No Identity Proof needed while booking Tatkal tickets from 1st September 2015 – Railway Ministry issues press Release

Ministry of Railways has scrapped the proceedure of enclosing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket.  However the anyone of the person(s) in the list of the Tatkal ticket has to produce anyone of the documents listed below at the time of travel as shown by persons travelling on normal bookings.

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Railways

17-July-2015 17:38 IST

Ministry of Railways decides to remove the condition of providing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket. 

The modified Tatkal provisions to come to effect by 1st September, 2015. The exact date of effect will be notified separately. 

Ministry of Railways has decided to modify some of the rules pertaining to purchase of tatkal tickets.  Under the modified rules, there will be no need to furnish photocopy of proof of identity while booking Tatkal ticket from computerised reservation counter or to indicate its number at the time of booking of Tatkal ticket at thecounter or through internet.

In addition,  as per the proposed changes, in case of ticket booked under Tatkal scheme, one of the passengers has to produce anyone of the following proofs of identity in original during the journey, failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly : –

i)    Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.

(ii)   Passport

(iii)  PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department

(iv)  Driving Licence issued by RTO

(v)   Photocopy Identity Card having serial numnber issued by Central/State Government

(vi)    Student identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students

(vii) NationalisedBank Passbook with photograph

(viii) Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated  photograph

(ix)  Unique Identification Card “Aadhar”

(x)   Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

These modifications will come into effect by 1st September, 2015.  The exact date of effect will be notified separately. 

As per extant instructions for undertaking journey on Tatkal tickets, the passenger at the time of booking a ticket from PRS centre has to provide a photocopy of identity card which he/she will carry during the journey. The number of this identity card is indicated on the ticket as well as reservation chart and during the journey the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity failing which he/she is treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. In case of passengers booking through internet, the number and type of identity card to be carried by the passenger during the journey is indicated at the time of booking of ticket and the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity during the journey failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.  These provisions are now being modified as mentioned in the first two paragraphs.

AIACEGEO-Hyderabad Zone Branch meets Shri Ram Tirath, Member (L&J) in Hyderabad on 14-7-2015

AIACEGEO, Hyderabad Zone Branch met Shri Ram Tirath, Member(L&J), CBEC as a courtesy call during his visit to Hyderabad on 14-7-2015 and submitted a representation to him. Chief Commissioner, Hyderabad Zone was present. 

Indefinite Strike by Central Government Employees from 23rd November 2015 demanding grant of interim relief, Merger of 100% DA with pay, scraping NPS, JCM functioning and other demands as per 10 point charter of demands


Shiva gopal mishra


National Council (Staff Side)

Joint Consultative (Machinery) for Central Government Employees

13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi — 110001


Dated: July 6, 2015

Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, 

 Cabinet Secretary,

(Government of India),

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I, on behalf of Staff Side, National Council(JCM), greet you on your joining as Cabinet Secretary,  Government of India.

Sir, you are aware that, more than 26 lakh Central Government Employees, working in the Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government Organizations, are facing lots of problems, which are unresolved  due to non-functioning of the NC/JCM.

More than 05 years have passed, there has not been a single meeting of the Departmental Council.

Non-resolution of the problems of the Central Government Employees has forced them jointly to resolve for a National Indefinite Strike from 23rd November, 2015.

I hope, you will take keen interest in resolution of the problems, submitted through our agenda as well as Charter of Demands at an earliest to keep industrial peace in the country.

I do not feel good to write all these issues in my first letter, but I am forced by the circumstances to write all this.

With kind regards!

Sincerely yours,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Secretary(Staff Side)


Effect wage revision of 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 with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Gramin Dak Sevaks 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 Defence Ordnance Factories and Postal  Services.

3. No Ban on recruitment / creating of posts.

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

5. No outsourcing; Contractorisation, Privatisation of government 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 Central Government Employees.

7. Remove the arbitrary  ceiling on compassionate appointments.

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

9. Remove the Bonus Ceiling.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

DoPT issues Gazette Notification for filing Lokpal Returns as on 31-3-2015 before 15-10-2015

Gazette Notification on Lokapal

FAQ issued by DoPT on Lokpal Declarations by CG Employees


Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns for 2015-16 Commences


Press Information Bureau

Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.

Electronic Filing of Income Tax Returns for 2015-16 Commences; ITR 1-Sahaj, 2 and 2A can be Used by Individuals or HUF Whose Income Does not Include Income from Business;

ITR 4S – SUGAM can be Used by an Individual or an HUF Whose Income Includes Business Income Assessable on Presumptive Basis; Taxpayers Requested to E-File Their Returns Early to Avoid the Rush Closer to the Last Date of Filing.

The Income Tax Department has released the software for preparing the Income Tax Return forms 1- SAHAJ, 2, 2A and 4S- SUGAM for AY 2015-16. The e-filing of these return forms has been enabled on the e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.

ITR 1-SAHAJ, 2 and 2A can be used by individual or HUF whose income does not include income from business. ITR 4S – SUGAM can be used by an individual or HUF whose income includes business income assessable on presumptive basis. The elaborate details of the persons who can use these forms are available in the instructions for filling the forms.

The facility for pre-filling of information for these return forms is available in the software for preparing the return forms. When the taxpayer exercises this option and just fills in his PAN, then personal information and information on taxes paid and TDS will be auto-filled in the form. Taxpayers are requested to use the return preparation software available free of cost under the ‘Downloads’ section on the home page of the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website-https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The use of Departmental software will ensure preparation of error-free returns thereby avoiding any need for future rectification due to data validation mistakes.

Taxpayers are requested to e-file their returns early to avoid the rush closer to the last date of filing.

DA to go up by 6% from July,2015 onwards for CG employees?

 Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees with effect from July 2015 will be increased by 6% due to  two point increase in All India CPI (IW) for May 2015. With this the total DA will go up  to 119% from July,2015 onwards. 

Shri Najib Shah, IRS takes over as Chairman of CBEC from 1-7-2015 onwards

  Shri Najib Shah, IRS has taken over as the Chairman of CBEC w.e.f. 1-7-2015 onwards.  He is 1979 batch IRS (C&CE) officer.  The outgoing Chairman  Shri Kaushal Srivastava has been appointed as member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property (ATFP). 

          We welcome Shri Najib Shah and we do hope that under his able and dynamic stewardship, CBEC will march ahead and many problems besetting our cadre will be settled. 

National Mazdoor Conference Asks Seventh Pay Commission To Expedite Completion Of Its Report

National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) asked the Chairman of Seventh Central Pay Commission to expedite completion of its report on salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of central government employees and pensioners.  “We urge upon the Chairman of Seventh Central Pay Commission to expedite completion of recommendations and get it finalised by the stipulated time so that there is no delay in its implementation in favour of both Centre and state government employees and pensioners,” National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) President Subash Shastri said.


In a memorandum sent to Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur (retd.), Chairman of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, Shastri appealed to recommend its report to state government as well, “So that the gap arising out of implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations does not mainly go against the interest of state government employees and pensioners.”  He also said that keeping in view the rising cost of living, the Pay Commission should effectively formulate strategies to deal with inflation. Shastri earlier said that the pay commission should submit their report to the Central Government at appropriate time, so that it will enable to implement its report from 1st January, 2016.


CBEC To Popularise Settlement Commission For Resolving Tax Disputes

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has asked its officials to encourage assessees facing notices to get tax disputes expeditiously resolved through the Settlement Commission mechanism.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastav

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastav

The directions issued by the revenue department to Chief Commissioners and Director Generals dealing with indirect taxes are aimed at encouraging voluntary compliance and greater use of the Settlement Commission.


“…It is directed that immediately after issuance of show-cause notice, a letter should invariably be written to the noticee informing him about the scheme of the settlement,” it said in a circular.

The Settlement Commission scheme, it said, has not yielded desired results even after more than 15 years of operation.

“It has been noticed that even after more than 15 years of operation of the scheme, cases through Settlement Commission have not yielded the desired results and very ‘minuscule’ percentage of all show cause notices issued are taken up by the assessee’s for settlement,” CBEC said.

According to it, one of the reasons for “not many assessee’s opting for the said scheme may be lack of awareness of the scheme among them”.

The objective behind the setting up the Settlement Commission was to create a channel whereby tax disputes can be settled “expeditiously and in a spirit of conciliation rather than prolonging them through adversarial attitude”.