay in CBEC Cadre Restructuring  CBEC has left more than 200 top slots vacant. A substantial number of vacancies at senior positions in the Excise, customs and service tax departments under CBEC are yet to be notified.

 

Sources suggest approximately 200 posts of Principal Chief Commissioners, Chief Commissioners, Principal Commissioners as well as Commissioners (Apex, HAG+, SAG scales) are lying vacant since October 15, the date of implementation of cadre restructuring.

 

The Department of Promotion Committee meetings are underway. The DPCs have to submit its proposal to the appointment committee of cabinet through Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The PMO’s nod is required to go the proposal before appointment committee of cabinet (ACC).

The Pending proposals and promotions and senior level posts that are lying vacant for over one month now has led the Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax departments to miss its revenue targets and indirect taxes collections for this year. They had a tax collection target of Rs 6.23 lakh crore for the current fiscal year (2014-15) and this cadre restructuring delay in the CBEC has led to the government missing its tax collection target.

However, over 2,100 officers working as Superintendents in customs and Central Excise were promoted purely on ad-hoc basis to the level of Assistant Commissioners (Junior Time Scale) in cadre restructuring of CBEC but they would not confer any rights for regular promotions and seniority in the grade of Assistant Commissioner.

They were made Assistant Commissioners on ad-hoc basis to fill vacancies in CBEC’s temporary posts of Assistant Commissioner (Junior Time Scale), operational for five years under cadre restructuring.

CBEC made this modification under cadre restructuring to make up for stagnation in the grade of superintendent for the time being.

The above promotion from the Superintendents to Assistant Commissioners on ad-hoc basis is a cruel joke to the Superintendent grade under CBEC who faces a long stagnation about to 20 years, while their peers, Income tax officers, in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) get the promotion up to Joint Commissioner/Additional Commissioner during this period. How can CBEC manage, needing to focus on revenue target in this condition?

 

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‘Services exports vital for economy’

Union Finance Minister Shri Arun jaitley said on Wednesday that more jobs should be created in the services sector, in addition to those in the manufacturing sector, so that large sections of the underemployed population in the agriculture sector could get meaningful employment.  He said research and development (R&D), tourism, education and healthcare services had the potential to lead exports growth in the services sector. Exports from the sector were important as they compensated for the deficit in merchandise exports created as India imported more goods that it exported. 

  The Minister said the government was making efforts to raise the share of the manufacturing sector in the GDP from 15 per cent to 25 per cent. 

The Hindu

7th CPC visit to Hyderabad

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Hyderabad from 18th to 20th November, 2014. 

 The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views. Request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.

 

The last date for receiving request for meeting is 17th Nov. 2014 (1700 hours).

Hyderabad Customs seizes 4 Kg. Gold in RGIA

Hyderabad Customs on Wednesday seized four KG  of Gold from some passengers at RGIA at Shamshabad. The passengers who arrived from Saudi Arabia were carrying the gold without paying duty. Kudos to the Hyderabad Customs for playing proactive role  nowadays. 

Indirect Tax revenue lagging behind

The collections of indirect revenue mainly excise duty, service tax and customs duties during April-October,2014 was Rs. 2,85,126 crores or 5.6 per cent over the corresponding period the previous year against the Budget target for growth in indirect tax collections 25.8 per cent. 

It is unlikely that the Centre will meet its target from Indirect Tax revenue during this fiscal year.

The Hindu