Saturday, August 31, 2013

India launches First Defence Satellite GSAT-7

India's first exclusive defence satellite GSAT-7 was successfully launched by European space consortium Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on Friday, giving a major push to the country's maritime security.

Indian Navy would be the user of the multi-band home-built communication spacecraft, expected to be operational by September end. ISRO looking for more participation of private players in Joint Ventures.

The Rs 185-crore GSAT-7, the country's maiden dedicated spacecraft for Defence applications, was launched during a 50-minute launch window which started at 2 am, and it was telecast live by Doordarshan.

After a flight of almost 34 minutes, the satellite was injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) of 249 km perigee (nearest point to earth), 35,929 km apogee (farthest point to earth) and an inclination of 3.5 degree with respect to the equator.

During August 31-September 4, three orbit-raising operations will be performed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to place the satellite into geostationary orbit of 36,000 km above the equator.

By September 14, GSAT-7 is planned to be positioned in its orbital slot of 74 deg East longitude and subsequently the satellite's communication transponders will be switched on.

Free Opener - A Unique Application to Open more than 80 file formats

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) for LPG cylinders

Making more populist announcements in an election year, the government on Thursday said it will extend the direct benefits transfer (DBT) programme for cooking gas connections to another 269 districts by January.

The programme, also called Aap Ka Paisa, Aap Ke Haath (your money in your hands), is being billed as ensuring effective delivery of cash payments to beneficiaries and eliminating pilferage in government welfare programmes.

The announcement comes in the same week that the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government got the food security and the land acquisition laws passed in Parliament.

The government launched the DBT programme as a pilot in 20 districts for 26 schemes starting 1 January, to transfer cash subsidies and welfare payments using Aadhaar directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CBEC Cadre Restructuring : What next after approval from CoS?

The CBEC cadre review proposal has been approved by the committee of secretaries. Now the question is "will it pass through the 'Group of Ministers' and finally be approved by the cabinet ?"

The CBDT cadre review followed this way. But sources indicated that as the committee of secretaries did not make any major change in the proposal, it is not required to go to the 'Group of Ministers'. The cabinet note is likely to be prepared within a couple of days and the file will be sent for cabinet approval. It is expected that the proposal will be cleared by the cabinet by 13th September.

Source :

Instruction of CBDT on N.R. Parmar case.


F.No.C-18012/26/2003-V&L(Pt. II)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue Central Board of Direct Taxes

New Delhi, 26th Aug., 2013 
All the Chief Commissioners of Income Tax (CCA),

Sub:   Judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court dated 27.11.2012 in the case of UOI &
Ors.Vs. N.R. Parmar & Ors. -Reg.-


I am directed to refer to the subject cited above and to state that the advice of DoPT is being sought on the decision of Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of Sh. Parmar. However, presently the DoPT has returned the file with the following advice:

"The DoR has sought our advice on the implications of the judgment of Supreme Court dated 27.11.2012 in the case of Sh. N.R. Farmer & Ors.. This department is already seized with this issue in the contact of the impact of Supreme Court judgment on the policy for determination of inter se seniority of direct recruit and promotee and consequent administrative action to be taken in consultation of DoLA. However, the impact of the judgment on the seniority of the officers of Income Tax Department has to be assessed and analyzed by the Department of Revenue and specific issues should be brought forward so as to enable DoPT to examine the same and give its comments. The comments of DoR would also facilitate a comprehensive examination/advice of the DoLA while considering the general policy file of DoPT. In this context, the advice of DoLA in the Para 24 of p-88/Notes is relevant. The department of Revenue may be advised to take necessary action accordingly."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CBEC Cadre restructuring News ; Secretaries approved CBEC cadre review

Committee of Secretaries finally approves CBEC Cadre Review. As per the information available, 14 Apex Grade posts approved; 38 HAG+ & 100 HAG , 340 SAG,   2118 posts approved for promotion from Group B to Group A. After approval from the secretaries it is likely to go to Group of Ministers and finally to Cabinet for approval.

Source :

Implementation of cadre Restructuring of Income Tax Department :Decisions of Extended secretariat meeting of ITEF held on 24.08.2013

The Extended Secretariat meeting of ITEF was held as scheduled on 24th August, 2013. ITEF(CHQ) issued a circular in this regard, details thereof is as under:

1.              Allocation of newly created Posts:
            The Extended Secretariat meeting of ITEF was held as scheduled on 24th August, 2013 to consider, among other things, the principle of allocation of newly created posts in the cadre restructuring.  Prior to the Secretariat meeting, the sub-committee formed for this purpose met and finalized the draft allocation.  The draft allocation was prepared on the basis of the formula adopted and other suggestions approved by the Central Working Committee Meeting held on 28th July, 2013 at New Delhi.  The draft proposal was subjected to detailed discussions in the Secretariat meeting.  Some circles pointed out discrepancies in the figure of work load adopted by the Committee.  Though the Committee has adopted the figures available on official records, it was decided to verify the same further from the official figures of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.  If any major discrepancy is found in the figures adopted, the same will be considered by the Sub-Committee and required steps will be taken after consulting all concerned.

            The Secretariat has also decided to allocate certain number of posts to the newly created areas viz. ASK, SEWOTTAM, CPCs, LTUs etc The Secretariat also decided that the issue of creation of cadre controlling authority at Chatisgarh will be taken up with the Board with a brief note along with the proposal.

            The Secretariat also decided that allocation of the new posts will be based on the Cadre Restructuring proposal and posts projected for the newly created/expanded areas will be separately considered for charge wise allocation.

2.         Merger of Directorates.  
           The CWC meeting held on 28.7.2013 decided to oppose the merger of Personnel of all Directorate ( created after 2001 and proposed new ones) under the Cadre Controlling Authority of DG (Admn).  Except in the case of 6 directorate of pre-2000 period, where distinct categories of personnel are working,  in all other directorates the personnel drawn from the sanctioned strength of CCIT(CCA),Delhi is working.  In view of the above, we have taken up the matter with the sub-committee constituted for this purpose by the Board and demanded that atleast the staff strength required for the post-2001 Directorates and the Directorate proposed to be created should be placed under the CCIT (CCA) strength.  It was reported to the Secretariat that the said sub-committee has not accepted our proposal.  The Secretariat therefore, decided to lodge our strong protest through agitations against the move of the Board and the attitude of the Sub-Committee.

3.           Casual/contingent workers. 
                    Over the teeth of our demand and agitations carried out, the Board has directed all the CsCIT(CCA) to stop payment/engagement of the casual labours from the month of June 2013. The sudden stoppage of wages to these poor workers engaged for carrying out perennial and permanent functions of the Department, for no fault of theirs is against the principles of natural justice and the spirit of the judgment of their lordship, the Constitution Bench of Supreme Court, in the case of Umadevi Vs. UOI.  In many circles, the poor employees who were engaged by the authorities and working in the department for more than a decade, had to approach various judicial authorities for their intervention and continuation of their services.  Though there is no specific direction from the Government for the sudden stoppage of their engagement, the reason for the decision of the board is very obvious viz. outsourcing the work of permanent nature.  The stand of the Board has come out openly as he Board recently stayed the earlier order for three months on the precise ground that some of the Chief Commissioners requested for more time to engage persons through outsourcing/contracturisation. The board has also not taken any action on the demand raised by this federation through a resolution passed in the Secretariat meeting dated 13.06.2013. 

The Secretariat therefore, decided to call upon all the circles/Regions/Branches to have a demonstrative action in the form of Lunch Hour Demonstration on 30th August, 2013, pass  resolution  and send the same to the Chairperson. The Text of the Resolution is enclosed.

4.                Differing Stands of the Circles.  
                It was reported by our representatives in the Sub-Committee at apex level that some of the Circles have demanded certain changes in the proposed recruitment rules etc.  Taking note of such reports the Secretariat decided to request all the Circles not to take any stand or express differing views on matters of all India nature, which the CHQ is taking up at the apex level committees in accordance with the decisions of the Central Working Committee. It was also decided to circulate the stand taken in respective sub-committees by the ITEF(CHQ) to Circles so that uniform stand can be taken by the Federation at various levels. The Circles may take up and concentrate on issues mainly concerned with various requirements of the Circles like, infrastructure, office space, residential premises, placement of personnel, location of new offices, arrangement for holding of DPCs in time etc.  Kindly restrain from taking a different stand on the issues connected with Recruitment Rules, allocation of posts etc. from that of the ITEF(CHQ).

5.             Amendment to ITI Recruitment Rules: 
              The secretariat was appraised by our Representative in the Sub-Committee of CBDT of the opinion emerging in the committee with regard to removal of the twin slot of Date of Passing and Seniority for consideration for promotion to the cadre of Inspectors, in view of the provisions of the Model Recruitment Rules circulated by the DOPT, the reduction in the stagnation period and non-existence of such provisions in the upper and lower cadres Recruitment Rules.

Complaints against CGHS & Govt initiatives to improve the services

The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is providing comprehensive healthcare facilities to the Central Government employees and pensioners and some other select categories of persons in 25 cities across the country. Government has taken a large number of initiatives over last few years to improve the functioning of CGHS which have yielded positive results. However, the Ministry has also been receiving suggestions, representations and complaints on various aspects of the functioning of this Scheme. The complaints reported from different States are generally of similar nature and can be broadly classified in the following categories:

1. The number of private hospitals on the panel of CGHS in some cities including Thiruvanathpuram, Kerala, is not adequate.
2. The number of CGHS dispensaries is not adequate.
3. Need to cover more cities under CGHS.
4. Shortage of doctors and staff in dispensaries.
5. Impolite and rude behavior of dispensary staff.
6. Delay in supply of indented medicines.
7. Overcharging and denial of credit facility by empanelled private hospitals.
8. Disruption in services due to break down in internet connectivity.
9. Delay in settlement of Medical Reimbursement Claims.
10. Delay in issue of plastic cards.
11. Non- supply of Ayurvedic medicines, etc.

Government has taken the following initiatives to improve the services of CGHS to its beneficiaries:

1. ‘Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ has been revived in all CGHS locations to empanel more number of eligible private hospitals and diagnostic/ imaging centres. The process of empanelment has also been decentralised by delegating powers at the city level.

2. CGHS beneficiaries residing in non-CGHS areas have been allowed to avail follow up and inpatientmedical treatment in hospitals recognised under CS (MA) Rules and ECHS.

3. Ministry has mooted a proposal for opening at least one dispensary in the capital of the States where CGHS is not in operation.

4. CGHS engages retired Government doctors on short term contract basis to address the shortage of doctors wherever required. The powers to engage retired doctors on contract basis have also been delegated at city level.

5. Instructions have been issued to the doctors and other staff to be polite and courteous in their behaviour towards the beneficiaries.

6. There is a provision to penalise the authorised local chemists for delay in supply of indented medicines.

7. Appropriate actions are taken against the defaulting hospitals for overcharging and denial of credit facility.

8. Instructions have been issued to provide consultation/treatment even in case of breakdown of internet connectivity. Instructions have also been issued to create standby arrangement to ensure uninterrupted services.

9. Continuous monitoring of MRCs are done at the level of Additional Directors to ensure timely settlement. Time limit of 45 days has been fixed for final settlement of MRCs.

10.  The requirement for referral /permission for diagnostic tests/investigations has been done away with.

11.  ‘SMS-Alert’ system has been introduced by CGHS for close contact with CGHS beneficiaries.

12.  CGHS beneficiaries can avail medical consultation and medicines from any CGHS Wellness Centres across the country.

13.  Biometric System for recording attendance has been introduced in CGHS to ensure punctuality.

The above information was submitted by Min of Health & Family Welfare in reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-

STARRED QUESTION NO-242                                          
ANSWERED ON-27.08.2013
Inadequate facilities provided by CGHS
*242. DR. T.N. SEEMA:

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has received any complaints about inadequate facilities, shortage of staff and delay in providing healthcare by the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in various States including Kerala;
(b) if so, the details of the complaints received, State-wise for the last three years and the current year; and
(c) the action taken by Government to redress these grievances, State-wise?


(a)to(c): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.


 *** see above**

Monday, August 26, 2013

Government sets-up Tax Administrative Reform Commission (TARC)

In his Budget Speech 2013-14 in the Parliament on 28.02.2013, the Finance Minister had announced as under:

     “An emerging economy must have a tax system that reflects best global practices. I propose to set-up a Tax Administration Reform Commission to review the application of tax policies and tax laws and submit periodic reports that can be implemented to strengthen the capacity of our tax system.”

             Accordingly, the government has set-up a Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC). The term of the Commission will be 18 months. The Chairman of the Commission is Dr. Parthasarathy Shome and will be in the rank of Minister of State.

The Terms of Reference of the Commission will be as follows:-

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend appropriate organizational structure for tax governance with special reference to deployment of workforce commensurate with functional requirements, capacity building, vigilance administration, responsibility and accountability of human resources, key performance indicators, assessment,  grading and promotion systems, and structures to promote quality decision making at the highest policy levels.

·                  To review the existing business processes of tax governance including the use of information and communication technology and recommend measures for tax governance best suited to Indian context.

·                  To review the existing mechanism of dispute resolution covering time and compliance cost and recommend measures for strengthening the same. This includes domestic and international taxation.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend capacity building measures for preparing impact assessment statements on taxpayers compliance cost of new policy and administrative measures of the tax Departments.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for deepening and widening of tax base and taxpayer base.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend a system to enforce better tax compliance - by size, segment and nature of taxes and taxpayers, that should cover methods to encourage voluntary tax compliance.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for improved taxpayer services and taxpayers education programme. This includes mechanism for grievance redressal, simplified and timely disbursal of duty drawback, export incentives, rectification procedures, tax refunds etc.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for “Capacity building” in emerging areas of Customs administration relating to Border Control, National Security, International Data Exchange and securing of supply chains.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures for strengthening of Database and Inter-agency information sharing, not only between Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs(CBEC) but also with the banking and financial sector, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), Financial Intelligence Unit (FlU), Enforcement Directorate etc. and use of tools for utilization of  such information to ensure compliance.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend appropriate means including staff resources for forecasting, analysis and monitoring of revenue targets.

·                  To review the existing policy and recommend measures for research inputs to tax governance.

·                  To review the existing mechanism and recommend measures to enhance predictive analysis to detect and prevent tax/economic offences.

·                  Any other issue which the government may specify during the tenure of the Commission.

Source : PIB

All-India Android mobile applications (app) design competition for school kids

School students in the age group of 10-13 years will design mobile applications on Android platform in a countrywide contest. "Students from schools across the country will participate in the first all-India Android mobile applications (app) design competition," Global Discovery Academy's chief product officer Vipul Redey said here Saturday.

"The contest has been designed to develop the thought process of students by exploring and generating their own unique concepts," Redey said. The students will also compete in creating problem-solving applications in the areas of social concerns like environment, education, health, nutrition and civic amenities. The criterion to participate is knowledge of computers and internet applications. The academy will provide training on mobile phone programming.

"We believe in leveraging technology as a tool to enhance conventional teaching and encourage students to ideate, explore and learn through exposure than rote-learning," Redey asserted. In the three-stage contest, a participant has to describe to the academy by Sep 1 the app he/she will design and develop to serve a specific social cause, its functionality and user engagement.

In the second stage, a student has to submit a prototype of the mobile app to the academy for programme. "Selected finalists will present the app idea and prototype at a special event in New Delhi and winners will be decided by a panel of judges on basis of creativity, effectiveness of the app and ease of its use," Redey added.

Source :

Saturday, August 24, 2013

1) Free supply of essential medicines has been approved, 2) Know about Generic Drug

With the aim to provide affordable health care to the people by reducing their out of pocket expenses on medicines, an initiative for free supply of essential medicines to the patients availing treatments in public health facilities in the country has been approved in the 12th Five Year Plan to promote rational use of medicines and reduce the consumption of inessential medicines. There is an outlay of Rs.16,000 crore for this initiative in the 12th Plan. The initiative is based on the Tamil Nadu model where free medicines procured in bulk by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC), in generic name, directly from the manufacturers is supplied through an IT enabled supply chain management system to the public.

The Central Procurement Agency has already been registered in the name of the Central Medical Services Society. Modernization of health centers is the responsibility of the State / UT Governments. It is a continuous and ongoing process.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

What is Generic Drug?

A generic drug (generic drugs, short: generics) is a drug defined as "a drug product that is comparable to brand/reference listed drug product in dosage form, strength, route of administration, quality and performance characteristics, and intended use." It has also been defined as a term referring to any drug marketed under its chemical name without advertising.

Although they may not be associated with a particular company, generic drugs are subject to the regulations of the governments of countries where they are dispensed. Generic drugs are labeled with the name of the manufacturer and the adopted name (non proprietary name) of the drug.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Five New IIITs Start from this Year Under PPP Mode

Five New Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode have started from this academic session. They are Chittoor in Andhra, Kota in Rajasthan, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati in Assam and Vadodara in Gujarat. This is a part of a major step taken by the HRD Ministry to promote 20 IIITs in the current Five Year Plan under this scheme. Five more are expected to start from the next year.

These Institutes are steps forward in promoting academia – Industries Partnership in technical education as the content of the Syllabi will be Industry aligned. The employability of the students will vastly improve. There will be more Research in the specific field required by the IT Industry and there will be greater interface between Teaching and Industry. The Confederation of Indian Industries after a survey had earlier said that only one in four graduates passing the B.Tech exams. are worth getting a job.

The next five IIITs to start functioning from 2014-15 are in Kerala, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura and Karnataka.

Source : PIB

There is no proposal to increase the age of retirement of Government employees : Rajyasabha Question Answer

In reply to question raised on plan to increase the retirement age of Government employees, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office stated that there is no proposal to increase the retirement age of government employee from 60 to 62 years. It is a break in all divination of enhancement of retirement age. It is hopeless news for retiring employees whereas it is good news for those employees who are waiting for their promotion on account of retirement.

          The details of question answer is as below :

ANSWERED ON-22.08.2013

Plan to increase retirement age of Government employees


(a) whether Government has any plan to increase the retirement age of Government employees; and
(b) if so, by when and if not, the reasons therefor?


Additional Relief on Death/Disability of Govt. Servants (Civilians) Covered Under New Defined Contribution Pension System NPS: Procedures to be adopted for Submission of Claims.


Circular No –110                                                       No. GI/C/Misc/NPS – I/Tech                                                                                         Dated : 12.08.2013

Sub: - Additional Relief on Death/Disability of Govt. Servants (Civilians) Covered Under New Defined Contribution Pension System NPS: Procedures to be adopted for Submission of Claims.

Ref:- This office Important Circular No. 79 dated: 29-10-2010

Para 1 & 4 of the Circular No. 79 dated 29-10-2010 is amended to read as under:-

Para No-1. H.O.O will prepare pension papers in case of NPS beneficiaries in accordance with the same procedure as prescribed for Defence Civilian Personnel appointed before 01-01-2004 and will submit the same along with Service Book and all the relevant documents (which is required in case of pre-01-01-2004 Cases) to PAO

Portability of PRAN – NPS Lite/Swavalamban to NPS – All Citizen Model and other sectors : PFRDA circular

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority issued a circular no. PFRDA/2013/13 /PDEX/08 dated 20th August’2013 regarding Portability of PRAN – NPS Lite/Swavalamban to NPS – All Citizen Model and other sectors. There were several requests from NPS Lite/Swavalamban subscribers seeking porting of their PRANs from NPS Lite/Swavalamban to the All Citizen Model of NPS (UOS). PFRDA after examining the matter has approved the shifting/porting of NPS/Lite/Swavalamban accounts to NPS-All Citizen model and other Sectors through an Inter platform shift process which is detailed as below:

1. The subscriber has to submit the following documents to the new nodal office (POP/PAO/DDO etc) who in turn will process the application and forward the document to CRA.
a.        Duly filled in Inter platform shift (IPTR-1) form along with the duly filled in registration form of the sector to which he wishes to migrate

b.       Submit the PRAN already issued and in absence of PRAN has to provide a notarized affidavit as to the reasons for non-submission.

2.       CRA upon receipt of request would initiate the process for creation of new Permanent Retirement Account (PRA) with new PRAN for the subscriber on the target platform and disable the earlier PRAN of the subscriber in the system. The earlier/old PRAN would not be allotted to anybody else in the system. Also, the earlier record would be tagged to the new account for audit trail as well as for knowing information like if the subscriber has availed Swavalamban benefit under the earlier PRAN or not etc.
3. CRA would issue necessary instructions for monetization of the accumulated corpus in the old/earlier PRAN and also necessary instructions for crediting of such accumulated corpus received upon monetization into the new PRAN account. The entire activity would be a controlled activity from CRA end.

4. There would not be any requirement of providing KYC documents once again by the subscriber, if the same have been submitted/ collated at the time of subscriber registration under NPS already and the address provided in the new registration for is matching with that of existing record. If there is any change in the address from the existing NPS account address proof need to be submitted afresh. The CRA would tag the KYC documents to the new PRAN and ensure that all the required details are available.

5. CRA would print and dispatch the PRAN card directly to the subscriber/aggregator as the case may be and CRA would not be charging any extra charges for the same.

Subscribers intending to shift their PRAN from NPS Lite/Swavalamban to All Citizen Model and other sectors may approach the new/intended contribution uploading office (POP/PAO/DDO etc) for doing the needful on the matter.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A common website for filing RTI Application in all central ministries and departments

Filing online RTI applications in all central ministries and departments through a common web-based platform will become a reality from Wednesday. At present, this facility is available only for 40 ministries, departments and commissions.

Now, the government will extend this facility to all central institutions, including ministries, departments and commissions, which are covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.

"The minister of state for personnel, V Narayanasamy, will formally launch this facility here on Wednesday", said an official.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cabinet likely to consider Direct Taxes Code Bill tomorrow

The Cabinet is likely to consider the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill on Thursday, which seeks to overhaul the over 50-year old income-tax law, with minor rejigs in the draft, including in the income-tax slabs.

"The DTC Bill is on the agenda of the Cabinet meeting tomorrow," a source said.

The exemption limit at Rs 2 lakh for individual tax payers is unlikely to be touched, but a new slab of 35 percent may be introduced for the super-rich.

Besides, Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) may be levied on book profit and not on gross assets, sources said. Further, the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is likely to be retained, as against the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Finance that the levy be abolished.

Among other things, the Standing Committee, headed by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, had suggested raising the income-tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 2 lakh proposed in the DTC Bill, 2010.

The DTC bill, which aims to rationalize tax rates to bring more people and companies under the tax net, was introduced in Parliament in 2010.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram had earlier said he intends to bring the DTC Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament, following submission of the Standing Committee's recommendations. The ongoing Monsoon session is scheduled to end on August 30.

The first draft prepared by Chidambaram in 2009 had proposed income-tax slabs of Rs 1.6-10 lakh, Rs 10-25 lakh and Rs 25 lakh and above. Besides, corporate tax was proposed at 25 percent.

This was followed by the draft DTC Bill prepared by then-Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in 2010, which proposed the slabs at Rs 2-5 lakh, Rs 5-10 lakh and Rs 10 lakh and above and corporate tax at 30 percent.

The Standing Committee suggested slabs of Rs 3-10 lakh, Rs 10-20 lakh and Rs 20 lakh and above. On corporate tax, it recommended the rate be retained at 30 percent.

Source: Business Standard

Tech News : Smart Phones के मैजिकल एप्स

इसी विषय के सन्दर्भ में हम कुछ और एप्स की जानकारी ले के आये है, पिछले पोस्ट में हम 5 जादुई एप्स की जानकारी ले के आये थे, आइये ऐसे ही कुछ महत्वपूर्ण 5 और एप्स की जानकारी लें. 

1. ट्रेन अलार्म

आपकी ट्रेन कहां तक पहुंची इसकी पल-पल की खबर बताएगा आपको ट्रेन अलार्म. आपको बस इस ऐप में अपनी ट्रेन चुननी है और स्टेशन का नाम बताना है, फिर ये ऐप थोड़े-थोड़े देर के अंतराल में आपको ट्रेन की मौजूदगी का समय और होने वाली देरी के बारे में बताएगा. वैसे तो ये ऐप स्टेशन में खर्च होने वाले आपके समय को बचाने के लिए है, लेकिन फ़िलहाल इस पर पूरी तरह निर्भर होना खतरनाक हो सकता है. ये ऐप बीटा वर्ज़न में उपलब्ध है.

Government Sets up a Committee to find out the reasons for Backlog in filling up of Reserved Vacancies

The Government has decided to set up a Committee to make in-depth analysis of the reasons for backlog in filling up of reserved vacancies. A 20-member committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee members are from various Central Government Ministries including Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Ministry of Railways, UPSC, SSC, Railway Recruitment Board etc.

The Committee will submit its report within a period of three months from the date of its constitution.

The Government had launched a Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in November, 2008. Progress of the drive was reviewed in

Monday, August 19, 2013

Retirement benifits can't be withheld pending enquiry: Supreme Court

In the absence of any provision in the pension rules, a State government cannot withhold a part of pension and/or gratuity during the pendency of departmental/criminal proceedings, the Supreme Court has held.

Giving this ruling, a Bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.S. Sikri said: “It is an accepted position that gratuity and pension are not bounties. An employee earns these benefits by dint of his long, continuous, faithful and unblemished service. Right to receive pension was treated as right to property.”

Writing the judgment, Justice Sikri said: “According to Article 300 A of the Constitution, no person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law. A person cannot be deprived of his pension without the authority of law. It follows that the attempt of the appellant [in this case the Jharkhand government] to take away a part of pension or gratuity or even leave encashment without any statutory provision and under the umbrage of administrative instruction cannot be countenanced.”

Seven satellites lined up for launch : ISRO

It is important to perfect early the technology for India's heavy rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) as seven satellites are lined up to be launched by this rocket, the chief of India's space agency said Sunday.

"We have lined up seven satellites -- communication and earth observation -- to be launched with the GSLV rocket. Even the Chandrayaan-2 (mission to moon) will be launched with GSLV rocket. Hence, it is important for us to get the rocket technology perfected," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan told IANS over phone from Sriharikota.

He said communication satellites like GSAT 6A, GSAT 7A and GSAT 9 and an INSAT series satellite were being planned to be launched with the GSLV rocket. On the Monday evening launch of the GSLV-D5 rocket, with 1,982-kg GSAT-14 communication satellite, Radhakrishnan said: "It is a major milestone for us. We have put best efforts to understand the technology and put it into operation."

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rate your MLAs and MPs

Upset about the condition of roads in your area or the hawker menace on the footpaths? You will now be able to rate your MLAs, MPs and miscellaneous government services online and air your grievances.

You can now log on to this website called to rate your elected government servants on the basis of amenities provided in the constituency. “Through this initiative, Indian citizens can rate services such as roads, electricity, clean drinking water, law and order, security and issues such as corruption and statements in public among others, specific to their area. Since these issues are the responsibility of an MLA, MP, CM and ultimately the PM, these ratings are used to generate report cards for each of these elected officials,” reads a statement issued by the website.

Friday, August 16, 2013

DA FORMULA MAY GOING TO BE CHANGED : New series of Consumer Price Index (Base for calculation of D.A) under preparation

Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has decided to prepare a new series of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers.

For this purpose, Government has set up a Standing Tripartite Committee (STC) to advise the Government on issues pertaining to the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (New Series).

The STC will go into details of various parameters that are taken into consideration for updation of the base year such as the weighting diagram, consumption basket, selection of centres, sample size of establishments for price collection etc.

Implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Income Tax Department : Circular of ITEF.........

ITEF (Income Tax Employees Federation), Central Head Quarter, New Delhi today issued a circular regarding implementation of cadre restructuring of Income Tax Department. Full details are as under:


Dear Comrades,

            This is with reference to the contents of the Circular No. 28, wherein the decision of the Central Working Committee Meeting held on 28th July, 2013 was communicated.  The decisions of the CWC on our proposal for implementation of the Cadre Restructuring, including the yardstick for Charge-wise allocation of posts, amendments to the Recruitment Rules etc. were discussed by the Sub-Committee.  The sub-committee is finalizing our proposal incorporating the suggestions made and approved by the CWC.  To discuss and finalize the same, an extended Secretariat Meeting is being convened on 24th August, 2013 at Manishinath Bhawan, New Delhi.    Taking into account the importance of the issue and short time available with us, it is requested that all the Secretariat Members and Circle General Secretaries (who are not members of the Secretariat) to make it convenient to attend the said meeting.  Notice for the same is enclosed.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

PM's address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day 2013

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, addressed the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort today on the occasion of Independence Day. Following is the English rendering of the Prime Minister’s address:

“My dear fellow-citizens,

Brothers, sisters and dear children,

I greet you all on this Independence Day.

Today is certainly a day of joy for us. But on this celebration of independence we also feel pain in our hearts that our brothers and sisters in Uttarakhand had to face devastation about two months back. Our deepest sympathies are with all the families that suffered loss of life or property. I want to assure the people of Uttarakhand today that the whole country stands with them in this moment of crisis. Our government is working with all the resources at its command to rehabilitate those whose houses have been destroyed and rebuild damaged infrastructure.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Government Servant can't avoid transfers, Court says

An Army engineer, who succeeded in nixing his first transfer in 2011 by approaching the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), failed to earn similar relief a second time with the CAT as well as the Madras high court saying there was no scope for interference in routine transfers.

"A government servant holding a transferable post has no vested right to remain posted at a particular place," a division bench of the court comprising Justice R Banumathi and Justice TS Sivagnanam said last week.

The judges were passing orders on a petition filed by PR Anand Kumar, who entered the Military Engineering Services as surveyor assistant in 1985. Later, the post was re-designated as junior engineer. On November 8, 2011, Anand was transferred from Chennai to Visakhapatnam. When his request to be retained in Chennai was rejected, he approached the CAT. Citing paragraph 36(b)(c) of the transfer guidelines, the CAT said he ought not to have been transferred in the middle of an academic year. It asked the authorities to pass fresh orders if necessary.

After withdrawing the earlier order, the authorities then transferred Anand to Hyderabad by an order dated February 10, 2012. He again rushed to CAT, which dismissed his application this time. He then moved the high court.

Rejecting his petition, the judges said: "The scope of judicial review of orders of transfer is well settled. The high court, while exercising its jurisdiction under Article 226, is not expected to go into the question as to whether the transfer was for public service, as it would essentially require factual adjudication and depend upon the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case."

"Therefore, unless an order of transfer is shown to be an outcome of mala fide exercise or stated to be in violation of statutory provisions, the courts or the tribunals normally cannot interfere with such orders as a matter of routine," they said.

Though the guidelines deal with time of transfer and state that care will be taken to avoid transfers during the middle of the academic year, exceptions are available to meet requirements, the judges said. Transfers on administrative grounds may be ordered giving the employee less time, they said.

"There is no challenge to the order of transfer on the ground of any malafide exercise of power or that the order of transfer was passed by an incompetent authority or it violated any statutory rule," they said of Kumar's case.

Source: Times of India

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Income-tax Department : Approach and Contention of ITEF and ITGOA

Income Tax Department is the first department where Cadre Restructuring is going to implement after 6th Pay Commission. As you all are well aware that a core committee and 7 sub-committees have been set up for the implementation of Cadre Restructuring of Income Tax Department. For proper implementation, region wise committees and subcommittees are also set up in all CCIT(CCA) regions. The time limit of these committees and subcommittees is 3 months. These committees have to submit their final report within the time frame. CBDT has assured that whole implementation will be completed upto the end of this calender year. Now here are some news from the corridors of CBDT, ITEF and ITGOA. Click Here 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Revision of Income Criterion for OBCs

The Government has increased the income criterion for the persons to avail reservation benefits for Other Backward Classes from Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh per annum with effect from 16.05.2013.

The increase in the income limit to exclude Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

The increase in income limit of Creamy Layer would enable more people of Other Backward Classes to take advantage of reservation in Government Services and admission in Central Educational Institutions, thereby bringing about equity and greater inclusiveness in society.